Guidance, Direction, and Assistance
Latino/a/x Student Organizations
Faculty and Staff Resources
Course Selections and Academic Options
Campus Events & Activities
Questions & Answers
Finishing College & Looking into the Future
Welcome to the University of Maryland, College Park! I imagine you are feeling a lot like I was when I first began at UMD as an undergrad. I was lost and was just trying to find a home away from home on this big campus. As the Graduate Coordinator for Latinx Student Involvement, I am here to help you on our journey in any way I can. Take a look through this handbook for some academic resources, student organizations and so much more. Of course, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! Have a great school year!
Graduate Coordinator for Latino/a/x Student Involvement and
Community Advocacy, MICA
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LATINO/A/X 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)
Contact Email: email@example.com
ALPFA National: http://www.alpfa.org/
ALPFA Washington DC Chapter: http://www.alpfadc.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)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coalition of Latino Student Organizations (formerly the Hispanic Heritage 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 Latinx Heritage Month programming every Fall.
Latinx Student Union (LSU)
Contact Email: email@example.com
LSU provides students a place to express their 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 Latinxs and form lasting friendships, as well as gaining a sense of familia. The LSU is also very focused with what its members have to say, so the overall feel and attitude of LSU reflects its constituents. To achieve our mission we divide our efforts into Committees. If you are interested in getting more involved with a particular subcommittee, contact the follow students.
Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Latina/o Graduate Student Association's mission is to serve the needs of Latinx graduate students at the University of Maryland through social and academic programming.
La Voz Latina Newspaper
Contact Email: email@example.com
The Latino student newspaper has recently become an SGA member to ensure its commitment in providing the Latino student's voices a publication on campus. The paper welcomes everyone regardless of personal identity. The general body meetings are the first Thursday of every month, at 6pm in 1206 Knight Hall. Next scheduled editions are September 24th and October 14th. You can find the newspaper in various campus locations, and the MICA office.
Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Political Latinxs United Movement for Action in Society’s mission is to engage the Latinx community and all those who support it at the University of Maryland-College Park campus as well as in the surrounding communities by providing a space where students can vocalize or express their stance on candidates and issues of concern to the Latino/a community both on and off campus. By providing this space, the Political Latinxs United Movement for Action in Society seeks to create civic engagement and awareness on social and political issues affecting the Latino/a community through education and advocacy. The Political Latinos United Movement for Action in Society organization is not limited to members who are of Hispanic or Latino/a ancestry. We welcome any individual no matter their creed, religion, race, sexual orientation, individual identity, and experience level.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Contact Email: email@example.com
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 scientist in education and private sector.
The University of Maryland Latina/o Alumni Network (LAN)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA)
Contact Email: SIA.Chi1997@gmail.com
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL)
Contact Email:: email@example.com
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigma Lambda Upsilon Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc. (SLU)
Contact Email: email@example.com
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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
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
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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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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
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.
Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society
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
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.
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
1201 Marie Mount Hall 301.314.6786
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
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: email@example.com.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
2411 Marie Mount Hall 301.405.2838
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!
Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy
1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life 301.314.8600
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 Valeria Morales, Graduate Coordinator for Latina/o/x Student Involvement & Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert H. Smith School of Business Student Activities
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.
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS Chapter)
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.
University Career Center & President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library 301.314.7255
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 email@example.com.
University Health Center
Campus Drive (across from Stamp Student Union) 301.314.8180
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!
The President's Promise
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 AND STAFF
There are many Latino/a faculty, staff, 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.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Area of Focus: Racial/Ethnic Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion
Dept. of Government & Politics
3140 Tydings Hall
Gloria Aparicio Blackwell
Area of Focus: Human Resources
Director of Community Engagement
Office of Community Engagement
0303 Marie Mount Hall
Alberto F. Cabrera, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Educational Administration
3112E Benjamin Building
Area of Focus: Coastal Communications
Coastal Communications Specialist
2200 Symons Hall
Area of Focus: Education
1117 Anne Arundel Hall
Judith Freidenberg, PhD.
Area of Focus: Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
0110 Woods Hall
Area of Focus: U.S. Labor, working class history, immigration
2115 Francis Scott Key
Dr. Luke Jensen
Area of Focus: Musicology
Director, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Equity
2218 Marie Mount Hall
Area of Focus: Engineering
Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering
1134 Martin Hall
Area of Focus: Military Service Differences in Race/Ethnicity & Gender
Assistant Professor of Sociology
4125 Art-Sociology Bldg
Manel LaCorte, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Spanish
Associate Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics
Director, Spanish Language Program
Department of Spanish & Portuguese/SLLC
2202 Jimenez Hall
Christopher Lester, Ed.D.
