Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spring Leadership Studies Courses

Note: These are not Honors courses, but the may be of interest to students in Honors.


This course introduces students to leadership theories, concepts and skills to examine assumptions about leadership and develop one's own leadership philosophy.  This course highlights the practice of learning as a way of leading.

Throughout this course students will:
  • Complete Self-Assessments
  • Exchange Ideas Through Dialogue
  • Practice Critical Reflection
  • Engage in Hands-On Activities
Registration for this course is through Testudo.
*Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores*

For more information about the Leadership Studies Program, please visit our website: go.umd.edu/lsp


“How do we learn to understand, examine, and address complicated global problems while working with highly diverse groups of people and perspectives?”

Students will explore the role of socially responsible leadership in a global context in response to this question. This course, conducted by instructors Anne Spear and Natasha Chapman, is a global learning experiment that joins students and faculty from the University of Maryland, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh in a virtual, interactive environment.  

Registration for this course is through Testudo.


How is the class formatted?

The class format will be blended.

Most course activities will be conducted online, but students will be expected to meet in person 6 times out of the semester.  During these sessions, students will interact and learn with students and faculty from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in a virtual classroom environment.  

When will we meet?

Friday Evenings for 2.5 Hours on the following dates:
  • February 2
  • February 9
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • April 20

Why Friday night?

Students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University meet for class on Saturday mornings.  Due to the time differences between the US, Hong Kong (12 hours), and Cambodia (11 hours)  this was the best meeting time for the three of us!

What will we do in-between meetings?

Outside of our 6 meeting times, course activities will be conducted online.  You will complete weekly modules with readings and other interactive learning materials through Canvas/ELMS.  On occasion you will be prompted to interact virtually with others in the class on your own.

For more information, please visit our website: go.umd.edu/lspglobal

 If you have additional questions, please contact instructors Anne Spear (aspear@umd.edu) or Natasha Chapman (chapman3@umd.edu).

UMD Data Challenge 2018 - Sign Up by 11/30

Data Challenge 2018
February 24 - March 3

All data-driven UMD students (from any major or year) are invited to participate.
  • Receive a data set from an organization
  • Use your creativity and analytical prowess to solve an information problem
  • Work with an industry mentor
  • Compete for exciting prizes
Register* by Nov 30 at https://datachallenge.ischool.umd.edu/

This is a free event, including admission, swag, food, and beverages.


*Participants compete as teams up to 4 members. All participants must register individually by Nov 30. Starting Dec 1, attendees will have the opportunity to register for a team. Don’t have a team? Don't worry, there will be a team building session on February 16, 2018!
Once maximum registration is reached, you will be put on a wait-list. Wait-listed students are not guaranteed participation.

Participants are expected to be present on campus only on February 24 and March 3, 2018.


As a grassroots environmental nonprofit, the Maryland Sierra Club offers many internship opportunities for those passionate about advocating for a safer, healthier planet. At our office conveniently located on Route 1, students can take advantage of diverse openings in office management & administration, outdoor education, political environmental advocacy, communications & marketing, web design, community organizing, event planning, and policy research.

Our interns become part of the office team and are essential to accomplishing many of the Chapter’s environmental conservation goals. Working side by side with staff and lead volunteers, interns get the opportunity to see how a grassroots non­profit works, gain valuable real world experience, and become the next generation of activist leaders.

For Winter and Spring 2018, we have the following internships available:
  • Administrative Assistant Chapter Coordinator
  • Beyond Coal
  • Beyond Natural Gas Organizing
  • Communications / Web Media
  • Conservation Outings
  • Invasive Plant Removal / Stewardship Field
  • Maryland General Assembly Legislation
  • Political
  • Water Protection
For more information, internship descriptions, and how to arrange college credit, please visit:

To apply:
  1. Send a cover letter, resume, and a two-­page writing sample to internships@mdsierra.org. Please have your name on each document title.

Apply early for best priority.  


Development Resources inc. (DRi) seeks Communications & Marketing Assistant

Development Resources inc. (DRi), a DC-based professional services firm for non-profits, is seeking a creative marketer, exceptional writer/document designer, and fast-paced worker to become its Communications & Marketing Assistant. The Assistant will play a critical supporting role across all of DRi’s business functions, including business development, executive search, and development consulting. This position provides the opportunity to develop a variety of critical career skills and gain exposure to a wide-range of non-profits while working directly with company leadership.

