Contact MICA

1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-8600
MICA-contact@umd.edu

LatinX Handbook Online

Guidance, Direction, and Assistsance

Welcome 
Latino/a Student Organizations
Academic Resources 
Campus Resources 
Faculty and Staff Resources
Course Selections and Academic Options 
Scholarships 
Internships 
Publications
Off-Campus Resources
Campus Events & Activities
Questions & Answers
Finishing College & Looking into the Future
Glossary

WELCOME

Bienvenidos!

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Maryland-College Park. You may be in the same place I was two years ago, as a recently arrived community member needing to find my place among an array of diverse people. As the Coordinator for Latina/o Student Involvement & Advocacy, I am very excited to meet you and assist you in finding your place on and off campus that will help you be academically successful as well as provide you with a positive college experience. As a new community member I faced the daunting experience of where to start, who to meet first, where to go for support and general information. The Latina/o Student Handbook provides that starting point to guide and direct you to resources, faculty, staff, community partners and student organizations you may be interested in connecting with. I encourage you to contact them because they will appreciate your visit and are committed to your success. This handbook will also give you tools to improve, develop and learn about yourself through the many academic programs and internship opportunities. Finally, as an avid adventurer, I encourage you to take a leap at new experiences and new people. If you would like that extra push, just let me know and I can join you at the edge. Best wishes this academic year!

Yvette Lerma
Coordinator for Latino/a Student Involvement and
Community Advocacy, MICA

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LATINO/A STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

For a home away from home and support from students just like you, Latino/a student organizations are the places to go and become involved in. From groups that plan campus wide events and advocate for community wide issues to Greek organizations, chance are you will find something you like in one of these organizations. In this handbook, you will find general descriptions and contact information for the Latina/o organizations on campus. We invite you to participate in as many as you want and connect with fellow Latina/o students.

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting UMD Chapter (ALPFA)
alpfa-umd@umd.edu
ALPFA Washington, DC Chapter: http://www.alpfa.org/
ALPFA provides many programs and benefits to aspiring Latino students interested in accounting, finance or related career professions. Benefits of student memberships include access to scholarship opportunities, skills development workshops, networking with key hiring professionals and sponsors, and other events.

The Coalition of Latino Student Organizations (CLSO)
clso@umd.edu
The Coalition serves as an umbrella organization and is made up of all Latino/a student organizations active on campus, as well as faculty, staff, and students at large. CLSO strives to promote cultural awareness and education. Activities include the coordination of Latino Heritage Month programming every Fall. Contact Yvette Lerma in MICA at ylerma@umd.edu for information on how to participate. 

Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society
www.studentorg.umd.edu/crdpremed
CRDPreMedicalSociety@gmail.com
The Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society at the Univeristy of Maryland at College Park was established as an attempt to provide fundamental information about how to approach the rigorous pre-medicine academic course requirements, the medical school application process, and admission procedures in hope to produce successful medical school applicants. In addition to serving all UMCP students, we especially serve minority students because they lack access to information about how the system works.

Gamma Phi Sigma “Hermanos Unidos” Fraternity, Inc.
http://www.gammaphisigma.org
gammas.zeta@gmail.com
What unites all brothers of Gamma Phi Sigma is our unbreakable determination to glorify our culture and our potential as strong dynamic Latino men. Gamma Phi Sigma strives to empower the young Latino male of today volunteering time and youthful vigor to the entire Latino community and student body.

Hispanic MBA Association
hmbaa@rhsmith.umd.edu
The Hispanic MBA Association (HMBAA) is a student run initiative established to foster the involvement of the Hispanic MBA community at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The HMBAA organizes career development events and promotes the rich and diverse culture of its members.

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lul 
lul@umd.edu
LUL was established in February 1982 to address the shortcomings of academic institutions in meeting and addressing the needs of Latino/a students in higher education. Founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, LUL seeks to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latino/a community through community service.

La Voz Latina
lavozlatina.umd@gmail.com
This newspaper is committed to providing the Latino/a students a representative and informative voice among all other publications on campus. The editorial board welcomes contributors throughout the year, regardless of personal identity. La Voz Latina has recently become an SGA member to ensure its commitment to providing the Latino students’ voices a publication on campus. The paper welcomes everyone regardless of personal identity.

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lta
LTA_Upsilon@yahoo.com
LTA is an academic sorority that was founded in 1975 to aid in the scholarly and cultural advancement of all minority women. LTA strives to eliminate stereotypes that affect minority women.

Latino Student Union (LSU)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lsu
lsu.umd@gmail.com
LSU provides students a place to express Latino culture at the University of Maryland. The LSU serves as a home away from home to students who may feel lost on a campus as large as College Park. Students are given the opportunity to meet other Latinos and form lasting friendships, as well as gain a sense of familia. The LSU is also very focused on what its members have to say, so the overall feel and attitude of LSU reflects its constituents.

The Latino/a Graduate Student Association (LGSA)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lgsa
LGSA’s mission is to provide a community of incoming and continuing Latino/a graduate students on our campus by offering support and mentorship, institutional and community outreach, and academic and professional development. The purpose of LGSA is to promote and encourage the persistence, as well as, graduation of Latino/a graduate students at the University of Maryland.

Latino Honors Caucus
http://groups.google.com/group/latino-honors-caucus?hl=en 
latinohonorssociety@gmail.com
The aims of the Latino Honors Caucus include unity and networking among Latino Honors students and those interested in learning about the Latino culture, encouragement of Latinos to enter the honors program, and service to the surrounding community.

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc. (SLU)
www.sigmalambdaupsilon.org/upsilon
upsilon@sigmalambdaupsilon.org
SLU was chartered in Spring 2000 with the purpose of creating an organization that would provide sisterhood and support, while promoting academic achievement, community service and cultural enrichment. Established in 1987, this organization extends to 27 college campuses across the country.

S.C.O.R.E.
www.score.umd.edu
scorebusiness@gmail.com
S.C.O.R.E. (Student Community for Outreach, Retention, and Excellence) is established for the expressed purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting under-represented minority students (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, etc.) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
www.eng.umd.edu/SHPE/
president@shpeumd.org
SHPE aims to increase the number of Hispanic Engineering and Sciences students at the University of Maryland. In this effort, SHPE collaborates with industry to promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientists in education and private sector.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS Chapter)
http://www.ucsbsacnas.org/
SACNAS-MD@listserv.umd.edu
To increase the presence of Latinos and Native Americans in the science, by providing mentorship at different academic levels, networking and a support group for Latino graduate students who are pursuing post graduate degrees in the science as well as to recruit more Latino undergraduates to pursue post graduate degrees and careers in the science. Faculty Advisor: Edgar Moctezuma, emoctezu@umd.edu.

The University of Maryland Latina/o Alumni Network (LAN, charter in process)
http://www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/alumni/
umdlatinoalumninetwork@gmail.com
LAN’s purpose is that of promoting the interests and welfare of the University through the advancement of the interests and welfare of its Latino/a alumni. To support and learn more about this initiative contact Gerson Elias at elias.gerson@gmail.com.

The Latina/o Graduation Celebration
http://www.provost.umd.edu/diversity/latinograduation/
latinograduation@umd.edu
The Latina/o Graduation Celebration is a commemoration that recognizes Latina/o graduates, both undergraduate and graduate students, at the University of Maryland. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the success and achievements of Latina/o graduates as well as to establish an institutionally-acknowledged cultural space at the University of Maryland. Since the first graduation celebration in May 2005, the number of UM graduates has steadily increased. Last year, over 75 Latina/o students received degrees!

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES

While there are several things that the University of Maryland offers, we need to remember that the primary reason we are here is to improve ourselves academically and prepare for the future. With this in mind, the University has several on campus tutoring and academic aid programs and offices that are willing to help you with the material you will be learning in your course work. Feel free to contact the offices listed for further information.

