ABC’s of UMD: Letter D

D is for DIVERSITY

Diversity of the campus community is one of UMD’s core values. As of Fall 2014, 39% of all females and 33% of all males in a student population of 37,610 identified as people of color. Of the 9,961 faculty and staff, 1,507 identified as black or African American. The university also has a significant percentage of students and faculty who identify as Asian or Hispanic or originate from outside the U.S.

Diversity of the campus began early in the university’s history with the introduction of international students in the 1870s, primarily from Latin and South America. One of most notable early international cadets was Pyon Su, MAC Class of 1891, the first Korean to receive a degree from any American college or university. Female students arrived in 1916, with the enrollment of Elizabeth Hook and Charlotte Vaux, and our first African American undergraduate, Hiram Whittle, began classes on campus in spring 1951 semester. UMD’s first African American full professor, M. Lucia James, began teaching 60 years ago this fall and continued working with classes until her death in October 1977.

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You can find more information about the university’s emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion here. More data about the diverse composition of the UMD can be found in the Campus Counts feature on the website of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment.

This is the fourth post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

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