Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Guidance, Direction, and Assistance

 

Welcome 
Latino/a Student Organizations
Academic Resources 
Campus Resources 
Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff Resources
Course Selections and Academic Options 
Scholarships 
Internships 
Publications
Off-Campus Resources
Campus Events & Activities
Questions & Answers
Finishing College & Looking into the Future
Glossary

WELCOME

Bienvenidos!

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Maryland-College Park. You may be in the same place I was two years ago, as a recently arrived community member needing to find my place among an array of diverse people. As the Coordinator for Latina/o Student Involvement & Advocacy, I am very excited to meet you and assist you in finding your place on and off campus that will help you be academically successful as well as provide you with a positive college experience. As a new community member I faced the daunting experience of where to start, who to meet first, where to go for support and general information. The Latina/o Student Handbook provides that starting point to guide and direct you to resources, faculty, staff, community partners and student organizations you may be interested in connecting with. I encourage you to contact them because they will appreciate your visit and are committed to your success. This handbook will also give you tools to improve, develop and learn about yourself through the many academic Programs and internship opportunities. Finally, as an avid adventurer, I encourage you to take a leap at new experiences and new people. If you would like that extra push, just let me know and I can join you at the edge. Best wishes this academic year!

Yvette Lerma
Coordinator for Latino/a Student Involvement and
Community Advocacy, MICA

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LATINO/A STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

For a home away from home and support from students just like you, Latino/a student organizations are the places to go and become involved in. From groups that plan campus wide events and advocate for community wide issues to Greek organizations, chance are you will find something you like in one of these organizations. In this handbook, you will find general descriptions and contact information for the Latina/o organizations on campus. We invite you to participate in as many as you want and connect with fellow Latina/o students.

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting UMD Chapter (ALPFA)
alpfa-umd@umd.edu
ALPFA Washington, DC Chapter: http://www.alpfa.org/
ALPFA provides many Programs and benefits to aspiring Latino students interested in accounting, finance or related career professions. Benefits of student memberships include access to scholarship opportunities, skills development workshops, networking with key hiring professionals and sponsors, and other events.

The Coalition of Latino Student Organizations (CLSO)
clso@umd.edu
The Coalition serves as an umbrella organization and is made up of all Latino/a student organizations active on campus, as well as faculty, staff, and students at large. CLSO strives to promote cultural awareness and education. Activities include the coordination of Latino Heritage Month Programming every Fall. Contact Yvette Lerma in MICA at ylerma@umd.edu for information on how to participate. 

 

Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society
www.studentorg.umd.edu/crdpremed
CRDPreMedicalSociety@gmail.com
The Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society at the Univeristy of Maryland at College Park was established as an attempt to provide fundamental information about how to approach the rigorous pre-medicine academic course requirements, the medical school application process, and admission procedures in hope to produce successful medical school applicants. In addition to serving all UMCP students, we especially serve minority students because they lack access to information about how the system works.

Gamma Phi Sigma “Hermanos Unidos” Fraternity, Inc.
http://www.gammaphisigma.org
gammas.zeta@gmail.com
What unites all brothers of Gamma Phi Sigma is our unbreakable determination to glorify our culture and our potential as strong dynamic Latino men. Gamma Phi Sigma strives to empower the young Latino male of today volunteering time and youthful vigor to the entire Latino community and student body.

Hispanic MBA Association
hmbaa@rhsmith.umd.edu
The Hispanic MBA Association (HMBAA) is a student run initiative established to foster the involvement of the Hispanic MBA community at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The HMBAA organizes career development events and promotes the rich and diverse culture of its members.

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lul 
lul@umd.edu
LUL was established in February 1982 to address the shortcomings of academic institutions in meeting and addressing the needs of Latino/a students in higher education. Founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, LUL seeks to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latino/a community through community service.

