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Since 2011, UMD has led an unwavering education and awareness campaign to improve its campus climate.

Angela Davis speaks at UMD

UMD Campus Climate Initiatives and Projects

UMD offers a number of initiates and projects to advance the climate on the UMD campus. This list is not comprehensive and will be continually updated. If you have an initiative or project that you would like to add to this page, email any member of the Leadership Team

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Campus Climate Assessments

UMD seeks input through Campus Climate surveys and uses student focus group discussions to identify problem areas and focus future work.

  • Academic Programs

UMD continues to offer a wide variety of majors, minors and graduate programs that align with cultural competency and diversity education.  

  • Training & Development

Dozens of training opportunities for UMD staff and faculty are offered on many topics throughout the year.

These teams seek input from the entire campus about one-time and on-going initiatives.

This team respond quickly to incidents that harm the university's climate. They regularly review and analyze how incidents are handled and provide a yearly summary report of incidents.They share recommendations for programming, education and other proactive approaches based on observed trends

  • Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellows

UMD hires pre-doctoral fellows from underrepresented groups to teach at UMD and mentor students while finishing their doctoral thesis.

  • Faculty Fellow for Intercultural Initiatives

This cabinet-level leader facilitates campus climate initiatives for faculty, staff, administration, and students.

  • Performance Evaluation

Annual performance evaluation for staff members include language recognizing the value of individual effort to improve the campus climate.

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