Office of the President

UMD Cultural Center for Students with Disabilities

Project Goal

Create a vibrant, welcoming, centrally-located facility to support five Cultural Centers that promote a sense of safety and belonging for students who identify with the Latinx, Native & Indigenous, Disability, Multi-racial Biracial, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American communities.

For more information, visit Maryland Today, Diamondback, and Washington Post.

Steering Committee

This project is led by a steering committee composed of students, staff, and faculty who advocate for these Cultural Centers and these campus communities. The steering committee in partnership with a campus architect hosts design forums and conversations to engage with these student communities and campus stakeholders. During these sessions, the campus community provides input about these new Cultural Centers. 

Projected Timeline

  • February 2022: Establish a steering committee
  • Spring 2022: Host information sessions, design forms, and community conversations
  • Summer 2022: Finalize design and construction schematics
  • August 2022: Construction begins

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to James McShay, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, or Yvette Lerma Jones, Program Manager, MICA Office.

Cole fieldhouse

The five communities will have gathering spaces to be built in Cole Field House.

Photo by John T. Consoli

Source: Maryland Today

Last update: Mar 17, 2022