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1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Activation Academy

About the Program

"Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear" --Dave Isay, Founder of StoryCorps

What is the story of your community? What stories are around you that you haven’t gotten to listen to yet? What’s your story? What story do you want to tell 10 years from now?

Through the art of listening and storytelling, Activation Academy focuses on understanding, engaging with, and leading in communities. In partnership with Good Neighbor Day, you’ll explore our local community of College Park while collecting and crafting compelling narratives from students, alumni, and community leaders using the StoryCorps app. You’ll be able to apply conversations and activities as your write the next chapter in your own story.

Activation Academy is free of cost, open to all students, and takes place April 12th-13th on and around campus.

Program Details

Activation Academy takes place Friday, April 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm AND Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:30-3:00pm. Participants should attend both parts of the program.

  • Friday, April 12th 5:00-7:00 pm- Dinner, Dialogue, and StoryCorps Training: Participants will meet in ESJ Room 1215 for dinner, community building, and training and practice engaging with the StoryCorps app and process. You will be introduced to the community members and organizations that you will be collecting stories from on the next day and outline your interview questions and story.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:30-3:00pm- Service, Storytelling, and Reflection: Participants will meet at the Stamp for transportation to your Good Neighbor Day community site. In small teams, you will be collecting community narratives from community members, non-profit leaders, UMD students and alumni using the StoryCorps app. Afterwards, participants will return to the Stamp for lunch, networking with UMD alumni, and activities that will help turn your community interests into life-long action.

  • Transportation to community sites and back to campus is provided.

  • Activation Academy is led by student and staff facilitators. UMD alumni will also accompany current student participants and provide opportunities for networking and reflection throughout the program.

Why participate?

  • Develop and practice personal and group leadership skills such as active listening, reflection, and communication
  • Connect with a network of campus and community leaders

  • Enhance your understanding of the community around campus

  • Engage in constructive dialogue across difference and divides

Sign up!

Activation Academy is open to all UMD students interested in getting to know more about the College Park community surrounding UMD.

Registration will be open from March 8 - April 1. 

To sign up, log in to OrgSync

Then go to the Maryland LEAD Program page or the following link: