When Michelle Pinkrah strolled into her first Thursdays-at-3:30 p.m. class of the semester in late January, she had no idea what she’d signed up for. She had signed up by accident, actually. The class wasn’t her first choice for her practicum course requirement with College Park Scholars, where she is a student, and she’d quickly forgotten it was even on her schedule. Pinkrah sat down in the circle of her peers and encountered something she hadn’t expected: a dialogue class, or, a class that centers around group discussion of life and experiences.
Undergraduate students wishing to give back to College Park Scholars on Giving Day, Wednesday, March 9, now have the option to donate a single dollar to support their fellow Scholars. Giving Day is the University of Maryland’s 24-hour fundraising effort, during which Scholars is raising money to help Scholars students participate in experiential learning.
Thanks to a number of matches, Supporters of College Park Scholars will have an opportunity to maximize their gift on Giving Day, Wednesday, March 9. Giving Day is the University of Maryland’s annual 24-hour fundraising effort.
The words echo in every Scholars student’s ears: “We learn better when we learn together.” But the phrase has perhaps never rung as true as with College Park Scholars’ most recent initiative. This semester, in partnership with the Honors College and the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program on campus, Scholars launched CPSP369J: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue – Dialogue Facilitation Practicum. The three-credit course serves as both a space for students to reflect on their identities and their role in structural inequalities and a training opportunity for them to develop skills in facilitating conversations about injustice within and beyond their communities.
College Park Scholars is grieving the loss of Dr. Mark Wellman, director of the Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) Scholars program, who died unexpectedly last week of a heart attack. He had served as director of BSE since 2005. A clinical professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Wellman had been at the University of Maryland since 1990 and had also recently stepped into the role of assistant dean of alumni and corporate engagement in the Smith School.
When the Scholars Citation Class of 2021—all 930 of them—stepped onto the University of Maryland campus in August of 2019, spirits were undoubtedly high. College Park Scholars was celebrating its 25th anniversary, with branded #ScholarsAt25 shirts, buttons and laptop stickers, and even a Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor created specifically for the occasion. But spirits sank in March of 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sending the cohort into a virtual experience for the rest of their time in the program.