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TerrapinSTRONG Symposium: Belonging

Snippets of the 2023 TerrapinSTRONG Symposium: Belonging

Thank you!

The first (hopefully annual) TerrapinSTRONG Symposium was a huge success! We are asking presenters and participants to share resources, quotes, video, and photos from the Symposium. Please visit the shared folder below to add your own presentation materials or view them as they come in.

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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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.

Introducing our Keynote Address

Nature and Belonging: From NatureRx to the Wekesa Earth Center

Dr. Jennifer Roberts and Dr. Shannon Jette will share their experiences promoting student mental health and well-being through nature, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of NatureRx@UMD, and the creation of the new Wekesa Earth Center which seeks to increase belonging and justice in outdoor spaces.

View the presentation.

Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
School of Public Health

Dr. Shannon Jette

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Kinesiology
School of Public Health

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 Room 2: Charles Carroll Challenges and Opportunities to Engineering Identity Formation in the Clark School Room 3: Benjamin Banneker Facilitating Faculty Belonging and Community: Advice from ADVANCE Professors / Book Clubs as Connectors / Faculty Fridays Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez Student Perceptions of Campus Climate / Linguistic Longing and Belonging
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: Tips on Finding your Place in a Binary World / Muslim Students Sense of Belonging / Women's Leadership Capacity + Efficacy Development Room 2: Charles Carroll The 4-H Thrive Model for Belonging / 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 / African Identity Formation & Autoethnography Room 4: Juan Ramon Jimenez TerpsEXCEED at UMD / Exploring the impact of an inclusive learning community for students with intellectual disability in higher education
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
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


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