Get Connected, Get Active, Get Involved!
When asking successful alumni what educational opportunities they found most valuable from their experience as an undergraduate student, they often say it was the connections they made with their peers or professors outside of the traditional classroom setting.
Getting involved and building relationships are the best ways to make the most of your college experience!
Here are just a few ways to become engaged in student life within the School of Public Health!
STEP Program: Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals
Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals
For many, transitioning from "college life" to the professional workforce is an incredible and rewarding experience. Getting a new job and earning a recurring paycheck is something that almost every college student is looking towards. Yet after graduation, "professional life" comes with its own set of new challenges and experiences. Everything from dealing with ambiguity to resolving workplace conflicts to managing a professional schedule can be overwhelming especially when doing it for the first time in a new entry-level job.
The STEP Program is a professional training program designed to help students gain practical knowledge and develop essential skills to succeed in the "world of work". Through a series of workforce training workshops, students will enhance their competencies in communication, leadership and cultural intelligence in a professional environment. This semester-long experience ends with students developing with their own Individualized Strategic Plan for workforce development (Note: the capstone project is during the months of January and June). The STEP program allows students to embrace a supportive community and develop a professional network while in an active and engaging learning environment.
Workforce Training Sessions will be held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, SPH Building Friedgen Seminar Room.
|Spring 2020 Workshop Series (tentative)||Date & Time|
|Session 1: College to Work - The Skills You Have vs. The Skills You Need||Jan. 29th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 2: Creating and Managing a Professional Network||Feb. 12th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 3: Diversity & Inclusion Explained||Feb 26th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 4: Personal Work Style & Leadership||Mar. 11th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 5: SPH Advisor Panel||Mar 25th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 6: Political Power and the 1st Week||Apr. 8th, 3:30 pm|
|Session 7: Budgeting, Benefits, and Basic Personal Finance||Apr. 22nd, 3:30 pm|
UTEAM: Undergraduate Teaching & Education Assistants and Mentors - Now Enrolling for Spring 2020
What is the UTEAM Program?
The Undergraduate Teaching & Education Assistants and Mentors (UTEAM) Program facilitates peer educational support in the School of Public Health through coursework and hands-on experiences. Working closely with faculty and graduate assistants, UTEAM members are an asset to the SPH learning community. This program is open to undergraduate students in the School of Public Health at the College Park Campus.
UTEAM Program Requirements
The UTEAM Program is a combination of experiences designed to provide:
1) Foundational knowledge to successfully support peer education
SPHL-333 is a one-credit course designed to teach foundational skills for guided peer learning. This is closed-course and requires UTEAM Program approval to enroll.
The course has three essential objectives:
- Understanding the learning process
- Applying knowledge to support peer education
- Developing personal and professional skills
2) In-class, hands-on experiences within your major
SPHL-399 is a self-study course facilitated by SPH faculty. This course is a closed course and requires approval to enroll.
UTEAM members will have varying roles and responsibilities based on the needs of the courses they support including:
- Facilitating in-class discussions
- Facilitating discussion and review sessions
- Holding office hours
UTEAM Application Process (Please Click Here for a Step by Step Checklist)
1. Discuss course support options with a course faculty member. UTEAM members are required to have completed the course they wish to support with a passing grade and strong understanding of the subject matter.
2. Submit online application using the link below.
3. Complete the contract template including both UTEAM member and faculty member signatures. All requirements must be detailed including tasks, time requirements, and assessment scale.
All UTEAM applications are pending final grades for current semester.
Links and Resources for UTEAM Applications
The BPDE mission is to provide a hybridized (both creating and presenting) poetry group to students within the School of Public Health. Our down to earth atmosphere allows students to share their passions and interests in an educational environment that embraces diverse poetry styles. We aspire to collaborate and educate our fellow students to become better Public Health Professionals through understanding alternative styles of self-expression and communication. Through this vision, we strive towards the betterment of ourselves and our local community through education, skill development, and service.
Club enABLE is a group of University of Maryland students aiming to support and interact with the developmental disabilities community in and around the College Park area.
MCFR, the University of Maryland affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations, focuses on issues that are relevant to families. MCFR provides a forum for students and professionals in the fields of family research, therapy, education, health, and policy to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships. MCFR establishes professional standards and works to promote family well-being. MCFR is dedicated to improving the quality of family while embracing the cultural diversity at the University of Maryland and in a wider context.
The Vent Room is a safe place for SPH students to gather together to focus on personal empowerment, self-motivation, and mental and emotional health. Our focus is to encourage one another so that we can make the world a better place. By dreaming BIG and working together we can achieve our wildest dreams and pay it forward by helping the next generation of young leaders. SPH Students will have a safe space to share their stories, connect with each other, spread love, happiness, and support to underprivileged children in Prince George’s County.
Want to start your own SPH Student Group?
Student Engagement Team
Tia M. Cunningham
Program Manager, Student Engagement and S.T.E.P. Program
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Programs
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 301-405-4397
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