reporting units

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Equity Center

Director: Dr. Luke Jensen
Associate Director: Nicholas Sakurai
The LGBT Equity Center works to establish and maintain a safe, inclusive, and welcoming campus environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions. The LGBT Equity Center serves University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations. In pursuit of its vision, the Center builds community and networks; provides support and resources; fosters leadership; educates and promotes academic excellence; advocate for equity.

Nyumburu Cultural Center
Director: Dr. Ronald Zeigler
Associate Director: Anne Reese Carswell
Nyumburu is the word for "freedom house", from the Swahili words "nyumba"(house) and "uhuru" (freedom). The Nyumburu Cultural Center has served the UM community since 1971 and continues to build on its foundations as the center for black social, cultural and intellectual interaction. Nyumburu's productions and activities include lectures and seminars, art exhibits, workshops in the dramatic arts, dance and music. Academic courses in blues, jazz, gospel music performance and creative writing are also offered.

Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE)
Director: Dr. Christopher Lester
Associate Director: Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold
The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education at UMD serves undergraduate multi-ethnic students to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation and overall GPA.

OMSE provides programs and resources that support undergraduate students in their goals to achieve academic and personal success at the University of Maryland. While many of the students OMSE serves are high achievers, others experience academic and personal challenges that have an impact on their ability to thrive at the University. OMSE’s programs aim to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation among under-represented students. Currently, over 9,600 students are served.

University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program (IAP)
Executive Director: Jackie Lee
Associate Director: April Hamilton
The University of Maryland, College Park initiated the Incentive Awards Program in 2001 to recognize and reward young people who want to better their life opportunities through a college education. The program specifically targets students who, despite adverse life situations, demonstrate academic ability, uncommon persistence and maturity. Students receive full financial support (tuition, fees, room and board) for their undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland.

While the awards are directed toward students who demonstrate a great need for financial assistance, the scholarship component is only a small part. At the heart of the University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program is the development of individual character, community responsibility and leadership within an intimate community of peers, advisors and faculty mentors. The cohort of students that form the core of this community benefit from outstanding academic and support programs and are also active in their home communities as role models for future Incentive Award candidates.