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Dr. Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs, shares a message for UMD students encouraging them to stay active and take care of themselves.
Dear Terps - 

As midterms are fully underway, and the most controversial presidential election of our time is less than three weeks away, I wanted to share a message with you! I meet with students regularly and they share their joys and challenges with me. I know they represent your experiences too, so I know the following are weighing on you big time - the national elections, continued racial injustice, the seeming endlessness of COVID, financial instability, and more. 

I recognize this is an incredibly challenging time for you. But, we are here for you and we are increasing our opportunities to connect with you each and every day!  

The students I have met with have asked for opportunities for involvement and options for support. It is a human need to take time to unwind. It is also good for us to connect. And, it is important for us to unwind and connect - now more than ever. So here is a list of ways you can get involved and find support. Please click on each bulleted title for ideas and information.

SUPPORT:  In addition to the involvement opportunities listed above, you can also make a difference in the UMD community by acting as a polling volunteer at XFINITY during early voting and on election day. Sign up to volunteer here. And, if you need more information on how to vote in your area, visit Get out and VOTE, Terps!

I hope these opportunities will provide a variety of options for you now and in the coming weeks.  We care about you and want to acknowledge that we know that life feels hard right now AND there are lots of people and resources available to support you, amazing Terps! You are not alone --- reach out as needed. Whatever you need - we are here to help! And, these are not just words but a commitment to real action. 

Please continue to follow 4 Maryland guidance --- we must remain vigilant as we find ways to take care of ourselves. COVID-19 is still deeply impacting our community, county and country - you must continue to protect yourselves and others. Remember, we?ve got you and you?ve got this!

Stay well - Patty

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

Health & Wellness

The Counseling Center is here to help you with mental health, personal, career, and disability-related concerns. Explore our free and confidential services at To schedule a virtual appointment with a counselor, call (301) 314-7651, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. And don't forget to follow us on social media to help stay connected to your mental health! You can find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat.

FREE STI Testing for UMD students is back! For the Fall 2020 semester, free testing is available on a limited basis through the STI Self-Test Clinic. These appointments do not include a physical examination and do not bill insurance. Click here for more information on the STI Self-Test Clinic. Please call the appointments line (301-314-8184) to schedule an appointment.

Did you know that the UMD Health Center website offers educational crash course videos? This week we would like to highlight our sexual health educational videos. This presentation includes 7 shorter videos with a total run time of 68 minutes. This program includes supplemental teaching and learning resources, such as a Sexual Health Crossword Puzzle, STI Brochure, Birth Control Brochure, and an ?I Think I?m Pregnant, Now What?? flowchart. Visit the health center website at to find more information and request these videos! 

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

We are currently STILL 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.

CARE to Stop Violence announces Mini-Workshops on Relationship Violence & COVID-19!  Come explore the impact COVID-19 has on relationship violence (RV) in the mini-series "Stuck at Home and Nowhere to Go: Relationship Violence and COVID-19". Learn why RV is being called the "shadow pandemic" plus other helpful tips like safety planning & ways to keep your tech safe. Be on the lookout every Weds. at noon for new content on our Instagram & Facebook accounts. 

CARE to Stop Violence is hosting the Clothesline Project on Wednesday, October 21. The Clothesline Project is a visual representation of the impacts of sexual and relationship violence on the campus community. This event provides community members with an opportunity to confront the issue of power-based violence by creating and displaying their own messages on a shirt during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will collect physical shirts on October 21 at Hornbake Plaza. If your message is on a digital or printed shirt, please upload an image of your shirt to to be featured on our social media accounts.

CARE to Stop Violence is happy to introduce the selfCARE Creative Space! This is an event of three drop-in creative spaces for students hosted via Zoom. Two of the spaces are identity-based, and one is for all identities. During the event, hosts will receive prompts that they can reflect on through journaling & visual art. The series will be held 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29. RSVP at

Student Engagement

To confront racial bias and to address workplace challenges encountered more by Black people than others, The University Career Center will offer opportunities designed to advance career education experiences and career outcomes for Black students.
 Join us on Mondays at 6 pm for the Working While Black Career Workshop Series. More information about upcoming events is available at All Terps Are Welcome to Attend!

