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Academic Resources 

Campus Resources


American Indian Student Union 

Financial Aid 


Publications and Media

Elder and Child Care

Off-Campus Resources, Agencies, and Contacts

Finishing College and Looking into the Future?

Questions & Answers

Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education


Special Thanks



We are thrilled that you made the decision to attend the University of Maryland, College Park! We are excited about the opportunity to get to know you and wish you a happy and productive academic year.

As you embark on your journey here at UMD, you will see that this is a great time to be on our campus. There are many exciting initiatives taking place as we achieve excellence in our missions of education, research, and service to the community.

We created this handbook to serve as a resource for when you make your choices about getting involved, finding support, and thriving on and off campus. We urge you to explore the vast array of opportunities here - both academic and co-curricular. Do not hesitate to contact any of the people or organizations listed in this handbook. Also, make the most out of utilizing the academic and campus resources that are offered. We hope that by doing so, you will have a truly enriching and fulfilling college experience.

We look forward to greeting you in person. Feel free to contact either one of us if you ever have questions about Native American Indian issues and involvement. Lastly, as we say on this campus, Go Terps!




While there are many co-curricular activities that UMD offers, we need to remember that you are first a student. Your academics should always be a priority, and we are here to support you. With this in mind, the University has several on-campus tutoring and academic aid programs and offices that are willing to help you with 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 Adele H. Stamp Student Union | 301.314.6284

Math Success Program

The Math Success Program is an undergraduate peer math coaching program coordinated by Residence Life. Free tutoring specifically focused on Math 001, 002, 113 and 115, is available in the Easton Hall Rec. 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.

The Career Center

3100 Hornbake Library | 301.314.7225

The Career Center offers many career related services, including: a resource center, an on-campus recruiting program, job readiness seminars, a credential file service, assistance with graduate school applications, opportunities to consult with a career counselor, job fairs, and special programs.




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 excel academically and socially. The organizations and offices listed in this section 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.

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. For more information contact LaWanda S. Kamalidiin, Assistant Director at

Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society


The Charles R. Drew Pre-Medicine Society at the University 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 UMD students, we especially serve minority students because they lack access to information about how the system works.


Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity

119 Cole Student Activities Building | 301.405.8720

The Office of LGBT Equity is a professionally-staffed department of the University of Maryland. LGBT Equity provides a wide range of information, education, and support services regarding sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and it works to establish and maintain a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for sexual and gender minorities, their families and friends, and the campus community.

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research

2100D McKeldin Library | 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.

Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life

0110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life (TOSCL) provides services to support and enhance the educational experience of all transfer and off-campus students at UMD. 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. 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

1130 Shriver Laboratory | 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 out their Words of Engagement intergroup dialogue program!

Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union | 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’s 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. The Multi-cultural Student Outreach and Advocacy coordinator specifically serves the Native American Indian students at UMD. For more information contact!

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 at 1570 Van Munching Hall. Contact

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. Faculty Advisor: Edgar Moctezuma,

University Health Center

Campus Drive (across from Adele H. 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 Nurse Line 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 or 3104 Health Center | 301.314.8103.




While there are many co-curricular activities that UMD offers, we need to remember that you are first a student. Your academics should always be a priority, and we are here to support you. With this in mind, the University has several on-campus tutoring and academic aid programs and offices that are willing to help you with your course work. Feel free to contact the offices listed for further information.

Disclaimer: There may be more courses in the UMD Testudo system that may interest you. For more information, please contact 

AMST328D/ANTH366 Film Images of Native Americans (3 credits) 

Instructor: G Thaukur

An examination of how indigenous people of the New World have been presented to film audiences of the world. Development of an ethnographic understanding of Native Americans via the use of videos, films, and classroom discussion. An examination of how indigenous people of the New World have been represented. Development of an ethnographic understanding of Native Americans via the use of film, photography, paintings and other media.

