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TerrapinSTRONG Symposium: Belonging

Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm

First Annual TerrapinSTRONG Symposium

The TerrapinSTRONG Symposium is an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn from each other about diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging (DEIJB) topics. The annual campus conference day provides space to bridge the work of scholars, researchers and practitioners to create greater collaboration and to provide insights from all sides that may inform our work.

Each year, the TerrapinSTRONG Symposium will select a theme and solicit presentation proposals from faculty and staff with expertise in the area.

Collaborative Initiative of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Faculty Affairs and University Human Resources

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Register by October 13


The first TerrapinSTRONG Symposium theme is belonging.

We define belonging on campus as the understanding that faculty and staff members appreciate each other, feel welcome on campus, recognize themselves as important to the mission of the University of Maryland, and understand how their work contributes to the larger goals of higher education. We are bringing together specific UMD efforts to enhance belonging in conversation with scholarship and research related to belonging from any discipline.

Schedule At a Glance

Schedule At a Glance (times, locations, titles of sessions)
Time Schedule Room 1: Colony Ballroom Room 2: Charles Carroll Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez
Time Schedule 9:00 - 10:00am Welcome Room 1: Colony Ballroom Welcome & Keynote Room 2: Charles Carroll Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez
Time Schedule 10:15 - 11:30am Morning Session Room 1: Colony Ballroom On Their Own Terms: Ungrading and Intimacy Choreography as Pedagogical Practices of Belonging / Global Perspectives on Culture, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging / Inspiring the Next Generation: Teaching TechGirlz / Linguistic Longing and Belonging Room 2: Charles Carroll Challenges and Opportunities to Engineering Identity Formation in the Clark School / Student Perceptions of Campus Climate Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Facilitating Faculty Belonging and Community: Advice from ADVANCE Professors / Book Clubs as Connectors / Faculty Fridays Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez
Time Schedule 11:30am - 12:00noon Room 1: Colony Ballroom Pick up lunch for roundtables Room 2: Charles Carroll Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez
Time Schedule 12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch Round-tables Room 1: Colony Ballroom Belonging, DEI, Current Progress, Opportunities Room 2: Charles Carroll How do we measure belonging? Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Creating A Sense of Belonging for Postdoctoral Scholars Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez Advancing Healthy Workplaces through Fostering Belonging
Time Schedule 1:15 - 2:45pm Afternoon Session Room 1: Colony Ballroom The InBetween / TerpsEXCEED at UMD / Muslim Students Sense of Belonging / Exploring the impact of an inclusive learning community for students with intellectual disability in higher education Room 2: Charles Carroll The 4-H Thrive Model for Belonging / Organizing Course Outcomes / Promoting Effective Communication with Respect / Recurring lessons from very different initiatives Room 3: Benjamin Banneker No Place Like Home. / Why Dignity is an Essential Element of Belonging / Women's Leadership Capacity + Efficacy Development / African Identity Formation & Autoethnography Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez
Time Schedule 3:00 - 4:00pm Concluding Round-tables Room 1: Colony Ballroom Our LGBTQ+ Community's TerrapinSTRENGTH Room 2: Charles Carroll Belonging & Mattering: basic human needs Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Belonging Restorative Circle Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez Job Descriptions for Belonging
Symposium At-a-Glance (Google Sheet) Symposium At a Glance (PDF)

Session Descriptions

10:15-11:30am Morning Session Descriptions & Locations
12:00-1:00pm Lunch Roundtable Descriptions & Locations
1:15-2:45pm Afternoon Session Descriptions & Locations
3:00-4:00pm Concluding Roundtable Descriptions & Locations


The co-sponsoring units for the TerrapinSTRONG Symposium are committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and employment. To request accommodation, contact Leslie Krafft in advance of the event at