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. 

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.

From partnerships with local schools to alumni of color celebrations, the College of Education has a wealth of news and events related to equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Diversity and inclusion-related news

Upcoming diversity and inclusion-related events