Past Events

April

April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm

SASA will be moderating a discussion between 3-4 panelists as they recount their experiences as South Asian, queer and/or trans identifying individuals. Through this event, we hope to provide an intimate atmosphere to connect South Asian students with queer role models.

April 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

Maryland Smith and Hillel invite the UMD and Smith community to a conversation about antisemitism. Moderated by Ari Israel, executive director, Maryland Hillel, alumni panelists will explain microaggressions and share advice on how to help build a more inclusive campus community and workplace.

We hope you join us for this opportunity for the UMD and Smith community to come together, share and learn.

Moderator:

  • Ari Israel, Executive Director, Maryland Hillel

Smith Alumni Panelists:

  • Avital Kimchi '16, Associate, Blackstone
  • Gabe Willis, MBA '20, Associate, Strategy and Business Development at INVISTA

April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm

MICA is bringing back AAPI Check-Ins! This year, these weekly sessions will be peer-led. Have lunch or a snack, take a break from studying, pause, process with your community members, and just be. Led by MICA Community Organizing Student Intern.

April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm

Hosted by the Equity Center and Pride Alliance/TCOM. Participants will learn practical ways to boost the production of neurochemicals involved in motivation, the experience of a more positive mood and feelings of intimacy and connection. They will also review tangible techniques for de-stressing and managing trauma symptoms geared towards BIPOC communities, this event prioritizes Queer BIPOC communities.

April 13, 2021 - 12:30pm

Hosted by the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office. Identity documents are a major area of legal concern for transgender people, and different procedures and requirements for legal name changes and gender marker changes on birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and other documents vary from state to state. This workshop is designed to help you navigate the legal waters of changing your name and gender marker on federal and state documents.

April 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

When crises happen, we are often told “healing” is needed, but what would this actually look like? Many have experienced tremendous loss, pain and exhaustion not just over the past year but for generations. Though conversations about self-care and mental health have increased in higher education, many of us still feel burned out or disillusioned when it comes to the fight against racism and oppression. What practices might we need to adopt or leave behind to truly set ourselves on a pathway to healing? Join panelists and ODI's Diversity Training & Education team to explore the crucial role “healing justice” plays in liberation for us all in the third installment of the Anti-Racist Toolkit Programming Series.

April 12, 2021 - 4:00pm

In the last year, over 3,800 reports were made to Stop AAPI Hate. The recent surge of anti-Asian violence and hate, including the recent murders in Atlanta, has generated a lot of fears, anger, and anxiety within the Asian/Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the U.S. and globally. As an Asian international student, some of you may be scared, confused, and angry at what is happening and may want to talk to other international students about your experiences and concerns, as well as brainstorm what we can do to protect and advocate for ourselves and others. The Asian American Studies Program and the Counseling Center want to provide such a support space to hear your stories, share some resources, and stand in solidarity with you to stop AAPI Hate.   

April 12, 2021 - 3:00pm

The Wellesley Centers for Women hosts a panel discussion on the economic downturn—or "she-cession"—that was sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to disproportionately affect women, especially immigrant women and women of color. Panelists will discuss how the Biden-Harris administration can help support women in the workplace in order to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and move the needle forward on gender equity.

April 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to April 14, 2021 - 12:00pm

The UMD Disability Summit was established in 2016 as a forum for professionals, educators, academics, service providers, allies, and advocates focusing on disability issues to dialogue and collaborate across types of disability and institutions. The goal of the summit is to bring focus to and promote discussion of key current events and research impacting disability in society.

April 11, 2021 - 4:00pm

Join Victor Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer, and Jeanette Snider, associate director of undergraduate programs, in an interactive, engaging and timely book club. Divided into the seven sections of A Promised Land by former President Barack Obama, we will meet throughout the Spring 2021 semester to discuss the Obama presidency in today's context. Join Smith faculty, staff, students and alumni as we take this journey together!

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Summer 2020

June

Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Latinx Community LOFT Charla

June 5, 2020

Join us for this LOFT Charla as we provide a platform to share experiences, resources, and programs addressing the food insecurity that is disproportionately impacting the Latino community during the current pandemic. Speakers from all over the country will be joining to share more information about food assistance locations and programs in their respective states.