Veterans Networking Social Event, October 15 
Virtual via Zoom (Link available when form is submitted), Oct. 15, 2020, 5:30 ? 7:30 p.m.
RSVP @ | Attire: Business casual (at least from the waist up!)

It's time for our next Veterans Networking Event, and this time we are going virtual! Our community is strong and growing! Join us as we kick off the evening with an introduction from the UMD Career Center as they discuss issues, concerns, and strategies when going on the job market during the pandemic. Then, we will move through breakout rooms for some of those smaller discussions that make these events so meaningful. If you haven't been to one yet, now is the time. Grab some food and a drink. Put on your comfy pajama pants. Talk to some people. Have a great time. If we never take time, we will never have time. Current Student Veterans, Alumni, Campus Partners, Employers, Veterans, and Veteran Supporters are all welcome.

Art for Social Change: Channeling Your Creativity October 19   
The Art Advocacy involvement area at the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) invites the campus community to Art for Social Change: Channeling your Creativity, a workshop on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Register at:

This workshop was crafted in response to the increasing need + interest in the intersections between activism and the creative arts. 
Our goal is twofold: to (1) help attendees consider their unique, individual skillsets to support a larger ecosystem of social change on campus/in this nation and to (2) connect artists/creatives of all mediums from UMD's campus in hopes of them building community and coalitions outside of our space, too, to sustain interdisciplinary advocacy via intentional collaboration.

This workshop is an interactive workshop where attendees will be able to self-assess their role as an artist/activist during the event itself after learning more about the Social Change Ecosystem Map (2020). Most notably, we will have activist, lawyer, and writer Deepa Iyer (and author of the Ecosystem Map) at the workshop to walk us through understanding the map and how to take advantage of it for ourselves. 

Open to all students, staff, and faculty interested in arts-based advocacy. No art expertise required. For more information: Ghonva Ghauri at or Marjorie  Antonio 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, EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 12, 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

Join the Office of Parent and Family Affairs and the University of Maryland Alumni Association for our first-ever virtual 5K, the Diamondback Dash.

During the month of October, come together (from wherever you are) with fellow Terps, families, and alumni for our Diamondback Dash event! You can participate as an individual, with your family, or with your quaran-team. 

All participants will receive a Diamondback Dash branded medal and a pair of Terp socks.



Monday, October 26
SEE & The Stamp Presents: MOVIE MONDAY: Invisible Man 
Virtual Register Here:
Hoff Theatre Register Here:

Thursday, October 29
SEE Presents: Homecoming Comedy Show with Hasan Minhaj

FREE Tickets can be purchased at

Friday, October 30
Homecoming Friday with STAMP 

Build a Bae Drag Bingo with Monique Heart 
Please register here:

SEE & The Stamp Presents: Flashback Flix with Insidious 
Outdoor Clarice Register Here:
Virtual Register

Around Campus

Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights is a month-long effort to promote the shared use of our campus roadways. DOTS and RecWell are empowering Terps with the tools and know-how to be safe and confident when biking, scooting, or driving on and off campus. Join them for virtual and in-person activities, such as physically-distanced group bike rides, bike maintenance classes, trivia and a bicycle-friendly driver course. See the calendar of events and details

We are pleased to give dining plan participants the choice - dine-in or carryout. Dining rooms at The Diner (Ellicott) and South Campus Dining Hall welcome you in from 7:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night! Please leave chairs in their designated space and wear a mask when not seated. 

Sign up to volunteer at the Xfinity Center polling place! Pairs or groups can sign up to volunteer together. The Athletics Department is looking for volunteers for 2.5 and 3.5-hour shifts, from October 26 through November 3, including weekends. The signup sheet is linked here

Interested in connecting with students and alumni through events that show your Maryland pride? Join SALC to build your network and serve as a student ambassador for the Alumni Association!

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