UMBC’s Committee on the Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty launched UMBC STRIDE (The Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) in 2015 as an adaptation of the highly successful program at the University of Michigan’s.

UMBC-STRIDE reports to the URM Executive Committee and is charged with providing peer education that supports the efforts of search committees, departments/programs, and colleges to recruit, retain, and promote diverse faculty and foster more inclusive and equitable academic spaces for our faculty peers. As a peer education resource, the UMBC STRIDE Committee does not create or enforce institutional policy or approve faculty searches.


STRIDE aims to facilitate conversations in partnership with our faculty peers to strategize how we can work together to identify and implement actions that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our efforts to recruit, retain, and advance the faculty at UMBC.

STRIDE recognizes and continues to benefit from expertise, experiences, and partnership of our faculty colleagues, members of UMBC’s Faculty Affinity Groups, the Committee on the Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty, the ADVANCE Executive Committee, the UMBC Inclusion Council, the UMBC PROMISE AGEP-T Program,  UMBC’s Initiative for Identify, Inclusion and Belonging, and so many within our community who are committed to UMBC’s core value of inclusive excellence.