Resources for African American and Latinx Students

GRADUATE CLUBS

Asian MBA

Contact: ambaa@rhsmith.umd.edu

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.

Black MBA Association (BMBAA)

Contact: bmbaa@rhsmith.umd.edu

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 the 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.

Latin American MBA Student Association (LAMBASA)

Contact: lambasa@rhsmith.umd.edu

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.

UNDERGRADUATE CLUBS

ASCEND

President: Ellen Zhang | ezhang10@terpmail.umd.edu
Website: ascendumd.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ascendUMD

Weekly Meetings: Wednesdays 7–7:50 p.m.; Van Munching Hall Room 1307

Ascend at UMD helps students develop extensive student and professional connection within various industries while improving leadership and communication skills in preparation for the business world.

Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries. Ascend reaches 60,000 people with 30 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions.

Association Latin Professionals For America - UMD

President: Vania Beltran | president.alpfaumd@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/alpfa.umd
Twitter: twitter.com/alpfa_umd

Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays 6–6:50 p.m.; Van Munching Hall Room 1303

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.

Black Business Association

President: Jamila Spears | president.bba@gmail.com
Website: bbaumd.wix.com/bbaumd
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/2200258691
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BBAterp

Weekly Meetings: Wednesdays 6–6:50 p.m.

Our mission is to PROMOTE academic achievement, PROVIDES resources for professional development, and actively SERVE its members and community. At BBA we focus on all majors. We try to help not only increase the retention of black students in Smith but also hope to help black minorities improve overall business skills/knowledge.

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

President: Diran Balogun | president.nabaumd@gmail.com

Weekly Meetings: Thursdays 5–5:50 p.m.; Van Munching Hall Room 1202

The National Association of Black Accountants, better known as NABA, is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Information Technology and other related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 people of color in these fields, NABA, Inc. advances people, advances careers and advances the mission by providing education, resources and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb. This is made possible, in part, through the support of our corporate partners and the strength of our volunteer network.

We work with the Undergraduate Smith students to help them enhance their networking and interview skills, perfect their resumes and gain connections inside and outside of the University of Maryland. We encourage interested students to reach out to our secretary to be added to our list serve to receive updates of events and opportunities and follow our social media pages!

Smith Business Academy (SBA)

President: Denis Alvarenga | smitheboard@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SmithBusinessAcademy
Website: smithbusinessacademy.com

Weekly Meetings: Thursdays 6:30–8 p.m.

The mission of the Business Academy at Smith is to develop minority males professionally, socially and academically. In this type of environment, students are trained to develop a strong personal brand, sharpen communication skills, attain and manage opportunities for professional development, raise awareness for the significance of minorities in Business, and excel academically. This is a program where you walk in as a man and leave as a man of distinction.

Women in Business Association (WBA)

President: Swetha Puranam | Wba.president.umd@gmail.com

Website: wba-umd.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WBAterps

Weekly Meetings: Wednesdays 7–7:50 p.m.; Van Munching Hall Room 1206

The Women in Business Association strives to create a welcoming sisterhood for business-oriented women. We look to form a broad professional network, empower our members, and develop strong female leaders.

Women's Empowerment Institute

Chief Executive Officer: KeiAsia Coates | chiefexec.wei@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wei.umd

The Women's Empowerment Institute seeks to empower women from underrepresented populations within the Robert H. Smith School of Business to be successful personally and professionally. We do this by connecting members with high profile business leaders and experiential learning that will equip them with the business acumen necessary to succeed in a professional setting. We also inspire young women to be confident in their ability to be a leader by creating an environment of trust where transparent feedback and experiences as underrepresented women will be shared and supported. Learn more about WEI.

RESOURCES

Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE)

Website: crge.umd.edu

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) remains dedicated to its goals of promoting and advancing intersectional scholarship and transferring knowledge gained to the upcoming generation of scholars. The work of CRGE continues to demonstrate the ways faculty engagement in institution building, intellectual collaboration, and mentoring can transform and strengthen diversity efforts throughout a campus.

Counseling Service

Website: www.counseling.umd.edu/cs

The Counseling Service in the Counseling Center is the primary campus provider of free and confidential therapy to help UMD students manage personal, social, and academic challenges. Staffed primarily by licensed psychologists, the Counseling Service also conducts campus outreach presentations, provides emergency response services, and assists with referrals to off-campus mental health providers.

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

Website: thestamp.umd.edu/multicultural_involvement_community_advocacy

In support of our campus' commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice, we advance a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity through student-centered advising, advocacy, programs, research and practices. Our collective work results in positive student outcomes observable in their learning, identity development, involvement and leadership.

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Website: nyumburu.umd.edu

Our office is an academic support unit that offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students of various underrepresented ethnic backgrounds at the University of Maryland. We strive to identify and meet changing needs that affect the success of undergraduate students and work towards building a positive and sensitive community of learners.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Website: www.diversity.umd.edu

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides active oversight, coordination, and evaluation of the University of Maryland’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities; manages and tracks implementation of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of units to achieve their diversity goals.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

Website: www.omse.umd.edu

Our office is an academic support unit that offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students of various underrepresented ethnic backgrounds at the University of Maryland. We strive to identify and meet changing needs that affect the success of undergraduate students and work towards building a positive and sensitive community of learners.