UMD stands with international students.  This statement embodies the international ethos of the University of Maryland (UMD), the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), and the Office of International and Executive Programs (OIEP).   

Below, please find links to a series of statements by UMD and BSOS leaders in support of international students as well as links to information about the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") outbreak and managing its effects.

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Statements and Resources of Interest to BSOS International Students

President Darryll J. Pines:

  • Inaugural message to the University of Maryland Community and Terrapin Family;
    • Excerpt from President Pines' inaugural message highlighting the legacies of African American and Asian students who were pathfinders:
      "In honor of their pioneering and trailblazing steps to diversify the University of Maryland student body, I submitted a request to name our two newest residence halls in honor of individuals who have contributed to the rich diversity and culture that defines our campus today.  They are: Mr. Hiram Whittle, the first African American male to be admitted to our university in 1951; Ms. Elaine Johnson-Coates, the first African American female to graduate with a degree in education in 1959; Mr. Pyon Su, the first Korean student to receive a degree from any American college or university; and Mr. Chunjen Constant Chen, the first Chinese student to enroll at the Maryland Agricultural College.  Each exemplifies Terrapin grit, desire and determination to succeed against all odds."
       
  • We’ll Work to Protect International Students;
    • Excerpt from President Pines' message addressing changes to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP):
      "I stand in solidarity with our international students, who are highly valued for everything they contribute to our diverse and vibrant community.  We will continue to look out for all Terrapin students from every country of origin, and we are working with our representatives in Congress to protect immigration status of our international undergraduate and graduate students.  We are urgently considering alternative options, as this newly announced rule has caused great concern.  I am asking Provost and Senior Vice President Mary Ann Rankin to direct colleges and schools to seek academic solutions that ensure more in-person instruction, including the use of independent research, discipline seminar courses and other courses that offer in-person instruction to our international students."
       
  • Honoring University of Maryland Trailblazers;
    • Excerpt from President Pines' message announcing that new campus residence halls will be named in honor of  four pioneers in recognition of their invaluable contributions to UMD:
      "I am happy to announce a major step forward in plans I outlined on the first day of my presidency. 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: Mr. Hiram Whittle, the first African American male to be admitted to our university in 1951; Ms. Elaine Johnson Coates, the first African American female to graduate with a degree in education in 1959; Mr. Pyon Su, the first Korean student to receive a degree from any American college or university; and Mr. Chunjen Constant Chen, the first Chinese student to enroll at the Maryland Agricultural College."
       
  • In Solidarity with Asian and Asian American Communities;
    • Excerpt from President Pines' letter:
      "It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today as senseless violence in our country continues.  Last week, the deadly attack in Atlanta only emphasized the surge in anti-Asian sentiment that has plagued our country.  I stand in solidarity with members of the Asian and Asian American community and condemn these senseless acts of hate and violence.  We must unite to fight against this hate."

       

  • UMD Solidarity with International Community;
    • Excerpts from a letter signed by President Pines, Ann Wylie (senior vice president and provost), Spyridon S. Marinopoulos (chief medical officer, University of Maryland) and Ross Lewin (associate vice president for international affairs):
      "We are deeply saddened to see the devastating impact that COVID-19 is creating across India and other countries around the world. Although the pandemic has affected us all, the impact from COVID-19 continues to grow more severe outside the United States...To our international students, scholars and faculty: you are one of the University of Maryland’s greatest strengths, and we recognize the unique challenges and stresses you have faced throughout this pandemic. Our community supports each other in this very challenging time."

 

Former President Wallace Loh: White House order on students from China.
 

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Vice President for Student Affairs: Call for Solidarity With Asian, Asian American Communities.
 

The Graduate School:

BSOS Dean:

CCJS Department Chair:

GEOG Department Chair:

Dean Ball confers with students
BSOS Dean Gregory Ball greets UMD students from China (June 2019).

 

UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Combating anti-Asian bias due to coronavirus.
 

Maryland Today (produced by UMD's Office of Strategic Communications): Terps Mourn Victims of Anti-Asian Violence.
 

Global UMD:

 


Information About the Novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19") and UMD's Response

UMD President:

University of Maryland:

University System of Maryland:

UMD Assistant Vice President:

The Graduate School: Coronavirus Information.
 

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences: College-specific Updates and Resources on Coronavirus.
 

UMD faculty and students in group photo
BSOS Dean Gregory Ball (seated, fourth from left) and UMD faculty pictured with newly arrived UMD students from China (June 2019).

 

Smith School of Business webinar: Covid-19 and the Future of US-China Relations (by Prof. Anil K. Gupta).
 

Additional UMD information and resources

For students:

For faculty and staff: Keep Working.

For teachers: Keep Teaching.

 

Non-UMD information and resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Protections Against Coronavirus.

Maryland Governor: Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery.

Maryland Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak.

Association of American Universities (AAU): COVID-19 Federal Guidance FAQs.

American Political Science Association (APSA): Resources for Coronavirus Response.

 

 

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