UM SSW Responds

Our School of Social Work community is responding to the events in Baltimore in numerous inspiring, productive and positive ways.

Indeed, our School’s mission "to develop practitioners, leaders, and scholars to advance the well-being of people and communities and to promote social justice" motivates us to engage at all levels of practice touched by these events. 

We are committed to being actively engaged, and in doing so, we have established this web page to help keep our faculty, staff and students updated on events and activities occurring within SSW, on the UMB campus and in the broader Baltimore community.  

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Know what to do in times of emergency with the campus emergency reference guide.
Have a backup plan on how to get home. Sometimes weather, events, or an emergency can mean your normal way home may not be available.  Visit our transportation site to explore other ways to get home when your plans have to change.
Know what shelter-in-place means.

Latest UMB Campus Alerts: UMB Alerts


SSW Open/Closed Policies and Scenarios

UMB is a large, diverse campus of health and human service professional schools that serve many members of the community.  It is the desire of the campus to remain open during all situations, but that may not always be possible. If the campus or SSW does close, students and staff may not remain in the building under any circumstances.

Here are some scenarios that help explain what to do when the campus closes or other issues may cause delays or closings during times students are already in the building.

Students are encouraged to check Blackboard to see if their professor has altered their class schedule in a way that differs from the UMB closing time (i.e. UMB May close at 3 but a faculty member may decide to cancel their afternoon class.)

  • UMB Delays Opening: There are times the campus may delay opening due to weather or other concerns.  If this is the case, the SSW will also open on a delay.  For example, if you have a 9AM class and the campus opens at 10, your class begins at 10.
  • UMB Closes Before the Start of Classes:  If the campus closes, the SSW will also close.  The SSW cannot remain open if the campus closes.
  • UMB Open but SSW Closes: Though rare, circumstances may permit the SSW to close even if the campus remains open.  This could be due to building issues or for weather concerns that impact the safety of students/faculty/staff getting to and from the SSW for work or classes in the afternoon or evening.
  • UMB Closes Sometime After Classes/Work Already Begins for the Day:  There may be times when weather or other concerns cause the campus to close after students and staff already arrive.  When this happens, the SSW also closes at that time.  See examples below on how this impacts your class and work schedule:
    • UMB Closes While 9AM to Noon Classes are Underway:  The SSW and classes will end at the time UMB closes.  A faculty member or supervisor may decide to end class/work before that time to give students and staff additional time to leave campus.
    • UMB Closes Between Noon and 2PM: The SSW and classes will end at the time UMB Closes.  There will be no afternoon or evening classes.
    • UMB Closes While 2PM to 5 PM Classes are Underway: The SSW and classes will end at the time UMB Closes.  A faculty member or supervisor may decide to end class/work before that time to give students and staff additional time to leave campus. There will be no evening classes.
    • UMB Closes Between 5 and 6 PM:  There will be no evening classes.
    • UMB Closes Sometime After 6PM Classes Begin: The SSW and classes will end at the time UMB Closes.  A faculty member or supervisor may decide to end class/work before that time to give students and staff additional time to leave campus.

Questions? Please contact the SSW Communications Office at

Twitter and Facebook Feeds

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Upcoming Events


  • No events planned at this time on the UMB campus

If you have a campus/school event to add to this page, please submit the information.

Volunteer Opportunities

This page is updated frequently.  Information is removed when opportunities pass or have been filled.


If you have a campus/school/community partner volunteer opportunity for social workers to add to this page, please submit your information.


How Have You Helped Your Community?

The School would like to collect and archive efforts or students, faculty, staff, and other SSW community members have done to make their community better. 

Please let us know!  Information may be shared online or to others in the SSW community.  Thank you for helping in your community!

Helpful Resources and Info for Students


1) Protester guide to safety:

2) Phone number to call in case you're arrested:
Arrested in Baltimore or know someone who has been? Call (443) 814-9160

3) What to do if stopped by police:

Resources for Social Workers and Faculty Members

  • Toolkit for Managing Symptoms of Witnessing Racial Trauma

  • Coping With Grief Fact Sheet

  • Helping Young Children Heal Tip Sheet

  • A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions.  The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the events in Baltimore, Md.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers.  The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

  • President Obama's remarks on 4/28 about the situation in Baltimore. [Wall Street Journal]

Resources for the Community

  • Baltimore Child Abuse Center is making its counselors available free of charge with children and families impacted by the events of the last few days. BCAC's team of licensed social workers will be available immediately to meet with children and families impacted by the violence and rioting in Baltimore City over these last few days to help them cope with any trauma experienced. A child who witnesses violence can be just as traumatized as a child who has experienced abuse. Kids and families do not necessarily have the tools and faculties to help them process such violence in their midst, but BCAC can provide help now. Crisis counseling will be offered free and families are requested to contact BCAC at 410-396-6147 to arrange an appointment.

  • #Black Lives Matter - A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities

Fundraising Efforts

Fundraising Efforts

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Community Engagement Fund - This fund will support existing university-community partnerships working to serve the immediate and long-term needs of our West Baltimore neighbors. Programs like Promise Heights, SWCOS, and the Southwest Partnership will be called upon in the coming days and weeks to provide additional support to our neighbors affected by the unrest in their communities.

SWCOS' mission is to serve as a catalyst for inclusive and effective university-community partnerships which build individual, organizational, and community capacity.
The vision of SWCOS is that Baltimore and Maryland will become socially and economically more robust through sustained university-community partnerships that foster civic-minded leadership and innovative community-engaged education, service, and research.
Promise Heights
The University of Maryland, Baltimore has partnered with community-based non-profits and faith-based organizations to improve the educational, health, and development outcomes of children from birth to young adulthood in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. This partnership, Promise Heights, is led by the School of Social Work and has created a pipeline of wraparound services that begins with prenatal care and continues through grade eight. This cradle-to-career pipeline seeks to surround children and families with a holistic set of supports that enable them to succeed at home, in school, and in the community. 

In response to recent painful events in our city, the Baltimore Community Foundation has established The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. Contributions to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore may be made with a secure credit card donation online.

Restore Baltimore:  This week, individuals, organizations, businesses and places of worship were affected by senseless acts of violence in our city. We know that Baltimore is a strong and generous city and we will recover. We need your help restoring stability to our communities. 100 percent of your donation to the Maryland Unites fund will go toward humanitarian relief and emergency support to nonprofits in affected Baltimore neighborhoods. No processing fees will be collected.