Who We Are
The Student Success Leadership Council is a student-led organization that is dedicated to facilitating academic excellence among black students. We strive to retain students by building a strong community and providing access to academic and financial resources. We are committed to sustaining and growing ourselves as a body of student leaders that actively serve to advocate for black students at the University of Maryland.
University of Maryland president Wallace Loh has identified increasing the graduation rate of as one of Maryland’s top priorities. We know, from our own personal experiences and those of our peers, that many of us have considered not returning to Maryland because of an inability to make as little as a $500 tuition payment. Through the Student Success Emergency Scholarship Fund, we will be able to supply more Maryland students with scholarships and enable them to succeed academically and financially. We do not want to see ANY of our friends withdraw from the University; and, as a community of parents, alumni, friends, and neighbors, we know you feel the same.
As a group, we have hosted the G3: Gift of Giving Gala, which was an event used to raise money for a student scholarship fund. Our hope is that through this campaign, we can raise money to provide money for students who express financial need. As student leaders, we do not want to see students withdrawing from the University because of their inability to pay. This project will ideally increase the retention of students on campus.
Gift of Giving Gala (G3)
Last November, during the University's "Homecoming Week", the Black Student Union (BSU) Student Empowerment Project (STEP), and the University of Maryland's Black Alumni Association (UMBA) hosted the inaugural Gift of Giving Gala in Riggs Alumni Center. The purpose of this event was to provide students with an opportunity to network with Maryland alumni and provide a space for organic mentorship opportunities. It also served as the launch of the SSLC's Student Success Emergency Scholarship Fund. One hundred percent of the proceeds, a total of $3,000, raised from ticket sales and donations went directly to the fund.
Other events that promote successful Terps
Saturday, August 27, 2016 will mark the third annual FreshCon, an event aimed at exposing incoming black freshman to campus resources and providing them with the tools necessary to build a successful future at the university. Freshman will have the opportunity to meet motivated upperclassmen; converse with over 25 student organizations; participate in student-led workshops focused on time management, marketing themselves, etc.; and form bonds with their peers. Below is a link to an article about FreshCon2015!
This newly formed committee focuses on fostering connections between University of Maryland students and the leaders within their respective colleges. Our first event, "Network Success: Careers in Business", was held Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Riggs Alumni Center and targeted undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in the business field. At this event, students were able to sit down with business professionals and present questions to an alumni panel composed of individuals representing companies such as Deloitte and Touche LLP, Northrop Grumman and the like. Below is a link to our "Splash" page.
Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.