About Us

As students at the University of Maryland, many of us recall a close-knit and supportive black community. Now as alumni, we have a stronger appreciation, and greater need, for such a community. The University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA)*, has re-launched to reconnect black alumni with one another and the University. Together we have the power to impact issues that are important to our community and alma mater. We are nearly 17,000 strong and continue to grow with each graduating class.

The new UMBA leadership committee has identified key objectives:
    • Facilitate academic and professional development opportunities
    • Advocate for increased presence of black students and faculty at the University
    • Publicly recognize and promote the achievements of outstanding students, alumni and faculty
    • Facilitate the exchange of information involving UMCP that are relevant to the black community
    • Contribute resources (time, talent and financial) to initiatives that support our mission

UMBA has new initiatives and events geared toward these objectives. If you are interested in being on the ground-level of rebuilding UMBA by holding a position or want to stay informed of UMBA’s events and announcements please connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or by email: blackterp@gmail.com

UMBA Leadership

    Karen Burkes '03
   Adia Moore '03

Elizabeth McIver '07
   Kimberly Morgan-Craft '97


 Randi Wimberly '05

Events & Activities Committee 

Events & Activities 
Amber Simmons

Communications & Outreach Committee

Bert Williams '96

Partnerships Committee

E-mail: blackterp@gmail.com



UMBA Homecoming T-Shirts: Both short ($20) and long sleeve shirts ($25) will be for sale during homecoming at the Nyumburu and Xfinity tailgate. Shirts can also be purchased here.


6:00 PM

We’re So UMD: Annual Black Alumni Homecoming Happy Hour

Presented by Teddy Holloway, Marcus McDonald, Forever Friends Network and UMBA

The Fire Station Restaurant
8131 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
For more information go here.

8:00 PM

Occupy Route One: UMBA Young Alumni Reunion - Classes of 2000-2014
Cornerstone Grill & Loft
7325 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740


10:00 AM

Occupy Nyumburu: Annual Homecoming Tailgate
Nyumburu Cultural Center
Stop by our table for more information about UMBA! Grab some food and giveaways! UMBA and UMBA Homecoming t-shirts will be for sale!

Occupy Xfinity: The Black Alumni Homecoming Tailgate O
Xfinity Center Lot 9B (formerly Comcast Center)

Planning on hosting a tailgate? Email UMBAevents@gmail.com to find out exactly where to set up shop and stay close to the action! UMBA Homecoming t-shirts will be for sale!

Parking information: http://www.transportation.umd.edu/fballParking.html


OCCUPY BYRD : Black Alumni Section at the Homecoming Game
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium

Planning on cheering on the TERPS from the stands? Buy your tickets at umterps.com and use the code: F14BLAlum to sit in University of Maryland Black Alumni’s (UMBA’s) section with your fellow alumni!

OCCUPY ROUTE ONE: The Black Alumni Post-Game Party

The V Lounge
8601 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
Free before 10:00pm


OCCUPY ROUTE ONE: The Black Alumni Homecoming Brunch

Terrapin’s Turf
4410 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740

Want to show everyone your Black Terp Spirit?  Buy one of our UMBA T-shirts by clicking HERE!!!

Past 2014 Events 
January 2014- Volunteer Event at Our Daily Bread  Baltimore, MD
February 2014 - Black History Month Event at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture Baltimore, MD
March 2014 - Farewell to the ACC Tournament Game Watch at Carolina Kitchen Washington, DC
April 2014- Terp Serve Month- Volunteering event at Loaves and Fishes Meal Program Washington, DC
August 2014- Back to School Supply Drive and Happy Hour  College Park, MD

October 2014 - UMBA and Ohio State Black Alumni Tailgate at Nyumburu Cultural Center

October 2014 - We're So UMD Homecoming Events

Friday Night  We're So UMD: Annual Black Alumni Homecoming Happy Hour at Fire Station Restaurant Silver Spring, MD

Friday Night Occupy Route One: UMBA Young Alumni Reunion at Cornerstone College Park, MD


Sunday OCCUPY ROUTE ONE: The Black Alumni Homecoming Brunch at Terrapin Turf College Park, MD

Past 2013 Events  
February 2013 - Volunteer Event at Loaves and Fishes Meal Program  Washington, DC
February 2013 - An Evening with Branford Marsalis  College Park, MD
April 2013 - STEPworking Career Networking Panel for Undergraduate Students College Park, MD
July 2013- Multi-cultural Happy Hour with APAAN Washington, DC
August 2013- Baltimore Happy Hour Baltimore, MD
September 2013- Homecoming Kick Off Happy Hour College Park, MD
October 2013 - STEPworking Fall Kick Off  College Park, MD
October 2013 -  Homecoming
     Friday Night Homecoming Happy Hour at Royal Jade Greenbelt, MD
     Friday Night Young Alumni Happy Hour at Cornerstone College Park, MD
     Saturday Homecoming tailgate College Park, MD
     Sunday- Brunch at the Front Page  Washington, DC
November 2013-  Community Service Event at Baltimore Reads  Baltimore, MD

Past 2012 Events
February 2012 - UMD And Slavery Post-Discussion Reception with Dr. Ira Berlin @ the Riggs Alumni Center
March 2012 - Alumni Happy Hour @ Sassafrass Lounge in Bowie, MD
August 2012 - DC Happy Hour and NYC Happy Hour
Homecoming 2012: 
    Friday Night Bowling Party at Terp Zone
    Saturday - Joint Tailgate with Nyumburu Cultural Center and Black Student Union
    Sunday - Brunch at Lima/Fujimar Restaurant in DC with Howard University   
December 2012 - NYC Happy Hour at Butterfield 8 Restaurant & Lounge
December 2012 - DC Happy Hour at Bar Louie and Hurricane Sandy Clothing Drive



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7801 Alumni Drive • College Park, MD 20742-1521 • 301.405.4678 • 800.336.8627
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