AMST328N (also offered as ANTH468F and RELS319N) Perspectives on Identity and Culture; Introduction to Native American Cultures of the United States. 

AMST328K Perspectives on Identity and Culture; American Indian Literatures: Traditions, Protest and Renewal

AMST498L Native Americans and US Cinema (3 credits)

Beginning with the silent era and continuing to the present, the class will examine representations both by and about Native Americans, exploring how film has defined and redefined Native American identity in U.S. history and culture. The course includes films directed by Native Americans and with Native American actors. 

Instructor: R. Chester

AMST498K Indigenous Thought in the Americas (3 credits)

Instructor: J. Maffie

ANTH468D or LASC448Q The Amazon through Film (3 credits)

Instructor: J. Chernela

ARTH250 Art and Archaeology of Ancient America (3 credits)

CORE History or Theory of Arts (HA) Course. CORE Diversity (D) Course. 

Instructor: A. McEwen

CMLT298N American Indians in Literature and Film: Perspectives North and South (3 credits)

An introduction course to the indigenous peoples of the Americas: North America, Central America, and South America. With cross-disciplinary readings and viewings, the course encourages student reaction to analysis of selected themes: the struggles for land, the ecological use of the land in sustaining indigenous cultures, scenarios of poverty and racism, stereotypes as opposed to “authenticity, spirituality, and the politics of identity. Much of the early colonial period is seen from the perspectives of the European invasion. 

In contrast, American Indians who are constructing their own versions of indigenous reality create contemporary literature and film.

Instructor: Dr. Regina Harrison

ENGL278L or CMLT277 Literatures of the Americas (3 credits)

Instructor J. Metz

ENGL477 Studies in Mythmaking (3 credits) 

Prerequisite: two literature courses. 

Major themes, figures, and configurations of northern European mythology, examining the value of the mythic mode of thought in a scientific era.

GEOG313 Latin America (3 credits) 

CORE Diversity (D) Course. 

A geography of Latin America and the Caribbean in the contemporary world: political and cultural regions, population and resource distribution, historical development, current levels of economic and social well-being, urbanization, development policies, migration trends, physical features, and climates. 

Instructor: R. Luna

GEOG330 Cultural Geography (3 credits) 

Prerequisite: GEOG201, GEOG202, ANTH220, or ANTH260; or permission of department. 

Impact of humans through ideas and technology on the evolution of geographic landscapes. Major themes in the relationships between cultures and environments. 

Instructor: M. Geores

HIST428Y Selected Topics in History: Colonial Encounters: Natives, Spaniards, and Africans in the New World (3 credits)

Instructor: A. Caneque

LASC448J or RELS419J Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Aztec Culture: Human Sacrifice and Conquest (3 credits) 

Instructor: J. Maffie

MUET438M Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: Mexico and the Andes (3 credits) 

Instructor: F. Rios

SOCY424 or AAST424 Sociology of Race Relations (3 credits) 

Prerequisite: six credits in sociology or permission of department. 

Analysis of race-related issues, with a primary focus on American society. The historical emergence, development, and institutionalization of racism; the impact of racism on its victims; and racially based conflict.

SPAN234, PORT234 or LASC234 Issues in Latin American Studies I (3 credits) 

CORE Humanities (HO) Course. CORE Diversity (D) Course. 

Interdisciplinary study of major issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Latin America’s cultural mosaic, migration and urbanization. Democratization and the role of religions. Taught in English.

Instructor: D. Williams

SPAN361 Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times (3 credits) 

Prerequisite: SPAN301 and SPAN303 or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have completed SPAN323 or SPAN346. 

Overview of cultural history of Latin America from pre-Columbian civilizations to the Colonial period, exploring the foundations of the Spanish American cultural and literary tradition to approximately 1770. In Spanish.




