Define American is a media and culture organization using the power of stories to transcend politics and shift the conversation around immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. Unrestricted by background, identity, beliefs, or culture, Define American seeks to engage the campus community in a dialogue on what it means to be an American citizen. To contact the UMD chapter, email Mwewa Sumbwe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Terp DREAM Scholarship
The Terp DREAM Scholarship Fund was established in September 2015 by Brian Kildee '99 to provide scholarships to undergraduate first-generation college students at the University of Maryland. This scholarship fund has not yet reached endowment level ($25,000). If you would like to contribute to a more affordable college education for undocumented UMD students, please consider giving to the Terp DREAM Scholarship Fund.
Maryland Leadership Initiative
The Maryland Leadership Institute is a jointly led program by the Asian American Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy, and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). This leadership development program is designed to engage students interested in issues directly affecting Asian American communities. Each session features a panel of professionals with expertise on critical issues affecting Asian Americans and the larger population. In previous years, topics included immigration policy and undocumented immigrants at UMD, mental health, and advocacy and activism. The program consists of five sessions that are held throughout the Spring semester with the option of earning 1 course credit for AAST388 (Independent Research).
AAST222: Immigration and Ethnicity in America
This course focuses on the history of immigration and the development of diverse populations in the United States. Topics include related political controversies, the social experiences of immigrants, ethnicity, generations, migration, inter-group relations, race and diversity in American culture.
AAST398X: Immigrant Communities, Leadership, and Organizing
Class explores the political, social, and historical forces that have shaped the current immigration context. Using popular education and project-based learning, students will critically analyze how public policies related to immigration are affecting young immigrants, with special focus on undocumented youth and students. This class will not be a typical lecture or discussion class. Students will be required to develop group projects to raise campus awareness of undocumented student issues. Essentially, this course is intended for students who want to organize their peers and the surrounding community. "Homework" will not be traditional assignments. Students may be executing events, implementing a social media campaign, speaking to strangers or before large groups, etc.
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Also offered as IMMR319D and USLT498V or AMST399Y. Credit granted for AAST398X or IMMR319D or USLT498V.
IMMR200: Introduction to Immigration and Migration Studies
Introduces concepts and theoretical interpretations about the causes of international migration; provides an historical overview of the main flows of immigration to the U.S.; analyzes economic, political, social, and cultural aspects that impact the immigrants' settlement process.
Also offered as USLT219A. Credit granted for IMMR200 or USLT219A.
IMMR400 Vital Voices: Oral Histories of the Immigrant Experience
An exploration of the dynamic subject of U.S. immigrant experience through the scope of individual immigrant life stories in a global context. Course will include an overview of U.S. and global immigration patterns and an introduction to the practice of oral history.
Also offered as THET428I. For Spring 2017: credit granted for IMMR400, HIST428N, or THET428I.