Learning Assistance Service 
2201 Shoemaker Building 301.314.7693
http://www.counseling.umd.edu
lasinfo@umd.edu
LAS offers individualized programs in: exam skills, spelling, time management, textbook comprehension, listening and note-taking, math learning skills, vocabulary, science learning skills, writing skills, grammar skills, and speed reading.

Math Success Program 
0102 Easton Hall and Stamp Student Union 301.314.6284
www.resnet.umd.edu/programs/math_success
The Math Success Program is an undergraduate peer math coaching program coordinated by Residence Life. Free tutoring in math, specifically focused on Math 001, 002, 113 and 115, is available in the Easton Hall Recreation Room.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)
1101 Hornbake Library, South Wing 301.405.5616
http://www.omse.umd.edu
OMSE offers you the opportunity to participate in a vast array of academic and professional programs on campus. OMSE offers free walk-in tutoring for the most requested undergraduate courses; it collaborates with the Mathematics Department in coordinating the math review sessions and hourly exam reviews every semester. You may also form your own study group and work there with a tutor or use the computer lab. OMSE offers a college success prep program, and a peer-mentoring program for our diverse campus population.

The Writing Center
0125 Taliaferro Hall 301.405.3785
http://www.english.umd.edu/programs/WritCenter
Writing Center offers trained tutors to help you improve your writing. A tutor will work with you to clarify an assignment, explore ideas and topics, plan and organize your paper, determine strategies for revision, correct grammatical problems, and ease writing anxieties. 


RESOURCES FOR STAFF/FACULTY

Faculty and Staff Association Founding Committee
A small group of staff members have banded together to establish a Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) at Maryland. If you are interested in serving as a member on the LFSA Founding Committee, please contact Yvette Lerma, ylerma@umd.edu, (301) 314-5822. The Founding Committee will meet on a periodic basis to discuss and plan the association's mission, goals and constitution. 
Faceboook Group at http://tinyurl.com/UMLFSAFB
LinkedIn Group at http://tinyurl.com/UMLFSALI

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CAMPUS RESOURCES

The University of Maryland also has several on-campus support services that reach out to students to provide them with a supportive environment that will help them to excel academically and socially. The organizations and offices listed in this handbook will provide you with opportunities to participate in community service projects, academic programs, and social events, as well as receive academic and health care assistance. If any of these resources interest you, we encourage you to contact them for more information.

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
1134 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Bldg #088 301.405.3878
http://www.cmse.umd.edu
Established in 1981 as a unit within the School of Engineering, the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering provides academic support services and outreach programs designed to recruit, retain, and graduate African American, Hispanic American, and Native American engineering students. For more information contact LaWanda S. Kamalidiin, Assistant Director at lsaddler@umd.edu.

Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society
http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/crdpremed
CRDPreMedicalSociety@gmail.com
The Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society at the Univeristy of Maryland at College Park was established as an attempt to provide fundamental information about how to approach the rigorous pre-medicine academic course requirements, the medical school application process, and admission procedures in hope to produce successful medical school applicants. In addition to serving all UMCP students, we especially serve minority students because they lack access to information about how the system works.

The Community Outreach Program of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese
2215 Jiménez Hall 301.405.6441
The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to inform and attract U.S. Latinos in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to our campus. The initiative has a continuous working relationship with students & parents, in schools in the area, via a variety of programs. At the University of Maryland we have many native speakers that have been instrumental in the establishment of Heritage Language Courses, U.S. Latino/a Literature and Service Learning component.

Hillel at The University of Maryland
7612 Mowatt Lane 301.422.6200
http://www.marylandhillel.org
University of Maryland Hillel serves one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish campus communities in the country. Hillel sponsors a diverse and exciting array of activities throughout the school year, including social, cultural, religious and educational programs. Whether it is a briefing from the Israeli Embassy, a student BBE with a reggae band, a free Shabbat dinner for 1000 plus students, a Jewish acapella group performing at the White House, or a dinner discussion on Jewish ethics, Jewish students utilize Hillel as their own center for the community. Hillel staff and resources are available to all UMD students, faculty, staff and community members regardless of affiliation or commitment. Hillel is committed to supporting a vibrant Jewish community that provides opportunities for diverse forms of Jewish expression.

La Familia
http://www.omse.umd.edu/services&programs/lafamilia.php
la_familia_umd@yahoo.com
Established in 2000, this program assists first-year Latino/a students with their college transition by providing one-on-one guidance and support through the use of peer mentors. It incorporates a network of Latino/a student organizations to provide a wide range of activities and create a sense of community for first year students. Through La Familia, Latino/a students will have a foundation of role models encouraging them to succeed in their college education.

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2100D McKeldin Library 301.314.6786
www.ugresearch.umd.edu 
ugresearch@umd.edu
Students spend four to six hours a week working with or under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research and receive an Undergraduate Research Assistant notation.

Off Campus Student Involvement
0110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union 301.405.0986
http://www.stamp.umd.edu/offcampus
och@umd.edu
Off-Campus Student Involvement (OCSI) provides services to support and enhance the educational experience of ALL students who live off-campus. This is achieved through social, educational, informational, and developmental programs to help students get connected to campus, discover involvement and leadership opportunities, and learn more about campus life. To learn more about services, programs, and events on campus and in the area, subscribe to the Commuter Student Listserv. To subscribe, email: och@umd.edu.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion 
1130 Shriver Laboratory 301.405.2838
http://www.ohrp.umd.edu
ohrp-silc@umd.edu
The office provides leadership on issues dealing with sexual harassment, affirmative action, recruitment, retention, race relations, conflict management, teaching effectiveness and organizational development to the entire University community. Check their Words of Engagement Program! For more information contact Mark G. Brimhall, Assistant Director at brimhall@umd.edu.

Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy
1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life 301.314.8600
http://thestamp.umd.edu/diversity
http://thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino 
MICA-contact@umd.edu
MICA stands firmly in their role to empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections. In support of the campus’ commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, they advance a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity, through student-centered advising, advocacy, programs, research, and practices. For more information contact Yvette Lerma, Coordinator for Latina/o Student Involvement & Advocacy at ylerma@umd.edu

Robert H. Smith School of Business Student Activities
301.314.2286
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu
Appointments are required. Interested in applying or learning about the Business School? Contact April N. Hamilton, Assistant Director and Student Activities Coordinator to guide you on the process of applying and the various requirements for admission. She is located at1570 Van Munching Hall. Contact email: ahamilto@rhsmith.umd.edu

S.C.O.R.E.
http://www.score.umd.edu
scorebusiness@gmail.com
S.C.O.R.E. (Student Community for Outreach, Retention, and Excellence) is established for the expressed purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting under-represented minority students (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, etc.) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS Chapter)
http://sacnas.org/
SACNAS-MD@listserv.umd.edu
To increase the presence of Latinos and Native Americans in the science, by providing mentorship at different academic levels, networking and a support group for Latino graduate students who are pursuing post graduate degrees in the science as well as to recruit more Latino undergraduates to pursue post graduate degrees and careers in the science. Faculty Advisor: Edgar Moctezuma, emoctezu@umd.edu.

University Career Center & President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library 301.314.7255
www.CareerCenter.umd.edu
www.PresidentsPromise.umd.edu 
The University Career Center (UCC) serves as a world class career and experiential learning center that teaches individuals to understand and use the career development process as they seek local, national, and global employment opportunities. Contact: Pamela Allen, Program Director at pallen@umd.edu.

University Health Center
Campus Drive (across from Stamp Student Union) 301.314.8180
http://www.health.umd.edu
Appointments are required. Call 301.314.8184 for an appointment. Urgent Care services are available without an appointment for evaluation of urgent medical problems. There is a fee for service. A free After Hours NurseLine is available when the Health Center is closed. Please have your University ID Number (UID) ready! For more information contact Julia Matute, Coordinator for Marketing Services at matute@health.umd.edu or 3104 Health Center, 301.314.8103.