The American Indian Student Association was formed in 1988 to provide a support system to Native American /American Indian students enrolled at the University of Maryland. After a lapse in membership for some years, the association re-organized in 2001 and was re-named the American Indian Student Union (AISU) for the expressed purpose of promoting cultural understanding and awareness of American Indian history and uniting students who share an equal interest. The organization is open to anyone who shares an interest in Native American Indian issues and hosts events, programs, and services throughout the year to further its purpose.


The American Indian Student Union is dedicated to enhancing and inspiring the community of American Indian students and those who appreciate American Indian cultures. The group is open to anyone who would like to better understand the historical and modern conditions of American Indians and to experience and celebrate the native cultures of the Americas, while forming friendships and connections with other students. They aspire to equally acknowledge and represent all native/Indigenous tribes, civilizations, communities and cultures of North and South America.

American Indian Heritage Month

Every November, the University of Maryland community celebrates American Indian Heritage Month by reflecting on the experiences and acknowledging the contributions of Native/ Indigenous tribes and peoples of North and South America. Programs are sponsored by the American Indian Student Union with the support of other various campus offices and departments. For more information about American Indian Heritage Month, contact





Grants are funds that are provided to people that show a particular need. Grants can come from any source, but when you’re talking about student grants, you’re likely talking about government funds. The government pays billions of dollars a year to help students go to college, and they often do that in the form of a student grant. A student grant usually goes straight to the college and does not have to be paid back. One of main differences between scholarships and grants is that scholarships usually come with some condition attached to it (i.e. maintaining a certain grade point average) while grants usually do not. For more information and to apply for Federal Grants, visit: and for Maryland State Grants, visit:


A student loan is designed to help students pay for university tuition, books, and living expenses. It differs from other types of loans in that the interest rate is substantially lower and the repayment schedule is deferred while the student is still in school. Before accepting any kind of student loan you should be familiar with its basic attributes. Most college students in the United States qualify for some type of student loan, although the amount they can borrow may vary based on several factors. Income level, parents’ income level, and other financial considerations are all weighed to determine the amount you are eligible to borrow under the federal student loan program.

Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized loans 

If you are awarded a loan as part of your financial aid package, you may be eligible for either subsidized or unsubsidized funds, or a combination of both. The big difference between the two is when the interest begins to accrue.

  • Subsidized loans are awarded on the basis of financial need. You won’t be charged any interest before you begin repaying the loan because the federal government subsidizes the interest during this time.
  • Unsubsidized loans charge interest from the time the money is first disbursed until it is paid in full. The interest is capitalized, meaning that you pay interest on any interest that has already accrued. One way to minimize how much interest accrues is to pay the interest as it accumulates.



FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work-study, and loan amounts. Make sure that you apply for FASFA on a yearly basis and remember that even a minor problem with the form could result in delays or the loss of financial assistance. 

To apply for FAFSA, visit:

Work Study

A Work Study provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. In order to be employed in a Work-Study job, you must have a Work-Study award, which can only be awarded by completing a FAFSA. The amount of money you earn and the amount of hours you need will depend on the job and your own need.


For specific information on scholarships, please refer to the scholarship information provided by the University's Office of Financial Aid Office at For information on obtaining financial aid, this is the place to visit. 





Internships provide you with the experience, skills, and contacts that you will need in order to create connections in 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 starting researching and signing up for them as soon as possible.

American University – Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation - Native American

Congressional Internships

National Congress of American Indians

National Museum of the American Indian


The originator and host of “The American Indian’s Truths” and “The Most Dangerous Show On Radio.” WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio - Friday evenings from 7-8 PM - EST or on line at

Ronald E. McNair, Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program

2110 Marie Mount Hall

College Park, MD 20742 | 301.405.4749

Smithsonian Fellowship and Internship Programs

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Summer Internships

State Farm Insurance Summer Internship

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars






Part of what makes the college experience so enjoyable is the opportunity to voice your opinion through publication, especially in the Washington D.C. area. This area has several newspapers and other publications that are focused towards issues and topics that are pertinent to the American Indian 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 that you might find interesting.

