University Retreat 2021

“Change occurs whether we want it or not.  Change in culture and practice flows from vision.”

The Empowered University, Chapter 3.

Welcome to the 2021 University Retreat, our first virtual retreat, on Friday, January 29. Challenging times provide opportunities to reaffirm who we are, and we look forward to gathering as a community at a time when so much is at stake for the nation, the state, and public higher education.

Through interactive discussions involving established and emerging campus leaders as well as other higher education experts, we will reflect on experiences and learning from 2020 and explore what it means to redefine and sustain excellence in higher education at this moment.

View list of Retreat Participants.

Thank you to those who helped make this retreat possible.

If prompted, the password for all sessions is Retreat21

Opening Plenary

11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

  • SPACES: Co-Creating Communities at UMBC: Art Exhibit by Tess McRae ’22. Exhibition Information.
  • Welcome and Conversation with authors of The Empowered University: President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and Senior Advisor Peter Henderson
  • Keynote: Empowering the Nation: Why Public Research Universities Have Never Been More Important by David Attis, Managing Director, Strategic Research, Education Advisory Board (EAB). View his presentation slides.
  • Yoga Break: Joella Lubaszewski ’10, Instructor, UMBC Recreation
  • Book Group Discussion with Shared Governance Leaders: Facilitated by Kimberly R. Moffitt, Interim Dean
    College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Sarah Shin, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Agenda & Session Review

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Lunch With a Leader

12:50 – 1:30 p.m.

Bring your lunch for a casual conversation with a university leader “at” their favorite place on campus. Click to view recordings – not all sessions were recorded.

Writing the Next Chapter – Break-out Activities

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

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Attracting, Retaining, and Graduating Students: Sustaining strong enrollment
  • Co-hosts:
    • Katharine Cole, Vice Provost and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
    • Yvette Mozie-Ross, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management
    • Kylie Hoffman ’20, Graduate Student, Atmospheric Physics
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Deepening inclusive excellence on campus and beyond
  • Co-hosts:
    • Candace Dodson Reed, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of OEI
    • Chris Hawn, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems
    • Patrick Reid ’21, Student, Political Science
People and Campus Community Well-being: Optimizing talent and developing leaders
  • Co-hosts:
    • Jill Wardell, Director, Workplace Learning, OD, & Wellness
    • Orianne Smith, President, Faculty Senate, Associate Professor, English
    • Wendy Zhang ’22, Student, Psychology and Economics
UMBC’s Value and Impact: Achieving excellent outcomes for students, the state, and society
  • Co-hosts:
    • Greg Simmons, Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement
    • Tyson King-Meadows, Special Assistant to the Provost, Professor, Political Science
    • Sam Patterson ’21, Student, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics


3:00 – 3:10 p.m.


Closing Plenary

3:10 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Arts Break: A compilation of short animations from Corrie Frances Parks’ Animation 101
  • Q&A Session with President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, and Vice Presidents
  • Next Chapter Presentations
  • Closing Panel Discussion: President Hrabowski, Provost Rous, Shared Governance Leaders, facilitated by Tim Nohe, Professor, Visual Arts; Special Assistant to the Provost; ACE Fellow

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