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Fostering Terp Success
For UMD students who have experienced foster care, are homelessness or at risk of being homeless, or who are without a system of support.
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Fostering Terp Success is a campus-wide community of support and belonging to aid students who were or are in foster care, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, or who are without a supportive family system. Our comprehensive network of staff, faculty, and alumni is committed to creating a safe community that works to remove barriers and assist students in accessing essential campus services, navigating challenges, and developing self-advocacy and life skills. 

If you are a current student and you are interested in the guidance and support provided by our Fostering Terp Success team, click here to complete the interest form. If you are a UMD staff or faculty member or a supportive adult working with a student that would benefit from involvement in Fostering Terp Success, please email fosteringterpsuccess@umd.edu and a member of the team will follow up with you.

About

OVERVIEW
The University of Maryland is committed to understanding and meeting the unique needs of students who were or are in foster care, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and who are without a supportive family system. We recognize the profound challenges and barriers faced by these students and believe in their capacity to be successful at the University of Maryland and beyond. We are dedicated to supporting them throughout their time at Maryland and helping them persist through graduation.

Fostering Terp Success is a campus-wide community of support and belonging to aid students in creating their unique Terp experience in pursuing their undergraduate education. Our comprehensive network of staff, faculty, and alumni is committed to creating a safe community that works to remove barriers and assist students in accessing essential campus services, navigating challenges, and developing self-advocacy and life skills. We foster a campus environment that is transformative for students by helping them integrate their past experiences to enhance their inherent strengths and build opportunities for their future.

Fostering Terp Success is an initiative of the Division of Student Affairs and is directed by the Fostering Terp Success Working Group.

Working Group
The Fostering Terp Success Working Group was established in 2017 and created the Fostering Terp Success initiative. The Working Group is made up of staff from across the university. If you have a question, please feel free to contact any of the members listed below.

Brian Watkins, Chair | Director, Parent and Family Affairs | bwatkins@umd.edu
Kelley Bishop | Director, University Career Center | kbishop1@umd.edu
Cori Carfagno | Assistant Director, Stamp Programs | cori@umd.edu
Melanie Hayden Glover | Associate Director, Academic Achievement Programs | mhglover@umd.edu
Shannon Gundy | Director, Undergraduate Admissions | sgundy@umd.edu
Marta Hopkinson | Director, Behavioral Health, University Health Center | mhopkin2@umd.edu
Lisa Kiely | Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies | lkiely@umd.edu
Dawit Lemma | Director, Enrollment Operations | dlemma@umd.edu
Maria Lonsbury | Project Specialist, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs | lonsbury@umd.edu
Kate Maloney | Coordinator, Recreation & Wellness | kmalone2@umd.edu
Syndy Shilling | Director, Undergraduate Student Legal Aid | sjs@umd.edu
Glenn Smith | Assistant Manager, Resident Life | gsmith14@umd.edu
Simone Warrick-Bell | Counselor, University Counseling Center | slivings@umd.edu
Kevin Webb | Training Manager, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct | kowebb@umd.edu
Colleen Wright-Riva | Director, Dining Services | cwr@umd.edu

Campus Coaches
Campus Coaches are UMD faculty and staff who are trained to provide one-on-one mentoring to Fostering Terp Success students. Coaches help their student navigate the university, work through challenges, identify strengths, build their network, and provide overall support. Training for Campus Coaches is provided in partnership with the Fostering Change Network.

Campus Coaches must:

  • Attend a one-day training program
  • Meet in-person with their student at least once per month
  • Connect with their student via email, text, or phone call at least twice per month
  • Be a supportive adult for the student for one year, but hopefully for the student's entire time at UMD
  • Attend occasional Fostering Terp Success social events
  • Attend one Campus Coach meeting per year

 

Interested in becoming a Campus Coach? Click here to complete an interest form/application or contact Brian Watkins for more information at bwatkins@umd.edu. Training is provided once per semester, and mentor matching is made on a rolling basis as students join Fostering Terp Success.

 

Resources

Fostering Terp Success is dedicated to connecting students to essential services and the resources they need. We also have identified key staff members in offices across the university to serve as the primary point of contact for Fostering Terp Success students. Click the links below for more information.

Paying for UMD
Financial resources are available to help students pay for the expenses related to pursuing a college degree, including tuition, housing, meals, books, and other important expenses. Fostering Terp Success students have access to a liaison in Financial Aid to help identify funding options.

Living Essentials
We are committed to fostering a campus environment that supports a healthy mind, body and spirit for all members of the university community. And, we are committed to making sure that students’ basic and most essential needs are met, including housing, food, and transportation.

Academic Support
The University is committed to the academic excellence of all students and provides a variety of resources to support student success, including academic advising, tutoring and writing assistance, accessibility and disability services. Fostering Terp Success students are encouraged to discuss any challenges with their Campus Coach as well as with their academic advisor. 

Wellness & Personal Support
There are a wide variety of resources available to support you—and help you support yourself—as you work toward achieving both your academic goals and future professional goals.

Finding Community
The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios—encompassing residence halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, 800-plus student organizations, dozens of living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they become part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

 

 

 

 

Join

Click the link below to complete the Fostering Terp Success Student Interest form. Be sure you are logged in to your UMD G Suite account so you can access the form. We look forward to supporting you!

Fostering Terp Success Student Interest Form

Give

Fostering Terp Success is committed to providing the resources and supports necessary to help our students graduate with a college degree--and doing so means ensuring that their basic needs are met, including food and housing.

Fostering Terp Success Scholarship Fund
The Fostering Terp Success Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships and micro-grants to Fostering Terp Success students with unmet needs. This unmet need often includes winter and summer break housing on campus, which costs more than $3,500 per student each year. Let's make sure our Fostering Terp Success students have safe and stable housing every day of the year.

Fostering Terp Success Progam Fund
The Program Fund will enable the purchase of students’ essential needs and provide programmatic support. Funds are used to purchase hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), school supplies, public transportation, grocery cards, graduation regalia (caps & gowns), and to support the valuable services and resources provided by the Fostering Terp Success initiative.