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  • A note to Black student leaders

    I want to thank the student leaders who spoke with Maryland administrators to learn more, ask tough questions, and express what this means to you. We count on members of our community to be advocates for others, and it is right to want to know as much as possible about whether we are treating people fairly. 

  • A New Partnership with the Jordan McNair Foundation

    In 2018, Jordan McNair, a Maryland football player and kinesiology major, tragically passed away. He will never be forgotten. Today, I announce a new partnership with the Jordan McNair Foundation to continue to honor his life and legacy on our campus. 

  • Pursuing justice for 1st Lt. Richard W. Collins III

    It has been more than three and a half years since the life of First Lieutenant Richard W.Collins III was senselessly taken on our campus. As a community, we remain deeply affected by the tragic loss.

  • Honoring University of Maryland Trailblazers

    The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has approved our proposal to name our newest campus residence halls after four individuals who paved the way for the rich diversity and culture that defines our campus today.

  • Happy Holidays from Darryll and Sylvia Pines

    As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on a year like no other and celebrate the beauty and resilience in our world. On behalf of the entire University of Maryland family, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

  • Partnering to end anti-Black racism

    Dear Terrapins, I write to you today to commend the leadership of Black student leaders who have agreed to partner with me and other university leaders to pursue an anti-racist agenda here at the University of Maryland.  On July 1, my first day as president, I announced two priorities for our campus. One, we will achieve excellence in everything we do -- research, teaching and learning, arts, and athletics. And two, we will create an inclusive, multicultural environment.

  • The Historic 2020 Election

    Earlier today, Joseph Biden was announced as the 46th President of the United States. Though legal challenges remain, this announcement marks a path forward in the American presidency.

  • Honoring Harriet Tubman, Acknowledging Slavery, and Building an Inclusive Community

    In one of my first official duties as President, I outlined five initiatives and recommendations designed to create a more inclusive environment at the University of Maryland. Those announcements were just the beginning of our commitment to build a multicultural campus of excellence. Today, I am pleased to build further upon that commitment.

  • Justice for Black lives

    Dear University of Maryland community, As we fight two pandemics - COVID-19 and racial injustice - it pains and angers me that we continue to see the senseless shooting of Black people. This includes Jacob Blake and the many before him who have been killed or wounded. And, again, we find ourselves being forced to fight for justice, while also fighting to protect our health.

  • Week One: Solidarity with International Students

    I have proudly served as your president for one week, and I continue to prioritize keeping you informed as we remain physically distant and dispersed. Seven days in, I want to provide some important updates to our community:

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