La Voz Latina
lavozlatina.umd@gmail.com
This newspaper is committed to providing the Latino/a students a representative and informative voice among all other publications on campus. The editorial board welcomes contributors throughout the year, regardless of personal identity. La Voz Latina has recently become an SGA member to ensure its commitment to providing the Latino students’ voices a publication on campus. The paper welcomes everyone regardless of personal identity.

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lta
LTA_Upsilon@yahoo.com
LTA is an academic sorority that was founded in 1975 to aid in the scholarly and cultural advancement of all minority women. LTA strives to eliminate stereotypes that affect minority women.

Latino Student Union (LSU)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lsu
lsu.umd@gmail.com
LSU provides students a place to express Latino culture at the University of Maryland. The LSU serves as a home away from home to students who may feel lost on a campus as large as College Park. Students are given the opportunity to meet other Latinos and form lasting friendships, as well as gain a sense of familia. The LSU is also very focused on what its members have to say, so the overall feel and attitude of LSU reflects its constituents.

The Latino/a Graduate Student Association (LGSA)
www.studentorg.umd.edu/lgsa
LGSA’s mission is to provide a community of incoming and continuing Latino/a graduate students on our campus by offering support and mentorship, institutional and community outreach, and academic and professional development. The purpose of LGSA is to promote and encourage the persistence, as well as, graduation of Latino/a graduate students at the University of Maryland.

Latino Honors Caucus
http://groups.google.com/group/latino-honors-caucus?hl=en 
latinohonorssociety@gmail.com
The aims of the Latino Honors Caucus include unity and networking among Latino Honors students and those interested in learning about the Latino culture, encouragement of Latinos to enter the honors Program, and service to the surrounding community.

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc. (SLU)
www.sigmalambdaupsilon.org/upsilon
upsilon@sigmalambdaupsilon.org
SLU was chartered in Spring 2000 with the purpose of creating an organization that would provide sisterhood and support, while promoting academic achievement, community service and cultural enrichment. Established in 1987, this organization extends to 27 college campuses across the country.

S.C.O.R.E.
www.score.umd.edu
scorebusiness@gmail.com
S.C.O.R.E. (Student Community for Outreach, Retention, and Excellence) is established for the expressed purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting under-represented minority students (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, etc.) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
www.eng.umd.edu/SHPE/
president@shpeumd.org
SHPE aims to increase the number of Hispanic Engineering and Sciences students at the University of Maryland. In this effort, SHPE collaborates with industry to promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientists in education and private sector.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS Chapter)
http://www.ucsbsacnas.org/
SACNAS-MD@listserv.umd.edu
To increase the presence of Latinos and Native Americans in the science, by providing mentorship at different academic levels, networking and a support group for Latino graduate students who are pursuing post graduate degrees in the science as well as to recruit more Latino undergraduates to pursue post graduate degrees and careers in the science. Faculty Advisor: Edgar Moctezuma, emoctezu@umd.edu.

The University of Maryland Latina/o Alumni Network (LAN, charter in process)
http://www.thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino/alumni/
umdlatinoalumninetwork@gmail.com
LAN’s purpose is that of promoting the interests and welfare of the University through the advancement of the interests and welfare of its Latino/a alumni. To support and learn more about this initiative contact Gerson Elias at elias.gerson@gmail.com.

The Latina/o Graduation Celebration
http://www.provost.umd.edu/diversity/latinograduation/
latinograduation@umd.edu
The Latina/o Graduation Celebration is a commemoration that recognizes Latina/o graduates, both undergraduate and graduate students, at the University of Maryland. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the success and achievements of Latina/o graduates as well as to establish an institutionally-acknowledged cultural space at the University of Maryland. Since the first graduation celebration in May 2005, the number of UM graduates has steadily increased. Last year, over 75 Latina/o students received degrees!

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES

While there are several things that the University of Maryland offers, we need to remember that the primary reason we are here is to improve ourselves academically and prepare for the future. With this in mind, the University has several on campus tutoring and academic aid Programs and offices that are willing to help you with the material you will be learning in your course work. Feel free to contact the offices listed for further information.