The President's Promise
301.314.7888 
http://www.presidentspromise.umd.edu
Email: presidentspromise@umd.edu
3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing
Through the President's Promise, each student has the chance to engage in a special experience and offers the opportunity for extraordinary personal growth.  Some students achieve this growth through hands-on research, study abroad, or internships in the public and private sectors.  Others take on leadership roles or find fulfillment in community service programs. President's Promise staff is available to help students navigate through all options to select the best opportunities. In addition, dedicated faculty and staff are also available to help students chart a course to enhance their academic experience.

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FACULTY AND STAFF

There are many Latino/a faculty, staff, and community partners who will appreciate your visit regardless of the position or office they are in. The following are just a few of the people on campus who are committed to your success. We have also listed their area of expertise to connect with them if you are pursuing a similar field. These individuals would be great mentors, friends, and colleagues. We encourage you to contact them.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Michael Andrews
Area of Focus: Educational Counselor
Pre-College Programs 
West Education Annez
mandrew1@umd.edu
301.405.6776

Antoine Banks
Area of Focus: Racial/Ethnic Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Government & Politics
3140 Tydings Hall
abanks12@umd.edu
301.405.2973

Gloria Aparicio Blackwell
Area of Focus: Human Resources
Assistant to the VP of Administrative Affairs
Office of the VP Administrative Affairs
1132 Main Administration Bldg.
gaparici@umd.edu
301.405.5643

Alberto F. Cabrera, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Educational Administration
Professor
Higher Education 
2202 Benjamin Building
cabrera@umd.edu
301.405.2875
http://www.education.umd.edu/EDPA/faculty/cabrera.htm

Virginia Carrasco
Area of Focus: Coastal Communications
Coastal Communications Specialist
2200 Symons Hall
vcarrasco@arec.umd.edu
301.405.5809

Gnisha Yvonne Dinwiddie

Area of Focus: Health Disparities, SES Status & Health, and more
Assistant Professor
African American Studies
2169 LeFrak Hall
gnieshad@umd.edu
301.405.1158

Traci Dula 
Area of Focus: Education
Assistant Director
Honors Program
1117 Anne Arundel Hall
tdula@umd.edu
301.405.1221

Jenny Flores
Area of Focus: Non-profit Sector & Diversity
Administrative Assistant
Maryland English Institute (MEI)
Office of International Programs
1121A Holzapfel Hall
flores@umd.edu
301.405.8634

Annie Foster-Ahmed, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Education
Associate Professor
Pre-College Programs
2105 West Education Annex
af25@umail.umd.edu
aefa@umd.edu
301.405.1773

Judith Freidenberg, PhD.
Area of Focus: Anthropology
Associate Professor 
Department of Anthropology
0110 Woods Hall
jfreiden@anth.umd.edu
301.405.1420
http://www.popcenter.umd.edu/mprc-associates/jfreiden

Leticia Goulias
Area of Focus: Latin American History and Culture
Coordinator
Latin American Studies Center 
3107 Taliaferro Hall
lgoulias@umd.edu
301.405.8961

Julie Greene
Area of Focus: U.S. Labor, working class history, immigration
Associate Professor
History Department 
2115 Francis Scott Key
jmg@umd.edu
301.405.4265

April Nichelle Hamilton
Area of Focus: Business Counseling & Advising
Assistant Director
Business Management, Smith School of Business 
1570 Van Munching Hall
ahamilt1@umd.edu 
301.405.2286

William Hanna, Ph.D.
Professor
Area of Focus: Architecture
Urban Studies & Planning
1126 Architecture Building
bhanna@umd.edu
301.405.4005

Dr. Luke Jensen
Area of Focus: Musicology
Director, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Equity and
Senior VP Academic Affairs & Provost
0119 Cole Student Activities Building
ljensen@umd.edu
301.405.8721

David Jones
Area of Focus: Latino Student Community History
Architecture Building Facilities Coordinator 
Facilities Management
LSU Advisor
djones1952@earthlink.net
301.405.3238

Lawanda Kamalidiin
Area of Focus: Engineering
Associate Director
Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering
1134 Martin Hall
lsaddler@umd.edu
301.405.3878

Meredith Kleykamp
Area of Focus: Military Service Differences in Race/Ethnicity & Gender
Assistant Professor of Sociology
4125 Art-Sociology Bldg
kleykamp@umd.edu
301.405.6409

Manel LaCorte, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Spanish
Associate Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics
Director, Spanish Language Program
Department of Spanish & Portuguese/SLLC
2202 Jimenez Hall
mlacorte@umd.edu
301.405.8233

Christopher Lester, Ed.D.
Area of Focus: Social Justice
Director
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
1101 Hornbake Library 
clester1@umd.edu
301.405.5615

Victoria-María MacDonald, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Minority and Urban Education
Assistant Professor
Education Policy & Leadership
2110 Benjamin Building
vmacdona@umd.edu
301.405.3570

Luz Martínez-Miranda
Area of Focus: Physics
Assoc. Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
1110D Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
martinez@eng.umd.edu
301.405.0253

Julia Matute
Area of Focus: Community Health Education
Coordinator of Marketing Services
University Health Center 
3104 Health Center
matute@umd.edu
301.314.8103

Dr. Edgar Moctezuma
Area of Focus: Cell Biology and Genetics Lecturer
Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
3105 H.J. Patterson Hall
emoctezu@umd.edu
301.405.1638

Ronald Molina
Area of Focus: Latina/o Graduation
IT Coordinator
Resident Life
Office of Design & Publication
0101 Annapolis Hall
rmolina2@umd.edu
301.314.2503

Randy James OntiverosPh.D.
Area of Focus: English
Assistant Professor
English Department
3101 Susquehanna Hall
randyo@umd.edu
301.405.3833

Yanira Pacheco
Area of Focus: Academic Advising, College Access
Asst. Dir. of Outreach & Student Development 
Office of Multiethnic Student Education
1101 Hornbake Library
ypacheco@umd.edu
301.405.4100

Neruh Ramírez
Area of Focus: Academic Advising, College Access
Coordinator of Academic Advising Services
Division of Letters & Sciences
1117 Hornbake Library
nram@umd.edu
301.405.0565

Dr. Ana Patricia RodriguezPh.D.
Area of Focus: Literature, Latino Studies
Associate Professor
Spanish & Portuguese Department
2215E Jimenez Hall
aprodrig@wam.umd.edu
301.405.2020

Ivette Rodriguez-Santana
Area of Focus: Latin American Studies
Lecturer
Consortium on Race, Gender & Ethnicity 
4203 Jimenez Hall
rivette@umd.edu
301.405.6460

Dr. Stella Rouse
Area of Focus: Political Science
Assistant Professor
Government & Politics             
3140 Tydings Hall
srouse@umd.edu
301.405.4156

Meredith Rowe
Area of Focus: Language development of underprivileged children
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development
3304 Human Development
mrowe@umd.edu
301.405.2827

Vivianne Alejandra Salgado
Area of Focus: Fiction Writing
Assistant Director, Writer's House
2215 Jimenez Hall
vsalgado@umd.edu
301.405.6441

Dr. David A. Sartorius
Area of Focus: Latin American History
Assistant Professor
History Department             
2101E Francis Scott Key Hall
das@umd.edu 
301.405.4287

Dr. Nancy Struna
Area of Focus: American Studies
Professor & Chair of American Studies Department
USLT Studies Program Chair            
1106 Holzapfel Hall
nlstruna@umd.edu 
301.405.1357

Jackie Vander Velden
Area of Focus: Information Systems
Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
1130 Mitchell Building
jvander@umd.edu
301.314.8225

Edlie L. Wong
Area of Focus: 19th Century African American Literature
Associate Professor of English
2119 Tawes Hall 
edlie@umd.edu
301.405.3809

Ruth E. Zambrana, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Women’s Studies
Professor, Women's Studies & 
Director of Research, Consortium on Race, Gender & Ethnicity
2101D Woods Hall
rzambran@umd.edu
301.405.0451

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ON COURSE SELECTION

The following is a list of courses related to Latina/o heritage.  I encourage you to contact the departments regarding questions of requirements and when the courses are being taught. Disclaimer: The list is not an exhaustive list – there may be more courses in the UMD Testudo system that you may be interested in. If you would like to add one to the list, please contact Yvette Lerma at ylerma@umd.edu.  

