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Let Your Light Shine - The Holistic Life Foundation's Promise

While most of us go through life trying to figure out our place in the world, it’s the people that look to inspire positive change in others that we remember most fondly. As...
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Alumni Excellence Awards: Rising Terp Award Winner Olivia Owens '14

For the last five years, Olivia Owens did it all at IFundWomen, a funding platform for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital,...
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The Career Design Fellowship: Guiding Terps toward new career opportunities

Over more than 15 years in engineering, Vionna Adams’ career has kept her plenty busy — just not exactly in the ways she had hoped.
Mohammed Sillah ’03

Mohammed Sillah ’03 - Happy Monday, A Vice Cream Parlor: An ice cream cart for adults!

Mohammed Sillah ’03 is the owner of Happy Monday Vice Cream. He is a class of 2003 Communications graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and was inspired to start...
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Meet the Board of Governors: Nefretiti Nassar ’10, M.S. ’12

At age 12, Nefretiti Nassar ’10, M.S. ’12 accepted a challenge that would forever change her life.
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Meet the Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee

The University of Maryland’s inaugural Black Alumni Weekend will welcome Terps back to College Park to celebrate with friends, reconnect with fellow classmates, and enjoy a...
Bert Williams

Meet the Board of Governors: Bert Williams ’96

When he walked across the stage at graduation 26 years ago, Bert Williams ’96 received two items: a certificate for his criminal justice degree and a University of Maryland...
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Get to Know Lakisha Ann Woods '97 — Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects

Lakisha Ann Woods ’97, CAE, is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic network of more than 94,000...
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Research Award: Bridget T. Kelly, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ‘01

Bridget T. Kelly, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’01 Associate professor, diversity officer and chair of Council on Racial Equity and Justice at the UMD College of Education An advocate for...
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Rising Terp Award: Audrey Awasom ’18

Audrey Awasom ’18 Founder, Noble Uprising A graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Awasom founded Noble Uprising to empower women in shelters through job readiness...
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When Terrapins Connect: UMBA Mentorship Program

When Taylor Dotson ’21 came to the University of Maryland in 2019 to get her master’s in industrial organizational psychology, she was ready to take on the academic challenge to...
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On a Mission for a New Career, with Z. Jalloh ’01

As a marketing and communications specialist for a hospital in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Z. Jalloh ’01 spent most of spring 2020 just trying to catch her breath.
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