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The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy [MICA], a unit within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and the Division of Student Affairs, stands firmly in its role to empower students through education on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and their intersections.
Dear Terps,

I am so grateful that I get to spend time with students daily --- even if virtually. Recently, I spent a lot of time with student leaders who were talking about the stress they - and other students - are carrying related to issues of social injustice and the impending national election. As you, our students, are feeling a lot about all that is happening in this country, I wanted to offer you some hope and remind you about Maryland?s commitment to a more inclusive and equitable campus community. 

You may have seen the announcement last week from President Pines that UMD and Bowie State University will work collaboratively, in memory of 1st Lt. Richard Collins III, on a joint Social Justice Alliance to create new opportunities to learn about and foster social justice. While Lt. Collins? life ended because of hatred, this partnership will help propel us forward to a better future. Our collaboration with Bowie State is a testament to the fact that we are committed to becoming better. Together, we?ll work to ensure that all of our students have a voice, people feel heard and respected, and that a tragedy like this doesn?t happen again on our campus.

We are stronger when we acknowledge, affirm, and value our differences. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources in the Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) office, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education, Student Success Initiative, Academic Achievement ProgramsLGBT Equity Center, University Chaplains and more, as a way to keep learning and connected with each other and our UMD community.

Being in community with each other matters.  Learning about other communities matters, too! Next week marks the end of Latinx History Month. If you haven?t had a chance to take part in any of the virtual programming, take some time to get engaged and learn more about what?s happening in our UMD Latinx communities. You can also visit the exhibition at The Stamp Gallery, Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media, through October 17. 

And, don?t forget October is Disability Awareness Month  and mark your calendars for Native American History Month which begins in November.

We are committed to you!  You are welcome and belong here! UMD and Student Affairs are committed to making our community more just and equitable. Let?s continue to learn, grow, and remain engaged with our community - together. ONE Maryland!

In solidarity,

Patty Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Health & Wellness

It's Mental Health Awareness Week! The Counseling Center is offering free, virtual programming ALL WEEK to improve your mental health and stamp out stigma. We will also have an in-person Yoga for Mental Health event following 4Maryland guidelines at McKeldin Mall and La Plata Beach (registration required). Details and registration for each event available at

The Adventure Program Clinics are live and we want you there! Join us to learn about bike maintenance, birdwatching, stand up paddleboarding, backpacking, and more! Visit to see them all and sign up! 

Join RecWell and the Counseling Center on Friday, October 9 for ?Yoga for Mental Health?. Classes will be offered on the Mall, LaPlata Beach, and for those who can?t join in person, virtually. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or towel for this gentle, beginner-friendly practice. Hand sanitizers will be provided and physical distancing measures will be in place. Registration at this link is required to attend. 

Can?t make it to the Yoga for Mental Health Class? Don?t worry, Group Fitness at RecWell has you covered with over 20 in-person and virtual yoga classes each week. See the full schedule of yoga and other group fitness classes on the RecWell website

Alana Yaksich 2020-2021 College/University National Flu Vaccination Challenge: Help us get to #1!

We are currently in second place. Help get UMD to first place! Did you already get your flu shot? Complete the short survey here!

The University of Maryland is proudly supporting the Alana Yaksich Foundation by participating in the National College/University Flu Vaccination Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness and increase vaccination rates among college students.The school with the highest number of self-reported flu vaccinations will be awarded the Alana Yaksich Memorial Trophy.

This semester, CARE will be hosting a trauma therapy group for individuals who self-identify as women of color. This is a closed, process-oriented group grounded in the principles of multicultural feminism and womanism. Participants will begin to explore and process their experiences of trauma and learn strategies to foster internal safety. Please contact Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams, LCSW-C at to schedule a brief screening and register. Group is capped at 8 participants. Registration ends October 8. Learn more about CARE at

Health Promotion & Wellness Services is excited to launch our expanded virtual meditation offerings for the fall semester, offered daily Monday - Friday. We'll have sessions for students, sessions for staff and faculty, and sessions for the entire community. 

For full session details and links to register please visit

Have your cake and eat it too! The Nutrition Coaching team consists of undergraduate dietetic students supervised by the UHC Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. This service offers clients support, encouragement and guidance in reaching general healthy eating goals, based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The Nutrition Coach will help you break down your nutrition goal into manageable steps and offer ongoing support and accountability. This is a free service. Please email to schedule an appointment.

Please note this service does not include Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you have nutrition related health issues such as diabetes, digestive disease, major food allergies, eating disorder etc., please refer to the Registered Dietitian Consultation Service.