Learning Assistance Service 
2201 Shoemaker Building 301.314.7693
http://www.counseling.umd.edu
lasinfo@umd.edu
LAS offers individualized Programs in: exam skills, spelling, time management, textbook comprehension, listening and note-taking, math learning skills, vocabulary, science learning skills, writing skills, grammar skills, and speed reading.

Math Success Program 
0102 Easton Hall and Stamp Student Union 301.314.6284
www.resnet.umd.edu/Programs/math_success
The Math Success Program is an undergraduate peer math coaching Program coordinated by Residence Life. Free tutoring in math, specifically focused on Math 001, 002, 113 and 115, is available in the Easton Hall Recreation Room.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE)
1101 Hornbake Library, South Wing 301.405.5616
http://www.omse.umd.edu
OMSE offers you the opportunity to participate in a vast array of academic and professional Programs on campus. OMSE offers free walk-in tutoring for the most requested undergraduate courses; it collaborates with the Mathematics Department in coordinating the math review sessions and hourly exam reviews every semester. You may also form your own study group and work there with a tutor or use the computer lab. OMSE offers a college success prep Program, and a peer-mentoring Program for our diverse campus population.

The Writing Center
0125 Taliaferro Hall 301.405.3785
http://www.english.umd.edu/Programs/WritCenter
Writing Center offers trained tutors to help you improve your writing. A tutor will work with you to clarify an assignment, explore ideas and topics, plan and organize your paper, determine strategies for revision, correct grammatical problems, and ease writing anxieties. 

 

RESOURCES FOR STAFF/FACULTY

 

Faculty and Staff Association Founding Committee
A small group of staff members have banded together to establish a Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) at Maryland. If you are interested in serving as a member on the LFSA Founding Committee, please contact Yvette Lerma, ylerma@umd.edu, (301) 314-5822. The Founding Committee will meet on a periodic basis to discuss and plan the association's mission, goals and constitution. 
Facebook Group at http://tinyurl.com/UMLFSAFB
LinkedIn Group at http://tinyurl.com/UMLFSALI

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CAMPUS RESOURCES

The University of Maryland also has several on-campus support services that reach out to students to provide them with a supportive environment that will help them to excel academically and socially. The organizations and offices listed in this handbook will provide you with opportunities to participate in community service projects, academic Programs, and social events, as well as receive academic and health care assistance. If any of these resources interest you, we encourage you to contact them for more information.

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
1134 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Bldg #088 301.405.3878
http://www.cmse.umd.edu
Established in 1981 as a unit within the School of Engineering, the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering provides academic support services and outreach Programs designed to recruit, retain, and graduate African American, Hispanic American, and Native American engineering students. For more information contact LaWanda S. Kamalidiin, Assistant Director at lsaddler@umd.edu.

Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society
http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/crdpremed
CRDPreMedicalSociety@gmail.com
The Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society at the Univeristy of Maryland at College Park was established as an attempt to provide fundamental information about how to approach the rigorous pre-medicine academic course requirements, the medical school application process, and admission procedures in hope to produce successful medical school applicants. In addition to serving all UMCP students, we especially serve minority students because they lack access to information about how the system works.

The Community Outreach Program of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese
2215 Jiménez Hall 301.405.6441
The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to inform and attract U.S. Latinos in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to our campus. The initiative has a continuous working relationship with students & parents, in schools in the area, via a variety of Programs. At the University of Maryland we have many native speakers that have been instrumental in the establishment of Heritage Language Courses, U.S. Latino/a Literature and Service Learning component.

