Black Alumni Weekend 2022

Black Alumni Weekend 2022

Schedule of Events

Thursday
Apr
21
Friday
Apr
22
Saturday
Apr
23
Sunday
Apr
24

Virtual: Celebrating Black Excellence: Stories and Experiences of Black Public Health Professionals

Thursday, April 21
12p.m. - 1:30p.m. Eastern | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: School of Public Health Alumni Network Board


Join a virtual panel discussion of Black public health alumni moderated by the new SPH professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Michael Brown, PhD '95. The distinguished panelists will include a range of positions in the field of public health and highlight Black excellence within their professions and among UMD alumni. 

Virtual: Equity and Access in The Built Environment: A Black Alumni Showcase

Thursday, April 21
6p.m. - 7p.m. Eastern | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation


The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is celebrating the work of our alumni in a time where the doors to equity and access are more open than ever before. Join us as we showcase African American alums from each of our four programs in a panel discussion highlighting key successes and challenges to advancing racial equity in the built environment.

Panelists:

  • Mansur Abdul-Malik, MRED '12 (Real Estate Development)
  • Dr. Rodney Harrell, Ph.D. '08 (Urban Studies and Community Planning) 
  • Jamesha Gibson, MHP '17, MCP '17 (Historic Preservation)

Virtual: Black Alumni Weekend Movie Night

Thursday, April 21
7p.m. - 9:30p.m. Eastern | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations & The School of Public Policy Alumni Board


The School of Public Policy (SPP) Alumni Board will be hosting a Movie Night. The Board would like to invite current and former Black students to introduce Alumni Board members and the functions of the Board to more people and build relationships and networking opportunities for those in attendance.

African American History and Landmarks at the University of Maryland, College Park - A Walking Tour

Friday, April 22
10a.m. - 4:30p.m. Eastern |

Sponsored by: BSOS Office of the Dean - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office


Tour Times: 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

The African American History and Landmarks at the University of Maryland, College Park Tour takes the participants on a walking tour of campus. The tour highlights locations on campus that document and celebrate the little-known African American presence and contributions to our campus from the time that the labor of enslaved African Americans contributed to the founding and establishment of the university, through African American presence and contributions during the modern civil rights era and campus integration, up to more contemporary times and the present. This tour runs approximately 90 minutes and requires participants to be able to walk around campus. Participants must wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the outside weather of the day. Tours will be led by Dr. Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

Virtual: Building Your Network for Future Success

Friday, April 22
12p.m. - 1:15p.m. Eastern | Virtual Program

Sponsored by: Maryland Smith Office of Alumni Relations, Black Business Association, Black MBA Association


Celebrate the inaugural UMD Black Alumni Weekend with the Maryland Smith community! Join students and alumni for a networking session that will include hearing from alumni in select industries about their varying career paths. The session will have two rounds of breakout discussions to give attendees the opportunity to connect with fellow Smith students and alumni from two industries. By attending this event, students will gain insights on industries of interest and have an opportunity to expand their professional network. Students should select the industry of most interest during the registration process. This event is co-hosted by the Maryland Smith Office of Alumni Relations, the Black Business Association, and the Black MBA Association.

Healing from Hate: Advancing Racially-Equitable Policies

Friday, April 22
12p.m. - 2p.m. Eastern | Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Sponsored by: BSU/UMD Social Justice Alliance


A panel discussion and social justice award ceremony featuring university, community, and policy leaders who will talk about issues centered on individual and community healing, anti-racism, and racially-equitable social and public policy.


Bowie State University and University of Maryland College Park, in collaboration with The 1st Lt. Richard Collins, III Foundation, serves to transform our nation from oppression and hate using a national research-based social justice model. 

David C. Driskell Center Gallery Tour with the Director, Prof. Curlee Holton

Friday, April 22
4p.m. - 5p.m. Eastern | David C. Driskell Center

Sponsored by: College of Arts and Humanities


The David C. Driskell Center preserves the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Join us for a tour of the gallery led by the Center's Director and Artist in Residence, Curlee Holton. A highly regarded professor, painter and master printmaker, Curlee Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world.

*If you are unable to join us for the tour, the Gallery be open for visitors from 11am-5pm.

Black Journalism Alumni Networking Reception

Friday, April 22
4p.m. - 6p.m. Eastern | Knight Hall

Sponsored by: Philip Merrill College of Journalism & Journalism Alumni Network


Connect with fellow Journalism alumni and faculty members in a reception in Knight Hall.

AGNR Kickback

Friday, April 22
5p.m. - 7p.m. Eastern | University of Maryland Golf Course

Sponsored by: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Alumni Network


The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Alumni Network invite you to "Kickback" with us to build your community and expand your network. Kickback with us during this cocktail reception with food, drinks, and fellow Terps. We look forward to building connections and investing together in your future.