Area of Focus: Social Justice
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
1101 Hornbake Library
Area of Focus: Physics
Materials Science & Engineering
1110D Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Area of Focus: Community Health Education
University Health Center
0101A Health Center
Dr. Edgar Moctezuma
Area of Focus: Cell Biology and Genetics Lecturer
Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
3105 H.J. Patterson Hall
Office of Design & Publication
0101 Annapolis Hall
Randy James Ontiveros, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: English
3232 Tawes Hall
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2427 A.V Williams Building
Dr. Ana Patricia Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Literature, Latino Studies
Spanish & Portuguese Department
2215E Jimenez Hall
Dr. Stella Rouse
Area of Focus: Political Science
Government & Politics
3140 Tydings Hall
Vivianne Alejandra Salgado
Dean's Living-Learning Programs
1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
Dr. David A. Sartorius
Area of Focus: Latin American History
2101E Francis Scott Key Hall
Dr. Nancy Struna
Area of Focus: American Studies
American Studies Department
2331 Tawes Hall
Jackie Vander Velden
Area of Focus: Information Systems
Office of the Registrar
1113 Mitchell Building
Edlie L. Wong
Area of Focus: 19th Century African American Literature
Professor of English
2119 Tawes Hall
Ruth E. Zambrana, Ph.D.
Area of Focus: Women’s Studies
Professor, Women's Studies
2101D Woods Hall
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ON COURSE SELECTION
The following is a list of courses related to Latina/o heritage. I encourage you to contact the departments regarding questions of requirements and when the courses are being taught. Disclaimer: The list is not an exhaustive list – there may be more courses in the UMD Testudo system that you may be interested in. If you would like to add one to the list, please contact Valeria Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org
AMST328C Chicano/Latino Art & Museum Studies
ANTH260 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics
Instructor: William Stuart, Ph.D.
ANTH458B Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Urban Ethnography
Instructor: T. Whitehead
ANTH498N Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Ethnology of the Immigrant Life
Instructor: Judith Freidenberg, Ph.D
BSOS301 Leadership in a Multicultural Society
Instructor: Sue Briggs, Ph.D.
EDCP312 Multi-ethnic Peer Counseling
Instructor: L. Gomez
EDCP318B Applied Contextual Leadership: Facilitating in Group Dialogue
Instructor: C. North
EDCP418D Special Topics in Leadership: Leadership and Ethnicity
Instructor: Brandon Dula
EDCP418C Latina/o and Leadership
EDCP420 Advanced Topics in Human Diversity and Advocacy
Instructor: S. Chang
EDHI338A Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue: People of Color/White People
Instructor: A. Mojto and D. Tran and M. Brimhall
ENGL362 Caribbean Literature in English
Instructor: K. Macharia
GEOG310 Maryland and Adjacent Areas
Instructor: A. Eney
GVPT479B Seminar in American Politics: Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the United States
Instructor: B. McKenzie
GVPT479I Seminar in American Politics: Immigration Politics and Policy
Instructor: R. Koulish
HIST208P Historical Research and Methods Seminar: The Cold War in Latin American: A Transnational History
Instructor: S. Orisich
HIST250 Latin American History I
Instructor: D. Sartorius
HIST473 History of the Caribbean
Instructor: D. Sartorius
HIST475 History of Mexico and Central America II
Instructor: M. Vaughan
JOUR453 News Coverage of Racial Issues
Instructor: Alice Bonner, Ph.D
SOCY424 Sociology of Race Relations
Instructor: K. Barber
SOCY441 Social Stratification and Inequality
Instructor: J. Pease
SPAN303 Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World
Instructor: C. Benito-Vessels
SPAN306 Spanish II for Native Speakers
Instructor: D. Lima-Vales
SPAN408A Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Camp: Comedy, Foppery and 'Aberrant' Sexuality in 18th Century Spain
Instructor: M. Penrose
SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Transnational Latino Literature
Instructor: A. Rodriguez
SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Transnational Latino Literature
Instructor: A. Rodriguez
SPAN408C Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Exploring the Magical, Real and Fantastic Texts in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Instructor: S. Cypess
SPAN408B Great Themes of the Hispanic Literatures: Power and Violence in Latin America Through Literature and Film
Instructor: L. Melgar
URSP100 Challenge of the Cities
Instructor: William Hanna, Ph.D.
USLT 201U.S. Latina/o Studies I: An Historical Overview to the 1960’s
Instructor: Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Ph.D.
USLT 202 U.S. Latina/o Studies II: A Contemporary Overview 1960's to present
Instructor: Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Ph.D.