Hillel at The University of Maryland
7612 Mowatt Lane 301.422.6200
http://www.marylandhillel.org
University of Maryland Hillel serves one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish campus communities in the country. Hillel sponsors a diverse and exciting array of activities throughout the school year, including social, cultural, religious and educational Programs. Whether it is a briefing from the Israeli Embassy, a student BBE with a reggae band, a free Shabbat dinner for 1000 plus students, a Jewish acapella group performing at the White House, or a dinner discussion on Jewish ethics, Jewish students utilize Hillel as their own center for the community. Hillel staff and resources are available to all UMD students, faculty, staff and community members regardless of affiliation or commitment. Hillel is committed to supporting a vibrant Jewish community that provides opportunities for diverse forms of Jewish expression.

La Familia
http://www.omse.umd.edu/services&Programs/lafamilia.php
la_familia_umd@yahoo.com
Established in 2000, this Program assists first-year Latino/a students with their college transition by providing one-on-one guidance and support through the use of peer mentors. It incorporates a network of Latino/a student organizations to provide a wide range of activities and create a sense of community for first year students. Through La Familia, Latino/a students will have a foundation of role models encouraging them to succeed in their college education.

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2100D McKeldin Library 301.314.6786
www.ugresearch.umd.edu 
ugresearch@umd.edu
Students spend four to six hours a week working with or under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research and receive an Undergraduate Research Assistant notation.

Off Campus Student Involvement
0110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union 301.405.0986
http://www.stamp.umd.edu/offcampus
och@umd.edu
Off-Campus Student Involvement (OCSI) provides services to support and enhance the educational experience of ALL students who live off-campus. This is achieved through social, educational, informational, and developmental Programs to help students get connected to campus, discover involvement and leadership opportunities, and learn more about campus life. To learn more about services, Programs, and events on campus and in the area, subscribe to the Commuter Student Listserv. To subscribe, email: och@umd.edu.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion 
1130 Shriver Laboratory 301.405.2838
http://www.ohrp.umd.edu
ohrp-silc@umd.edu
The office provides leadership on issues dealing with sexual harassment, affirmative action, recruitment, retention, race relations, conflict management, teaching effectiveness and organizational development to the entire University community. Check their Words of Engagement Program! For more information contact Mark G. Brimhall, Assistant Director at brimhall@umd.edu.

Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy
1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life 301.314.8600
http://thestamp.umd.edu/diversity
http://thestamp.umd.edu/diversity/latino 
MICA-contact@umd.edu
MICA stands firmly in their role to empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections. In support of the campus’ commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, they advance a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity, through student-centered advising, advocacy, Programs, research, and practices. For more information contact Yvette Lerma, Coordinator for Latina/o Student Involvement & Advocacy at ylerma@umd.edu

Robert H. Smith School of Business Student Activities
301.314.2286
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu
Appointments are required. Interested in applying or learning about the Business School? Contact April N. Hamilton, Assistant Director and Student Activities Coordinator to guide you on the process of applying and the various requirements for admission. She is located at1570 Van Munching Hall. Contact email: ahamilto@rhsmith.umd.edu

S.C.O.R.E.
http://www.score.umd.edu
scorebusiness@gmail.com
S.C.O.R.E. (Student Community for Outreach, Retention, and Excellence) is established for the expressed purpose of recruiting, retaining, and supporting under-represented minority students (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, etc.) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS Chapter)
http://sacnas.org/
SACNAS-MD@listserv.umd.edu
To increase the presence of Latinos and Native Americans in the science, by providing mentorship at different academic levels, networking and a support group for Latino graduate students who are pursuing post graduate degrees in the science as well as to recruit more Latino undergraduates to pursue post graduate degrees and careers in the science. Faculty Advisor: Edgar Moctezuma, emoctezu@umd.edu.

University Career Center & President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library 301.314.7255
www.CareerCenter.umd.edu
www.PresidentsPromise.umd.edu 
The University Career Center (UCC) serves as a world class career and experiential learning center that teaches individuals to understand and use the career development process as they seek local, national, and global employment opportunities. Contact: Pamela Allen, Program Director at pallen@umd.edu.

