Resources for Grads

***Resources for Protecting and Empowering Our Diverse Campus Communities 

On November 21st, the LGBT Equity Office, MICA and offices across campus joined together at an open event called "Campus Service Providers and Diverse Communities: Where Do We Go From Here?" It was a space to share resources and discuss next steps. The link above connects to a larger document that will direct you to many resources both on the College Park campus and beyond. Below are a list of offices, and the link to their main websites, as well as highlights from the discussion. The group will meet again January 27th from 12 - 1pm in the Charles Carroll Room of the Stamp Student Union (2203). All are welcome. 

Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy Office (MICA) 

- Maryland Dream Act (tuition equity policy) 

- Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) training

- National Organizations: United We DreamImmigrant Legal Resource Center, Black Immigrant Network, UndocuBlack Network

- Undocumented Scholarships: Dreamer's Roadmap (App on iOS and Android), (Monthly Scholarship Lists) 

- Post-Election Resources: Immigrant Rights Org - Post Election Advisory, LA Times Analysis of DACA Implications, Immigrant Law FAQ on post-election DACA 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

- Grants to Support Student Groups 

- Intergroup Dialogues

- Training the Trainers (Date TBD) 

- Policy Advocacy to University President and Provost 

- Can help with facilitating sessions/programming

Counseling Center 

- Special Walk in Hours (for vulnerable groups), Monday to Friday from 3 -4 pm

- Regular Services (Individual and Group) 

- Workshops

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) 

- NonDiscrimination Policy 

- Reporting

Sexual Misconduct --
Discrimination --

LGBT Equity Center

Campus Advocates to Respond and Education (CARE) 

Interfaith Resources 

- Memorial Chapel (safe/confidential space)

contact the Chapel Manager,
Denise McHugh, at 314-9893.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) - Grad Assistants are eligible

For more information on resources provided by the Office of Diversity
& Inclusion, including education, training, and facilitating discussion,
please contact



Airport Pickup


During the summer, the Graduate Student Government hosts a shuttle service to escort students from Dulles International Airport to campus. The dates of this service are typically early to mid-August. 

This year the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and Yuva have teamed up to bring you the  International Student Shuttle from Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia to College Park, Maryland. We have created  a preliminary schedule of shuttle dates and times, but the schedule is flexible and based on demand. If you will be flying to Dulles International Airport (IAD) later this summer on your way to College Park, MD please fill out this RSVP so that we can help you with transportation:

We will be in contact with you to confirm the dates and times of the shuttles as well as to get information about your flights. If you have any questions please contact

 As a reminder, this service is available to ALL UMD Students.

 For directions and help on getting to campus own your own, click here.

Families and Child Care


Many graduate students become parents soon before or during their academic careers. The GSG wants to provide resources to help graduate students deal with general issues involving families, parenthood and child care.

Lactation/Nursing Mothers' Rooms

  • Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life, Room 2103 (Second Floor): Request the key from the Information Desk in the main lobby near the Stamp front entrance.
  • The Ellicott Diner (The Diner), Inside Main Lobby: Request the key from any cashier.
  • School of Public Health, Room 2242: The facilities coordinator in the dean's office (room 2242) grants card swipe access for students, faculty, and staff or opens the room for visitors.
  • McKeldin Library, Room 4235: Keys are lent on a monthly basis after completing a reservation form.
  • Clark School of Engineering, 1131 Martin Hall: Request use of this small conference room from staff. This space is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Morril Hall 2101B. Reserve the space using Outlook's calendar for

Family Care Resource and Referral System

Family Care Resource and Referral Service provides free resources and consultation to students, faculty, and staff who have child and elder care needs/concerns. For more information, please visit the Family Care Resource website.

Financial Literacy Resource List




Shuttle UM

Shuttle UM is a student-operated transit service offering commuter transit, night campus security transportation, charter service, and services for students with special mobility needs. The cost of regular shuttle services is included in the mandatory fees. Schedules and maps are available at the Stamp Student Union Information Desk, the Office of Commuter Affairs (1195 Stamp Union), and the Shuttle-UM Office on Greenhouse Road. All riders must show proof of current registration (picture I.D.) to access these services.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is the place for your transportation needs in the Washington, DC. Look up bus and train schedules, stops and fares. Use Trip Planner for a convenient way to plan your route. Trip planner automatically generates several itinerary options based on your departure and destination locations. Remember to get a SmarTrip card for easy access.

