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Shriver Center services available for Fall 2021

(updated 8/18/2021)

How can you access the Shriver Center in Fall 2021?

For Fall 2021, The Shriver Center will be open for in-person visits Monday- Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm (EST) on the 1st floor of the Public Policy Building, just beyond the elevators.

You can also access our services virtually Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) using our virtual lobby, by going to: https://umbc.webex.com/meet/shrivercenter, or using the QR code included below:

You can also email any questions you have to <shrivercenter@umbc.edu>. We regularly monitor this email account and will respond as promptly as we can.

How can you best connect with our programs as we enter into Fall 2021?

Service-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE)

The 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum (zero credit, pass/fail transcript notation) is coordinated by The Shriver Center’s Service-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE) team. Approximately 25% of students in the practicum are in credit-bearing courses. Many students continue with this applied learning experience beyond their coursework. SLCE also partners with scholars programs and student organizations. Throughout the summer, the SLCE team has been in contact with community partners (new and current) to identify mutually meaningful experiences for partners and UMBC students (undergraduate and graduate).

For Fall 2021, SLCE will offer a variety of in-person, hybrid, fully virtual, capacity-building, and/or project-based opportunities. We will follow the lead of our community partners regarding the types of experiences that are available and the safety guidance and protocols we will follow.

To learn more, as well as how to set up an in-person or a remote video or teleconference meeting with SLCE Staff, visit: https://shrivercenter.umbc.edu/service-learning/fall-2021-service-learning-community-engagement-virtual-capacity-building/

The Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program

The Peaceworker Program welcomes inquiries from Fellows, partners, applicants, and any others. Please reach out to Program Director, Joby Taylor <jtaylo14@umbc.edu> and Associate Director, Charlotte Keniston <ckenist1@umbc.edu> with any questions or needs. We will be monitoring email and responding as quickly as possible. We are also available to schedule in-person and remote video or teleconference meetings.

Peace Corps Prep at UMBC

Students wishing to enroll in Peace Corps Prep Orientation (Prac 103) or Capstone (Prac 104) courses which will be offered in Spring 2022 should reach out to Joby Taylor <jtaylo14@umbc.edu> and Charlotte Keniston <ckenist1@umbc.edu> with any questions or needs. We are also available to schedule in-person and remote video or teleconference meetings.

Public Service Scholars Programs

Maryland Public Service Scholars staff are available for in-person and remote meetings.

Contact info: Please reach out to Assistant Director, Hannah Schmitz <hannahs@umbc.edu> with any questions. We will be monitoring email and responding as quickly as possible.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Plans for Summer 2022 have not yet been determined. Applications will be open in late Fall 2021. Please visit our website https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu for more information as it becomes available.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors: To be informed about hosting a fellow next summer, please complete the State Government Interest Form

Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program

Plans for Summer 2022 have not yet been determined. Applications will be open in late Fall 2021. Please visit our website https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu for more information as it becomes available.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors: To be updated about hosting a fellow next summer, please complete the Nonprofit Organization Interest Form

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program

Plans for Summer 2022 have not yet been determined. Applications will be open in late Fall 2021. Please visit our website https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu for more information as it becomes available.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors:

MDOT employees – please contact Sheryl Johnson <sjohnson25@mdot.maryland.gov> or Frank Barber <fbarber@mdot.maryland.gov> with any questions or to be notified about future opportunities.

The Choice Program

Choice is currently operating in “Phase 2” or our continuity plan.

Phase 2: continuity plan

  • In person services with consent of families and service providers
  • Offer families and young people the option to suspend home visits and face to face contact
  • Urge AmeriCorps Members/staff to operate using “an abundance of caution” and using their best discretion in service delivery
  • Practice social distancing, masking/face coverings while performing field services and staff meetings as directed by USM
  • Everyone entering the field must be fully vaccinated or have an approved waiver from UMBC.
  • Each meeting comes with a remote-access option for participants who do not wish to meet in-person
  • Seek guidance and solutions from AmeriCorps Members and managers; revise scenarios and contingency planning as needed
  • Explore creative solutions to field services
  • Offices are open on a limited basis with a staff presence intermittently
  • Continue to collect and disseminate clear, concrete information

Please follow our social media platforms for program and activity updates. Twitter: @ChoiceProgram, Instagram: @ChoiceVoices, Facebook: The Choice Program.

If you have questions or concerns, email <ChoiceServes@umbc.edu>. Students looking to volunteer with Choice, please contact us at <ChoiceServes@umbc.edu>

Any inquiries regarding our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center can be directed to Eric Ford <ericford@umbc.edu>