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Diversity & Inclusion

MAPP+D Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Mission Statement:

MAPP’s Diversity & Inclusion committee works to uphold diversity and inclusion as core values of the school. We celebrate the rich identities and multiple perspectives within our community. We support and amplify the research, creative practice, and service work of faculty, students, and staff. We work to ensure that the school’s policies and practices embody these values and affirm them as a shared responsibility.

MAPP Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee

After leading and completing the D&I Strategic plan in 2014/15, the D&I Task force was reborn in 2015/16 as MAPP’s D&I Committee. Committee members are appointed by the Dean and Directors. As outlined in the strategic plan, the committee is composed of one graduate student and one undergraduate student, two staff members, and two faculty members. Additional members are invited to join on an ad hoc basis. This representative body is charged with leading MAPP on all D&I efforts; working proactively to advance the strategic plan; and protecting and building a respectful, diverse, and inclusive community. The committee is chaired by the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer who is appointed by the Dean.


The committee members for academic year 2019-2020 are:

Ingrid Farrell - Assistant Dean | Equity Administrator
Ariel Bierbaum - Assistant Professor | Equity Officer
Greg Weaver - Graduate Advising Specialist
Gerard Boulin - Business Services Specialist, NCSG
Dr. Michelle Magalong, Postdoctoral Associate, HISP
Ava Omidva - Graduate Student
Madison Hamer - Undergraduate Student

Diversity & Inclusion Activities

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee sponsors and co-sponsors community conversations and gatherings, trainings and workshops.

Community-Building Lunch | March 28, 2019

For the third consecutive year, the D&I committee continued the tradition of celebrating our community. We changed the name of the event from International lunch to MAPP Community Lunch in an attempt to embrace the broader principles of diversity and inclusion here at MAPP+D. This year's event featured remarks from Dean Linebaugh and all of our program directors, as a way to honor the commitment our committee made to the School community to advance concerns related to diversity and inclusion to decision makers.  We featured Chinese, Caribbean, Venezuelan and American cuisine.

 

International Lunch | May 2, 2018

The D&I Committee lead a gathering of faculty, staff and students in celebrating a year of accomplishments.  The MAPP community shared food, music and stories that affirmed our strengths in our diversity. Our International Lunch marked the culmination of the School’s 50th anniversary year . We celebrated the announcement of our first female Architecture full professor in the School’s 50 year history.  We bade farewell to the School’s first female Dean. The committee also unveiled the MAPP Values Statement that will be placed that moving forward 50 years from now will still be a reflection of who we are as a community.   


Moment of Reflection for MAPP Community | August 30, 2017
MAPP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee leads a gathering of the School's community (joining with the entire University community, Bowie State as well as at several other USM campuses) in the Great Space of the Architecture Building on August 30, 2017.  The Dean, Program Directors, Faculty, Staff and Students of the School suspend talking, teaching and electronics for one minute at 12:05 for a Moment of Reflection to honor the life of Second Lt. Richard Collins III. The leadership of the School address the community and reaffirm our values.
 

International Lunch | April 28, 2017
MAPP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee culminated its thought-provoking “Table Talks” series with our first International Lunch. Faculty, staff and students celebrated the richness of our global community by sharing conversation and food designed to connect our diverse backgrounds. After several lunchtime discussions throughout the academic year, this final “Table Talk” featured a custom-made interactive table that physically incorporated issues and ideas that resulted from the previous talks. Fifteen different phrases, representing 22 different countries, were included on the table.
 

Table Talks | February 13 and February 16, 2017

In these conversations designed to celebrate the richness of MAPP’s global community, our students, faculty and staff gathered together to identify phrases that sparked conversation and dialogue, affirming and strengthening our diverse community. Once translated into all languages spoken in our school, the phrases were incorporated into a communal table that was unveiled at an International Lunch.
 

Fall Lecture: "Feel the Force" by Frances Bronet and Alito Alessi | October 17, 2016
Alito Alessi (DanceAbility International) and Frances Bronet (Illinois Institute of Technology) discussed how physical and architectural bodies impact each other in their “Don’t Leave Me” mixed-abilities dance/architecture performance piece. The installation is only stable if the dancers manage their movement and shift their weight; the project depends on the collective musculature of the bodies and resulting architectural interaction.

Campus Resources

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides expertise and leadership at the University of Maryland to enrich the experiences of individuals, to build stronger communities, and to create a more just and compassionate world.

  • University Strategic Plan
    The plan is comprehensive, bold, and action oriented. It sets forth a vision of the university as an institution unmatched in its capacity to attract talent, address the most important issues of our time, and produce the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Center for Leadership & Organizational Change (CLOC)
    Using our strengths in organizational development and tools from Gallup, CLOC helps nurture a culture of engagement and inclusion where faculty and staff work with passion, feel a profound connection to their workplace, and are empowered to succeed.

  • Thriving Workplace Initiative
    This initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is dedicated to making the University of Maryland “the best place to work.” The Thriving Workplace Initiative is viewed as a strategic investment in the university’s staff and faculty to ensure that their voices are heard and that they feel valued for their important work.

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