SmarTrip & SmartBenefits (Pre-Tax Benefit)

SmartBenefits allows you to payroll deduct your public transportation commute costs on a pre-tax basis. It is a benefit to faculty, staff, graduate assistants and teaching assistants who utilize public transportation options for their commute to and from work. Depending on your authorized deduction amount and your tax bracket, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars per year by participating in this program. Deductions are taken bi-weekly for 20 pay periods between September and June, and monthly benefits are assigned to a SmarTrip card (electronic transfer) for riders of Metrorail, Metrobus and over 140 participating transit companies. The SmartBenefits® vouchers cannot be loaded onto a SmarTrip® card and they are not redeemable for cash. Employees may use SmartBenefits® vouchers on regional transit systems that have not adopted the SmarTrip® fare payment system: Virginia Railway Express (VRE), MARC Rail, and MTA commuter buses (Eyre, Dillon's, and Keller).

For more information, please check out the DOTS website here.


The Department of Transportation Services, (DOTS), services students, staff and faculty with parking needs.  Please be sure to check their website often for frequent updates during athletic events and other University-wide events.  Their website is here.   

You can purchase parking permits per semester or per year for your needs and can register up to 2 cars on one registration.  However, only one car may be parked at a time on campus.  Please check the posted signs on the outskirts of the parking lots to be sure that you can park there during certain hours.  Alternatively, you can go on their website and check out their interactive map on where parking is available.  


The GSG is again working with DOTS to provide a limited number of game day parking permits for graduate students. These permits will be provided to graduate students who can demonstrate a legitimate need to remain parked in lot 4, 6, 9, or 11 during CONFERENCE basketball games. The basketball schedule can be found here. Note that conference games are those marked with an asterisk(*). 

You may obtain a game day parking permit by first filling out this form before November 18th, 2016.

If eligible to receive a permit, you will be contacted by the GSG via email and will then be required to provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  1. A screen capture of your schedule from TESTUDO showing you have a course that extends beyond 3pm on a basketball conference game day
  2. An official letter from your department (attached in an email) indicating that you teach a course that extends beyond  3pm on a basketball game day
  3. A signed official letter (attached in an e-mail) from your advisor stating that you have research commitments that prevent you from removing your car from the lot prior to 4 hours before a basketball game (typically 3pm). 

Please do not apply for a game day parking permit if you cannot provide one of the above forms of documentation. 

If you provide the appropriate documentation, you will be notified that you can collect a game day parking permit after October 12th. The permits will be distributed at the DOTS office between the hours of 8:30am-4pm. You will be required to provide a form of photo identification to receive a permit. You will not receive a permit if you go directly to DOTS without completing the application process through the GSG as outlined above.

Please note the following:

  1. Permits will be assigned to graduate students who demonstrate a legitimate need on a first come fist served basis. There are only 300 permits available, therefore you should fill out the application form as soon as possible.
  2. This game day parking permit should not be requested by students who simply prefer not to move their car 4 hours prior to the start of the basketball game. If you are able to move your car prior to the game then please do not request a permit.

If you have questions about this process, please contact the GSG at  

For more information about parking during sporting events please visit the DOTS UMD website here.  

20% DOTS Parking Permit Discount on Energy Efficient Vehicles

Want a 20% discount on your parking permit? If you have an energy-efficient vehicle that qualifies with the MVA, you may receive 20% discount on your parking permit.  Here's how: This link has a page to help determine if your car qualifies.  Go to the side menu on the left and click on 20% Discount Low Emissions link.   If your vehicle qualifies, then go to the DOTS office, fill out a green permit form, and provide your car registration. They will make a copy of your registration and print out the page that states that your car qualifies. The 20% discount will then be applied.   

Medical vs. Disabled Parking Passes

Graduate students with medical conditions may receive a medical parking pass from the University's Department of Transportation. A note from a doctor must be brought to the University Health Center. The Health Center will then give documentation, which must be brought to the Transportation Office in Regents Drive Garage Building #202. The Transportation Office will then give a pass to the student lot nearest the graduate student's office or lab on campus. The graduate student must already have a campus parking permit in order to get a medical parking pass.

An alternative is to obtain a Temporary Disability Parking Permit from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The disability should be expected to last three weeks and the permit is good for up to six months. This permit allows for parking in any disability parking space in the state of Maryland, on or off campus. The process requires filling out Maryland MVA form number VR-210, Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates for Individuals with a Disability. The form requires a doctor's certification.  Just note, that in order to park in any disabilities parking space on campus, the vehicle must be registered under a current campus parking permit.