 

 COURSES

AMST328C Chicano/Latino Art & Museum Studies

    Instructor: TBD

ANTH260 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics

    Instructor: William Stuart, Ph.D.

ANTH458B Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Urban Ethnography

    Instructor: T. Whitehead

ANTH498N Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Ethnology of the Immigrant Life

    Instructor: Judith Freidenberg, Ph.D

BSOS301 Leadership in a Multicultural Society

    Instructor: Sue Briggs, Ph.D.

EDCP312 Multi-ethnic Peer Counseling

    Instructor: L. Gomez 

EDCP318B Applied Contextual Leadership: Facilitating in Group Dialogue

    Instructor: C. North

EDCP418D Special Topics in Leadership: Leadership and Ethnicity

    Instructor: Brandon Dula

EDCP418C Latina/o and Leadership

    Instructor: TBA

EDCP420 Advanced Topics in Human Diversity and Advocacy

    Instructor: S. Chang

EDHI338A Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue: People of Color/White People

    Instructor: A. Mojto and D. Tran and M. Brimhall

ENGL362 Carribean Literature in English

    Instructor: K. Macharia

GEOG310 Maryland and Adjacent Areas

    Instructor: A. Eney

GVPT479B Seminar in American Politics: Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the United States

    Instructor: B. McKenzie

GVPT479I Seminar in American Politics: Immigration Politics and Policy

    Instructor: R. Koulish

HIST208P Historical Research and Methods Seminar: The Cold War in Latin American: A Transnational History

    Instructor: S. Orisich

HIST250 Latin American History I

    Instructor: D. Sartorius 

HIST473 History of the Carribean

    Instructor: D. Sartorius

HIST475 History of Mexico and Central America II

    Instructor: M. Vaughan

JOUR453 News Coverage of Racial Issues

    Instructor: Alice Bonner, Ph.D

SOCY424 Sociology of Race Relations

    Instructor: K. Barber 

SOCY441 Social Stratification and Inequality 

Instructor: J. Pease 

SPAN303 
Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World

    Instructor: C. Benito-Vessels

SPAN306 Spanish II for Native Speakers

    Instructor: D. Lima-Vales

SPAN408A Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Camp: Comedy, Foppery and 'Aberrant' Sexuality in 18th Century Spain

    Instructor: M. Penrose

SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Transnational Latino Literature

    Instructor: A. Rodriguez

SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Transnational Latino Literature

    Instructor: A. Rodriguez

SPAN408C Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Exploring the Magical, Real and Fantastic Texts in Contemporary Latin American Literature

    Instructor: S. Cypess

SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Power and Violence in Latin America Through Literature and Film

    Instructor: L. Melgar

URSP100 
Challenge of the Cities

    Instructor: William Hanna, Ph.D.

USLT 201U.S. Latina/o Studies I: An Historical Overview to the 1960’s

    Instructor: Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Ph.D.

USLT 202 U.S. Latina/o Studies II: A Contemporary Overview 1960's to present

    Instructor: Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Ph.D.

USLT 488C U.S. Latina/o Senior Seminar: Visual Rsearch Method in US Latina/o Studies

    Instructor: R. Hernandez

USLT 498A U.S. Latina/o Studies: Special Topics: Latinas/os on the Silver Screen

    Instructor: R. Chester

USLT 498B U.S. Latina/o Studies I: Special Topics: Latinas/os and US Popular Culture

    Instructor: R. Chester

USLT 498C U.S. Latina/o Studies I: Special Topics: US Latina/o Racial Formations

    Instructor: A. Perez

WMST 488A Senior Seminar: Latino Women and Families

    Instructor: R. Zambrana

 Latino Based Academic Programs

U.S. Latino Studies Program 
USLT Minor
American Studies, University of Maryland
0126 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742
americanstudies@umd.edu
301.314.1354

Latin American Studies Center 
LASC Certificate
Contact Information
Yvette Rodriguez-Santana
rivette@umd.edu
Associate Dir. & Advisor   
3107 Taliaferro Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4835
301 405 8961

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 SCHOLARSHIPS

There is nothing more gratifying than having someone else pay for your education. There are several opportunities for you to be rewarded for your academic success and/or your co-curricular involvement; all you need to do is look for them. This section provides contact information for several scholarships available. Remember to sign up for these scholarships early, because they do have deadlines. We strongly recommend that you review the information below but also find other scholarships not listed that may be available for you. Click here for this list of scholarships.

Categories: 
I. Business, Government & Politics

II. Education
III. Engineering and Technology
IV. Finance
V. Health
VI. Journalism, Media & Communications
VII. Law
VIII. Science
IX. Social Sciences
X. Others & General

Diversity Scholarship

I. Business, Government & Politics

Accountancy Board of Ohio Education Assistance Program for CPA Certificate
Web: http://www.dw.ohio.gov/acc/educasst.htm

American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) Minority Scholarships
Web: http://www.scholarships4school.com/scholarships/aaaa-minority-advertising-intern.html

American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (AAAA MAIP)
Web: http://www.aaaa.org/careers/internships/maip/Pages/default.aspx

American Institute of CPAs Minority Doctoral Fellowships Program
Web: www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/fmds.htm

American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellows Program
Web: www.apsanet.org

American Society of Criminology Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities
Web: www.ashfoundation.org

Appraisal Institute Minority and Women Educational Scholarship Program
Web: www.appraisalinstitute.org/education/scholarship.aspx

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship 
http://www.chci.org/scholarships/

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Web: www.fordfellowships/index.html

Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellows Program
Web: www.uncfsp.org/iipp

James E. Webb Internship Program for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration
Web: www.si.edu/ofg/Applications/WEBB/

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Web: www.gfoa.org

National Council of La Raza Essay Contests
Web: http://lideres.nclr.org/section/opportunities/essay_contest_scholarships

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company Employee Association Sponsor Scholarship Programs
Web: www.pge.com/about/community/scholarships/aea/

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Web: www.woodrow.org/fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_grad/index.php

II. Education

Brown Foundation Academic Scholarships
Web: http://brownvboard.org/content/scholarships

Jordan Fundamentals Grant for Educators
Web: http://www.nike.com/jumpman23/features/fundamentals/overview.html

The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) Ethnic Minority Scholarship
Web: www.gbhem.org

National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Multicultural Scholarship Program
Web: http://www.naca.org/Scholarships/Pages/ScholarshipListings.aspx

Page Education Foundation Grants 
Web: www.page-ed.org

III. Engineering and Technology

AIR Products and Chemical Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering
Web: www.aicup.org

American Architectural Foundation (AAF) Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship
Web: www.archfoundation.org

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program
Web: www.research.att.com

Brown and Caldwell Engineering Minority Scholarship Program
Web: www.brownandcaldwell.com/

Hispanic Fund Scholarships for Computer Science/Engineering Fields
Web: http://scholarships.hispanicfund.org/google

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Web: www.sme.org

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
Web: www.iienet.org

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
Web: http://www.xeroxstudentcareers.com/why-xerox/scholarship.aspx

IV. Finance
American Economic Association (AEA) Summer Economics Fellows Program
Web: www.cswep.org/summerfellows

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting
Web: http://alpfa.org/

Fellowship Program in Financial Services
Web: www.cityfellowships.com

National Society of Hispanic MBA’s
Web: http://www.nshmba.org/scholarship

V. Health 

The American College of Healthcare Executives Minority Internship
http://www.ache.org/carsvcs/internship.cfm

American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) Institute Minority Scholarships
Web: http://www.adha.org/ioh/

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program in Mental Health
Web: www.asanet.org

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
Web: www.apa.org/mfp

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Web: www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/index.cfm

California Adolescent Nutrition, Physical Education, and Culinary Arts Scholarship
Web: www.canfit.org/scholarships.html#scholarships

Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation (EMPOWER)
http://www.couragecenter.org/contentpages/empower.aspx?FromNavPK=292

