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April 13 Message

Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is responsible for responding, educating and reporting to the campus about hate-bias incidents.

Hey Terps,

In order to be TerrapinSTRONG, every one of us must play our part! It’s up to all of us to create a campus community where Terps of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, and identities can feel safe and thrive.

Today, we hear from senior Astrid Widjaja, who serves on the Hate Bias Student Advisory Group (HBSAG), on how Terps can do their part by reporting hate-bias incidents to Bias Incident Support Services (BISS). I encourage you to report and, also, to interrupt or interrogate any message or act of hate or bias on our campus, if you witness it happening.

BISS staff coordinate and facilitate support and response for those impacted by hate-bias incidents. If you or someone you know needs help, call 301-405-0980 or email to schedule a visit. To learn more:

To all Terps who will be celebrating Easter this weekend, may your holiday be filled with hope, joy and renewal. And, for all Terrapins celebrating Passover, I hope your week-long festival will be a celebration of freedom, renewal and resilience.

A safe and inclusive campus begins with you,

Dr. Patty Perillo
Vice President for Student Affairs


Join the Counseling Center to Press PAWS for Self-Care on Wednesday, April 20 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Need some self-care? Want to manage the stress of exams? Need some cuddly animal cuteness in your life? Assess your stress and play with therapy dogs. Come for the afternoon or as a quick break between classes!

Struggling with procrastination? Feeling stressed? Wanting to learn how to improve your mental health? Check out the Counseling Center’s Wellness Workshops! Details available at We hope to see you there!

TBTN Face the Facts: Sexual Assault on College Campuses will take place TODAY on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on the McKeldin Mall. Join CARE Peer Advocates for interactive actives to honor survivors of sexual assault and learn more about sexual assault on college campuses. ⁠Attendees will also have the opportunity to get an official 2022 Take Back the Night shirt by donating to the Victim Assistance Fund (VAF), which helps support the various needs of survivors on campus.⁠

*Note that there will also be an opportunity to participate in The Clothesline Project⁠ as our original event date was rained out.*

April 2022 is the 21st nationally observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). CARE and other members of the SAPC have events throughout April to spread awareness and education about sexual violence prevention and resources throughout UMD. Join us as we come together in community to support survivors whether through yoga, the Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night, crafts, educational events and more. For a full SAAM schedule, scan the QR code or visit

Join RecWell Adventure for Women’s Climb Night and Paddle in the Pool clinic. Meet friends, learn new skills, and have fun!

RecWell Fitness hosts Pride Zumba - dance and celebrate Pride month at UMD with friends. Come to Regents Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

RecWell Aquatics is hiring lifeguards, pool operators, and swim instructors this summer. Stay cool at the pool and earn cash too! Email Stephanie Draminski to apply,

Looking for a personalized individual wellness session with a trained health educator? Our services are provided to empower students to develop a strong foundation to optimize their capacity to learn, reach their potential, and achieve their goals throughout their academic career and beyond.Visit

Having trouble identifying healthy foods in the U.S.? Do grocery stores seem overwhelming? The Peer Nutrition Coaches have helped many International Students navigate the often confusing food environment in the US. Sessions are filling up; last day of Peer Nutrition Coaching is Tuesday, May 10. This service offers clients support, encouragement and guidance in reaching general healthy eating goals. Visit

Wags for Wellness happening tomorrow and Friday! Join the University Health Center and visit with some of your favorite friendly pups. April visits are scheduled for Thursday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Health Center and Friday, April 15 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at McKeldin Library. Sign-ups are required. Visit for information on upcoming events.


Pride Month 2022: Breaking Out of The Shell
All April Long

Throughout three years of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LGBTQ+ community has persevered through the unique challenges of finding connection through virtual spaces and online forums.This year, we embrace the opportunity to present our full, authentic selves after a challenging, yet reflective, period in quarantine.

“Breaking Out of The Shell” becomes more than overcoming inhibitions—it is an empowering act that recognizes the transformative process that so many LGBTQ+ individuals experience in their discovery of self-authenticity. It is a moment of visibility that presents a mosaic of intersecting identities fortifying the heart of UMD’s community. As we use this moment to gather, we invite you to consider: what “shells” have you broken out of? What “shells'' remain…as either shelter or confinement? And what can you do to allow for authenticity? See the full calendar of Pride Month events at

Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American Heritage Month: The Rest of Us
All April Long

This year marks the first time UMD celebrates April as Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, formerly known as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, to intentionally include the many diverse South Asian communities that make up our community.

This year's theme aims to inspire discussions and actions addressing the layers of invisibility around and within the APIDA community. What parts of the community and of ourselves have been privileged and highlighted? And what about the rest of us—those within our communities and ourselves that we forget, overlook, or silence?

There is the other meaning of “rest” that tends to be neglected. What can rest and healing look like in our communities? How do we cope and respond to racism and xenophobia, especially in the context of the ongoing pandemic? See the full calendar of APIDA Heritage Month events at

Ramadan Iftar
Wednesday, April 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of STAMP.

We invite all to join us in breaking the Ramadan fast for Muslims at this year’s iftar dinners in STAMP. This final STAMP iftar is made possible by The Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), and the Department of Resident Life. Learn more about these gatherings—and learn how you can help support Terps who are observing the holy month of Ramadan—at

Bright Futures Scholarship Application is NOW LIVE!
The Bright Futures Initiative awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $100-$1,000 to help offset expenses incurred during summer unpaid internships. Scholarships are generously funded by the Eisen Family, the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, and individual donors through Maryland Giving Day. Apply Here.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds to be part of our Agency. Attend this session to learn more about CIA employment opportunities as well additional information about:

  • CIA Organizational Structure
  • Application Process
  • Obtaining a Security Clearance

Register Here

SEE Presents: Drag Makeup Workshop - on Zoom, Friday, April 22 @ 3 p.m.
Evry Pleasure, a drag queen hailing from Washington, D.C., will lead a virtual makeup tutorial over Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Come stamp your face before SEE's Drag Show featuring Crystal Methyd and other local queens at 7 p.m. on the same day. The first 25 people to sign up will receive a FREE makeup kit provided by Student Entertainment Events. Admission is free for UMD students, and all are welcome regardless of their makeup ability. Sign up on Terplink.

SEE Presents: Spring Drag Show
Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

SEE’s Annual Drag Show is back to business! Come one, come all for a night of laughs, exciting performances by nationally recognized drag queen Crystal Methyd from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and local talents. This drag show aims to be a night of queer joy and subversions of normative gender and sexuality. Get tickets at

SEE Presents: FREE Spring Movie Series in Hoff Theater
SEE’s Spring Movie Series continues with screenings almost every week. Join us for new releases — Candyman (April 13 & 14), Spider-Man: No Way Home (April 19 & 20), and Lamb (April 27 & 28). Shows start at 8 p.m. in Stamp's Hoff Theater, no tickets needed! Check out the full list:


Scholarships of $2,000 Available for 2022-2023! Application Deadline: Friday, April 29
The Terp Family Student Scholarship application for 2022-2023 is now open! The Terp Family Student Scholarship Award is a one-time award presented each year to undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the University due to extenuating financial circumstances. Submission deadline is Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m. Eligibility criteria & application available at

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