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Thank you for your interest in supporting the Office of Diversity & Inclusion! You can give directly to any of our funds below. Any amount helps!

To learn about more ways to support our work, please contact Jay Meyers at

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Use below link to our simple and secure online form to make a credit card gift to any of the below funds. Your contribution can quickly go to work to support the programs you care about.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Fund

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion Fund supports the implementation of strategic equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives across the university. ODI and its reporting units focus on building stronger community across campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods, providing leadership and expertise that enrich the experiences of individuals and addressing structural challenges that impede education and growth. Reporting units include:

  • ADA/504 Compliance
  • Bias Incident Support Services
  • Diversity Training & Education
  • LGBTQ+ Equity Center
  • Nyumburu Cultural Center
  • Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE)
  • TerrapinSTRONG onboarding program

Your donations will be used to support ODI and its reporting units to achieve this mission. Thank you for your generosity!

LGBTQ+ Equity Center

LGBTQ+ Equity Office Operating Fund

With the generosity of alums, friends, and others, the LGBTQ+ Equity Center provides programming for LGBTQ+ students with the following objectives.

  • Positive Identity Development
  • Sense of Belonging and Community
  • Social Justice Leadership Development
  • Flourishing in Health and Wellness

Examples of our programming include Quelcome: LGBTQ+ Welcome Fest, Queer Camp, Lavender Leadership Honor Society, and Lavender Graduation. Your generosity makes these programs possible.

The LGBTQ+ Equity Scholarship Fund

First established in 2003, the LGBT Equity Scholarship Fund was renamed in 2022 in honor of Dr. Luke S. Jensen, the founding director of the LGBTQ+ Equity Center who retired in 2021 after 30 years of distinguished service to the University of Maryland community. This fund provides scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students who are affiliated with the LGBTQ+ Equity Center and have demonstrated a commitment to the empowerment of LGBTQ+ people and communities.

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center Scholarship Fund

Gifts will assist students from African and African Diaspora cultures who are in need of financial assistance to pursue higher education, study abroad, or pursue other educational pursuits at the University of Maryland.

Nyumburu Cultural Center Capital Campaign Fund

Gifts will support maintenance and upgrades to Nyumburu’s building, which includes computer labs, kitchens, offices, recreation and lounge areas, newspaper office, art gallery, audiovisual control and sound room, conference rooms, outdoor areas and more.

Nyumburu Cultural Center Programming Fund

Gifts support Nyumburu's mission to serve and educate about African and African Diaspora oriented cultures. Nyumburu is a significant resource of cultural, historical and social programming, including the Black Explosion newspaper, Black History Month programming, performing arts groups, Leadership Series, summer camp, and more.

Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) College Success Scholars Program

Your donation to the College Success Scholars program supports the retention of Black and Latino males enrolled in the program as well as further aids in their aspirations to academic, extracurricular, leadership, and professional development endeavors. The students enrolled in the program have a high rate of retention and graduation, engage in internship and research opportunities throughout the United States and abroad, travel to several countries throughout the world for education abroad experiences, and engage in leadership development programs that result in top tier career and graduate school opportunities. We have many student testimonials on our site (, and your donations make these stories possible.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) Gift Fund

Your donation to the OMSE gift fund will support the important work of the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education as we enhance the learning experience and promote the academic success of undergraduate students.

You may also discuss specific program needs and special giving opportunities with Dr. Christopher Lester, Director of OMSE, at 301-405-5617 or

The 1856 Project

The 1856 Project Fund

The 1856 Project Fund supports the mission of The 1856 Project, the University of Maryland's chapter of Universities Studying Slavery, to build an inclusive university community by enhancing the collective understanding of the Black experience at the university and surrounding communities. Our activities include community listening sessions, community outreach and engagement events, and supporting research conducted by student fellows and student interns.