Pass/Fail @ UMD | Fall 2020
Thank you to BTM organizer Alysa for all of her hard work on this specific issue. Please read and share the articles below to learn more about student progress in the grading option this semester.
UMD students aren’t giving up the fight for a pass/fail grading option
SGA unanimously passes resolution asking UMD to reconsider pass/fail decision
“Cold shoulder”: Students blast UMD administration for grading decision at town hall
Students petition UMD to return to pass/fail grading for hybrid semester
UMD President Darryll Pines says decision not to offer pass/fail system is final
*Read this article from this morning (12/11/2020)* Almost 80 percent of UMD students opted for at least one pass/fail class last semester
High school: Mount Saint Joseph
Height, weight: 6-10, 225 pounds
Draft projection: First round (15-25 range)
A former star at Mount Saint Joseph, “Stix” became a first-team All-Big Ten player in his sophomore year with the Terps. During his time with the Gaels, he was twice named Baltimore Sun All-Metro Co-Player of the Year and Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year, blossoming into a McDonald’s All American and a consensus five-star prospect. He averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season in helping lead Maryland to a share of the Big Ten title, ranking third nationally with 21 double doubles. He was the only player in the country to record at least 60 blocks and 30 3-pointers, the kind of versatility that appeals to NBA scouts. Smith and Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu are the only two high-major players in the past three decades to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting at least 36% from 3-point range.
Materials from Roundtable 1
PDF version of slide deck (attached below)
From our featured speaker, Samantha Davis
By Caleigh Bartash
Some campus organizations want to see more accountability from the UMD administration along with the alliance. Saba Tshibaka, an organizer for Black Terps Matter, said that Black Terps Matter has asked the administration to host town halls on issues such as police brutality to reach a broader audience.
“We’re asking for the powers that be, the administration, to kind of use their platform to support the movement, support the movement actively,” Tshibaka said.
Tshibaka, a philosophy, politics and economics student, said she thought the intentions of the alliance were pure and that the 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III Foundation had been working very hard to memorialize Collins. The first of ten official demands Black Terps Matter lists on its social media is “properly memorializing Lt. Richard Collins III.”
But Tshibaka said the administration has not followed through on previous commitments. She said one of the most important things the administration can do is take action instead of simply saying they are listening.
“Show up for Black students. Support Black students, no matter what they say. Amplify their voices. Understand what looks like good trouble, necessary trouble. Everyone wants to quote John Lewis. No one wants to act like he was a college student doing whatever he thought was best,” Tshibaka said.
Featured Image: Black Terps Matter created a list of 10 official demands to tackle systemic injustices, which they delivered to the UMD administration on July 17, 2020.
By Caleigh Bartash
The University of Maryland’s anti-racist coalition, Black Terps Matter, brought diverse film representation and the Washington-area college community together in College Park Saturday evening with its first Black Film Night.
While snacking on theater-style candy and chips, attendees from UMD and other local universities sat down on socially distanced blankets from thrift store Value Village for a showing of the 1978 musical film “The Wiz” at Old Town Park.
Event organizer and Black Terps Matter member Sidney Richards said the inspiration for the film night came from residence hall events she had experienced before. Richards, a senior animal science student, said it had been hard for Black students to have a say in choosing films before at similar events. (10/10/2020)
On October 5th, The University of Maryland will host of panel of experts and activists whose work centers the intersection of race and disability. During the recent surge of activism by Black Lives Matter, Black people with disabilities have insisted that there is no justice without disability inclusion. We will host disabled activists from the #BlackDisabledLivesMatter movement to discuss the re-framing of diversity, equity and inclusion that accompanies thinking from the complexities of race and disability. Our panel includes a recent UMD Smith School grad who will reflect on his experience as a Black disabled individual.
Keri Gray’s work centers on exploring the impact of race, gender, and disability as Black young professionals mature and transition into their careers.
· “Decolonizing Dreams: A conversation on leadership and wellness”
· Keri will be our featured speaker and will speak for 20 minutes.
Jen White-Johnson, Assistant Professor, Bowie State University
· “Combating Internalized Ableism in Academia: An AfroLatinx Design professor’s anthem to her disabled design students”
· Professor White-Johnson, Art Activist. Designer. Educator, designed the graphic image that dominates the iconography of #BlackDisabledLivesMatter.
Amiralah Nesru, Technology Risk Consultant, EY
· UMD Smith School alumnus – Class of May 2019
· Jen and Amiralah will each speak for 12 minutes.
· We will invite comments and questions for the remaining 45 minutes.