Medical Library Association (MLA)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) Spectrum Scholarship
Web: www.ala.org

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Ethnic Minority Bachelor’s Scholarship
Web: www.onsfoundation.org

Society for Neuroscience Scholarship (SfN) Program
Web: www.sfn.org

VI. Journalism, Media & Communications

American Press Institute (API) Fellowships for Minority College Students
Web: www.americanpressinstitute.org

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program
Web: www.emmabowenfoundation.com/main.html

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship in Communications/Marketing/Public Relations
Web: www.lagrantfoundation.org

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships
Web: http://www.nahj.org

National Press Club Persina Scholarship for Diversity in Journalism
Web: http://press.org/about/scholarships

New York Market Radio Minority Scholarship
Web: www.nymrad.org/scholarships.php

Northwest Journalist of Color Scholarship
Web: www.aajaseattle.org

Public Relations Student Society (PRSS) of America Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Program
http://www.prssa.org/awards/awardMulticultural.aspx

The Radio-Phoneevision News Directors Association (RTNDA) Scholarships
Web: www.rtnda.org

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships - Design
Web: www.aiga.org/content.cfm/worldstudio-scholarship

VII. Law

Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship
Web: www.sfbar.org

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Scholarship
Web: www.abanet.org/buslaw/committees/CL360001pub/cleo.shtml

Crowell & Moring Creates Diversity in the Legal Profession Scholarship Program
Web: www.crowell.com

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Web: www.dri.org

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund Law Scholarship
Web: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html

Puerto Rican Bar Association Law Scholarship
www.prba.net


VIII. Science

American Geological Institute (AGI) Minority Geosciences Scholarship
Web: www.agiweb.org/mpp/index.html

American Meteorological Society (AMS)/Industry Minority Scholarship
Web: www.ametsoc.org

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship Program
Web: www.asrt.org/content/Foundation/

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
Web: www.orau.gov/NOAA/HollingsScholarship/

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities
Web: www.whoi.edu/education

 

IX. Social Sciences

American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship 
Web: www.ala.org

American Philological Association (APA) – Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Minority Scholarship
Web: www.apaclassics.org

California Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland
Web: http://cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=110

Central Scholarship Bureau in Social Work/Mental Health
Web: http://centralsb.org/

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program
Web: http://www.cswe.org/CentersInitiatives/ScholarshipsandFellowships/MFP.aspx

Studio Art Centers International (SACI) International Incentive Award
Web: www.saci-florence.org

National College Athletics Association Women and Ethnic Minority Internship Program
Web: www.ncaa.org 
National Scholarships
Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA) Ethnicity Awareness Committee Scholarship
Web: http://www.wfaa.org/docs/students/scholarships/ethnicawareness.html

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Web: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/nonprofit-philanthropy/leadership-initiatives/hearst

X. Others & General

Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) Internship/Mentorship Program
Web: www.ameasite.org/internship

Anapolis Scholarship Pipeline
Web: http://www.annapolishigh.org/pipeline.html

American Water Works Association (AWWA) Graduate Student Scholarship
Web: http://www.awwa.org/Conferences/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3501&navItemNumber=13974

Blakemore Freeman Asian Languages Fellowships
Web: www.blakemorefoundation.org

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)
Web: www.gmsp.org/default.aspx

Hispanic Scholarship Fun
Web: www.hsf.net

Hispanic College Fun
Web: http://www.hispanicfund.org/

Indian American Cultural Association (IACA) Scholarship
Web: www.iasf.org/IASF/Scholarships.html

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Web: www.jackierobinson.org

James B. Morris Scholarship Fund for Graduate School 
Web: http://www.morrisscholarship.org

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarship
Web: http://www.lulac.org/

Maryland State Financial Assistance Programs & Scholarships
http://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid/descriptions.asp

National Future Farm Workers of America (FFA) Organization National Scholarship Program
Web: www.ffa.org 
National Scholarships
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Tillie Golub-Schwartz Memorial Scholarship for Minorities
Web: https://scholarships.pricechopper.com/CoverPage.aspx

Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Fellowships, Scholarships, Research Experiences, Sabbaticals and Internships
Web: http://see.orau.org/

UNCF UNION Scholarship Program
Web: http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp

University of Maryland National Scholarships Office
Web: http://www.scholarships.umd.edu/

Point Foundation National LGBT Scholarship Fun
Web: http://www.pointfoundation.org/index10.html

UMD Office of LGBT Equity Scholarships & Awards
Web: http://lgbt.umd.edu/

UMD Schutz Legacy Scholarship
Web: http://alumni.umd.edu/scholarships/index.cfm

UMD Noblis Inc. Young Alumni Scholarship
Web: http://alumni.umd.edu/scholarships/index.cfm

Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Fellowships, Scholarships, Research Experiences, Sabbaticals and Internships
Web: http://see.orau.org/

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
Web: www.aiga.org/content.cfm/worldstudio-scholarship

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INTERNSHIPS

Internships provide you with the experience, skills, and contacts that you will need in order to create connections with your field of interest and prepare you for your future career. Below are a few internship opportunities that are available to you. These internships have deadlines, therefore make sure you sign up for them ASAP. For more information on these or other internships as they become available, see the Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter.

AAUW Leadership and Training Institute Spring Fellowships

www.aauw.org

American Association of University Women
1111 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
aauwjobs@aauw.org

Capital One Summit for Developing Leaders
Erin Richey, Senior Recruiter
703.720.3621 (TL 420)
703.720.1649 (fax)
erin.richey@capitalone.com

CHCI’s Scholarship Program
202.543.1771
www.chci.org

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Applications
www.CHCI.org

COMTO’s Careers In Transportation for Youth Internship Program
202.366.0671

The CPL New Leaders Program
www.cplnewleaders.org
Causten Wollerman, newleaders@progressiveleaders.org

Ford Motor Company & Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Internship
www.chli.org
Yisel Cabera
Director of Programs and Operations, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
ycabrera@chli.org

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
http://www.hacu.net/hacu/HNIP.asp

Latinas Learning to Lead
http://www.nhli.org/latinas_lead/2009LLL_application0212.pdf
NHLI@nhli.org
703.527.6007

The Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Preparation Program
http://www.ml4t.org/join/programs/prep
http://www.ml4t.org/join/programs/prep/apply

Management Leadership for Tomorrow Internship
http://www.ml4t.org/join/programs/prep/apply

Office of Multi-Ethic student Education Graduate Paid Internship
Spring 2009/Summer 2009
College Success Scholars Program
http://omse.umd.edu/

Natioanl Hispana Leadership Institute
Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Program
1601 N. Kent St, Suite 803
Arlington, VA 22209
http://omse.umd.edu/

Ronald E. McNair, Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program
http://www.aap.umd.edu/mcnairprogram.html
Wallace Southerland III, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program
2110 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
301.405.4749

State Farm Insurance Summer Internship
http://www.statefarm.com/about/careers/careers.asp
Barbara Puig Cook
barbara.p.cook.ctnd@statefarm.com

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Summer Internships
http://www.sorenseninstitute.org/programs/clp

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
internabroad@twc.edu
The Washington Center, 1333 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Joseph Johnston, Ph.D. Senior Vice President

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 PUBLICATIONS

Part of what makes the college experience so enjoyable is the opportunity to voice your opinion through publication, especially living in the Washington D.C. area. With a growing Latino population, this area has several newspapers and other publications that are focused towards issues and topics that are pertinent to the Latino community. There are also campus newsletters and other types of publications where you can participate and raise your voice. Below is a list of only a few local publications, both on and off campus, which you might find interesting.

 

CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS

La Voz Latina
lavozlatina.umd@gmail.com
This newspaper is committed to providing the Latino/a students a representative and informative voice among all other publications on campus. The editorial board welcomes contributors throughout the year, regardless of personal identity. La Voz Latina has recently become SGA member to ensure its commitment in providing the Latino students’ voices a publication on campus. The paper welcomes everyone regardless of personal identity. It appears twice a semester and can be picked up in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life.

Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter
www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/nuestra
MICA-contact@umd.edu
Nuestra Comunidad, which means “our community” is an online newsletter produced to provide academic, social, and cultural resources to the Latino Community at Maryland. Nuestra Comunidad is published by staff in the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy [MICA], within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life.

Latin American Studies Center News
lasc@umd.edu
301.405.6459
A Latin American Studies Center publication that informs on the scholarly work of both faculty and students. It is a source of information for Latinamericanists and friends of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UM. The Center also sends a bi-weekly online news update.


LOCAL INDEPENDENT PUBLICATIONS

Coloquio: La Revista Cultural
http://coloquio.com/coloquioonline/last.htm
Following in its rich tradition of over 15 years of publication in Baltimore-Washington, Coloquio becomes now electronic. Following its rich cultural tradition, Coloquio will continue publishing cultural information of the Hispanic community of our area as well as short stories, news, editorials, letters to the editor and other items.

El Pregonero
http://www.elpreg.org/index.asp
El Pregonero is a weekly Spanish newspaper that serves the Hispanic community in the Washington metropolitan area. El Pregonero strives to preserve the community's identity and Catholic faith, providing general information in Spanish to newly-arrived immigrants, as well as news on the events of the day to those living in the area.

El Tiempo Latino
http://www.eltiempolatino.com/
Our award-winning publication is the best medium to outreach the Hispanic Market in the Washington DC metropolitan area. El Tiempo Latino provides the community presence, the prestige and the proven professional quality to carry a serious advertiser’s message with credibility. Our coverage and our commitment make us one with our community.

Los Tiempos
http://www.lostiemposusa.com/
Los Tiempos is in the Washington DC, Hagerstown, DC DMA. It is a full-color, broadsheet format newspaper. Los Tiempos offers ROP and insert advertising opportunities in its weekly circulation. This is one of the area's leading Hispanic newspapers. The paper covers issues, news, and event information of interest to the Hispanic community.

NPR: Latino USA Podcast
http://latinousa.kut.org/
Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective

Washington Hispanic
http://www.washingtonhispanic.com/
In Washington, success lies in whom you know and where you go. Metro-area Hispanics rely on the paper to deliver international, national and local news each week in Spanish. Washington Hispanic is the only independent Spanish-language newspaper serving Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, home to nearly 750,000 Hispanics.

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 OFF-CAMPUS RESOURCES

There are near by campus partners and many other organizations off-campus which may serve as resources for you. They are political, cultural or educational in nature. These are only some of the best known. If you are interested in a possible internship opportunity, check with MICA to see if we have an established relationship (a contact) with a particular organization.


The Aspira Association

http://www.aspira.org

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc

http://www.chci.org

Excelencia in Education

www.edexcelencia.org

Governors Commission on Hispanic Affairs

http://www.state.md.us

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU)

http://www.hacu.net

Hispanic Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress

http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/hispanic

La Casa de Maryland

http://www.casademaryland.org

Latino Federation of Greater Washington
http://www.latinofederation.org

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

http://www.lulac.org

Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers
http://www.layc-dc.org/

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Funds (MALDEF)

http://www.maldef.org

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

http://www.naleo.org

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

http://www.nclr.org

National Hispana Leadership Institute

http://www.nhli.org

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Washingtondc@nshmba.org 
http://www.nshmba.org

Office of Latino Affairs Washington DC
http://ola.dc.gov/ola

The Neighbors Consejo
http://ww.neighborsconsejo.org/index.html

The Pew Hispanic Center

www.pewhispanic.org

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

http://www.trpi.org

Unid@s - National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization

http://www.unidoslgbt.org/

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
http://www.yesican.gov

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 CAMPUS EVENTS AND ACTIVITES

These and many more events and opportunities are offered for you on campus to find your niche and get involved. We hope you’ll take advantage of this selection of can’t miss action. For further description on each program go to.
Campus Programs
Academic Calendar
Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life 

SUMMER
• Orientation sessions
• Attention to registration deadlines
• Prepare Scholarship/Internship applications
• Check Financial Aid deadlines
• Off-campus Living Fair

FALL
• Finalize schedule of classes & visit advisors
• Latino Heritage Month
• New Student Welcome 
• First Look Fair
• Sign up for Undergraduate Research
• Fall job & career fair
• All-Niter
• Homecoming Week
• Family Weekend 
• National Coming Out Day
• American Indian History Month
• Maryland Leadership Conference
• Study Abroad
• Moving Diversity Forward Town Hall Meeting
• Look for Internships/Scholarships
• Sign up for winter sessions

SPRING
• Internships/ scholarships/summer jobs /Study abroad
• Stampfest
• Spring job & career fair
• Black History Month
• Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
• Pride Month
• Mixed Madness Week
• Academic Excellence & Graduating Seniors Reception
• Maryland Day
• Latino/a Graduation Celebration
• Mosaic Retreat

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 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 ABOUT INVOLVEMENT AND CONNECTION TO THE LATINO/A COMMUNITY 
Becoming a member of a student organization, attending events, or becoming a student leader gives you an opportunity to meet new people, learn more about yourself, and develop leadership and organizational skills that will help you succeed after college. The UMCP Latino/a community offers many opportunities to engage with others. 

Q: Where do I find Latinos on campus?

A: Latinos are found all around campus! You can meet many Latinos through the student organization general body meetings and events. General body meetings are open to the public and feature activities and networking opportunities for students. You do not have to be Latino/a to participate. Each organization has different interests, so you might see some students who attend one, or more than one. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education has a computer lab where many students come to check email, do homework, ask tutors etc. The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy is where students can meet with their organization advisors or just relax in the lounge area. Several Latino/a student organizations have offices located in the Student Involvement Suite at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life, where office hours are held. Also, by attending a lecture, presentation or discussion on the Latino community you may be able to meet other Latinos in the community. Welcome events such as the LUL Bienvenida or LSU Welcome Back Barbeque are just a couple of examples. 
Links: http://stars.umd.edu/orgs/org_details.aspx?id=191

Q: How do I join an organization?

A: Each student organization has different membership processes, but none are difficult. Each organization should offer a membership application, or a way to sign up to a listserv or mailing list. Student organizations have a constitution located in the Student Involvement Suite in the Stamp Student Union that indicates how one becomes a member of an organization. Check with any organization’s executive board member on how to join. Again, Latino/a-based organizations are open to the public and do not discriminate. In fact, many enjoy a diverse membership.
Link: http://stars.umd.edu/orgs/org_details.aspx?id=191 

Q: What types of Latino/a organizations are out there?

A: Latinos have many different cultural, social, and professional interests that are represented by the diverse types of organizations here at the University of Maryland. At-large organizations are open to the public and offer a variety of social, cultural, and political programs and opportunities. Fraternities and Sororities are organizations that follow college Greek systems and have their own areas of interest. There is a more involved process of membership in order to become a member of a Greek organization, which depends on that particular group. Specialized organizations focus on a specific area of interest such as a newspaper or professional organization. It’s also important to know there are organizations that may not necessarily be Latino/a focused, but touch on Latino/a issues. The Multiracial / Biracial Student Association offers a space for students who identify as being multiracial. True Colors of Maryland (TCOM), a group within the Pride Alliance, provides space for multicultural students in the LGBTQ community.
Links:
http://www.greek.umd.edu
http://www.stars.umd.edu/ 

Q: What kinds of Latinos are here on campus?

A: Latinos come from so many different areas and have just as many backgrounds and influences. Some are born in the United States, others immigrated, and still others are here as international students. Each of these groups carries their own diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and major of interest. It’s this opportunity to meet and interact that makes college such an enjoyable and rich learning experience. Many times you’ll come across Latinos who differ from you and it can be intimidating, but many times it just takes an open-mind and willingness to work across difference to create strong relationships! 

Q: What are the biggest events I should attend on campus?