In need of safer sex supplies like condoms, lube, and dental dams? Come pick up pre-packaged mini and bulk packs of supplies outside of the University Health Center every Tuesday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., weather permitting. This is a contactless, grab-and-go, pick up site, similar to contactless takeout pickup from a restaurant. Follow @umdhealthcenter on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook for the most up-to-date information related to pick-up that week. If you have any questions or specific needs, please email Shayna Shor at

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE with Thriving Thursdays! We're taking Thriving Thursdays virtual! Follow us on Instagram @umdhealthcenter to join us every week for interactive Thriving Thursdays programming. Using a mix of posts, stories, and lives, we'll be covering topics related to mental health, sexual health, and substance use, as well as expanding on topics from the University Health Center's "Any Questions?" podcast. Posts will go up throughout the day, and a staff member and/or peer educator will be going live at 4 p.m. 

CARE in Conversation is a monthly lunch-time gathering for students & CARE to be in community with each other, while engaging in student-driven conversation on issues related to power-based violence. You can drop in and out of the 1.5hr program as your schedule allows; previous attendance is not necessary. You are welcome to eat lunch as we chat! This conversation will focus on the connections and intersections between Anti-Racism & Power-Based Violence Prevention. RSVP at

There might be some confusion about the policy for COVID-19 regarding gatherings off campus. Some people think the policy is just no more than 10 people in a space, but the actual policy is 1 person per 200 sq ft. What does that mean for you? Check out this Instagram post from Student Conduct to see how that breaks down.

Student Engagement

Join us this Saturday for STAMP SATURDAYS GAME NIGHT featuring Kahoot Trivia Nights! The theme this weekend is TV Trivia with our hosts, RHA. All events are virtual and you must register in advance! Register here for ALL Games: You could win an airpod, airfryer, bluetooth speakers, and more! 

Comedian Hasan Minhaj will be headlining SEE?s annual Homecoming Comedy Show at the University of Maryland on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The show will be a virtual interactive interview session including a moderated Q&A, online Pictionary game, and audience Q&A. The show will begin at 8 p.m., with online access beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Free Tickets for Current UMD Community and $15 Ticket required for Alumni. Tickets can be purchased at

For more information on this year's Homecoming, and to view the full list of events, visit

LatinX Heritage Month ends on October 15   
There's still time to participate in LatinX Heritage Month events, including a live-streaming artist panel, STAMP Gallery LHM zine workshop, webinar on threats to the indigenous Amazonian people in the pandemic era, and the connected diaspora closing dance party. Find out more at

STAMP is OPEN for you!
Come visit us: The doors are open for you at STAMP! Please note that face coverings are required for entry. We also ask that you observe posted signs upon entering and within the building for your safety and the safety of our collective community.
  • CAMPUS MEMBERS (students, faculty, staff) may enter STAMP by swiping in with valid University IDs at any of our entrances. NOTE: Entry into the building requires you to attest that you are symptom free, have done a symptom check upon entering, and have completed University-required, return-to-campus training.
  • GENERAL PUBLIC visiting STAMP must enter the building at the Main Entrance, facing Campus Drive. All visitors need to go through a symptom check upon entering. 
Make the most of your visit and plan ahead. Go to for the most current hours for food, retail and offices that serve students. 
  • The University Book Center has undergone an extensive $1 million renovation. Come check out expanded merchandise, clearance Terp apparel, books, supplies and more. Take an inside tour with new UBC General Manager Doug Bunk and STAMP Director Marsha Guenzler-Stevens.
  • Get answers to your questions about joining one of more than 800 student organizations at the Student Involvement Suite. Check out Student Entertainment Events (SEE) website for a full schedule of events. Find resources if you're a veteran, commuter, transfer/off-campus, undocumented/immigrant or graduate student at the Engagement Office. Both of these spaces are on the Ground Floor. 
  • On the First Floor, visit the LCSL Office to learn about leadership, service and co-curricular programs to round out your experience. Or find information and resources at the MICA office on multicultural involvement programs, including LatinX, Black students, AAPI, LGBTQ, Native students and more.
  • Skip the Food Court line and order online (use the GrubHub app).
  • Grab-and-go or pull up a chair to enjoy your fave Starbucks coffee, QDoba, McD's, Chik-fil-A, famous Maryland Dairy ice cream, convenience store sundries and more during your visit.
  • Need a stamp for your letter, mail a package; maybe make a deposit or withdrawal from your savings account? The UPS Store and M&T Bank are open.
More details about our reopening, rules, protocols, and updated operational hours can be found at

Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media, on view through October 17, casts light on a new generation of artists who visually reflect on U.S Central American lives and experiences in the era of social media. These new voices from the Central American diaspora have built a creative community that transcends state lines and borders.

Their practices range from delicate ceramic sculptures to large scale paintings to digital art?exploring images of displacement, war, and trauma. Contemplations on everyday life, nature, and architecture, coupled with insights on invisibility and empowerment, are all manifested in this visual assembly. Central Americans make up the third largest U.S Latinx group?a statistic that is not equally reflected when referencing Latinx art. Beyond news articles, Central Americans in the diaspora are a creative force leading the way to a more expansive discourse on Latinx Art.  Curated by Veronica Melendez. Learn more at

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