Zoom Meeting - Link provided upon registration at https://careers.umd.edu/event/blackdisabledlivesmatter
Watch the video above for a sneak peak of the 2020 First Year Book!
Each year since 1993, the University of Maryland has selected a book for all first-year students. The goal of the First Year Book Program (FYB) is to provide a shared intellectual experience for all new students along with the opportunity to discuss the book from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Courses, departmental lectures, living-learning programs, and student groups all sponsor events that complement a major address by the author and/or other important visitors to campus to comment on issues raised by the First Year Book.1
Check out the “About” section to learn more!
Office of Undergraduate Studies Programs, University of Maryland https://www.ugst.umd.edu/ugstprograms.html
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Find the notes from the event
and here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cso1zfF4QsQU_f4zZNobtP8hYk5VawPsH0PqkmF05r8/edit?usp=sharing
MSCAC is an organization founded at UMD that includes students from universities across the state of Maryland. Our primary goal is to enact statewide legislation to reach carbon neutrality on all Maryland public campuses. Through a combination of campus and state-level advocacy tactics and education, we are fighting for environmental justice right in our own backyards. Our efforts to keep carbon offsets within the local ecosystem and economy are part of a larger push to make Maryland a leader in climate action, with our universities leading the charge.
The Commitment March in Washington DC is being convened by Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III. This intergenerational day of action will demonstrate our commitment to fighting for policing and criminal justice. The Commitment March will take place on August 28th, 2020 - the 57th anniversary of the historical March on Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.On Friday, August 28th 2020, many individual students from Black Terps Matter convened in Washington D.C to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, an iconic event in American history. Read about the 2020 March in the Washington Post, Politico, and BBC News. We also hosted a live-stream (in collaboration with MICA) in an on-campus building (ESJ room 0202) to bring the event to students on campus, while socially distancing. Find Black Terps Matter's reference document for the event here - http://bit.ly/BTMwatchthemarch
All Eyez LLC is a student-led entertainment and media business that develops community leaders through enhancing the social experience for minority communities. All Eyez was founded in August of 2017 at the University of Maryland College Park by Andrew (Drew) Tawiah. As a sophomore student at the University of Maryland, Drew did what many young college students do. He studied hard during the week, and went out to socialize on the weekends. However, on numerous occasions, Tawiah and his friends witnessed events in the minority community shut down within minutes of the scheduled start time. So he began his career as a promoter for Entertainment groups at Morgan State University. Tawiah promoted events to Maryland students, but wanted to make an impact beyond social events.
He sought to create a safe environment where minority students at Maryland, a Pre-dominantly white institution, could not only socialize but to also have more school pride and engagement. However, he had few resources and no platform to engage them. It was not until the summer of 2017 through the help of a mentor that Drew developed a home team, “All Eyez On UMD” to change the social scene through entertainment events and community service initiatives. In All Eyez’s first school year, the organization established: (1) “UMD Durag Day”; (2) an annual charity basketball game, and (3) created “UMDMOVES”, a weekly event schedule that promotes campus events. Since 2017, All Eyez has served the minority community. Over 7,000 people have attended an All Eyez event since 2017, and in 2019 the All Eyez movement expanded to the University of Maryland Baltimore-County.
Grocery & Essential Shopping Help
Route 1 Mask Match
Route 1 Mask Match provides handmade cloth masks to vulnerable neighbors in the Route 1 Corridor and helps flatten the curve of COVID-19 in the community. We serve the Maryland communities along the Greater Route 1 corridor. (See map for their service area.)https://www.route1maskmatch.org/
Other Updates & Resources:
Please click the links/visit their websites for the latest information and announcements.
Metro/WMATA: Metro Service Level and Hours Reduced, College Park-UMD Station and other stations closed
ShuttleUM: Service suspended until further notice
Prince George’s County: Various closures and service suspensions, click for details
Maryland Public Schools (including Prince George’s County Public Schools): All schools closed through April 24, 2020
University of Maryland: Campus moved to an online environment
M-NCPPC/PG Parks & Recreation: All facilities, parks and playgrounds closed; trails remain open
State of Maryland: Updates, Executive Orders, Resources, Maryland Unites information and more
Governor Hogan Press Conferences: YouTube Channel
Maryland Unemployment Information: Department of Labor
Prince George’s County Press Conferences: YouTube Channel
Prince George’s County Unemployment Resources including Hourly Employee Relief Fund: Employpg.org
Tips for Managing Stress & Anxiety, as well as Surviving School Closures: April Municipal Scene Article