A: There are so many things to do on campus, and we probably cannot fit all of it in one handbook. But, to get you started, the following is a small list of events that are the most visible and widely known events that take place throughout the year.
Career & Job Fairs - www.careercenter.umd.edu
Maryland Day - www.marylandday.umd.edu
Homecoming - www.homecoming.umd.edu
Latino Heritage Kickoff Festival - www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/
Latino Student Union Welcome Back Barbeque - www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/
Lambda Upsilon Lambda Bienvenida - www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/
Unity Welcome - www.omse.umd.edu/calendar
All-Niter - www.thestamp.umd.edu/allniter09
First Look Fair - www.thestamp.umd.edu/firstlookfair
Art Attack - www.see.umd.edu 

Q: Where can I go to speak Spanish?

A: Latinos can be bilingual, monolingual, English dominant, or Spanish dominant. If you would like to meet others who speak Spanish there are language houses that host round-tables where you can practice your Spanish. Many student organizations speak Spanish as well. The best way is to meet as many people as you can and ask if they speak Spanish.
Link: http://www.languages.umd.edu/lh/ 


 NAVIGATING THE CAMPUS

The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the largest universities in the area. Knowing where to go and what’s out there may be challenging. Here is some information that can help you get to know your campus. 

Q: Do I have to live on campus?

A: No, you do not have to. UMCP offers a variety of services for those who live on campus and those who do not. Large portions of students commute from various places outside campus who live with their families or rent as well. There are offices and services that can help you stay connected to what is going on campus. Subscribing to mailing lists, reading publications, and staying connected with organizations, faculty and staff can be an effective way to know what is happening and housing options.
Off-Campus Student Involvement - www.thestamp.umd.edu/offcampus
Department of Resident Life - http://www.resnet.umd.edu/
Shuttle UM - http://www.transportation.umd.edu/
Weekends at MD - www.thestamp.umd.edu/marketing

Q: Where can I find Latino advisors?

A: Advisors, mentors, and counselors may offer some more personal help or just interaction. There are different types of formal advising you can seek out. Academic advisors (provided by your college) can help you with navigating academic concerns. The Counseling Center offers counseling for personal and emotional concerns. The Writing Center helps you with writing texts and documents for classes. La Familia is a Latino-based peer mentoring program in which juniors and seniors help freshmen and sophomores learn about UMCP. Finally, the STARS Peer Mentoring Program of OMSE can help you year-round. There are Latino community advisors, faculty and staff, who have strong connections with students and organizations. Many of them serve as organization advisors and provide other forms of assistance to Latino/a students and others just relate to a particular student because of their background or academic/research interest. This handbook provides a directory of people who are always willing to offer some advice, direction, or simply someone to talk to about your experience in college. These allies are also connected with opportunities for you to learn and become involved. When looking for advisors consider a few things. If you want a professor, see if s/he is tenured faculty and what kind of research they do. Also, see how frequently they want to meet with you and see if you can set up goals together from the first meeting. If you are looking for a peer helper, look at some aspects such as if you two share the same major or belong to the same school or college. Also, ask about his or her involvement on campus and student organizations and research programs.
Links:
Counseling Center - http://www.counseling.umd.edu/
MICA - www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/
OMSE - http://www.omse.umd.edu/services&programs
Writing Center - http://www.english.umd.edu/programs/WritingCenterWebsite/

Q: Are there classes about Latinos at UMCP?

A: Yes, there are many courses offered across many different colleges and departments. Many courses are in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, but others can be found through the Schedule of Classes in American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, and Education Counseling and Personnel Services, History, and U.S. Latino Studies. A full listing of Latino/a related courses are provided in this handbook. Currently, you can learn about Latin American studies through the Latin American Studies Center and about U.S. Latinos through the U.S. Latino Studies Minor Program. There is also a Latino/a Studies Working Group that provides opportunities to learn about new research about Latinos.
Links:
American Studies - http://www.amst.umd.edu/About%20Us/Research/lswg.htm
Latin American Studies - http://www.lasc.umd.edu/
Spanish & Portuguese - http://www.languages.umd.edu/SpanishPortuguese/
U.S. Latino Studies - http://uslt.umd.edu/ 

Q: How can I know what is going on if I work when not in school?

A: Well, becoming an active member of a student organization can help, also reading student publications starting with the Diamondback and La Voz Latina, and check the website of the university regularly. One on-line subscription that keeps you informed about Latino related events, programs and community opportunities is the Nuestra Comunidad newsletter. There are numerous email mailing lists you can subscribe to, depending on your areas of interest.
Links:
The Diamondback - http://www.diamondbackonline.com/
Clubs & Organizations - http://www.uga.umd.edu/admissions/student/clubs_orgs.asp
Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter - http://www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/nuestra/

Q: Are there offices that support Latino/a students?

A: The two primary support offices of Latinos are the Office for Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) and the Office of Multiethnic Student Education (OMSE). Some colleges have an office or department that serves identity-based populations, such as the Center for Minorities in Engineering. For Latino/as who are part of the LGBT Community or are questioning or exploring their sexuality, contact the Office of LGBT Equity.

 ACADEMICS

Of course academic learning is the centerpiece of your experience here at UMCP. Maintaining a strong Grade Point Average and consistency will be the key to success after college. Aside from our own aptitude to learn there are skills and techniques, and often routines that strengthen our ability to succeed academically. Here are just some reminders to keep in mind in college.

Q: Should I go to my professor’s office hours? What is that for?

A: Absolutely! You should build the habit to go to your professors’ office hours in order to get further explanation on homework questions, explanation about any major difficulty in the class, explore research possibilities, and create mentorship about your career and future goals. Ultimately, you want to build a respectful friendship that, upon a successful academic development, could lead into recommendation letters.

Q: Where can I go for tutoring?

A: Tutoring is a way for you to get feedback and build confidence on your knowledge. It is also a great way to discuss with peers about common professional interests. There are many places on campus where you can get tutoring, such as:
- OMSE has tutors for a variety of classes. These services are Free and walk-ins are welcome. For further information, check www.omse.umd.edu or call 301.405.5615 – Hornbake 1101 (South entrance)
- The Writing Center offers free assistance with any undergraduate writing assignment. For more information call 301.405.3785 or e-mail writadmin@umd.edu
- IED Intensive Educational Development Program provides tutoring services for eligible University of Maryland students. For more information, check www.aap.umd.edu/sss-ied
- AXE (Alpha Chi Sigma) – Chemistry Honor Society The local chapter of this student chemistry organization conducts evening help sessions, including free tutoring for CHEM 103 and CHEM 113 students. Go to Chemistry Building – Room 1403 or Call 301.405.1862.
- Chemistry Teaching Assistants are available in the Chemistry Building,
Room 1115 during daytime hours to assist students
- Math Tutoring – Math Building, Room 0301
Check www.math.umd.edu/undergrad/tutoring.html
Tutoring@umd.edu. This site on the main university page describes a comprehensive list of tutoring services on campus. www.tutoring.umd.edu

Q: What tips do you have for me to get good grades?

A:
1. Study in a place that works best for you.
2. Time management is one of the most important steps to be successful anywhere. Set a schedule for yourself and stick with it. Use an on-line or paper calendar to keep all of your classes, meetings and other engagements organized.
3. Avoid procrastination. Manage your time wisely, plan ahead.
4. Use office hours. The sooner you start a relationship with professors, the easiest it is to approach them for help.
5. Study in groups if it really helps. Use your classmates as a resource and support.
6. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
7. Schedule some personal time for yourself. Step back, catch a breath, and clear your mind. Then, continue your journey.
8. Get involved in the community. This is a way to take a break from schoolwork and help the Latino/a community.
9. Prepare for exams in advance. Give yourself enough time to study in advance, meditate, and get ample sleep the night before.
10. Know what your Professors and Teacher Assistants expect from you. The sooner you learn what you need to do to succeed the better is it to get a good grade. 

Q: What awards are available?