USLT 488C U.S. Latina/o Senior Seminar: Visual Research Method in US Latina/o Studies
Instructor: R. Hernandez
USLT 498A U.S. Latina/o Studies: Special Topics: Latinas/os on the Silver Screen
Instructor: R. Chester
USLT 498B U.S. Latina/o Studies I: Special Topics: Latinas/os and US Popular Culture
Instructor: R. Chester
USLT 498C U.S. Latina/o Studies I: Special Topics: US Latina/o Racial Formations
Instructor: A. Perez
WMST 488A Senior Seminar: Latino Women and Families
Instructor: R. Zambrana
Latino Based Academic Programs
U.S. Latino Studies Program
American Studies, University of Maryland
3322 Tawes Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Latin American Studies Center
4112 H.J Patterson Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
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There is nothing more gratifying than having someone else pay for your education. There are several opportunities for you to be rewarded for your academic success and/or your co-curricular involvement; all you need to do is look for them. This section provides contact information for several scholarships available. Remember to sign up for these scholarships early, because they do have deadlines. We strongly recommend that you review the information below but also find other scholarships not listed that may be available for you. Click here for this list of scholarships.
I. Business, Government & Politics
III. Engineering and Technology
VI. Journalism, Media & Communications
IX. Social Sciences
X. Others & General
I. Business, Government & Politics
Accountancy Board of Ohio Education Assistance Program for CPA Certificate
American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) Minority Scholarships
American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (AAAA MAIP)
American Institute of CPAs Minority Doctoral Fellowships Program
American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellows Program
American Society of Criminology Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities
Appraisal Institute Minority and Women Educational Scholarship Program
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellows Program
James E. Webb Internship Program for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration
Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company Employee Association Sponsor Scholarship Programs
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Brown Foundation Academic Scholarships
The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) Ethnic Minority Scholarship
National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Multicultural Scholarship Program
Page Education Foundation Grants
III. Engineering and Technology
AIR Products and Chemical Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering
American Architectural Foundation (AAF) Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship
AT&T Labs Fellowship Program
Brown and Caldwell Engineering Minority Scholarship Program
Hispanic Fund Scholarships for Computer Science/Engineering Fields
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
American Economic Association (AEA) Summer Economics Fellows Program
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting
National Society of Hispanic MBA’s
The American College of Healthcare Executives Minority Internship
American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) Institute Minority Scholarships
American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program in Mental Health
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
California Adolescent Nutrition, Physical Education, and Culinary Arts Scholarship
Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation (EMPOWER)
Medical Library Association (MLA)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) Spectrum Scholarship
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Ethnic Minority Bachelor’s Scholarship
Society for Neuroscience Scholarship (SfN) Program
VI. Journalism, Media & Communications
American Press Institute (API) Fellowships for Minority College Students
Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program
Lagrant Foundation Scholarship in Communications/Marketing/Public Relations
National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships
National Press Club Persina Scholarship for Diversity in Journalism
New York Market Radio Minority Scholarship
Northwest Journalist of Color Scholarship
Public Relations Student Society (PRSS) of America Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Program
The Radio-Phoneevision News Directors Association (RTNDA) Scholarships
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships - Design
Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Scholarship
Crowell & Moring Creates Diversity in the Legal Profession Scholarship Program
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund Law Scholarship
Puerto Rican Bar Association Law Scholarship
American Geological Institute (AGI) Minority Geosciences Scholarship
American Meteorological Society (AMS)/Industry Minority Scholarship
American Society of Radiologic Technologists Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship Program
The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities
IX. Social Sciences
American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship
American Philological Association (APA) – Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Minority Scholarship
California Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland
Central Scholarship Bureau in Social Work/Mental Health
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program
Studio Art Centers International (SACI) International Incentive Award
National College Athletics Association Women and Ethnic Minority Internship Program
Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA) Ethnicity Awareness Committee Scholarship
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
X. Others & General
Affordable Colleges Financial Aid for Graduate School and Graduate Certificates
Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) Internship/Mentorship Program
Anapolis Scholarship Pipeline
American Water Works Association (AWWA) Graduate Student Scholarship
Blakemore Freeman Asian Languages Fellowships
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)
Hispanic Scholarship Fun
Hispanic College Fun
Indian American Cultural Association (IACA) Scholarship
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
James B. Morris Scholarship Fund for Graduate School
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarship
Maryland State Financial Assistance Programs & Scholarships
National Future Farm Workers of America (FFA) Organization National Scholarship Program
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Tillie Golub-Schwartz Memorial Scholarship for Minorities
UNCF UNION Scholarship Program
University of Maryland National Scholarships Office
Point Foundation National LGBT Scholarship Fun
UMD Office of LGBT Equity Scholarships & Awards
UMD Schutz Legacy Scholarship
Web: https://alumni.umd.edu/students/scholarships-and-awards or http://www.sagiving.umd.edu/schutzscholarship/aboutus.html
Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Fellowships, Scholarships, Research Experiences, Sabbaticals and Internships
Web:https://orise.orau.gov/stem/internships-fellowships-research-opportunities/index.html or https://www.orau.org/
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
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Internships provide you with the experience, skills, and contacts that you will need in order to create connections with your field of interest and prepare you for your future career. Below are a few internship opportunities that are available to you. These internships have deadlines, therefore make sure you sign up for them ASAP. For more information on these or other internships as they become available, see the Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter.