DRi’s Mission
Since 2001, DRi has provided services to help non-profits located across the country and around the world to thrive, excel, and grow. We are founded on the belief that non-profits make the world a
significantly better place, and that the work they do every day is too important to forego the resources they need to fulfill their missions. We offer executive search, fundraising consulting, and strategic planning services to support a roster of non-profit clients that has included such renowned organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the NAACP, the National Gallery of Art, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Business Marketing
Approximately half of the Assistant’s time will be devoted to a set of marketing projects—including
social media, company website, newsletters, and proposals—that support the expansion of DRi’s key practice areas.
- Curate content for a daily social media posting schedule, including both company and individual
LinkedIn/Twitter accounts, to promote company news, events, and expertise.
- In collaboration with the Communications Associate and senior staff, develop content of interest to DRi’s clients and candidates, including:
o monthly segmented email campaigns to company contacts;
o regular schedule of substantive website content regarding trends and news in non-profit
staffing and fundraising;
o contributions to major non-profit publications, including articles, case studies, and

- Complete visually attractive and professional desktop publishing assignments, including layout for
newsletters, presentations, proposals, and other documents.
- Manage the logistics of marketing endorsements, including drafting testimonials for client
consideration, monitoring client submissions, and sharing endorsements in appropriate media.
- Maintain timely updates on the DRi website, including completed searches, placed candidates,
testimonials, client logos, and other material.
- Conduct general research to support marketing activities, such as research on regional markets and publications.

Business Practice Areas
The Assistant will also support DRi’s completion of current client-focused projects, providing extensive research and writing support for executive search assignments and similar support for development consulting assignments as needed.

• Draft executive search and development consulting proposals in response to RFPs.
• Utilize non-profit websites, GuideStar, and other public records research to develop draft
recruitment documents (e.g., position overviews, ad plans) that market DRi clients to potential job
• Create candidate profiles to help clients make interviewing and hiring decisions.
• Provide periodic research and writing support for DRi’s development consulting practice; may
include salary surveys, fundraising assessments, strategic plans, etc.

• Maintain DRi’s professional voice and high publication standards.
• Manage time and project workflow to complete documents to team and company deadlines.
• Maintain timely and accurate records of all work by updating tracking spreadsheets, database
records, and digital filing systems.
• Act as one of DRi’s primary proofreaders for both external and internal documents.
• Attend and participate in executive search client calls as needed.

• Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year institution is required; degree in Communications, Marketing,
Public Relations, or a similar field is useful.
• Evidence of creativity and resourcefulness in developing marketing strategies/initiatives.
• Exceptional written communication skills—candidates will be expected to submit a writing
sample and complete a short timed writing assignment during the interview process.
• Knowledge of basic principles of visual design and an aesthetic sensibility.
• Comfort with research, including locating, selecting, and synthesizing information.
• Familiarity with word processing and layout software is also expected (Microsoft is required and
Adobe is desired).

Work Environment and Benefits
DRi’s Arlington, VA headquarters offers an intimate team-based environment in which all of our 10 staff members have an immediate working relationship with each other and with the firm’s two founders, who serve as its CEO and COO. We hold an all-staff meeting every week, celebrate each other’s birthdays, and have been known to go together to Star Wars premiers and lunches in Georgetown (just a 5-minute drive away across the Francis Scott Key Bridge). We are conveniently located across the street from the Rosslyn metro station in a building with a private parking garage, and a monthly travel reimbursement is available either for public transportation or for parking. DRi employees also receive fully subsidized medical, vision, and dental insurance premiums; our plan includes doctors throughout the DMV area.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and one or two short writing samples (demonstrating verbal and visual skills) to search@driconsulting.com. Writing samples would ideally come from a professional context.

Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign

The Department of Resident Life is taking on an initiative to launch our first official Mental Health De-Stigmatization & Wellness campaign.  The idea behind this campaign is to open up the topic of mental health, to encourage Terps to share their stories, and to work towards a thriving campus where everyone can seek help. 
As we take the first steps toward launching this campaign, we are seeking individuals who would be willing to share ways they take care of themselves, how they have helped others, and success stories about accessing resources or opening up about mental health challenges. We will use these stories in a variety of written, photo, and video outlets and will contact contributors to discuss further how we would want to share their particular story. 
The soft launch is scheduled to take place in January 2018 at the beginning of the spring semester.  If you  would like to share your story, you can access the interest form here

Feel free to contact Dr. Leslie Krafft, North Campus Residential Case Manager at lkrafft@umd.edu with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this campaign or process.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Paid summer internship opportunity - Yleana Leadership Academy

The Yleana Leadership Academy is interested in recruiting both grads and undergrads for a transformative SAT summer camp which is part SAT boot camp, part higher order thinking skills development, part leadership academy, part on-campus college experience, and part traditional summer camp. We are looking for people who would be willing to work hard and have an amazing time creating a summer camp experience for kids. It's a ton of work but a LOT of fun!

We’re hiring for four different positions within our organization this summer; click the title below for more information about that internship.

2018 Employment Dates: June 16 - August 13, 2018

Interested in applying?
  • Fill out our form here
  • Please be prepared to take a diagnostic test, composed of pieces of the SAT, as part of the hiring process

Priority Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

More about our organization:
The Yleana Leadership Academy, the flagship program of the Yleana Leadership Foundation, is a residential summer academy which serves rising high school seniors in urban areas (Baltimore, Boston/North Shore of MA, NYC, and Philadelphia) and seeks to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative intervention summer SAT experience on a college campus. We are part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy. In addition to SAT classes, students explore issues like race, class, and gender through our Issues curriculum, an open-forum discussion setting where they question these issues through readings by people like James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, bell hooks, and Sherman Alexie. We also help our students develop higher order/critical thinking skills through our Entrepreneurship class, which culminates in a one-day startup fair with entrepreneurs from all over the world advising the students all day until their crowning faceoff - a Shark Tank competition.

Yleana campers are typically low-SES, of color, and first-generation college students; all attend on full scholarship. Besides studying for the SAT, being part of Issues and Entrepreneurship classes, campers enjoy a traditional summer camp experience (complete with campfires and S’mores!) while becoming a part of a welcoming and introspective camp community. One of the greatest compliments we have received came from a student who had been in foster care and had faced significant obstacles at home who told us that Yleana was the first place she felt safe, where people truly cared about her.

In 2017, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 160-180 points on the SAT. To learn more about us, check out our promotional video (which gives the look and feel of an Yleana experience):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrQKbI37jg

Humanity First-UMD Krispy Kreme donut sale in early December

Attention all Smith students: SUSA Committee applications are now open!

Work directly with Smith leadership to drive tangible change, grow as a professional, and expand your network with some of the school's brightest students and faculty. Apply classroom content or leverage your passions to make your voice heard in 12 different committees. Whether it be finance, community service, or professional affairs, make a difference today!

Applications are LIVE and close on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 11:59 PM. Learn more at committees.susaumd.com

Friday, November 17, 2017

Final Info Sessions - Boren Scholarships for Critical Language Study - 11/30, 12/1

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2018-19 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 6 years!!!

Eligible regions include Africa, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2018-19 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019. 

*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 24, 2018. You can learn more about the BorenScholarship program here:

The NSO has also scheduled information sessions to help you learn more about the Boren Scholarship and its application process. Please write to nsepboren@umd.edu to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address to let us know).

Thursday, November 30 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, December 1 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018.

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Position Announcement: Undergraduate Research Assistants - Graphic Design; Communications

The Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention is seeking two undergraduate Research Assistants to assist with current and future projects:
  • The Graphic Design Research Assistant will primarily assist  
  • with the development of an iBook/eBook for educators, and complete other needed  
  • design tasks such as design work for the CECEI website and other media assets.
  • The Communications Research Assistant will assist with 
  •  producing blog and social media content, press outreach, promoting family  
  • engagement in young children’s learning, and other communication-related tasks.
RAs will be expected to work at the CECEI approximately 10 hours per week. Compensation will be course credit. Please note that priority will be given to applicants who are available/interested in working for two consecutive semesters. 
For more information, please refer to the attached position announcement. Please feel free to email with any questions: cecei@umd.edu.