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“I Belong Here” : Women’s History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

March is Women’s History Month, the HSHSL will celebrate the month by honoring select UMB women through our blog and an exhibit, The First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the Weise Gallery. The University of Maryland, Baltimore as it is known today was formed through a number of mergers with other Baltimore area Colleges and Universities; additionally, the school was once a branch campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Because of this, the history of women at UMB is intermingled with the histories of these schools and each accepted women into their programs at different times.  Continue reading

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Dr. Elton “Tony” Preston Maddox Jr.

In 1968, the first African American student entered the School of Dentistry; Elton Preston Maddox Jr. was born on a farm in Kingston, MD on November 17, 1946.  He was the valedictorian of Carter G. Woodson High School in 1964 and entered Morgan State the following year, graduating from the University with honors in 1968. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was on reserve status during his time at the School of Dentistry.  Dr. Maddox graduated with honors from the School of Dentistry in 1972; he was the only African American Student during his four year tenure.  In contrast, according to The Happenings, by January 1973 there were 32 African American Students in the School of Dentistry. Continue reading

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African American History at UMB

Today, Diversity is one of the seven core values identified in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Strategic Plan.  According to the Diversity Statement on the Core Value’s site, “The University is committed to a culture that is enriched by diversity and inclusion, in the broadest sense, in its thoughts, actions, and leadership.”  These values are reflected in the current student demographics of UMB. Unfortunately, diversity and inclusion was not always a value held by the university. In 1807, the College of Medicine was founded in Baltimore, establishing the University of Maryland.  As was the case with many institutions at this time, students tended to be white males from in or around Baltimore or Maryland. Continue reading

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1933: Dental School “Dents” – Baltimore Amateur Hockey League Champs

Eighty-five years ago the University of Maryland Dental School’s ice hockey team (the Maryland Dents) made their own history by winning the Baltimore Amateur Ice Hockey League championship.   Continue reading

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