Past Events

October

October 28, 2020 - 2:00pm

In this 90-minute online workshop, you will hear from instructors on campus who are exploring what it means to be an anti-racist educator. You will also have opportunities to reflect on how you can implement anti-racist practices in your classrooms using the Fearless Teaching Framework.

October 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Join UMD's Bias Incident Support Services and a panel of experts to discuss free speech, academic freedom, hate speech and counterspeech. They will also delve into what effective engagement in counterspeech looks like during an election season and in a virtual world. 

Panelists:

  • Lauren Krapf, National Policy Counsel, Anti-Defamation League
  • Carolina Zelaya, Daily Kos Journalist
  • Neijma Celestine-Donnor, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Andrea Goodwin, Director of Student Conduct, University of Maryland, College Park
October 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

"Magic" as a feminist practice. Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies virtual event, with guest speaker, generational conjurer and hoodoo historian, Hess Love.

October 26, 2020 - 12:00pm

The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is honored to host the Africana/Black Studies Colloquium's inaugural book launch for GerShun Aviliez's Black Queer Freedom. Professor Dagmawi Woubshet (University of Pennsylvania) will talk with UMD Associate Professor GerShun Avilez about his new book and its significance in the context of our current social and political climate.

October 26, 2020 - 9:00am

This colloquium from the ARHU Dean’s Colloquium Series on Race, Equity and Justice features Scot Reese, professor in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, who will discuss Racial “Battle Fatigue” in black theatre and culture.

October 22, 2020 - 6:30pm

For seniors and alumni only. Seniors and alumni join fellow Smith alumni Wendell "DJ" Alston Jr. '14 for a virtual wine down social hour to learn about careers in the wine and spirits industry and wine tasting techniques.

October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm

Members of the UMD community whose lives have been impacted by disabilities (either personally or via loved ones) are invited to share experiences of what life is like from their shoes. Come hear their stories or sign up to share yours!

October 22, 2020 - 12:00pm

Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Professor Kandice Chuh (CUNY/The Graduate Center) to discuss King’s current book project, African American Narratives of Childhood and Racial Subjectivity. Q&A moderated by Tita Chico and William A. Cohen. Registration opens two weeks in advance to the event.

October 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

Hosted by the Center for Social Value Creation and Smith Analytics Consortium.

Speakers include:

  • Lauren Rhue, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Maryland Smith
  • Jameson Spivack, Policy Associate at Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown Law
  • Jamila Smith-Loud, User Researcher, Google’s Trust and Safety team
  • Carter Price, Senior Mathematician, RAND
October 21, 2020 - 12:00pm

Engaging critical race theory to unpack racial oppression with implications for Black student science engagement.

Disseminated through the culture of science (i.e., norms, values, beliefs, and practices), is the underlying message that there is but one “universal truth” regarding what is or what counts as scientific knowledge, research, and general practice. This culture and subsequent message have implications for who is recognized as being a scientist, or a validated member of the scientific community, and the process by which one gains such recognition. In noting the distinct, racialized experiences of Black students in science, this seminar from the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) introduces Critical Race Theory as a framework for attending to the prevalence, permeance, and impact of structural racism embedded within and manifesting through the culture of science, while also detailing the implications of structural racism in and through science on Black student science engagement. Featuring Terrell Morton, PhD (University of Missouri).

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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

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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

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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

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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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