University Health Center
Campus Drive (across from Stamp Student Union) 301.314.8180
http://www.health.umd.edu
Appointments are required. Call 301.314.8184 for an appointment. Urgent Care services are available without an appointment for evaluation of urgent medical problems. There is a fee for service. A free After Hours NurseLine is available when the Health Center is closed. Please have your University ID Number (UID) ready! For more information contact Julia Matute, Coordinator for Marketing Services at matute@health.umd.edu or 3104 Health Center, 301.314.8103.

The President's Promise
301.314.7888 
http://www.presidentspromise.umd.edu
Email: presidentspromise@umd.edu
3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing
Through the President's Promise, each student has the chance to engage in a special experience and offers the opportunity for extraordinary personal growth.  Some students achieve this growth through hands-on research, study abroad, or internships in the public and private sectors.  Others take on leadership roles or find fulfillment in community service Programs. President's Promise staff is available to help students navigate through all options to select the best opportunities. In addition, dedicated faculty and staff are also available to help students chart a course to enhance their academic experience.

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FACULTY, GRADUATE STUDENTS AND STAFF

There are many Latino/a faculty, staff, graduate students and community partners who will appreciate your visit regardless of the position or office they are in. The following are just a few of the people on campus who are committed to your success. We have also listed their area of expertise to connect with them if you are pursuing a similar field. These individuals would be great mentors, friends, and colleagues. We encourage you to contact them.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Josh Alvarez
Area of Focus: Higher Education
Graduate Assistant
Residential Life
2100 Annapolis Hall
jalvare2@umd.edu
301.314.5111x54338

Dora Elías McAllister
Area of Focus: Higher Education
Doctoral Student
Higher Education Program
deliasmc@umd.edu

L. Angelo Gomez
Area of Focus: Counselor Education
Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education
1100 Hornbake Library
angelog@umd.edu
301.405.7171

Maritza González
Area of Focus: International Education
Office of Recruitment, Retention & Diversity
2107 Lee Building
mgonzale@umd.edu
301.405.4180
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/grrd

Amilcar Guzman
Area of Focus: Higher Education 
Campus Programs America Reads*America Counts 
0144 Holzapfel Hall 
aguzman@umd.edu
301.314.6589

Robb Hernández
Area of Focus: Museums and Institutions
Department of American Studies
1102 Holzapfel Hall
robbher3@umd.edu

Richard Medellin
Area of Focus: Chemical Science
College of Chemical & Life Sciences
1300 Symons Hall
medellin@umd.edu
301.405.541

Ernesto Muñoz
Area of Focus: Meteorology
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
2207 Computer & Space Sciences
emunoz@umd.edu
301.405.0050 x42627

Ana Perez
Area of Focus: Women’s Studies
Women's Studies
2101 Woods Hall
amperez@umd.edu
301.405.7709

Cristina Risco
Area of Focus: Psychology
Counseling Center
0104 Shoemaker Building
crisco1@umd.edu
phone: +1 301 314 7692

Marcia Bebianno Simoes
Area of Focus: Anthropology
Latin American Studies Center 
0128B Holzapfel Hall
mbsimoes@umd.edu
301.405.8933

Tony Tosado II., M.S.
Area of Focus: Counselor Education
Graduate Assistant
College of Education
3214 Benjamin Building
tosado@umd.edu
301.405.2860

Maria Vargas
Area of Focus: American Studies
Graduate Assistant
USLT Studies Program
1102 Holzapfel Hall 
mvargas5@umd.edu
301.405.1354

Rebecca Villarreal
Area of Focus: Higher Education
Graduate Assistant
Resident Life
0200 Calvert Hall 
rvillarr@umd.edu
301.314.7124

 

FACULTY AND STAFF

 

Michael Andrews
Area of Focus: Educational Counselor
Pre-College Programs 
West Education Annez
mandrew1@umd.edu
301.405.6776

Antoine Banks
Area of Focus: Racial/Ethnic Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Government & Politics
3140 Tydings Hall
abanks12@umd.edu
301.405.2973