Learn more about the success of our diversity, inclusion, and social justice efforts and the resources available to our community members.

Diversity Statement

The College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park values the identities of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  We seek opportunities to provide development in the facilitation of positive interactions among our college and campus community. We support broader campus efforts that affirm equity-centered practices and value diversity in our recruitment and hiring. 

The College of Education remains committed to recognizing and promoting research and innovative pedagogy that highlights dimensions of diversity.   Annually, we review the portfolio of courses open to all students on a variety of topics, including human development, counseling, equitable schooling, education policy, immigration, English learners, exceptional learners, and international education. As a leading learning institution, we pursue shared goals to create an intellectually diverse academic environment.

The College of Education will consistently strive to reduce any barriers that exist across race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, dialect, health, veteran status, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic regions. We welcome the contributions of groups and individuals locally and globally. We aim to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services. We endeavor to engage and develop all of our stakeholders. Our College seeks to create a robustly inclusive and inviting community. 

Julie J. Park

Dear College of Education Alumni and Friends,
Like so many of you, I have been following the events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I find myself filled with sadness, frustration, and at times, even despair as I witness the intractable racism, discrimination and violence that continues to grip communities, large and small, across the country.
Sadly, this is a road well-traveled for our nation. Tragedies like the deaths of George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Lt. Richard Collins III, and so many others expose implicit and explicit racism experienced by people of color every day in so many ways. Inequity is pervasive. The current events are unfolding the context of a global pandemic that has revealed stark and troubling inequities in health care, and many of us know well the disparities in education that undermine the life opportunities of black and brown individuals in our communities. The events that we are witnessing today reinforce the important work and commitments of so many members of our College community – to combat inequity and inequality – to push back against the racism and hate that continues to undermine our progress toward a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.

I want you all to know that I recognize the toll that this latest round of national unrest is taking on many of you, and that it is another difficult chapter in our history of fighting for civil rights.  I stand firmly with those on the side of equality and social justice.  Combatting racism requires a great investment from all of us, and I am committed to continuing to engage in this work alongside each of you.  It is all of our responsibility to build an inclusive community of excellence where all individuals feel safe, supported, welcomed, and celebrated.

Take care,



Jennifer King Rice

Dean and Professor

College of Education

This past week, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched a Week of Solidarity and Reflection following the latest spate of police killings of African Americans and the national protests drawing attention to longstanding racial inequities in the U.S. 

#UMDSolidarity events have been organized to express and listen to the pain, frustration, grief and more that many in our communities are now feeling. Next week will be a Week of Action, in hopes to engage in more community-building, truth-telling and action-planning for UMD.

For updates and information on how you can be a part of #UMDSolidarity visit go.umd.edu/UMDSolidarity.  

From Action to Impact: The 2022 Strategic Plan of the UMD College of Education

The College's five-year strategic plan outlines our mission, vision and values, as well as three pillars of action we will address over the coming years. Diversity and inclusion, along with social justice, are core values of our institution.

Our Eight Core Values are:

Impact: What we do makes a difference.
Excellence: We approach our work with integrity, rigor and a focus on quality.
Diversity and Inclusion: We engage, acknowledge, and honor a wide variety of ideas, voices, and perspectives.
Innovation: We do not rely on the status quo; we are pioneers.
Social Justice: We believe that resources should be equitably available to everyone in society; we believe in the dignity and humanity of all people.
Collaboration: We achieve more when we support one another and work together to reach our strategic goals.
Community: We are each part of something bigger; we engage with and support communities both internal and external to our College. 


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Meet Our Diversity Officer

Dr. Terrell Shockley is the College of Education's Diversity Officer, an Associate Clinical Professor, and Director of the Office of Teacher and Leader Education for the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. She researches culturally and linguistically diverse, marginalized, and under-represented students in STEM, Literacy, and Exceptional Education contexts. Specifically, she is a counter-narrativist and STEMinist conducting qualitative and quantitative research on performance gaps, language bias, and issues of equity and social justice. She is the author of The Pilot, a children's book and counter-narrative that encourages readers to consider stereotypes of women in STEM fields. Dr. Terrell Shockley presents The Pilot to audiences throughout the United States and abroad in English, Spanish, and French.

Dr. Terrell Shockley's scholarship reaches international audiences. She presented at her first international conference in 2005 during the convening of the International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE). She continues her membership with ISTE and presented her research on integrating digital resources recently during the 2017 ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to ISTE, her international travel and study include Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. She integrates these experiences into her investigations and clinical practice. She is a member of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) and shared her research on Cuban contexts during a panel presentation with the President of the Cuban Pedagogical Association during the 2017 CIES conference in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year, she received an invitation to join the Editorial Board of Transformación Journal, a journal published by the University of Camagüey in Camagüey, Cuba. Dr. Terrell Shockley is the first and only professor in the U.S. to serve on the journal's board. Dr. Terrell Shockley holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, and graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Instructional Technology and Leadership, and Minority and Urban Education.


