HAPPY LGBTQ PRide MONTH !!!
Dear Campus Community,
We are devastated by the murder of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III this weekend. We are devastated by the racism and hate that exists in this world. And we are devastated that hate may have played a role in this and other horrific crimes across the country.
We want each of us to have the space and time they need to grieve and we need to collectively honor this young man’s life, offer our support to the other communities mourning right now, especially Bowie State University, and simultaneously find a path forward as a community.
We want to begin by making sure our community understands how they can be supported in the next week. Here are collective resources you should be aware of:
The University is working closely with Bowie State University to help them celebrate their commencement exercises on campus tomorrow morning. They very much appreciate the outpouring of support for their community.
We understand this may impact people differently, with a range of experiences and emotions. That is okay. Please make a point of connecting with each other, taking care of yourself, and be gentle with yourself.
Please remember that you can report hate/bias through the University of Maryland Police Department or the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), which is responsible for monitoring the university’s civil rights response. Visit OCRSM online to report or learn more.
Our community of nearly 400,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni can be a powerful force for good. Together, and only together, can we fight back against hate in all its insidious forms. We are building a coalition of individuals and groups across campus dedicated to ensuring an environment where we fight back against hate and bias, and where we can all thrive.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Faculty Staff Assistance Program in the University Health Center
LGBT Equity Center
Nyumburu Cultural Center
Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
Office of Community Engagement
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education
Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy
President Wallace Loh
President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues
University Counseling Center
University of Maryland Police Department
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Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a Union Plus Scholarship, awarded annually to union members and their families, including those in AFSCME. The deadline is just weeks away –Tuesday, Jan. 31, at noon (ET).
Sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, the Union Plus Scholarship program offers eligible applicants from AFSCME and other unions a way to defray the rising cost of higher education. During the past 25 years, over $4 million in scholarships have been awarded to students from more than 2,700 working families.
To learn more and apply, click here. Go here to learn about the eligibility criteria.
Scholarships are one-time cash awards ranging from $500 to $4,000. Students may re-apply annually. Scholarships offered for study starting this fall will be announced May 31 and recipients will be notified by postal mail during the first week of June. All applicants also will be notified via email.
Don’t delay. There are just a few weeks left.
Those who apply for Union Plus scholarships are also eligible to apply for a Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship, honoring the legacy of McEntee, AFSCME’s president from 1981 until 2012. Under his leadership, AFSCME grew from 960,000 members to 1.6 million.
The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best exemplifies McEntee’s commitment to growing stronger by joining together, building political power for working families, defending workers’ rights and supporting public services. It is a one-time award of $5,000 and may not be awarded twice to the same member.
The Union Plus scholarship application serves as the application for the McEntee scholarship. Information about the McEntee award can be found here. McEntee scholarship applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2017.
Winners will be announced May 31, 2017. Read about the 2016 winner here.