MAPP Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Mission Statement:
Together we uphold diversity and inclusion as core values of the school. We advance equity by celebrating the rich identities and multiple perspectives within our community. We seek out opportunities to imagine, study, and create a built environment that embraces the ideals of environmental justice. We embrace the intellectual and cultural views that affirm these endeavors as a shared responsibility.
MAPP Diversity & Strategic Plan
The faculty, staff, and students at the School adopted the diversity and inclusion strategic plan in 2015. The School’s plan embraced UMD's diversity strategic plan, Transforming Maryland: Expectations for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
which focuses on six domains (listed below) to create and sustain an equitable, diverse and inclusive university.
- Recruitment and Retention
- Research and Scholarship
- Community Engagement
Some Goals from MAPP Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan:
- committed to embracing and supporting a diversity of perspectives and critical frameworks in the research, scholarship and creative work of the faculty and students of the School
- committed to an inclusive cross cultural and cross disciplinary teaching and learning environment that encourages and supports robust open dialogue across cultural, ethnic and intellectually diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
- aspires to an inclusive and diverse faculty, staff and student body
- seeks to transform learning and lives through its engagement with diverse external communities
- will promote and sustain an inclusive and welcoming climate that respects and embraces the diversity of individuals, perspectives, and ideas
- committed to building a leadership structure that reflects the diversity of the School community, and promotes a culture of tolerance, mutual respect support, and trust among faculty, staff and students
MAPP Diversity Committee
After leading and completing the D&I Strategic plan in 2014/15, the D&I Task force was reborn in 2015/16 as MAPP’s D&I Committee. Committee members are appointed by the Dean and Directors. As outlined in the strategic plan, the committee is composed of one grad student and one undergrad student, two staff members and two faculty members. Additional members are invited to join on an ad hoc basis. This representative body is charged with leading MAPP on all D&I efforts, working proactively to advance the strategic plan, protect and build a respectful, diverse and inclusive community, addressing related issues as they arise. The committee meets monthly and is chaired by the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer who is appointed by the Dean.
The committee members for fiscal year 2019-20 are:
Ingrid Farrell - Assistant Dean | Equity Administrator
Ariel Bierbaum - Assistant Professor | Equity Officer
Dr. Hiroyuki Iseki - Associate Professor, URSP | Equity Officer
Gerard Boulin - Business Service Specialist, NCSG
Greg Weaver - Graduate Advising Specialist
Dr. Michelle Magalong, Postdoctoral Associate, HISP
Phedra Hasnan - Undergraduate Student
Ava Omidva - Graduate Student
School D&I Resources
Some MAPP+D resources include:
- NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architects)
NOMAS is comprised of a group of students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, interested in contributing to the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation by building a sense of community based on shared experiences unique to our diverse student body.)
Women in Architecture is a student led academic organization to empower women.
Click here to view the URSP Diversity Video Wall with our fellow alumni.
Some other resources on campus can be found at:
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides expertise and leadership at the University of Maryland to enrich the experiences of individuals, to build stronger communities, and to create a more just and compassionate world.
The plan is comprehensive, bold, and action oriented. It sets forth a vision of the University as an institution unmatched in its capacity to attract talent, address the most important issues of our time, and produce the leaders of tomorrow.
Using our strengths in organizational development and tools from Gallup, CLOC will help nurture a culture of engagement and inclusion where faculty and staff work with passion, feel a profound connection to their workplace, and are empowered to succeed.
This initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is dedicated to making the University of Maryland “the best place to work.” The Thriving Workplace Initiative is viewed as a strategic investment in the University’s staff and faculty to ensure that their voices are heard and that they feel valued for their important work.