For Prospective Students

Welcome! The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works on diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Maryland in collaboration with a network of campus partners. As a prospective student, please know there are many resources available to you, whether you want opportunities to get involved and meet new people, resources, support for an incident, or want to start something new. We’ll give you a brief overview of what ODI can offer. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please reach out with any questions—we can probably connect you to the resources you need. We look forward to meeting you!

ODI’s units

Bias Incident Support Services (BISS)

  • This is where you can go to report a hate-bias incident and find support.
  • Get training and education on preventing and responding to hate and bias for your student group, class, etc.
  • Attend The Circle (offered each month) for a safe conversation space on a topic related to hate and bias

Diversity Training & Education (DTE)

  • Take a Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue (WEIDP) course and/or get trained as a facilitator! WEIDP is a for-credit social justice education program that brings together students of diverse social identity groups for facilitated face-to-face conversation that enhance participants’ self- and social awareness.
  • Book a tailored training on issues related to diversity & inclusion, implicit bias, cultural competency and more.
  • Find a learning community to address an issue that’s important to you.

LGBT Equity Center

  • Find support and community with other members of UMD’s LGBTQ+ community (and allies).
  • Attend events each year, like Quelcome (Queer Welcome), Q Camp, Queer Joy, Lavender Graduation, and more.
  • Join a student group or create your own!
  • Grow your social justice leadership skills through workshops and other events
  • Help advocate for inclusive policies and competency across campus

Nyumburu Cultural Center

  • Your home away from home! Nyumburu is UMD’s center for Black social, cultural and intellectual interaction
  • Take a course (offerings include blues, jazz, gospel music performance and diversity)
  • Get involved with a student organization or music group
  • Attend community gatherings and celebrations (Black History Month, Black Graduation, the Miss Unity pageant...)
  • Apply to join the Black Explosion newspaper staff or pitch a freelance article
  • Check out art exhibits and performances and show off your own work
  • Learn more about history, politics, health and wellness, current events and more at workshops
  • Check out the Black Book   for more campus resources for Black students

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM or Title IX Office)

  • File a discrimination complaint (including sexual misconduct) and get support
  • Get involved with Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

ODI Central

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)

  • Find academic support! Tutoring, peer mentoring, honor society, and more. OMSE is here to help undergraduate multi-ethnic students increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation and GPA

Other Resources

You may also find the resources below helpful. There are many student groups and campus offices here to support you at UMD! This isn’t an exhaustive list, but we hope it gets you started. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are looking for something specific; we are happy to help you track it down!

Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS)

ADS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals to ensure equal access to UMD sponsored services, programs and activities.

Chaplains

The Chaplaincies are here to support the spiritual needs of the university.

Diversity Officers

Each school has a designated diversity officer, who is responsible for providing diversity education and training, overseeing climate assessments, and supporting diversity-related recruitment/retention, programming, and evaluation efforts within their respective units.

Student Organization Resource Center (SORC)

SORC is the source for your student involvement needs and desires, from finding a student organization to join, to registering a new student organization and providing assistance and support to existing student organizations.

TerpLink (UMD’s student organization database)

TerpLink is the student organization database where you can find student groups of all kinds o join and upcoming events to attend.