LGBTQ+ LOFT Charla

June 12, 2020

A special LOFT Charla celebrating pride and discussing Latinx LGBTQ+ experiences, perspectives and ideas.

Smith Summer Reading Dialogue

June 17, 2020

Homework:

  1. Read A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay | Watch video
  2. Read Dear White America by Danez Smith | Watch video
  3. Read Woke up to Today, Again by Smith Alum Steven Asifo '14

Smith Alumni Open Forum — Solidarity and Solutions

June 29, 2020

A virtual open forum facilitated by Victor Mullins, diversity officer and associate dean of undergraduate programs at Maryland Smith. Our strong and connected Smith alumni community will have the opportunity to come together and join in an open dialogue on racism, educate each other and share a call to action.

Alumni Open Forum Speakers: Victor Mullins, Nadine Payne, Maurice Nick, Foluke Tuakli

Mullins will be joined by:

  • Maurice Nick, '12, MBA/MS '16
  • Nadine Payne, MBA '15
  • Foluke Tuakli '16

LOFT Charla hosted Hispanic Heritage Foundation

June 30, 2020
4-5:30 p.m. EST

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosted a LOFT Charla sponsored by AARP, which included an exclusive film screening of "Acuitzeramo." A celebration of PRIDE and discussing Latinx LGBTQ+ experiences, perspectives and ideas through film.

"Acuitzeramo" which explores a segment of our community that is rarely taken into account: gay Latinx elders. In many areas of society, it seems like our elders, especially our queer elders, are pushed aside and forgotten. We want to tell this story in hopes of reviving respect for this segment of our community and remind us that it is precisely at this time in their lives that they need compassion and love.

July

Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)

July 19-31, 2020

A two-week summer program designed for rising 11th and 12th graders to explore entrepreneurship and business foundations through reality-based learning exercises. Learn more.

Smith Day of Solidarity

July 31, 2020

The Smith community is invited to pause normal work activities to support our work toward becoming a wholeheartedly anti-racist community. Please take this time to learn, reflect and act as we work toward creating a more just and equitable society, and a more inclusive learning environment at Smith. Read the full letter and see list of suggested activities.

Spring 2020

January

BMGT469K: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context

The course provides opportunities for theoretical engagement, experiential learning and reflection through a combination of case studies, site visits and meetings with social innovators, activists, and local individuals seeking systemic change in the surrounding communities of Cape Town, South Africa. Students are immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies. A diverse group of students is purposefully selected for this course to engage in difficult conversations around issues of race/racism, gender equality, religious expression, socioeconomic opportunity, sexual orientation, politics and cultural diversity in South Africa and the United States. Student reflections »

February

Black History Month Social and Showcase

Smith celebrates Black History Month with our community happy hour! Come to relax and enjoy performances of song, poetry, dance and more as we celebrate the diversity of the Black/African American community at Smith.

For Terps By Terps: Fireside Chat with Black Entrepreneurs

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, Office of Diversity Initiatives at Smith, and the Student Success Leadership Council are sponsoring an event "For Terps By Terps" which includes a fireside chat with dynamic Terps to share their experiences as young, Black entrepreneurs! This chat will be followed by breakout sessions covering key business basics of business. This fireside chat and breakout sessions will offer you creative insights and a toolkit to help you navigate the highs and lows of starting a business. Come ready to hear inspirational stories from your fellow Terps! Read news story »

March

International Game Night

Join the Diversity Empowerment Council for a game night for Smith students. Food will be provided.

Cross-Cultural Charla

This conversational TED-talk style event will allow students of diverse backgrounds to share their experiences, struggles and accomplishments and ultimately teach USG Smith students about how they arrived at where they are today. The goal is to emphasize the value and importance of diversity on campus as well as how to utilize and highlight differences in preparation for interviews and recruitment for internships.

