TerrapinSTRONG Graduate Student Action Plan
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TerrapinSTRONG Action Plan for Graduate Students
We are so excited to have you. You are now a part of our community, striving alongside us to be TerrapinSTRONG. The Action Plan you are about to create is your opportunity to decide how you want to continue this TerrapinSTRONG journey. Use this Action Plan to commit yourselves to learning more about our community, building meaningful connections, and pursuing inclusion for a University of Maryland where everyone can reach their full potential.
If you are still in the process of taking the course, make note of any and all activities you would like to pursue after this course, at least one in each category. When you return to the course, you will tell us about the top opportunities that interest you.
- Take the African American History and Landmark Tour.
- Watch this Johnny Holliday interview with Darryl Hill, the first African American football player in any of the southern athletic conferences.
- Learn about the Frog and Jim Henson.
- Visit the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.
- Visit the weekly Farmer’s Market on Tawes Plaza.
- Learn about Johnson-Whittle & Pyon-Chen Halls, the newest halls in Heritage Community.
- Take a self-guided tour of campus landmarks.
- Become a GradTerp Tradition Keeper!
- Follow the University of Maryland on social media.
- Follow TerrapinSTRONG on social media.
- Get involved with Graduate Student Government (GSG).
- Get involved in Graduate Student Life.
- Find a student organization by filtering for graduate student organizations or by interest with Terplink.
- Join the Gamer Symphony Orchestra.
- Take part in Technica, the world’s largest all-women and nonbinary hackathon.
- Connect with your faith community through campus Chaplains and student organizations.
- Get involved with an affinity group via MICA, the Nyumburu Cultural Center, the Student Disability Affinity Space or the LGBTQ+ Equity Center.
- Join a student activist group and make a difference. Go to Terplink organizations and select the category “Activism/Advocacy/Awareness” to read about them all.
- Create courses, events and meetings that are accessible, inclusive and affordable.
- Donate to the Campus Pantry, serving all members of the campus community in times of food insecurity. They accept funds and food, as well as items for the Terp to Terp Campus Reuse Store.
- Participate in the Do Good Challenge by developing solutions for pressing social issues and competing for prize money to turn your idea into reality.
- Advise an Alternative Break Experience with Leadership & Community Service-Learning.
- Commit to taking small, impactful actions to help tackle the climate crisis with the UMD Green at Home Guide, the Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights and the United Nations Campaign for Individual Action.
- Apply for a Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grant for your art project affirming Black life and interrogating white supremacy.
- Volunteer for the University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors.
- Enroll in CHSE338: the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue program (WEIDP) to explore how cultural systems of power impact our lives and relationships.
- Learn about bias and the resources available at UMD by attending a Stop the Hate workshop with Bias Incident Support Services.
- Get certified in Mental Health First Aid and learn how to recognize, intervene and get help for people with mental health challenges.
- Attend a TLTC workshop on accessibility, universal design or other equity & inclusion topics. Sign up for their newsletter to stay informed.
- Take the Undocuterp training to learn how to be a better support to immigrant students regardless of status.
- Attend a lecture from the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace.
- Participate in the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Colloquium Series on Race, Equity and Justice or the Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations series.
- Learn more about the Social Justice Alliance, the collaboration between UMD and Bowie State University developed to honor 1st Lt. Richard W. Collins III.
- Learn more about how pronouns support members of the trans community.
- Explore the LGBTQ+ Equity Center TransTerps resources.
- Sign up to receive the Office of Diversity and Inclusion newsletter and stay up-to-date about events, initiatives, and resources.
- Attend NewsBreak at the Nyumburu Cultural Center, enabling students, staff and faculty to learn about current events impacting the Black community.
- Join the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for a Social Justice Hangout.
- Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion through the arts
Attend an Arts Citizenship Talk (ACTnow), the NextNOW Fest, or other events such as the Blacklight summit at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Visit the David C. Driskell Center which is committed to preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture.
- Learn more about the Responsible Conduct of Research Collaborative (RCR-C).
Take action to enhance community, connection, and inclusion within your team.