American Indian Radio On Satellite (AIROS)

The Circle News

The Circle is published monthly by The Circle Corporation, and has been publishing since 1980. The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices. Visit for more details.

cricket20: Indian Premier League News

Indian Country Today Newspaper

For over 28 years, Indian Country Today has been the newspaper-of-record for breaking news, analysis and opinions. Thousands of readers from across the country rely on Indian Country Today for much more than the latest headlines. They want to know how those headlines will affect their life, their communities and their businesses. Available weekly in hard copy or digital versions.

The mission of is to provide quality news, information, and entertainment from a Native American perspective. makes it easy for people to keep updated on news occurring throughout Indian Country.


The originator and host of “The American Indian’s Truths” - Nightwolf - “The Most Dangerous Show On Radio” WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio - Friday nights from 7-8 PM EST on line at




The University of Maryland has partnered with Family Care Resources: a full-service consulting company for employers concerned with the ever-increasing child care and elder care responsibilities of its workforce.

Family Care Resources was established in 1977 by Carol Ann Rudolph, and has provided valuable consulting to the workforces of many universities, hospitals, government agencies, private corporations and non-profit organizations.

Child Care Services

  • Choosing quality child care
  • Locating licensed child care centers and preschools
  • How to assess quality in home day care
  • How to do a check on a potential child care provider
  • How to determine what you should spend (or can afford to spend) for child care
  • Where to find subsidized child care
  • Selecting a summer camp

Elder Care Services

  • Assessing the needs of aging parents and relatives
  • Selecting care giving resources
  • Housing options for the elderly
  • How to choose a nursing home
  • Provides Medicare and Medicaid information
  • Family communications and the impact on caring for elder relatives
  • Assessing adult day care services

Contact Us Today!
One-on-one consultations can be by phone, in-person or by email!
Carol Ann Rudolph – 301.987.8272 or 877.718.0226

View Seminar Schedule online at:




There are many other organizations off-campus that may serve as resources for you. They are political, cultural, or educational in nature. These are only some of the best known in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

American Indian Heritage Foundation 

6051 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, Virginia | 202.INDIANS (463.4267) and 703.237.7500 

The American Indian Heritage Foundation operates the Miss Indian USA pageant, funds Native American Indian charitable activities that promote the culture, beliefs, and rights of Native American Indians.

American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization, Inc. 

Rockville, Maryland | 301.869.9381 

The American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization is an educational non-profit which sponsors powwows, socials, and other education activities.

American Indian Society of Washington, DC 

P.O. Box 6431 Falls Church, Virginia 22040-6431 | 703.442.6264 

The American Indian Society of Washington DC meets the first Wednesday off the month in Alexandria, Virginia at the St. Clements Church, 1930 hours. They sponsor one powwow at the American Indian Cultural Center in Brandywine, Maryland each year, and support fellowship for Native American Indians living in the Nation’s Capitol area.

The Baltimore American Indian Center 

113 South Broadway Baltimore, Maryland 21231 | 410.675.3535 

The Baltimore American Indian Center is a non-profit tax-exempt charity providing social and economical services to American Indians living in Maryland. Services include home buying and rental assistance, JPTA-job placement and training assistance, U.S. Indian Health Service substance abuse counseling, cultural classes, and activities such as powwows and socials. The BAIC holds one National powwow each year; one on the fourth weekend in August, and various activities during November. Contact Frieda C. Minner, Executive Director at

Ashley Minner

Ashley Minner is a Community Artist from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BFA in General Fine Art and an MFA in Community Art, which she earned at Maryland Institute College of Art. A member of the Lumbee Tribe, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years. She is the director and founder of the Native American After School Art Program (NAASAP). She is also the liaison for the Native American Program (Title VII Indian Education) in Baltimore City Public Schools. Her involvement in her own community informs and inspires her work.