Ladies First Dingman Fridays

Come check out a special Ladies First edition of Dingman Fridays, featuring a lineup of all-female advisors who are available to give feedback on your business ideas. Make an appointment with an advisor at go.umd.edu/dfadvising or simply walk-in. Contact Lottie Byram at lbyram@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Women Inspire

Women Inspire (formerly Women Leading Women) will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. This annual event celebrates female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential. Hosted by Smith's Office of Alumni Relations. Read the news story »

April

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Social and Showcase

Smith celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander month with our community happy hour! Come to relax and enjoy performances of song, poetry, dance and more as we celebrate the diversity of the Asian American community at Smith specifically highlighting the South East Asian Smith community.

Men of Distinction Summit

The Smith Men of Distinction Summit is a diversity conference for current Smith students and prospective high school students. Student leaders and men from local high schools in the DC metro area will come to Smith for a day of empowerment and exploration. Hosted by Smith Business Academy.

Rainbow BBQ

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at Smith with music, drinks and food!

Other Events

Prince George's Case Competition

Each year, the Smith Undergraduate Program partners with the Omega Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity to sponsor a case competition comprised of students from our local Prince George’s County high schools. This is an invitation-only event, and we look forward to hosting more talented students in March 2020.

Fall 2019

August

Diversity Training for MBA Students

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Facilitator: Kelvin Womack, Retired Principal in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice

Diversity Training for Master's Students

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Facilitator: Kelvin Womack, Retired Principal in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice

Diversity Training for Part-Time MBA Students

Facilitator: Carlton E. Green, Director, Diversity Training & Education, University of Maryland

Diversity Open House for African American and Latinx Admitted Students

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Victor Mullins and the Smith undergraduate staff host an intimate gathering for newly admitted diversity freshmen and transfers and current diversity students.

October

Latinx Heritage Month Social and Showcase

See photos from the event ¦ WATCH VIDEO

ALPFA UMD

Smith celebrates Latinx month with our Latinx community happy hour! Great food! Performances! Music and dancing! Simply celebrating! 

An Evening with Dean Mullins and Tonie Leatherberry

See photos from the event

Victor C. Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, in a dialogue with Tonie Leatherberry — this "fireside chat" offered a variety of insights. Leatherberry is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the president of the Deloitte Foundation. She has served many Fortune 100 manufacturing, retail, and consumer business clients over the course of her career and recently served on Deloitte Consulting LLP's board of directors. Consulting Magazine also acknowledged Leatherberry's leadership in her former role as Deloitte Consulting's chief inclusion officer by citing the firm for its excellence in diversity. In addition, Consulting Magazine named Leatherberry one of the top 25 consultants in the world, and The Network Journal recognized her in its 2016 list of 25 influential black women in business.

Chinese Name Pronunciation Workshop

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Building a community of mutual respect and camaraderie can begin with a name. Victor Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, and Minglang Zhou, associate professor and director of the University of Maryland Chinese program, had a 45-minute brief workshop bringing together students, staff and faculty who desire to properly address members of our Smith community.

LOFT CharlaSmith Charla

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Facilitated by Victor C. Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, and Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Smith hosted its first charla during this special month. A charla is an opportunity to share what you want, however you want. The charlas were created to inspire and connect leaders from different backgrounds in a supportive family-like environment. You can expect to make deep connections through your shared experiences at our LOFT charlas. In a series of back to back presentations on everything from technology, entrepreneurship, to wellness, the charlas amplify the impact of innovators by connecting them to the global LOFT network. Speakers with diverse backgrounds and interests each have five minutes to present about anything they would like. Our charlas attract professionals in different stages of their careers who sing, perform and share their personal and/or professional passions during their five minutes. The varied content of the participants and diversity of the attendees create an open, collaborative environment where participants will learn from each other and hopefully create new fruitful relationships. It's more than networking it's family.

November

Smith Pride Alliance: Hear My Story

MBA classmates shared their personal experiences with overcoming adversity or discrimination, accepting part of their identity, and the impact that identity has had on their personal or professional lives.

Salsa con LAMABSA

The Latin MBA Association hosted its annual "Salsa con LAMABSA" dance class for the Smith community.

Future Women in Business Conference

WATCH VIDEO

The Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Smith Women in Business Association hosted the seventh annual Future Women in Business Conference and case competition.

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