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Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.

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Upcoming Events

RICHARD SOUL WURMAN: The Next Great Solutions to our Worlds Social Challenges

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in The Grand Ballroom

Richard Saul Wurman, Founder of TED Talks, is described as an "intellectual provocateur” with a "hummingbird mind." The acknowledged father of Information Architecture, Wurman has written, designed and published 83 books and has created countless communities through his innovative conferences. He embraces the insecure space of the unknown and leverages ignorance into the shared riches of the many. He continues to problem solve and engage in the next great solutions to our worlds social challenges. 



Faces of Homelessness Panel

November, 2015 (TBD)                                   

Advancing Social Change:  The Women of NPR

March 11, 2015    


Hoff Theatre, Stamp                     

Judy Shepard, Civil Rights Advocate and Mother of Matthew Shepard

April 13, 2015   


Prince George’s Room, Stamp

Past Events

Kevin Powell 

Author & Soical Activist

September 16, 2014

Neil Irvin

Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape

April 17, 2014

Andy Shallal 

Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur

March 3, 2014

Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician 

February 4, 2014

Nancy Meyer 

Business and Development Director at Community Forklift

October 24, 2013

Hudson Taylor

Founder & Executive Director of AthleteAlly

December 3, 2013

Mona Polacca

Member, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

November 6, 2013

Chocolate City Documentary and Discussion with Ellie Walton

April 29, 2013

The Longest Revolution: An Evening with Gloria Steinem

April 23, 2013

Cornel West Lecture
February 14, 2013

Face of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau 
Faces of Homelessness Panel 
November 14, 2012 

Mark Bergel; Executive Director, A Wider Circle
Closing the Poverty Gap: One Man's Journey to Social Change
September 27, 2012

Barbara Ehrenreich
Counting Change: Making a Difference in an Indifferent World
May 1, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Beatriz Otero; CentroNia / Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Bilingual Education in a Multicultural America
April 19, 2012

Mazi Mutafa; Words Beats and Life
Hip Hop and Social Change
March 15, 2012

Tim Wise
Between Barack and a Hard Place: Challenging Racism, Privilege, and Denial in the Age of Obama
February 8, 2012
Learn more about this event in The Diamondback

Adam Schneider; Health Care for the Homeless
Triple Threats: Homelessness, Healthcare, and Oppression - A Dialogue about Advocacy, Organizing, and Creating Change
November 16, 2011

Suzanne Marcus; District Alliance for Safe Housing
Hiding from Hate and Finding Hope: Suzanne's Lifelong Campaign Against Domestic Violence in the District
October 20, 2011

Mayor Ortiz & Vinnie Bevivino
Environmental Justice: In Our Backyard?
April 14, 2011

Angela Lagdameo & Christina Lagdameo
A Family of Action: Two Sisters Making a World of Difference
March 8, 2011

Melissa Thompson
Turning the Camera on Change: Advocacy through Documentary Filmmaking
February 24, 2011 

Mary-Beth Levin; Prevention Works!
Attacking AIDS in DC: Pathways to Awareness and Prevention
February 16, 2011 

Paving the Way for Social Change: Young Alums Taking Action
November 30, 2010
The Voices of Social Change Committee at the University of Maryland is proud to present a panel of recent graduates that will be addressing the members of the University of Maryland community about their work at the forefront of social change issues. Speakers include Davey Rogner, founding member of Pick Up America; Sana Javed, organizer with UNITE HERE local 25; and Chris Lawson, founder of Youth Dreamers. 



We are asking for your help in identifying potential speakers for the Voices of Social Change program. Voices of Social Change invites engaging storytellers to share their experiences as active leaders in the local community. The purpose of the program is to honor the social change work of these leaders, to connect people and resources, and to inspire people to engage in social change.

This program began in the spring 2010 semester with three sessions focused on social change in the coffee industry, in Haiti, and environmental justice with local community members. We are looking for individuals involved in social change work in our local community and the Baltimore-Washington area, and are asking for your help.

Do you have relationships with or knowledge of individuals you believe would be good at sharing their story with our students? Have you read about someone in the paper you believe has a story about social change that has benefited the Baltimore-Washington community?

If so, please email voices@umd.edu with their name, contact information (if possible), and any other information you may have about the invididual(s). Your help in identifying social change agents within our community is extremely helpful and is the most successful way for us to identify promising storytellers of social change. Each of our speakers will be provided a $500 honorarium.

Thank you very much!

The Voices for Social Change Coordinating Team
Mark Engelbert, Aarti Vadalia, Diana Daisy, and Meron Tesfaye