American Indian Education Office

Staff Development Office 

Prince George’s County Board of Education 

Oxon Hill, MD | 301.749.4100 

Honor the Circle: The American Indian Students Association 

Catonsville Community College 

800 South Rolling Road Catonsville, Maryland 21228 | 410.455.4322 or 455.4951 

The student association serves and supports Native American Indian students, faculty, and staff from tribes all over the US, Canada, and Alaska who attend or are employed by Catonsville with course registration, assistance with financial aid forms, college paperwork, employment practices/problems, and social interaction with other Native people. Honor the Circle also co-sponsors the powwows with the Baltimore American Indian Center.

The Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs 

West Preston Street, Suite 1500, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 | 410.767.7631

The twelve person Commission is an official state body, whose members are appointed by Maryland’s Governor and are approved by the Maryland State Senate. Commissioners are appointed for a three year term and the majority of commissioners must be American Indian, with three seats specifically reserved for persons from Maryland Indian tribes. The Commission addresses issues affecting state recognition, education, cultural preservation, and assists the Governor relating to issues facing American Indians. Contact Keith Colston, Executive Director,

The Prince George's County, Maryland Commission for Veterans

The commissioners bring knowledge and expertise to the County by providing valuable input and advice on issues affecting our veterans. Contact Commissioner Fred Nordhorn of Prince George’s County, Commission for Veterans and an Abenaki Native American Veteran of the US Army at

Charles County Board of Education 

Laplata, MD. 20646 | 301.932.2899 

National Museum of the American Indian 

Smithsonian Institution 

470 Lenfant Plaza—Suite 7102-7103, Washington, DC 20560-0935

Native American Rights Fund

1712 N Street, NW, Washington, DC | 202.785.4166 

A charitable fund for promoting, litigating, and supporting Native American Indian rights throughout the United States and Canada.

Native Indian Sacred Earth Society 

11400 Cedarville Road, Brandywine, Maryland | 301.888.1198 

An American Indian Society, call for further information






Unfortunately, you cannot stay in college forever. There will come a time when you will graduate and begin life in 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.

How to prepare for graduation

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, including the Main Campus Commencement and individual College Commencements.

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, but to be prepared 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, finding opportunities to work, research or internships before graduating. Finally, keep the tradition of giving back to your alma mater by contacting the Alumni Center. As always, let’s keep in touch.

How to determine your career path – A Career Development Wheel

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 UM Career Center

The University of Maryland Career Center was created with the purpose of facilitating the transition from 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 an 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 at to get up to date information and 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

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:

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. 

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, and all majors are welcome. More information can be found at or by contacting Cindy Lou or 301.314.9223.




About involvement and connection to the Native American Indian 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.

Q: How do I join an organization?

A: To formally join a student organization simply look them up on the Stars website,, under “search for organizations, and hit “join organization.” All of the student organizations should have an active and up-to-date website listed along with a contact e-mail. If you want to sign up to the list serve just send them a message asking to be added, or submit your e-mail on their website. 

Q: What are the biggest events I should attend on campus?

A: There are so many things to do on campus, and with over 500 student organizations 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 and Job Fairs -

Maryland Day -

Homecoming -

American Indian Heritage Month -


Unity Welcome -

All-Niter -

First Look Fair -

Art Attack-

Q: How can I get involved in the local community?

A: You may consider participating in community service learning opportunities. Service learning is a classroom experience that utilizes community service, community-based research, or other civic engagement activities along with regular reflection to meet course goals and community needs. Check out the Leadership and Community Service Learning office at

Q: What types of Native American Indian student organizations are there?

A: Right now, the primary American Indian student organization on campus is the American Indian Student Union (AISU). AISU is always looking for new members and welcome all students to learn about and share the American Indian culture, regardless of whether or not the student identifies as American Indian. Email for more information!

Navigating the campus

The University of Maryland, College Park is one of the largest universities in the area. Knowing where to go and what is out there may be challenging. Here is some information that can help you get to know the campus.

