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Clubs and Associations



Ascend @UMD is a chapter of the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America, reaching 60,000 people with 34 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in the U.S. and Canada. Ascend UMD’s network of students and alumni who share similar interests and ambitions collaborate to develop job search strategies, improve communication skills, and discover leadership potential.

President: Jessica Yang, jenny813@terpmail.umd.edu

Association Latin Professionals For America - UMD

The Association of Latin Professionals for America is committed to promoting diversity beyond race, ethnicities and gender, as well as providing professional growth and development opportunities to members and the Smith community. Activities include: resume workshops, networking and training opportunities, presentation coaching, and leadership development.

President: Paula Rabade, president.alpfaumd@gmail.com  

Black Business Association

The Black Business Association’s mission is to provide professional development and networking opportunities to both business and non-business majors, as well as support and mentorship to students aiming to gain admission to the Smith School and serve the community. Members participate in panels, workshops and alumni hosted events throughout the year.

President: Diamond Smith, president.bba@gmail.com  

Mine Your Business (MYB)

Mine Your Business (MYB) offers a space for businesswomen of color to convene, study, seek and prepare for internships and full-time opportunities in business. They learn business etiquette and are exposed to different social and business activities that will prepare them for life after Smith.

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) was founded to promote and develop the professional skills of its members. The club encourages and assists minority students entering or exploring the accounting profession. Members are provided opportunities to fulfill both civic and professional interests. The Smith chapter works with other local chapters and national events in professional and social networking.

President: Sherita Ray, sharitaray@ymail.com

Smith Business Academy

The Smith Business Academy is a student organization supporting African American and Latino men of color to succeed. The mission of the Smith Business Academy is to develop students professionally, socially and academically. The academy works to establish a community of brotherhood where students are emboldened to challenge themselves, engage in impactful service, leadership and professional experiences. Through fostering an environment that emphasizes growth, learning, and support, the Academy strives to be a paragon of excellence.


SmithOut fosters informal and formal programming for members and supporters, particularly LGBTQ+ and Allied students, faculty and staff at the Smith School. The purpose of this group is to provide a forum for getting to know the LGBTQ+ and Allied community and to share any SmithOUT- or campus-related news and events that may be happening. Programming includes social and professional activities.

President: Justin Snyder, jsnyder9@terpmail.umd.edu

Smith School Women’s Society

The mission of the Smith School Women’s Society is to create a community of undergraduates, alumni, professionals, and faculty within at the Smith School that helps members explore different business fields while developing their skill sets.

President: Kayla Carson, Kcarson2@terpmail.umd.edu


Asian MBA

The Asian MBA Association was founded to support Asian MBA students to better integrate themselves into mainstream corporate America, to facilitate efficient exchange of cultural aspects among members and other business school students and to improve the Smith School’s connection with Asia. The club hosts programming for career exploration and cross-cultural exchange.

President Shengnan Wang, ambaa@rhsmith.umd.edu  

Black MBA Association (BMBAA)

The mission of the Black MBA Association is to promote a healthy and supportive learning environment for black students, both African-Americans and those of African descent from other regions. BMBAA sponsors programs and activities which are inclusive to diverse perspectives and highlight accomplishments of black business leaders. The club provides members with opportunities to engage with industry leaders through networking events and alumni collaboration. Events include community service, career development and cultural exchange.

Ebony Harley, ebony.harley@rhsmith.umdm.edu
Tatiana Tourella, tatiana.tourella@rhsmith.umd.edu

Jewish MBA Association (JMBAA)

The JMBAA’s mission is to advocate for and support Jewish MBA students and provide a Jewish-themed social and educational venue for all MBA students at the Smith School through events.

President: Rachel Goldstein, rachel.goldstein@rhsmith.umd.edu

International MBA Association (IMBAA)

The International MBA Association leverages the diversity of the Smith community and seeks to improve students’ (domestic or international) cultural awareness through social and professional activities. The IMBAA also seeks to assist international students with their transition to the U.S. by providing information and organizing events to help them adapt to American culture. Signature events include Diwali Celebration, International Week and International MBA Orientation.

President: Ashwanth Rajendran, IMBAA@rhsmith.umd.edu

Latin American MBA Student Association (LAMBASA)

The Latin MBA Student Association is a cohesive group of MBA students with a strong professional and academic network in the Washington, D.C., area that provides its members with the tools to expand the view of the business world environment and to effectively interact and participate within the dynamic of a rich and multicultural society. Signature events include alumni networking receptions, Fiesta Latina and pre-conference workshops.

President: Stephany Perez-Cohen, stephany.perez-cohen@rhsmith.umd.edu

Smith Association of Women MBAs (SAWMBA)

The Smith Association of Women MBAs (SAWMBA) was founded to celebrate the advancement of women in the business world, foster relationships inside and outside the University of Maryland community, and create professional, academic and personal resources for Smith women. Signature events include: the “Get Confident” series, panel presentation and alumnae networking events.

President: Alison Scharman, alison.scharman@rhsmith.umd.edu

Smith Pride Alliance

The Smith Pride Alliance (SPA) is an affinity group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Masters Students and their Allies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. We facilitate social, academic, and professional opportunities for members of our community and their allies, while creating an inclusive environment on campus.

President: Elliot Dickerson, MBA 2018, Elliot.Dickerson@rhsmith.umd.edu

Smith Veterans Association

The SmithVets club is an association of MBA students with current or prior military service. SmithVets has representation from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The club's goal is to facilitate networking opportunities among full-time, part-time, and executive MBA students while also establishing partnerships with civilian employers interested in hiring veterans. This is accomplished through both social and professional events throughout each school year. Additionally, the club has a strong focus on reaching out to prospective student-veterans and offering information and points of contact in order to enable smooth transitions from military life to academia.