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Shriver Center Business Continuity Plan

UPDATE: Shriver Center services available for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester (update as of 3/20)

The Shriver Center is taking proactive measures to reduce risks related to COVID-19 and remains committed to the safety and well being of all members of our community. We also are committed to continuing to provide services for students, faculty, and community partners. To address our stakeholders needs, we will be working remotely through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. During this time, a Shriver Center staff member will be monitoring telephone messages left at (410) 455-2493 Monday through Friday. Questions and requests will be forwarded to the appropriate staff members for responses.

Additionally, we have adopted the following plans by program:

Service-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE)

For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, students no longer will be engaging in-person with their on- and off-campus partner organizations. Specific information for SLCE includes the following:

Service-Learning & Community Engagement (SLCE) Practicum Courses 

The Shriver Center’s 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum will continue as planned, with alterations to assignments that originally involved in-person interactions with community partners, both on- and off-campus.  Alternative assignments and reflection sessions will be shared via Blackboard. We are also examining flexibility with hour requirements for those enrolled in our practicum courses and are communicating with faculty for whom 096 Prac is a co-requisite.

If students and/or community partners have questions related to placements, please review the assigned SLCE Staff Liaisons:

    • Lori Hardesty, lhardesty@umbc.edu:  AIM at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Arbutus Achievers, Creative Coders, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Old Mill High School, Relay Elementary School, Sherman Early Literacy Program at Bay Brook and Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle Schools, Shriver LLC Peer Mentors, Student Ambassadors for the 100% Project, UMB CURE Scholars Program
    • Kasey Venn, kasven1@umbcc.edu:  BARCS, Great Kids Farm, MS Aquatics, Reading Partners, Paul’s Place Hot Lunch, Paul’s Place After-school Mentoring (George Washington Elementary School), Best Buddies, Walking Discovery, Soccer Without Borders, RICA, SWES, U.S. Dream Academy, Special Olympics MD, IQRAA Institute, B’more Clubhouse, Baltimore ToolBank
    • Eloise Grose, elgrose1@umbc.edu:  Choice College Night, Choice- Ben Franklin, OrchKids, College Gardens, Esperanza Center, Walden Circle, RYP, Lakeland Math Coaches, St. Agnes Hospital, 4H@PAL, The Children’s Home, Hillcrest Elementary School, UMBC VITA, Latino Racial Justice Circle, Retriever Essentials, Global Brigades, Alternative School Break, Frederick Rescue Mission, Long Reach High School-Adult ESOL, Supplemental Instructors, Chemistry Tutorial Center, IHU/TRS Peers.

For students interested in setting a time to connect with staff regarding other sites beyond the aforementioned list, contact Lori Hardesty, lhardesty@umbc.edu.

  • New SLCE Partnerships – We are currently not accepting new partnerships for Spring 2020. If you are interested in partnering with the SLCE team beyond this spring semester, please contact elgrose1@umbc.edu.
  • UMBC’s P-14 School, Family, and Community Connections – the mission of this campus-wide effort is to coordinate and maximize the impact of campus engagement with preK-14 educational organizations in the Greater Baltimore Region and beyond.  Plans for the Spring 2020 multi-school visit (grades 4-8) on April 3, 2020 have been postponed. For additional questions, contact Lori Hardesty, lhardesty@umbc.edu.

2020-21 Program Applicants and Scholarships

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Applicants – If you are interested in applying for the UMBC’s Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA position with Retriever Essentials, please see the following link and apply through MyAmeriCorps.  Best consideration date is April 1, 2020. For questions, please contact Eloise Grose at elgrose1@umbc.edu https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=94195&fromSearch=true
  • Shriver Living Learning Community Applicants – if you are interested in the Shriver Living Learning Community (LLC), you must select “Shriver LLC” when completing your Housing Application which at this time is due by May 1, 2020 (this date might change). Incoming students can select up to 3 LLCs. With 4 members returning as Peer Mentors in 2020-21, the Shriver LLC has capacity for 24 new members. For those who applied as Early Admitted students, Lori Hardesty will reach out the week of March 23rd with “next steps.” Any questions regarding the Shriver LLC can be directed to Lori Hardesty at lhardesty@umbc.edu.
  • Scholarships – Review any changes to deadlines on the Service-Learning & Community Engagement Scholarship Pages at  https://shrivercenter.umbc.edu/scholarshipsforservice/

 

The Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program

The Peaceworker Program will continue core administrative, academic, and community partnership functions as fully as possible during this period of campus closure. Fellows, partners, applicants, and any others are encouraged to 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 remote video or teleconference meetings.

Peace Corps Prep at UMBC  

Students in Peace Corps Prep Orientation (Prac 103) or Capstone (Prac 104) courses for Spring 2020 will continue with their courses online.  Peace Corps Prep students in these courses 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 remote video or teleconference meetings.

Public Service Scholars Programs

Please review the following information by program.

Maryland Public Service Scholars staff are working remotely 

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

At this moment, the program is scheduled to begin on May 26.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify applicants if anything changes.

Applicants: Currently, applications are being compiled and shared with selection committee members.  We anticipate being able to share application status with applicants on April 1.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors: We are currently accepting position descriptions through March 27.  Any state government department or entity may apply to host a fellow by visiting https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu/hostgsip/  We expect to notify selected hosts in mid-April.

Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program

At this moment, the program is scheduled to begin on May 26.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify applicants if anything changes.

Applicants: Currently, applications are being compiled and shared with selection committee members.  We anticipate being able to share application status with applicants on April 1.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors: We are currently accepting position descriptions through March 27.  Any nonprofit organization in Maryland may apply to host a fellow by visiting https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu/hostsnlp/   We expect to notify selected hosts in mid-April.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program

Currently, applications are being compiled.  We invite applicants to participate in a virtual Interview Open House on Monday, March 30 from 9am-12pm.  Details for this event will be forthcoming and applicants will be notified as they become available.

Potential Host Sites/Mentors: We are currently accepting position descriptions through March 27.  Any office in MDOT may apply to host a fellow by visiting https://zfrmz.com/QiBdpjd2OTXuBV8UW0G5 .  Potential hosts must be available for virtual interviews on Monday, March 30, from 9am-12pm.

MDOT employees – please contact Sheryl Johnson sjohnson25@mdot.maryland.gov or Frank Barber fbarber@mdot.maryland.gov with any questions.

At this moment, the program is scheduled to begin on May 26.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify applicants if anything changes.

Sondheim Public Service Law Fellows Program

Currently, applications are being accepted and are due by April 15. Applications may be found by visiting https://publicservicescholars.umbc.edu/law/. We anticipate being able to share application status with applicants by May 1.

At this moment, the program is scheduled to begin on May 26.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify applicants if anything changes.