AAUW Leadership and Training Institute Spring Fellowships
American Association of University Women
1111 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Capital One Summit for Developing Leaders
Erin Richey, Senior Recruiter
703.720.3621 (TL 420)
CHCI’s Scholarship Program
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Applications
COMTO’s Careers In Transportation for Youth Internship Program
The CPL New Leaders Program
Causten Wollerman, email@example.com
Ford Motor Company & Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Internship
Director of Programs and Operations, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
Latinas Learning to Lead
The Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Preparation Program
Management Leadership for Tomorrow Internship
Office of Multi-Ethic student Education Graduate Paid Internship
Spring 2009/Summer 2009
College Success Scholars Program
Natioanl Hispana Leadership Institute
Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Program
1601 N. Kent St, Suite 803
Arlington, VA 22209
Ronald E. McNair, Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program
Wallace Southerland III, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program
2110 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
State Farm Insurance Summer Internship
Barbara Puig Cook
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Summer Internships
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
The Washington Center, 1333 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Joseph Johnston, Ph.D. Senior Vice President
Social Work Career Guides
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Part of what makes the college experience so enjoyable is the opportunity to voice your opinion through publication, especially living in the Washington D.C. area. With a growing Latino population, this area has several newspapers and other publications that are focused towards issues and topics that are pertinent to the Latino community. There are also campus newsletters and other types of publications where you can participate and raise your voice. Below is a list of only a few local publications, both on and off campus, which you might find interesting.
La Voz Latina
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 SGA member to ensure its commitment in providing the Latino students’ voices a publication on campus. The paper welcomes everyone regardless of personal identity. It appears twice a semester and can be picked up in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life.
Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter
Nuestra Comunidad, which means “our community” is an online newsletter produced to provide academic, social, and cultural resources to the Latino Community at Maryland. Nuestra Comunidad is published by staff in the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy [MICA], within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life.
Latin American Studies Center News
A Latin American Studies Center publication that informs on the scholarly work of both faculty and students. It is a source of information for Latinamericanists and friends of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UM. The Center also sends a bi-weekly online news update.
LOCAL INDEPENDENT PUBLICATIONS
Coloquio: La Revista Cultural
Following in its rich tradition of over 15 years of publication in Baltimore-Washington, Coloquio becomes now electronic. Following its rich cultural tradition, Coloquio will continue publishing cultural information of the Hispanic community of our area as well as short stories, news, editorials, letters to the editor and other items.
El Pregonero is a weekly Spanish newspaper that serves the Hispanic community in the Washington metropolitan area. El Pregonero strives to preserve the community's identity and Catholic faith, providing general information in Spanish to newly-arrived immigrants, as well as news on the events of the day to those living in the area.
El Tiempo Latino
Our award-winning publication is the best medium to outreach the Hispanic Market in the Washington DC metropolitan area. El Tiempo Latino provides the community presence, the prestige and the proven professional quality to carry a serious advertiser’s message with credibility. Our coverage and our commitment make us one with our community.
Los Tiempos is in the Washington DC, Hagerstown, DC DMA. It is a full-color, broadsheet format newspaper. Los Tiempos offers ROP and insert advertising opportunities in its weekly circulation. This is one of the area's leading Hispanic newspapers. The paper covers issues, news, and event information of interest to the Hispanic community.
NPR: Latino USA Podcast
Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective
In Washington, success lies in whom you know and where you go. Metro-area Hispanics rely on the paper to deliver international, national and local news each week in Spanish. Washington Hispanic is the only independent Spanish-language newspaper serving Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, home to nearly 750,000 Hispanics.
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There are near by campus partners and many other organizations off-campus which may serve as resources for you. They are political, cultural or educational in nature. These are only some of the best known. If you are interested in a possible internship opportunity, check with MICA to see if we have an established relationship (a contact) with a particular organization.
The Aspira Association
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc
Excelencia in Education
Governors Commission on Hispanic Affairs
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU)
Hispanic Division Reading Room of the Library of Congress
La Casa de Maryland
Latino Federation of Greater Washington
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Funds (MALDEF)
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Hispana Leadership Institute
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
Office of Latino Affairs Washington DC
The Neighbors Consejo
The Pew Hispanic Center
The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute
Unid@s - National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
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CAMPUS EVENTS AND ACTIVITES
These and many more events and opportunities are offered for you on campus to find your niche and get involved. We hope you’ll take advantage of this selection of can’t miss action. For further description on each program go to.
Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life
• Orientation sessions
• Attention to registration deadlines
• Prepare Scholarship/Internship applications
• Check Financial Aid deadlines
• Off-campus Living Fair
• Finalize schedule of classes & visit advisors
• Latinx Heritage Month
• New Student Welcome
• First Look Fair
• Sign up for Undergraduate Research
• Fall job & career fair
• Homecoming Week
• Family Weekend
• American Indian History Month
• Maryland Leadership Conference
• Study Abroad
• Moving Diversity Forward Town Hall Meeting
• Look for Internships/Scholarships
• Sign up for winter sessions
• Internships/ scholarships/summer jobs /Study abroad
• Spring job & career fair
• Black History Month
Multiracial Heritage Month
• Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
• Pride Month
• Academic Excellence & Graduating Seniors Reception
• Maryland Day
• Latinx Graduation Celebration
• Mosaic Retreat
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ABOUT INVOLVEMENT AND CONNECTION TO THE LATINO/A COMMUNITY
Becoming a member of a student organization, attending events, or becoming a student leader gives you an opportunity to meet new people, learn more about yourself, and develop leadership and organizational skills that will help you succeed after college. The UMCP Latino/a community offers many opportunities to engage with others.
Q: Where do I find Latina/o/x's on campus?
A: Latinos are found all around campus! You can meet many Latinos through the student organization general body meetings and events. General body meetings are open to the public and feature activities and networking opportunities for students. You do not have to be Latino/a to participate. Each organization has different interests, so you might see some students who attend one, or more than one. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education has a computer lab where many students come to check email, do homework, ask tutors etc. The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy is where students can meet with their organization advisors or just relax in the lounge area. Several Latino/a student organizations have offices located in the Student Involvement Suite at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life, where office hours are held. Also, by attending a lecture, presentation or discussion on the Latino community you may be able to meet other Latinos in the community. Welcome events such as the LUL Bienvenida or LSU Welcome Back Barbeque are just a couple of examples.
Q: How do I join an organization?
A: Each student organization has different membership processes, but none are difficult. Each organization should offer a membership application, or a way to sign up to a listserv or mailing list. Student organizations have a constitution located in the Student Involvement Suite in the Stamp Student Union that indicates how one becomes a member of an organization. Check with any organization’s executive board member on how to join. Again, Latino/a-based organizations are open to the public and do not discriminate. In fact, many enjoy a diverse membership.
Q: What types of Latino/a organizations are out there?
A: Latinos have many different cultural, social, and professional interests that are represented by the diverse types of organizations here at the University of Maryland. At-large organizations are open to the public and offer a variety of social, cultural, and political programs and opportunities. Fraternities and Sororities are organizations that follow college Greek systems and have their own areas of interest. There is a more involved process of membership in order to become a member of a Greek organization, which depends on that particular group. Specialized organizations focus on a specific area of interest such as a newspaper or professional organization. It’s also important to know there are organizations that may not necessarily be Latino/a focused, but touch on Latino/a issues. The Multiracial / Biracial Student Association offers a space for students who identify as being multiracial. True Colors of Maryland (TCOM), a group within the Pride Alliance, provides space for multicultural students in the LGBTQ community.
Q: What kinds of Latina/a/x's are here on campus?
A: Latinos come from so many different areas and have just as many backgrounds and influences. Some are born in the United States, others immigrated, and still others are here as international students. Each of these groups carries their own diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and major of interest. It’s this opportunity to meet and interact that makes college such an enjoyable and rich learning experience. Many times you’ll come across Latinos who differ from you and it can be intimidating, but many times it just takes an open-mind and willingness to work across difference to create strong relationships!
Q: What are the biggest events I should attend on campus?
A: There are so many things to do on campus, and we probably cannot fit all of it in one handbook. But, to get you started, the following is a small list of events that are the most visible and widely known events that take place throughout the year.
Career & Job Fairs - www.careercenter.umd.edu
Maryland Day - www.marylandday.umd.edu
Homecoming - www.homecoming.umd.edu
Latinx Heritage Kickoff -https://thestamp.umd.edu/mica/latinxstudentinvolvement
Lambda Upsilon Lambda Bienvenida - https://thestamp.umd.edu/mica/latinxstudentinvolvement
Unity Welcome - www.omse.umd.edu/calendar
All-Niter - www.thestamp.umd.edu/allniter09
First Look Fair - www.thestamp.umd.edu/firstlookfair
Art Attack - www.see.umd.edu
Q: Where can I go to speak Spanish?
A: Latinos can be bilingual, monolingual, English dominant, or Spanish dominant. If you would like to meet others who speak Spanish there are language houses that host round-tables where you can practice your Spanish. Many student organizations speak Spanish as well. The best way is to meet as many people as you can and ask if they speak Spanish.
NAVIGATING THE CAMPUS
The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the largest universities in the area. Knowing where to go and what’s out there may be challenging. Here is some information that can help you get to know your campus.
Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: No, you do not have to. UMCP offers a variety of services for those who live on campus and those who do not. Large portions of students commute from various places outside campus who live with their families or rent as well. There are offices and services that can help you stay connected to what is going on campus. Subscribing to mailing lists, reading publications, and staying connected with organizations, faculty and staff can be an effective way to know what is happening and housing options.
Off-Campus Student Involvement - www.thestamp.umd.edu/offcampus
Department of Resident Life - http://www.resnet.umd.edu/
Shuttle UM - http://www.transportation.umd.edu/
Weekends at MD - www.thestamp.umd.edu/marketing
Q: Where can I find Latino advisors?
A: Advisors, mentors, and counselors may offer some more personal help or just interaction. There are different types of formal advising you can seek out. Academic advisors (provided by your college) can help you with navigating academic concerns. The Counseling Center offers counseling for personal and emotional concerns. The Writing Center helps you with writing texts and documents for classes. La Familia is a Latino-based peer mentoring program in which juniors and seniors help freshmen and sophomores learn about UMCP. Finally, the STARS Peer Mentoring Program of OMSE can help you year-round. There are Latino community advisors, faculty and staff, who have strong connections with students and organizations. Many of them serve as organization advisors and provide other forms of assistance to Latino/a students and others just relate to a particular student because of their background or academic/research interest. This handbook provides a directory of people who are always willing to offer some advice, direction, or simply someone to talk to about your experience in college. These allies are also connected with opportunities for you to learn and become involved. When looking for advisors consider a few things. If you want a professor, see if s/he is tenured faculty and what kind of research they do. Also, see how frequently they want to meet with you and see if you can set up goals together from the first meeting. If you are looking for a peer helper, look at some aspects such as if you two share the same major or belong to the same school or college. Also, ask about his or her involvement on campus and student organizations and research programs.
Counseling Center - http://www.counseling.umd.edu/
OMSE - http://www.omse.umd.edu/services&programs
Writing Center - http://www.english.umd.edu/programs/WritingCenterWebsite/
Q: Are there classes about Latina/o/x's at UMCP?
A: Yes, there are many courses offered across many different colleges and departments. Many courses are in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, but others can be found through the Schedule of Classes in American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, and Education Counseling and Personnel Services, History, and U.S. Latino Studies. A full listing of Latino/a related courses are provided in this handbook. Currently, you can learn about Latin American studies through the Latin American Studies Center and about U.S. Latinos through the U.S. Latino Studies Minor Program. There is also a Latino/a Studies Working Group that provides opportunities to learn about new research about Latinos.
American Studies - https://amst.umd.edu/
Latin American Studies - http://www.lasc.umd.edu/
Spanish & Portuguese - http://sllc.umd.edu/spanish
U.S. Latino Studies - http://amst.umd.edu/uslt/
Q: How can I know what is going on if I work when not in school?
A: Well, becoming an active member of a student organization can help, also reading student publications starting with the Diamondback and La Voz Latina, and check the website of the university regularly. One on-line subscription that keeps you informed about Latino related events, programs and community opportunities is the Nuestra Comunidad newsletter. There are numerous email mailing lists you can subscribe to, depending on your areas of interest.
The Diamondback - http://www.diamondbackonline.com/
Clubs & Organizations - http://www.uga.umd.edu/admissions/student/clubs_orgs.asp
Nuestra Comunidad Newsletter - http://stamp.umd.edu/Multicultural_Involvement_Community_Advocacy/Student_Involvement_Areas/Latinx_Student_Involvement/Latinx_Programs/Nuestra_Comunidad
Q: Are there offices that support Latino/a/x students?
A: The two primary support offices of Latinos are the Office for Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) and the Office of Multiethnic Student Education (OMSE). Some colleges have an office or department that serves identity-based populations, such as the Center for Minorities in Engineering. For Latino/as who are part of the LGBT Community or are questioning or exploring their sexuality, contact the Office of LGBT Equity.
Of course academic learning is the centerpiece of your experience here at UMCP. Maintaining a strong Grade Point Average and consistency will be the key to success after college. Aside from our own aptitude to learn there are skills and techniques, and often routines that strengthen our ability to succeed academically. Here are just some reminders to keep in mind in college.
Q: Should I go to my professor’s office hours? What is that for?
A: Absolutely! You should build the habit to go to your professors’ office hours in order to get further explanation on homework questions, explanation about any major difficulty in the class, explore research possibilities, and create mentorship about your career and future goals. Ultimately, you want to build a respectful friendship that, upon a successful academic development, could lead into recommendation letters.
Q: Where can I go for tutoring?
A: Tutoring is a way for you to get feedback and build confidence on your knowledge. It is also a great way to discuss with peers about common professional interests. There are many places on campus where you can get tutoring, such as:
- OMSE has tutors for a variety of classes. These services are Free and walk-ins are welcome. For further information, check www.omse.umd.edu or call 301.405.5615 – Hornbake 1101 (South entrance)
- The Writing Center offers free assistance with any undergraduate writing assignment. For more information call 301.405.3785 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- IED Intensive Educational Development Program provides tutoring services for eligible University of Maryland students. For more information
- AXE (Alpha Chi Sigma) – Chemistry Honor Society The local chapter of this student chemistry organization conducts evening help sessions, including free tutoring for CHEM 103 and CHEM 113 students. Go to Chemistry Building – Room 1403 or Call 301.405.1862.