Black Alumni Weekend Welcome

Friday, April 22
6p.m. - 9p.m. Eastern | Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Sponsored by: University of Maryland Black Alumni Network


It's finally here! Please join the University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA) Network as we kick off Black Alumni Weekend. Stop by and settle into the weekend with us.

Nyumburu's 50th Anniversary Breakfast

Saturday, April 23
8:30a.m. - 9:45a.m. Eastern | Nyumburu Cultural Center Multipurpose Room

Sponsored by: Nyumburu Cultural Center


Since its inception in 1971, the Nyumburu Cultural Center continues to be a Home Away from Home for Black students, thereby providing academic support to increase student retention. Nyumburu serves as the key source for all students of the university seeking cultural awareness and specific understanding of the Black experience. This event will be a time to meet and greet. Alumni and their families can enjoy breakfast with great music. 

Coffee and Civics with your Black Alumni Maryland Legislators

Saturday, April 23
9a.m. - 11a.m. Eastern | College Park City Hall

Sponsored by: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board


Join the College of Behavioral and Social Science Alumni Chapter Board in the Plaza outside of the newly constructed downtown College Park City Hall Building for coffee and conversation with your fellow black alumni House of Delegate representatives. As the 2022 legislative session comes to a close, come meet your representatives and learn about the significant issues debated within the Maryland general assembly, and as well as which bills were introduced and passed. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided. 

Legislators in attendance:

Serving the College Park and UMD Communities: Food Bank

Saturday, April 23
9a.m. - 11a.m. Eastern |

Sponsored by: Incentive Awards Program Alumni Network


Give back during Black Alumni Weekend and volunteer at the College Park Community Food Bank. This shift will involve sorting and distributing food. 

Please note: Spots are limited. All service events take place outside and volunteers must be able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs., stand and walk continuously, stoop, and bend for extended periods. All volunteers will be required to abide by the University's COVID-19 protocols.

Unveiling of Nyumburu's Ambassadors and Friends Wall

Saturday, April 23
10a.m. - 11a.m. Eastern | Nyumburu Terrace/Patio (Top Level)

Sponsored by: Nyumburu Cultural Center


Join Nyumburu as they unveil their Ambassadors and Friends Wall and the Donor Recognition Tree in celebration of 50 years on campus. 

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering Alumni Brunch

Saturday, April 23
10a.m. - 12p.m. Eastern | Zupnik Forum, A. James Clark Hall

Sponsored by: School of Engineering, CMNS & CMSE


Join the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the College of Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering in A. James Clark Hall. Catch up with old classmates and make new connections while enjoying brunch!

Serving the College Park and UMD Communities: Arboretum

Saturday, April 23
10a.m. - 12p.m. Eastern |

Sponsored by: Incentive Awards Program Alumni Network


Give back during Black Alumni Weekend and volunteer at the University of Maryland Arboretum & Botanical Garden. This shift will involve weeding, mulching, and planting in UMD gardens, outdoor spaces, and rain gardens.

Please note: Spots are limited. All service events take place outside and volunteers must be able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs., stand and walk continuously, stoop, and bend for extended periods. All volunteers will be required to abide by the University's COVID-19 protocols.

Terpchella

Saturday, April 23
11a.m. - 3p.m. Eastern | The Hall CP


Terpchella is the kickoff event to University of Maryland's inaugural Black Alumni Weekend. This outdoor, family-friendly music festival will showcase alumni artists and local talent. In addition to the main stage, there will be carnival games, food, drinks and booths throughout the festival that showcase Black Terp-owned businesses. Terpchella will be a festival of fun for all ages!

Tour the Jones-Hill House

Saturday, April 23
4p.m. - 5p.m. Eastern | Jones-Hill House

Sponsored by: Maryland Athletics and The M Club Foundation


Tour Times: 4 & 4:30 p.m.

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new home for Maryland Football: Jones-Hill House. This state of the art facility was named after trailblazers Billy Jones and Darryl Hill. Jones broke the color barrier in basketball at Maryland and the ACC in 1965 and Hill was the first Black student-athlete to play football at Maryland and in the ACC in 1963. 

Gift of Giving Gala

Saturday, April 23
6p.m. - 11p.m. Eastern | Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center


The Gift of Giving Gala is a scholarship and awards gala to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Black alumni, students and faculty and staff. We will also give away scholarships to several current and incoming students through the Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship. This black tie affair will bring together Black alumni and students with a seated dinner, awards ceremony and dancing. The theme is Black Hollywood and Black excellence will be on display! 

Shell of a Brunch

Sunday, April 24
11a.m. - 3p.m. Eastern | Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center


This is the DMV where Sundays are for brunch so come together one more time to close out Black Alumni Weekend. Please join us for Sunday Funday, the Black Terp edition!