Why Critical Diversity Matters in Higher Education (10/12)

Why Critical Diversity Matters in Higher Education
Diversity Workshop For Faculty and Staff

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Apartment Community Center, Multipurpose Room

This presentation provides an overview of competing ideas about what constitutes “diversity.” After explaining why this is important in promoting a diverse workforce, the presentation then offers insights about the tangible impact of critical diversity at research universities in the U.S.  Participants will leave the session with an expanded perception and appreciation of diversity in higher education and several strategies to apply for improving community inclusion.

Dr. Cedric Herring is a Professor and Director of the Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD Program at UMBC. He is the former national President of the Association of Black Sociologists, and he was awarded the Joseph S. Himes Lifetime Achievement Award for his scholarship on topics such as workplace diversity.Dr. Herring has published eight books and more than 75 scholarly articles.

Space is limited and registration is requiredRegistration deadline is October 5, 2016.

Spring 2017 Dissertation Fellowships

Applications for Spring 2017 Dissertation Fellowships will be accepted by the Office of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School until 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016.

A committee consisting of three members of the Graduate School Leadership Team will review applications and announce recipients of the Fellowship by November 11, 2016. Selection will be based on the extent of convincing evidence that the award will provide the critical element needed to complete the dissertation.


Important Information about Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits

The annual Open Enrollment Period for Health Benefits will be from Thursday, October 13 through Tuesday, November 15. During this time, employees can make changes to their health benefits.

To learn more, please visit our Health Benefits Fair tomorrow, Thursday, September 29, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the University Center Ballroom. We will also be hosting Open Enrollment Information Sessions throughout October and November.

Where to Obtain More Information

Plan enhancements, rate changes, and new wellness program activities for 2017 will be put on the HR Website in early October. In addition, employees who were enrolled for benefits coverage prior to August 26 will receive an individualized packet of materials with instructions, a benefits guide, highlighted changes, and the new rates from their department during the week of October 10. Those hired after August 26, 2016 can obtain information from Human Resources or on the HR Website. It is important that currently enrolled employees carefully review the open enrollment information found on the HR Website and in their benefits packets.

The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system will be used for employees currently on benefits between Oct. 13 – November 15, with the exception of contractual employees and retirees. The phone number to the IVR is 410-669-3893. Please review instructions on the HR website or in the individualized open enrollment packets prior to calling.

Please contact Human Resources with questions. Thank you.

Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50 Online

The online version of “Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50,” the Library Gallery exhibition celebration UMBC’s 50th Anniversary

It tells some of the many stories of the university’s exciting beginning and continuing development through items selected from the University Archives including photographs, documents, objects, books and ephemera.

Learn about UMBC’s first 50 years, including a timeline as well as images and captions that chart the founding, growth, diversity, innovative academics, research, student activism, student publications, student life, athletics, presidents and administration.

2016 ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series (10/11)

2016 ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series – Against the Odds: How I Became a Computer Scientist

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn
  • Welcome Remarks: President Freeman Hrabowski
  • Reception to Follow

Dr. Claudia Pearce, ’89 and ’94, and Senior Computer Science Authority at NSA, shares a personal story of perseverance in her educational, research, and career journey as a computer scientist.

Register Now!

UMBC welcomes Zeevelle Nottingham-Lemon, associate director of operations, and Dr. Elliot Lasson, graduate program director

Zeevelle Nottingham-Lemon, The Choice Program Associate Director of Operations

choice-0008The Choice Program at UMBC proudly announces the promotion of one of its own, Zeevelle Nottingham-Lemon! In early October, Zeevelle will take on the role of Associate Director of Operations, Choice Jobs.

Zeevelle, a West Baltimore native, holds a B.A. from Lee University in Intercultural Studies: Global Missiology and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Global Affairs and Human Security at the University of Baltimore. Last year she was selected by the mayor’s office as one of Baltimore City’s Baltimorphosis Changemakers in honor of the impactful work in violence prevention she accomplished with a committee of young people.

Zeevelle started her journey with The Choice Program at UMBC as an AmeriCorps Community Service-Learning Fellow within the Choice Jobs initiative in 2012. In her new role, Zeevelle will oversee and direct the employment programming Choice offers to young people in the Baltimore area. Through Choice’s Jobs Program, youth are able to take advantage of an array of supported employment services including job readiness training, paid placement at a Flying Fruit social enterprise location, life skills development and more. The Choice Program at UMBC reflects the broader commitment of UMBC and The Shriver Center to harness resources to strengthen our communities and help its staff and student volunteers understand their relationship to civic responsibility within urgent social issues.

Dr. Elliot Lasson, I/O Psychology Graduate Program Director

umbc-faculty-elliott-lassonThe Office of Professional Programs within the Division of Professional Studies (DPS) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Elliot Lasson as the Graduate Program Director for the Industrial & Organizational (IO) Psychology program.

Dr. Lasson received his B.A. in Psychology from UMBC with a certificate in Personnel Administration, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Wayne State University in Michigan. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel College in Baltimore, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI and SCP by SHRM.

Dr. Lasson has considerable experience in designing, validating, and implementing recruitment and staffing solutions. He also has over two decades of overall teaching experience, and has been at UMBC since 2009, where he has taught several courses including Job Analysis. Methods of Assessment, and Seminar in Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Lasson’s specialties and interests include talent management, staffing, assessment workforce planning, measurement, training, assessment, coaching, leadership development, performance management, organizational development, employment law, and interviewing.

Mental Health First Aid Training at UMBC (10/21)

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Goals of the program:

  • Preserve life where the person may be in danger to self or others
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a serious statePromote recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person with a mental health problem

Mental Health First Aid does NOT teach people to be therapists. It teaches people to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems and provides information on how to get help.

The training is 8 hours and you must attend all 8 hours to receive a certificate!*

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Location(s): Commons 331
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There is no charge for the training. This program is open to the campus community.

To Register: Email your name, department/academic program and cell phone number to Schanell Hurt-Franklin in the Counseling Center at shurt@umbc.edu. Space is limited so, please RSVP by Monday, October 17, 2016.

This program is sponsored by Student Affairs