Q: Do I have to live on campus?

A: No, you do not have to. UMD offers a variety of services for those who live on campus and those who do not. Large portions of students commute either from home or off campus housing. 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.

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Q: Are there offices that support Native American Indian students?

A: The two primary support offices of American Indians are the Office for Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) and the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE). Some colleges have an office or department that serves identity-based populations, such as the Center for Minorities in Engineering. For American Indians 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 UMD. 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. You can get tutoring at places such as:

  • OMSE has tutors for a variety of classes. These services are free and walk-ins are welcome. For further information, check or call 301.405.5616– 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
  • IED Intensive Educational Development Program provides tutoring services for eligible University of Maryland students. For more information, check
  • 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 Check
  • Tutoring @ This site on the main university page describes a comprehensive list of tutoring services on campus. Check

Q: What tips do you have for me to get good grades?

A: 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. Get involved with any number of American Indian organizations. 

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.





Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union, College Park, Maryland 20742 | 301.314.8600

MICA Office Mission

We in Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy [MICA], a unit within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and the Division of Student Affairs, stand firmly in our role to empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion and their intersections. In support of our campus’ commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, we advance a purposeful campus climate that capitalizes on the educational benefits of diversity, through student-centered advising, advocacy, programs, research, and practices. Our collective work results in positive student outcomes observable in their learning, identity development, involvement, and leadership.

MICA Services

Student Organization Advising: MICA provides advising, resources, and support to student organizations that serve the Asian Pacific American, Black, Latino multiracial/multiethnic, Native American, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Additionally, MICA serves all other student organizations interested in organizing around issues related to identity and culture. Staff from MICA assist organizations with leadership development, membership recruitment, program planning, goal setting, and a variety of other issues dealing with organizational development.

Personal advising: Staff members of MICA can assist individual students in discovering and addressing issues of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and culture. MICA staff members are student and leadership development specialists and can help students make the transition to college, assist students with their academic career and personal goals and concerns.

Organizational consulting: Let MICA assist your organization by helping you rediscover your organization’s mission and purpose, establish a plan of action, recruit and retain members, and work with leadership development and program planning. MICA staff can also help you identify and locate campus resources. 

Diversity and leadership training: MICA can educate and help your organization and its members understand the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, race, and sexual orientation. Experienced facilitators, instructors, and trainers from MICA can design a workshop or program or facilitate a dialogue that will enlighten and educate your organization. 

Program planning support: If you are planning a program on diversity, multiculturalism, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, let MICA’s staff help you to locate resources, avoid pitfalls and inform you of the current research and practices in these areas. MICA staff are also happy to assist you will other types of programs. 

Programs and Courses

Brown Bag Cross-Cultural Series: During the semester, MICA hosts “brown-bag” discussions that engage students, staff and faculty in conversations regarding diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. These discussions are scheduled during lunch hours in order to create an environment that is fun and easy to attend without much commitment…just about an hour of your time!

Mosaic Diversity and Leadership Retreat: MOSAIC is a two-day, one-night weekend retreat focused on exploring the relationship between diversity and leadership. Interactive sessions and group discussions are designed to create an environment for individuals to examine their identity and how it influences their understanding of and approach to leadership. 

Multicultural Leadership Summit: The Multicultural Leaders Summit is a day event that brings together leaders from the UM student organizations to address issues of campus diversity. The goals of the Summit are to provide a venue for student leaders to meet and establish relationships, identify common areas of concern and to explore possibilities for collaborative efforts. The Summit helps leaders to develop coalitions and encourages them to advocate for policies to further Maryland’s goal of being an inclusive and welcoming community for all.



Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

“High Standards. High Expectations. Excellence”

1101 Hornbake Library College Park, Maryland 20742

301.405.5616 – Fax: 301.314.9512

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) is an academic support unit in the division of Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland. OMSE provides an integrated system of services and programs to enhance the learning experience and ensure the academic success of multi-ethnic undergraduate students. OMSE collaborates with other campus offices and college programs to provide unique opportunities for our diverse population of students. OMSE recognizes the value of multiple histories, beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds of our students, and works with faculty and staff to support ethnic diversity and inclusion at the University of Maryland College Park. Take a look at our programs: 

College Success Scholars

The College Success Scholars program provides comprehensive, structured, on-going personal, academic, and professional support through a curriculum that highlights multi-ethnic males at the University of Maryland. The curriculum is centered on supporting the brilliance of the scholars and developing resiliency, agency, purpose and brotherhood.

Computer Lab

Numerous high-tech workstations are provided for student use, including disability accommodations.

EDCP312: Peer Counseling for Multi-Ethnic Students

This three-credit course, offered to upper-level students, fulfills the CORE requirement

For diversity and focuses on issues of multicultural and diverse populations in college.


This one-credit introductory course to academic life for first year students and newly transferred students provides a review of time management strategies, tools to improve your GPA, study skills for college, and important on campus resources.

Gold Standard Initiative

The Gold Standard Initiative (GSI) provides students with three levels of practical academic and professional development programming. Each level builds upon the skills and experiences gained from the prior level. 

OMSE Academic Excellence Society

OAES is a society for high-achieving multi-ethnic students at the University of Maryland, with at least a 3.5 GPA and have 30 or more credits. The fall induction ceremony and spring Provost’s breakfast are the program’s highlights.

OMSE Mentoring Program

Students receive academic, personal, and professional guidance, support, and encouragement towards achieving their goals from a qualified and constructive team member or student throughout the year.

OMSE Check Up

Students will receive academic assistance, personal advice, tutorial referrals, or simply a listening ear from an OMSE staff member.

Road Maps to Success

The monitoring program emphasizes academic, career, and professional development, including coaching on the skill sets needed to secure admission into top-tier graduate institutions.

Sister to Sister Academic Organization

Sister to Sister advocates for, educates, and connects academically successful multi-ethnic female students through service learning, programming, academic workshops and leadership workshops.

Tutorial Program

Since the 1970s, graduate and undergraduate tutors provide support to multi-ethnic students in specific areas such as math and science.

Alternative Summer Break

Gives the opportunity to advance, support, and enhance diversity by exposing students to a different culture and environment off campus. Also, this provides the opportunity to explore issues that may not be a part of the standard school curriculum.



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, here is a preliminary list.

DOTS: Department of Transportation Services. The department that assists all visitors in parking and transportation. Check out for more information.

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 UMD graduate students.

Greeks: Refers to the Fraternities (men) and Sororities (women) student organizations. These organizations are known by their Greek letters. 

Main Admin: The Main Administration Building across “the mall” from the McKeldin Library.

MICA: Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy office in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union

ODI: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

OHRP: Office of Human Relation Programs, now known as 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 UMD mascot but the site a student uses to register for classes.

The Stamp or SSU: Adele H. Stamp Union building, located in the center of campus

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.

UMD: 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.”



We would like to give a special thanks to the people who helped make this handbook possible! 

Spencer Brennen, MICA Student Worker, 2009-2012 

Chetan Chowdry, MICA Multicultural Student Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, 2008-2010 

Jacob Crider, MICA Student Worker, 2009-2011 

Pamela Hernandez, MICA Latino Student Involvement Coordinator, 2008-2011 

Dr. Christopher Lester, OMSE Director 

Dr. James McShay, MICA Director 

Cedric Hope, Stamp Marketing Student Designer, 2010-2011 

Adele H. Stamp Student Union Marketing Team 

Art Description: 

The art throughout this handbook was inspired by the natural spring in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The natural spring is a favorite amongst visitors who seek a place of peace and solitude, and it has also been regarded as a spiritual place with healing powers for many generations. The richness in iron ore gives the spring a vibrant orange glow, which provided inspiration for the imagery through out this handbook.


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