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TerrapinSTRONG Onboarding Logistics

Current faculty, staff and students can begin the training here. You must have a directory ID to enroll. Click one of the links below to begin:

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What are the goals of TerrapinSTRONG onboarding?

TerrapinSTRONG onboarding should help participants feel welcomed to the University of Maryland, learn some of our history and traditions and understand our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Each new Terp creates an individualized action plan to stay connected to the tenets of TerrapinSTRONG moving forward.

Who participates in TerrapinSTRONG onboarding? Is it required?

Each new undergraduate and graduate student, staff and faculty member participates in TerrapinSTRONG campus onboarding as part of their required orientations to the University of Maryland. Following this experience, which opens a door to the University of Maryland and the TerrapinSTRONG vision, new Terps are further welcomed by colleges, divisions and unit leaders providing more opportunities to become TerrapinSTRONG.


TerrapinSTRONG onboarding should be thought of as a first doorway that all new Terps enter that sets a tone of welcome and community. The TerrapinSTRONG onboarding is organized into four modules. Each module includes a video and a reflective activity. At the end of the four modules, new Terps create an action plan on ways they will stay involved. Participants then download a certificate of completion and receive a free scoop of ice cream at the University of Maryland Dairy, courtesy of President Pines.

  • Module I: TerrapinSTRONG vision and welcome from President Pines

  • Module II: Engaging our History

  • Module III: Affirming our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Module IV: Sharing UMD Traditions

Campus Action Plan: Each Terp will choose at least three ways in which they might continue with the TerrapinSTRONG vision by joining a new community, learning more about our history, engaging in diversity and inclusion conversations and projects, and learning about campus landmarks and traditions.

User Experience

Accessing the Course

All new undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff will receive a personal invitation to participate in TerrapinSTRONG onboarding via the Canvas Open Learning platform. All new Terps should use their University ID number and login credentials.


TerrapinSTRONG onboarding is in compliance with the University of Maryland Web Accessibility Policy, which ensures compliance with applicable state and federal regulations, specifically, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All videos in TerrapinSTRONG have both a written transcript and closed captions. The staff version of the onboarding is also being translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole. Opportunities will be available for staff members who do not have computer workstations to participate in TerrapinSTRONG onboarding in person


TerrapinSTRONG takes about 35-45 minutes to complete. Of the four required videos, the longest has a run time of four minutes and eleven seconds (4:11). Reviewing the additional content below the videos and participating in the reflective activities are done at your own pace.

TerrapinSTRONG Overview

About TerrapinSTRONG

Why TerrapinSTRONG was started by President Pines and its history.

Learn More About TerrapinSTRONG

TerrapinSTRONG Across Campus

Representatives and Current Initiatives

Learn More About Across Campus Initiatives