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. 

Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved

Disability Cultural Center Discussion on Programming

March 14, 2023 | 1:00 PM 

Join us at 1:00 PM for a conversation about the development of the Disability Cultural Center and the programming you would like to see offered on campus. Topics will include:

  • How can we advance disability inclusion on campus?
  • What programming can support the lifting up of voices of students with disabilities?
  • What programming can confront ableism and strengthen our collective commitment to inclusion?
  • Speakers, workshops, cultural events, meet-ups, social gatherings, advocacy and other possible opportunities.

This discussion will be offered as a hybrid event. The in-person session will take place in the Prince George's Room of the STAMP, where lunch will be served.

Please be sure to RSVP to this event and look out for a confirmation email with more information. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Nancy Forsythe, 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 6, 2023