- Chemistry Teaching Assistants are available in the Chemistry Building,
Room 1115 during daytime hours to assist students
- Math Tutoring – Math Building, Room 0301
- Tutoring@umd.edu. This site on the main university page describes a comprehensive list of tutoring services on campus. www.tutoring.umd.edu
Q: What tips do you have for me to get good grades?
1. Study in a place that works best for you.
2. Time management is one of the most important steps to be successful anywhere. Set a schedule for yourself and stick with it. Use an on-line or paper calendar to keep all of your classes, meetings and other engagements organized.
3. Avoid procrastination. Manage your time wisely, plan ahead.
4. Use office hours. The sooner you start a relationship with professors, the easiest it is to approach them for help.
5. Study in groups if it really helps. Use your classmates as a resource and support.
6. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
7. Schedule some personal time for yourself. Step back, catch a breath, and clear your mind. Then, continue your journey.
8. Get involved in the community. This is a way to take a break from schoolwork and help the Latino/a community.
9. Prepare for exams in advance. Give yourself enough time to study in advance, meditate, and get ample sleep the night before.
10. Know what your Professors and Teacher Assistants expect from you. The sooner you learn what you need to do to succeed the better is it to get a good grade.
Q: What awards are available?
A: At first glance, awards may not seem like an important part of academics, or may seem rather conceited to pursue. But students put in a lot of work to make high accomplishments. Awards also provide employers a sense that you are not only successful, but allowed others to see the great work you do. Below is a list of awards the university offers.
- La Raza Unida Award presented to the senior class student who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Latino/a student community at Maryland and the general interest of the University. Candidates must be nominated for this award in February.
- Order of Omega Greek Leader of the Year
- Order of Omega Greek Chapter President of the Year
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Award
- Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Martin Luther King Community Service Award
- Kirwan Award
- Byrd Citizenship Prize
- William H. Elkins Award
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FINISHING COLLEGE AND LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
Unfortunately, you cannot stay in college forever. There will come a time when you will graduate and be trusted into the “real world” outside of the classroom. What you do now while you are in college will determine how you will be prepared for the future. This section goes over what you need to do to prepare and apply for graduation as well as what you can do now to prepare to enter the work place. As far as career preparedness is concerned remember: The more prepared you are in the job search process, the more your employers will be willing to hire you. We strongly encourage you to prepare as early as possible; the more you do now, the less you will have to do later.
Q: How to prepare for graduation?
A: There are two important areas to pay attention to for graduation: one relates to academic and college obligations and the other relates to your own professional planning. Graduating is not a last minute preparation. First, consult with your advisor to make sure you have fulfilled all the necessary course work and that you can register for graduation. Next, register on time. There will be many reminders on the campus webpage for this, but no extension. Every graduation ceremony has a registration deadline: the Main Campus Commencement; individual College Commencements; and the Latina/o Graduation Celebration (https://stamp.umd.edu/mica/gradCelebration).
Throughout your college life, you might have established, or will do so, connections with professors, TAs, mentors, and your own classmates. This group of people will remain important for guidance and sharing experiences in the future. Hopefully, you would have talked and thought in many instances about your interests and goals and whether you plan to pursue graduate school or getting into the job market. You certainly do not need to make a decision one way or another, to be prepared, but you do need to figure out your options and your potential. Make appointments with your professors, college advisors, Career Center advisor, experts in your field, and work with them on different strategies for your future work. Check out the Career Center early in your undergraduate program to learn about writing a resume, interview and networking skills, and finding opportunities to work, research or intern before graduating. Finally, keep the tradition of giving back to your alma mater by contact the Alumni Center and joining the Latino/a Alumni Network or Association. As always, let’s keep in touch.
Q: How to determine your career path? – A Career Development Wheel
A: Determining your career path takes time, reflection, action and WORK! Give yourself time to be successful. The following four components make up the “Career Development Wheel.” Making multiple passes through each section of the wheel allows you to add increasing levels of insight into your career exploration. Chose a section and start your future rolling.
Part 1: Self Reflection
Before you can choose a career that fits you, you have to know what you are looking for. Identify and articulate the following about yourself:
- Skills and experience
- Interests and values
- Personality type and style
Part 2: Exploration/Reality-test
In order to match your interests, values and skills to a career, you need to know what careers and jobs are out there. Here are some ways you can explore your career interests:
- Read and research on-line and in our career library
- Participate in extra-curricular activities
- Conduct informational interviews
- Intern volunteer or work part-time
- Choose related course work
Part 3: Action: Decision-making / Planning
Knowledge of yourself and knowledge of the world of work will only lead to good opportunities if you take action. Action can take many forms, including the following:
- Join a career-related group; take on responsibility
- Write a draft of a résumé or cover letter
- Choose to pursue or not to pursue a career path
- Develop a plan to get a job or internship
- Develop a plan to go to graduate school (now or in a few years)
- When you do take action, remember to reward your initiative!
