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Activation April

Activation April is a month full of events and activities designed to help students translate their passions into real-world action. Scroll down for our full list of events!



Ethics of Service - Panel Discussion | Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Grand Ballroom Lounge, STAMP

Join in conversation with academics and practitioners from UMD and beyond as we tackle the “uncomfortable” questions around the ethics of service in U.S. and international contexts: Is “voluntourism” always a bad thing? How do we avoid the pitfalls of saviorism? What is “poverty porn” and why is it problematic? Come prepared to dig deep and think critically about who you are, who you serve, and why you serve.

ARHU Dean’s Lecture Series Featuring Edwidge Danticat | Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | The Clarice Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall | More Information | 

Award-winning novelist Edwidge Danticat joins Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Merle Collins for an intimate and informative conversation about their lived experiences as Caribbean Americans. The event combines a reading from Danticat, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A; on themes of storytelling, immigration, advocacy and the challenge of finding home away from home.

Social Topic Explored: Identities and Empowerment

Driskell Center Presents: Posing Beauty in African American Culture | Gallery available until Saturday, April 27th | 11am - 4pm (Wednesday until 6pm) | Cole Student Activities Building - The David C. Driskell Center | More Information | 

"Posing Beauty in African American Culture" examines the contested ways in which African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet.

The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts.

Social Topic Explored: Identities and Empowerment; Socioeconomic Equity


UMD Earth Day Festival | Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 3-6pm | Grand Ballroom, Stamp | More Information

Come celebrate Earth Day 2019 at UMD's FREE annual Earth Day Festival! This year, join us to learn about Environmental Justice-- a way to work together with every community to make sure our air, water and climate are protected. Part of the Earth Month Events

Social Topic Explored: Environmental Stewardship


Screening and Panel Discussion on “The Unafraid”| Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Kay Theater, The Clarice | More Information

As part of the "Year of Immigration" series, the University of Maryland is proud to present the screening of "THE UNAFRAID," a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. This film shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. Opening remarks will be offered by President Wallace Loh.

Social Topic Explored: Identities and Empowerment; Education; Socioeconomic Equity

CARE - Take Back the Night| Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Charles Carroll Room, STAMP | More Information

Take Back the Night is an annual event hosted by CARE's Peer Advocates. While the theme changes each year, the event consists of a speaker, engaging activities aimed at awareness and prevention, giveaways, a speak-out, and more! Join CARE Advocates to show solidarity with survivors on campus and learn about the issue of power-based violence. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Social Topic Explored: Identities and Empowerment; Education; 

Do Good Challenge| Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 7:00 pm | The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center | More Information

Join us for an exciting evening and learn how students are pursuing fearless ideas, sparking innovative solutions, and creating social impact for today's most pressing problems. Six final teams will pitch their project or venture for a chance to win a share of more than $20,000!


Maryland Reads Day | Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7am-2pm | Registration

All PGCPS students who participate in the America Reads program will come to campus for the day to celebrate their accomplishments, engage with reading and writing activities, interact with college students, and experience a college campus.

Social Topic Explored: Education

Terps Against Hunger Maryland Day Packaging Event | Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | Riggs Alumni Center | More Information

Terps Against Hunger welcomes one and all for our Maryland Day Packaging Event! On this day, we will unite people from around the Maryland community to fight local hunger by packaging over 100,00 meals! Our nutritious dry meals consist of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 23 powdered vitamins and minerals. Each meal we package feeds a family of 5! We would love to see you at our event to help eliminate local hunger in the DC Metro area!

Social Topic Explored: Socioeconomic Equity; Healthcare / Nutrition