Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to Monday, May 31, 2021 - 7:00pm
We are all pretty excited to be welcoming a new year but unfortunately some of 2020 will be spilling into 2021. UMD's Regional Alumni Networks have come together to host a series of sessions to help us reach those New Year's resolutions and grow our support network as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Each month will feature a different topic for a virtual session where experts discuss their tips and tricks while taking questions from all of you. Participants will also have the opportunity to share and connect with Alumni from all over the U.S. in the comfort of their own homes. We hope you will join us in the fight to make 2021 the best year yet! 

Calendar of Topics

Staying Civically Engaged While Socially Distant
March 11th, 2021, 7pm ET Register
Social distance requirements can present serious challenges for civic engagement and community organizing. In celebration of Women's History Month, join us for a conversation with fellow Terp women who are expert organizers for social change. Whether it's voter registration efforts or environmental activism, we'll have a thoughtful discussion on civic engagement during a global pandemic. Don't forget to bring your questions! Hosted by the DC and Philadelphia Alumni Networks 

Speaker Bios
Amanda Dewey '17 is a Senior Research Analyst in Local Policy at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a graduate fellow at the Program for Society and the Environment, her research interests include environmental attitudes and values, environmental movements, environmental organizations, and human-wildlife relationships. She has served as Mayor of the Town of Berwyn Heights since being elected in June 2020 after serving two years as a Councilmember. As Mayor, her priorities include community engagement and sustainability.  Amanda grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri, and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Theatre from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Amanda began her career as mid-Atlantic field organizer and special projects coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition.

Julia Reicin '21 is a senior in the University of Maryland Honors Program, double majoring in psychology and geographical information science. She is a master's candidate in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Julia is a scholar-athlete on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams who has a passion for giving back to the community and empowering others to give back. Julia currently serves as President and previously served as the Community Service Co-Executive on the Student Athletic Advisory Council. She also grew the Team IMPACT program which partners children with chronic illnesses to athletic teams as the Maryland Team IMPACT Fellow. Julia is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a Truman Finalist and won the ICA Academic Achievement and Community Service Awards. She was also instrumental in the formation and implementation of VoTERP, a student-run and staff-led initiative developed to provide Marland student-athletes and staff with non-partisan resources to "educate, activate, and vote."

Hope Lewandoski '20 is a senior at the University of Maryland and a member of the women's soccer team. A December 2020 graduate from the School of Public Health with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, she is now getting a master's in Business and Management. Hope is a three-time Big Ten All Academic honoree as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Along with serving as a senior co-captain, Hope represents the women's soccer team as a Student Athletic Advisory Council liaison. She is also a member of the Big Ten Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that looks to tackle diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and student-athlete engagement to better enhance the student-athlete experience in the Big Ten. During her time at Maryland, she developed a passion to lead others and, along with fellow student-athletes Julia Reicin and Taylor Wilson, played an integral role in the development of the VoTERP initiative that helps student-athletes and staff find resources to register to vote and make informed voting decisions.

Coming Soon

Gardening & Agriculture Across the State - Hosted by the Montgomery County Alumni Network and Northern Virginia Alumni Network - April 2021

Saving and Planning for the Unexpected - Hosted by the Chicago Alumni Network - May 2021

Past SOS Events

Keeping the Spark Alive: Dating and Marriage During a Pandemic - Hosted by the Baltimore Alumni Network - February 10, 2021 @ 7pm ET
Dating and marriage can be hard, but they have gotten so much harder during the pandemic. Join us in conversation with fellow Terp Alumni who are also licensed relationship therapist. Ask your questions on navigating dating or maintaining a healthy relationship when you are stuck in the house or out wearing a mask. You will also have a chance to share what has been working for you and together we can better our relationships in the new year!