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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our Commitment to the Terp Community
The University of Maryland strives to create an inclusive environment where each member of our community feels that they belong and are empowered to reach their full potential. The University of Maryland Alumni Association is committed to purposefully advancing that goal while inviting our alumni to become TerrapinSTRONG.
Through the Alumni Association’s programming, we strive to have an organization where every alum feels that the Alumni Association is a place where they belong. We enrich the University of Maryland’s impact by serving as a gateway for alums of all identities, abilities, backgrounds, socio-economic classes, and experiences to participate in programs that contribute to a united, respectful, and empowered Terp community. We commit to deepening our learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and hold ourselves accountable for evolving into the most just organization possible. As the Alumni Association for the flagship university in the state of Maryland, we feel a sense of responsibility to be leaders in this area.
Join us in the pursuit of a more just and equitable world. Commit to lifelong learning. Be active members of our Terp community and beyond. We invite all alumni to join together as a Terp community in becoming TerrapinSTRONG.
Words Are Not Enough
A commitment alone is not enough. The Alumni Association joins the #UMDSolidarity movement and developed the following action plan to fulfill our commitment.
The Alumni Association commits to:
- Striving to maintain an alumni volunteer population that is increasingly diverse year over year because we recognize the makeup of our population of today does not reflect the alumni population of the future and the values they bring with them. We recognize that some communities were historically excluded from full participation, and we need to invite excluded members in and to create a more just and inclusive organization.
- As of January 2022, our volunteer leaders demographics are as follows:
- Asian or Pacific Islander: 10.7%; Black: 14.6%; Hispanic: 6.6%; Native American: 0%; White: 50.6%; Unknown: 17.5%
- As of January 2022, the current UMD alumni population demographics are as follows:
Asian or Pacific Islander: 11.8%; Black: 6.9%; Hispanic: 3.7%; Native American: 0.5%; White: 44.1%; Unknown: 33.1%
- Strive for alumni volunteer leaders who are more reflective of our current student body. As of Fall 2021, UMD student population demographics are as follows:
Asian or Pacific Islander: 20.3%; Black: 11.8%; Hispanic: 10.2%; Native American: 0.2%; White: 45%; Unknown: 9.1%
Expand our awareness of the diverse populations that exist within the alumni community, including (but not limited to) sexual identities, abilities, backgrounds, socio-economic classes, and experiences, and ensure these groups feel a sense of belonging in our organization.
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging training for staff and volunteer leaders to ensure our operations and programming are reflective of our values.
Hosted “A Discussion about Diversity and Inclusion” for network leaders during the 2020 Volunteer Leadership Conference
Hosted “Making Implicit Bias Conscious” on February 8th, 2021 for Alumni Association (AA) staff
Hosted “Stop The Hate Training” on November 8th, 2021 for AA staff
Participation in the UMD TerrapinSTRONG training in January 2022 for AA staff
Continue commitment to providing annual training opportunities for staff and volunteers.
Enhance volunteer on-boarding to reflect TerrapinSTRONG values.
- Audits of programs, policies and procedures to identify gaps and areas of opportunity.
Launched Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force in September 2021 to oversee the creation of a new DEI Commitment statement and affiliated resources.
Analyzed 2019 Alumni Survey data to identify gaps in programming for diverse alumni
Continue to utilize annual alumni surveys to identify opportunities to create more inclusive programming.
Utilize the DEI Task Force to deep dive into at least one programmatic area per year for a full audit.
- Programming and resources for alumni to mature and develop DEI skills, not only to better foster our Alumni Association community, but also equip you to be a fearless leader in creating a more just and equitable world.
Alumni Association has hosted numerous programs that can be viewed in our archives above.
Provide at least three new programs per year, in addition to promoting pre-recorded content from past years.
- Elevate Minority-Owned Terp Businesses through our #TerpBusiness programs.
Celebrated Black Business Month by highlighting Black Terp-owned businesses in our blog.
Celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Month by highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander Terp-owned businesses in our blog
Celebrated Women’s History Month by highlighting women Terp-owned businesses in our blog.
Created a filter in our Alumni Business Directory to search for minority-owned businesses
Annually highlight minority-owned alumni businesses during the affiliated heritage months.
Utilize affinity networks to drive participation in #TerpBusiness program with minority-owned businesses and increase the number of businesses in the directory that identify as minority-owned.
Learn With Us
Everyone's journey to understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging starts from a different place. The Alumni Association produces and curates a collection of important resources for the Terp community to advance in their own understanding and commitment to diverse, inclusive and equitable practices.
Terp Writer’s Corner - learn about books and publications from diverse authors
Alumni Spotlight - meet diverse alums and learn about their post-grad experiences
TEN for 10 - meet diverse Terp Entrepreneurs
Elaine Johnson Coates Award: Honors an alumnus/a who has made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion nationally and/or globally. This award is named for Elaine Johnson Coates ’59, who is also the inaugural recipient.
Wherever you are - in the world, in your career, in your life - you’re a Terp forever.
The Alumni Association is proud to foster close-knit, supportive communities for alumni based on interests and identities. We invite you to become an active member of our Terp community by joining a network or giving back to fellow Terps.
Join Terp Networks & Communities
Alumni-Led Affinity Networks
Affinity networks provide an opportunity for alumni to connect with each other while fostering University pride, share in common interests and celebrate heritage and identities that strengthen and enrich the Terp community.
Latinx Alumni Network (LAN)Learn More
Asian Pacific American Alumni Network (APAAN)Learn More
Lambda Pride LGBTQ+ Alumni NetworkLearn More
Muslim Alumni of Maryland Alumni NetworkLearn More
Jewish Terps Alumni Network (JTAN)Learn More
Terrapins Connect Professional Affinity Groups
Professional affinity groups provide an opportunity for alumni to network, grow professionally, participate in mentorship opportunities and share career-related resources and tools.
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