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A Brief History of UMB African American Student Organizations

As Black History Month 2021 draws to a close, the Historical Collections in the HSHSL could not let the month past without looking back on UMB’s African American history. The following highlights a few of the many student organizations throughout UMB’s history in an attempt to acknowledge the work of many to make our campus more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading

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Josephine “Jody” Olsen, School of Social Work, Director United States Peace Corps

Continuing our Women’s History Month celebration is the School of Social Work’s, Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW and current Director of the Peace Corps.  Olsen’s career with the Peace Corps began six decades ago as a volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English after graduating from the University of Utah in 1965.  She remained in Tunisia until 1968, when she returned to the United States and made Baltimore her home.  Continue reading

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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. Jesse J. Harris, First African American Dean of the School of Social Work

Dr. Jesse J. Harris graduated from the School of Social Work with a master’s degree in 1971 and again with a PhD in 1976.   Following graduation he continued his military career in the Army serving as chief of social workers for the Army Surgeon General, consultant to the U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, and finally as chief of Social Work Services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He retired from the Army in June 1990 as the Army’s highest ranking social worker.  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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