A: At first glance, awards may not seem like an important part of academics, or may seem rather conceited to pursue. But students put in a lot of work to make high accomplishments. Awards also provide employers a sense that you are not only successful, but allowed others to see the great work you do. Below is a list of awards the university offers.
- La Raza Unida Award presented to the senior class student who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Latino/a student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University. Candidates must be nominated for this award in February.
- Order of Omega Greek Leader of the Year
- Order of Omega Greek Chapter President of the Year
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Award
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Martin Luther King Community Service Award
- Kirwan Award
- Byrd Citizenship Prize
- William H. Elkins Award

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 FINISHING COLLEGE AND LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Unfortunately, you cannot stay in college forever. There will come a time when you will graduate and be trusted into the “real world” outside of the classroom. What you do now while you are in college will determine how you will be prepared for the future. This section goes over what you need to do to prepare and apply for graduation as well as what you can do now to prepare to enter the work place. As far as career preparedness is concerned remember: The more prepared you are in the job search process, the more your employers will be willing to hire you. We strongly encourage you to prepare as early as possible; the more you do now, the less you will have to do later. 

Q: How to prepare for graduation?

A: There are two important areas to pay attention to for graduation: one relates to academic and college obligations and the other relates to your own professional planning. Graduating is not a last minute preparation. First, consult with your advisor to make sure you have fulfilled all the necessary course work and that you can register for graduation. Next, register on time. There will be many reminders on the campus webpage for this, but no extension. Every graduation ceremony has a registration deadline: the Main Campus Commencement; individual College Commencements; and the Latina/o Graduation Celebration (www.provost.umd.edu/diversity/latinograduation). 

Throughout your college life, you might have established, or will do so, connections with professors, TAs, mentors, and your own classmates. This group of people will remain important for guidance and sharing experiences in the future. Hopefully, you would have talked and thought in many instances about your interests and goals and whether you plan to pursue graduate school or getting into the job market. You certainly do not need to make a decision one way or another, to be prepared, but you do need to figure out your options and your potential. Make appointments with your professors, college advisors, Career Center advisor, experts in your field, and work with them on different strategies for your future work. Check out the Career Center early in your undergraduate program to learn about writing a resume, interview and networking skills, and finding opportunities to work, research or intern before graduating. Finally, keep the tradition of giving back to your alma mater by contact the Alumni Center and joining the Latino/a Alumni Network or Association. As always, let’s keep in touch. 

Q: How to determine your career path? – A Career Development Wheel 

A: Determining your career path takes time, reflection, action and WORK! Give yourself time to be successful. The following four components make up the “Career Development Wheel.” Making multiple passes through each section of the wheel allows you to add increasing levels of insight into your career exploration. Chose a section and start your future rolling. 

Part 1: Self Reflection
Before you can choose a career that fits you, you have to know what you are looking for. Identify and articulate the following about yourself:

  • Skills and experience
  • Interests and values
  • Personality type and style
Part 2: Exploration/Reality-test
In order to match your interests, values and skills to a career, you need to know what careers and jobs are out there. Here are some ways you can explore your career interests:
  • Read and research on-line and in our career library
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Intern volunteer or work part-time
  • Choose related course work
Part 3: Action: Decision-making / Planning
Knowledge of yourself and knowledge of the world of work will only lead to good opportunities if you take action. Action can take many forms, including the following:
  • Join a career-related group; take on responsibility
  • Write a draft of a résumé or cover letter
  • Choose to pursue or not to pursue a career path
  • Develop a plan to get a job or internship
  • Develop a plan to go to graduate school (now or in a few years)
  • When you do take action, remember to reward your initiative!
Part 4: Career Management
Getting a job or career is just the beginning. As you learn and grow in your work setting, new opportunities emerge and priorities may change. Here are some issues to consider:
  • Balance your professional and personal life
  • Develop support networks
  • Seek mentors and others to learn from
  • Evaluate your job in terms of values and career goals

Start Job search early 
We are in difficult economic times and as a result the job market is shrinking, making each position more competitive. Because of these extenuating circumstances, it is important that you get started looking for a job as early as possible. On average it takes about six to nine months after graduation for college graduates to find a job, so make sure you get a head start. You should also consider starting in entry-level positions, as these will provide you with income, opportunities to advance, and positive experiences. 

Visit the career center 

The University of Maryland Career Center was created with the purpose of facilitating the transition of college life to the work place by providing various resources and opportunities to interact with employers and advisors. They provide services ranging from one on one time with career advisors, planned career fairs, internship opportunities, providing various career links and several other services. Whether you are incoming freshman, transfer student or getting ready to graduate this year, it is never to late to get help. We encourage you to visit their website athttp://www.careercenter.umd.edu/ to get up to date information and to contact an advisor.

Go to career fair opportunities 

The University has an annual three-day event that provides hundreds of employers and thousands of students an opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss internship as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Each day has different employers; therefore you are encouraged to plan ahead. Attendees should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of resumes. For more information, visit the Career Center’s website at:http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/ 

Maintain an updated resume 

A resume is a professional introduction meant to encourage a one-on-one interview situation - the opportunity for communication that can lead to a job offer. It is very often the first opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, and is often the difference between you getting interviewed or not. A current, well-polished and maintained resume is the key to getting to meet employers face to face and to create an interest in you before they meet you. For more information on how to create a good resume, visit: http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/heading.cfm?heading_ID=292. 

Network with various people

Networking is the art of building alliances. It is consistently described as the best way to find a job, since a major percentage of available jobs are not advertised. It is done by establishing connections with others to inform you of jobs you might be interested in applying for. There are also several networking sites specifically created to help you find someone who is looking to hire you and creating a connection between you and your potential employer. The Career Center on their website has a small, but growing, database of employers and alumni indicating a willingness to meet with Maryland students. All you need to do is register for Career4terps on their website and you will have access to this database. Other networking opportunities include leadership conferences, national conferences in your field of interest and on-campus lectures and receptions. A Networking Tool 

Building recommendation relationships

Your professors are not interested in just spoon-feeding you information; they are there to be a valuable resource to you during and after your undergraduate career. Make sure you take the opportunity to develop a one on one relationship with your professor, regardless of how many students are in your class. After seeing your initiative to learn, these professors will be more than willing to write you a letter of recommendation for graduate school or for work, along with the lifelong friendships you can develop with them. Others who may be recommendation relationships are academic and organization/club advisors, program directors and employers. 

Entrepreneurship 

Self-employment offers you the opportunity to advance your ideas and start your own small business among other forms. The University provides programs that can help you as you make the decision to be self-employed. One program, called the Hinman CEOs Program, was created to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop ethical leaders. Rising juniors are invited to apply for the program, regardless of what their major is
www.hinmanceos.umd.edu
Off 301.314.9223
cindylou@umd.edu

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 GLOSSARY

People on campus often use acronyms or short names instead of spelling out the full name of a program, office, or position. These terms will become familiar to you as you go through your college experience. In the mean time and just to begin with here is a preliminary list.

DOTS: Department of Transportation Services. The department that assists all visitors in parking and transportation. [Insert web link http://www.dots.umd.edu/]

GA: Graduate Assistant or Graduate Assistantship. There are several levels of these positions for Masters and Ph.D. students.

GSA: The Graduate Student Association. The governing body for the UMCP graduate students.

Greeks: Refers to the Fraternities (men) and Sororities (women) student organizations. These organizations are known by their names’ Greek letters. See page 4 to learn all the Latino/a organizations’ acronyms

Main Admin: The Main Administration Building across "the mall" from the McKelden Library

MICA: The Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

ODI: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

OHRP: Office of Human Relation Programs, (now known as the the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI))

OMSE: The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

SGA: Student Government Association.

TA: Teacher Assistants, usually doctoral students teaching or otherwise supporting a professor in a class

TESTUDO: Not only the UMCP mascot but the site a student uses to register for classes. [Insert webpage linkhttp://www.testudo.umd.edu/Registrar.html]

The Stamp or SSU: The Stamp Student Union

UGC: The United Greek Council. Governs a variety of culturally-based fraternities and sororities at Maryland and reflects a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.

UMCP: University of Maryland, College Park

Work Study: A financial aid category that many students can use to work on campus. Usually students will say they are looking for a "work study" position or that they are a "work study employee."


 

 

 

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