Part 4: Career Management
Getting a job or career is just the beginning. As you learn and grow in your work setting, new opportunities emerge and priorities may change. Here are some issues to consider:
- Balance your professional and personal life
- Develop support networks
- Seek mentors and others to learn from
- Evaluate your job in terms of values and career goals
Start Job search early
We are in difficult economic times and as a result the job market is shrinking, making each position more competitive. Because of these extenuating circumstances, it is important that you get started looking for a job as early as possible. On average it takes about six to nine months after graduation for college graduates to find a job, so make sure you get a head start. You should also consider starting in entry-level positions, as these will provide you with income, opportunities to advance, and positive experiences.
Visit the career center
The University of Maryland Career Center was created with the purpose of facilitating the transition of college life to the work place by providing various resources and opportunities to interact with employers and advisors. They provide services ranging from one on one time with career advisors, planned career fairs, internship opportunities, providing various career links and several other services. Whether you are incoming freshman, transfer student or getting ready to graduate this year, it is never to late to get help. We encourage you to visit their website athttp://www.careercenter.umd.edu/ to get up to date information and to contact an advisor.
Go to career fair opportunities
The University has an annual three-day event that provides hundreds of employers and thousands of students an opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss internship as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Each day has different employers; therefore you are encouraged to plan ahead. Attendees should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of resumes. For more information, visit the Career Center’s website at:http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/
Maintain an updated resume
A resume is a professional introduction meant to encourage a one-on-one interview situation - the opportunity for communication that can lead to a job offer. It is very often the first opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, and is often the difference between you getting interviewed or not. A current, well-polished and maintained resume is the key to getting to meet employers face to face and to create an interest in you before they meet you. For more information on how to create a good resume, visit: http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/heading.cfm?heading_ID=292.
Network with various people
Networking is the art of building alliances. It is consistently described as the best way to find a job, since a major percentage of available jobs are not advertised. It is done by establishing connections with others to inform you of jobs you might be interested in applying for. There are also several networking sites specifically created to help you find someone who is looking to hire you and creating a connection between you and your potential employer. The Career Center on their website has a small, but growing, database of employers and alumni indicating a willingness to meet with Maryland students. All you need to do is register for Career4terps on their website and you will have access to this database. Other networking opportunities include leadership conferences, national conferences in your field of interest and on-campus lectures and receptions. A Networking Tool
Building recommendation relationships
Your professors are not interested in just spoon-feeding you information; they are there to be a valuable resource to you during and after your undergraduate career. Make sure you take the opportunity to develop a one on one relationship with your professor, regardless of how many students are in your class. After seeing your initiative to learn, these professors will be more than willing to write you a letter of recommendation for graduate school or for work, along with the lifelong friendships you can develop with them. Others who may be recommendation relationships are academic and organization/club advisors, program directors and employers.
Self-employment offers you the opportunity to advance your ideas and start your own small business among other forms. The University provides programs that can help you as you make the decision to be self-employed. One program, called the Hinman CEOs Program, was created to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, create a sense of community and cooperation, and develop ethical leaders. Rising juniors are invited to apply for the program, regardless of what their major is
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People on campus often use acronyms or short names instead of spelling out the full name of a program, office, or position. These terms will become familiar to you as you go through your college experience. In the mean time and just to begin with here is a preliminary list.
DOTS: Department of Transportation Services. The department that assists all visitors in parking and transportation. [Insert web link http://www.dots.umd.edu/]
GA: Graduate Assistant or Graduate Assistantship. There are several levels of these positions for Masters and Ph.D. students.
GSA: The Graduate Student Association. The governing body for the UMCP graduate students.
Greeks: Refers to the Fraternities (men) and Sororities (women) student organizations. These organizations are known by their names’ Greek letters. See page 4 to learn all the Latino/a organizations’ acronyms
Main Admin: The Main Administration Building across "the mall" from the McKelden Library
MICA: The Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy
ODI: Office of Diversity and Inclusion
OHRP: Office of Human Relation Programs, (now known as the the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI))
OMSE: The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
SGA: Student Government Association.
TA: Teacher Assistants, usually doctoral students teaching or otherwise supporting a professor in a class
TESTUDO: Not only the UMCP mascot but the site a student uses to register for classes. [Insert webpage linkhttp://www.testudo.umd.edu/Registrar.html]
The Stamp or SSU: The Stamp Student Union
UGC: The United Greek Council. Governs a variety of culturally-based fraternities and sororities at Maryland and reflects a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.
UMCP: University of Maryland, College Park
Work Study: A financial aid category that many students can use to work on campus. Usually students will say they are looking for a "work study" position or that they are a "work study employee."
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