Maryland Center for Health Equity:

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) was established in 2010 with a central commitment to improve the health of Maryland residents.  Through research enterprises, community outreach and education and training initiatives, the MCHE acts across the state and the nation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and achieve equitable health status and health care for all.  The primary focuses of the Center are to:

  • Eliminate racial and ethnic disparities to achieve health equity among residents in the state of Maryland, and
  • Increase the inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities in health research through our Building Trust Initiative.

The M-CHE is headquartered in the Office of the Dean at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  It is a TIER 3: Campus-­wide Research Initiative Program charged with providing support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives that will position the university to become a national leader in elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities aimed toward achieving the nation's Healthy People 2020 goal of health equity.   In 2012, the M-CHE was designated a Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities Research  by the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD, Award Number 7RC2MD004766, Quinn & Thomas, PIs). 

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center:

Since opening in 2001, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has become a cultural force in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.  Located within the University of Maryland, College Park, the Center is known for adventuresome programming in dance, theatre, music and interdisciplinary art.

The Performing Arts Center, along with academic partners the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, offers experiences that take visitors beyond the stage and into the creative process — performances, residencies, workshops, dialogues and other activities that help one dig deeper into the world of ideas.

University of Maryland School of Public Health: Advancing a better state of health.  The mission of the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health (SPH) is to promote and protect the health and well-being of citizens of Maryland, the nation and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, public policy and practice.
The Office of Community Engagement develops and maintains strong relationships with individuals, governments, and the business community within local and regional communities. The OCE values neighborhood engagement that promotes an atmosphere of goodwill between the University and its neighbors.


UniThe Nyumburu Cultural Center is dedicated to advancing and augmenting the academic and the multi-cultural missions of the university by presenting a forum for the scholarly exchange and artistic engagement of African Diaspora culture and history.

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is among the nation’s most dynamic cultural and educational institutions. Because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, it is also among the most unique. Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its uniqueness.

Drumming Community
Baba Ras D
Baba Ras D
, whose name means “Father of Kings and Queens”, is the creator of “Harambee.” Every presentation offers a creative atmosphere “where the children celebrate learning through movement and song.” In Swahili, Harambee means “All pull together.” “Harambee” is the practice of hope, possibility and compassion — basically, all the things that happen when we all come together.

With more than 10 years of experience in youth development, education, and conflict resolution, Baba Ras D’s “Harambee” is a morning jolt of inspiration for parents, caregivers and children. Baba Ras D services dozens of child care centers in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, ranging from private day care centers, community centers, churches, and senior homes to independent child care centers, Montessori child care centers/schools, the Department of Interior Child Care Center, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) day care, and birthday parties.

Music Heals.Us: 

Music Heals Us is Katy Gaughan‘s organization that brings the healing experience of group drumming to music festivals, community events, schools, church groups, health and wellness centers, senior citizen facilities, women’s groups, men’s groups, retreats, ritual celebrations.

Drum Lady:

KRISTEN ARANT is a drummer, musician, teacher, and organizer living and working in Washington, DC.


The University of Maryland School of Music is dedicated to offering undergraduate and graduate musicians conservatory training, while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator, and arts advocate in the 21st century. These musicians, in turn, contribute vitally to the enrichment of the present culture, the preservation of our artistic heritage, and to the stimulation of new creative expression for the future.

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