Meet our ADVANCE Professor
Patricia Alexander

A former middle-school teacher, Dr. Alexander received her reading specialist degree from James Madison University in 1979 and her Ph.D. in reading from the University of Maryland in 1981. Her research focuses on literacy and reading comprehension, learning and academic development, critical and relational reasoning, epistemic beliefs, and expertise. After completing her Ph.D., she joined the faculty at Texas A&M University before returning to UMD as a professor in 1995. Her honors include the Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contributions to literacy research from the National Reading Conference (2001), the E. L. Thorndike Award for Career Achievement in Educational Psychology from APA Division 15 (2006), and the Sylvia Scribner Career Award from AERA Division C (2007). She has also received university-level honors for both her teaching and her research.

Recently named as one of the most influential educational psychologists of the past decade (Patterson-Hazly & Kiewra, 2012), Dr. Alexander has served as President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the APA, Vice-President of Division C (Learning and Instruction) of AERA, and Past-President of the Southwest Educational Research Association. Since receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Alexander has published over 300 articles, books, or chapters in the area of learning and instruction. She has also presented over 400 invited addresses or papers at national and international conferences. She currently serves as the senior editor of Contemporary Educational Psychology, was past editor of Instructional Science and Associate Editor of American Educational Research Journal-Teaching, Learning, and Human Development, and presently serves on 14 editorial boards including those for Learning and Instruction, Educational Psychologist, and the Journal of Educational Psychology.



Cultural and community resources college resources Campus resources academic support

MICA-Multicultural     Involvement & Community Advocacy

Address: 1120  Stamp Student Union                     

                               Phone: 301-314-8600

Email: MICA-contact@umd.edu

Office of Student Services 


Address: 1204 Benjamin Bldg


Phone: 301-405- 2364

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 


Address: 2414 Marie Mount    Hall                               


Phone: 301-405-2838

Email: DiverseTerps@umd.edu

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate       Achievement    Program

                              Address: 2202 Marie Mount Hall 


Phone: 301-405-4749

 Email: rnedd@umd.edu

The LGBTQ Equity Center 

Address: 2218 Marie Mount Hall


The College of Education Diversity Officer      

Address: 2304B                     Benjamin Bldg. 


Office of Graduate Diversity & Inclusion 

Address: 2123 Lee Bldg.


Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMSE)

Address: 1101 Hornbake Library

Phone: 301-405-5616

Multiracial               and Multicultural Student Involvement

Native American       Indian Student Involvement

Asian American & Pacific Islander     Student Involvement

Black Student Involvement

Interfaith Programs & Spiritual Diversity

Latinx Student Involvement

Autism               Self Advocacy & Support Group


Undocumented Student Resources

This website provides resources for University of Maryland students who have an immigrant identity and experience. This website also has both on-campus and off-campus resources for the broader campus community.

Email: undoc@umd.edu

Phone: 301-405-5084

UMD Counseling Center: Accessibility & Disability Services

Email: adsfrontdesk@umd.edu

Phone: 301-314-7682

Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMSE) Tutoring





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Please contact the individuals listed on the websites above for details. The scholarships and fellowships above are from organizations outside of the University of Maryland College Park. While the University is not responsible for funding these opportunities, please go to https://education.umd.edu/admissions/funding-scholarships for UMD scholarships.

The College of Education has a wealth of news and events related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Below are recent events.

#UMDSolidarity and the Diversity Gap Podcast (June 5, 2020)

Virtual Sunshine: Video lessons for professional school counselors with Drs. Jessica McKechnie & Natasha Mitchell (May 27, 2020)

Professor Kimberly Griffin Appears in @NewRepublic Article (May 28, 2020)

First Black UMD-COE Grad Elaine Johnson-Coates ('59) Receives Honorary Degree (May 22, 2020)

Fulbright Award from COE Student (May 21, 2020)

Associate Professor Michelle Espino Receives Faculty Mentoring of the Year Award (May 20, 2020)

Celebrating Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Heritage Month (May 12, 2020)

Director & Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Candace Moore on Panel: Emerging Issues in African University (May 12, 2020)

Undergraduate Research Fellows for Project RISE  (led by COE Assistant Professor Shenika Hankerson) (April 23, 2020) 

Anti-Bias Curricula in Early Childhood Education (March 2020)

Researchers to Study COVID 19 Discrimination (March 3, 2020)

Designing Core Practices for English Learners (February 27, 2020)

College of Education Alumni of Color Reception (February 25, 2020)

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast Podcast featuring Professor Fries-Britt (February 25, 2020)

COE Diversity Officer Recognized at Symposium (February 13, 2020)

Study STEAM Education in Mexico (February 12, 2020)

School District Partnership on Improving Schools (January 18, 2020) 

Assistant Professor Richard Prather Interviewed for The New York Times Magazine (January 6, 2020)