See our Spring 2017 Events

Miss Unity Scholarship Pageant:

The Miss Unity Scholarship Pageant started in the Fall of 1979. It was conceived to promote unity among students and student groups and to highlight talent, poise and intellect of the contestants.

The pageant also involves the University of Maryland community in a meaningful cultural/social interaction. The Miss Unity Scholarship Pageant continues to be a rewarding event for the contestants, corporate sponsors, sponsoring organizations and audiences.

Gospel Happy Hour:

An opportunity for student, parents, and the University Community to witness, participate, and fellowship in Christian gathering through song, poetry, Christian comedy, skits, icebreakers, stepping, and ministering through liturgical dance.

Juke Joint:

An important social outlet for undergraduate students, Juke Joint hosts a poetry reading, music, movies, and games. An opportunity for self-expression, the poetry spans a large spectrum of topics, and is always intellectually stimulating and entertaining.

Leadership Series Meeting:

A leadership development group that meets once a month with the intention to motivate students who are willing to take on the rigors of extracurricular involvement. The Leadership Series introduces students to the fundamental principles of leadership while facilitating discussions of critical socio-political issues. In addition to community service projects and dynamic workshops, participants will also have the opportunity to attend other leadership conferences.

Homecoming Tailgate:

Sponsored by the Nyumburu Cultural Center and Black Alumni Club, this event provides games, food, music, door prizes, and more. The tailgate also provides an opportunity for the alumni to fellowship, recounting past events and accomplishments.

Kwanzaa Celebration:

Kwanzaa is an African American celebration that honors African American people and their heritage. It begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days until January 1. There are over 15 million people around the world who celebrate Kwanzaa.

Each year Nyumburu celebrates Kwanzaa the first week of December with an elaborate food festival and ceremony. University of Maryland students, faculty, staff, areas school children and senior citizens are invited guests.

Cultural Dinner:

Nyumburu Cultural Center and Annual Cultural Dinner co-sponsors with Campus Dining Services each year during Black History Month. This event includes various types of entertainment and mouth watering African food.

The Black Student Awards Ceremony is an annual event designed to celebrate the achievements of all Black student organizations for Fall and Spring Semesters.


Goals: To Give our sisters an opportunity to make a connection and develop a sisterhood, eliminate the excuse of not knowing everyone or the feeling of disconnect; to expand our sisters minds and inform them of the issues that are affecting our community through knowledge and experience; to focus on the importance of unity and understand why loving our sisters and developing a bond will be the only way to effectively commence change.

Mission: We as Sister of Unity and Love are devoted to our Black female community, we want to provide them with the opportunity to learn, know, appreciate and understand our culture and our everyday experiences.

Advisors: Ms. Anne Reese Carswell (carswell@umd.edu) and Ms. Naima Jamaal (kjamaal@umd.edu).

Black Male Initiative:

The Black Male Initiative (BMI) Program is dedicated to the establishment of brotherhood, scholarship, and retention of black males at the University of Maryland. BMI has a commitment to impact the campus and wider communities through collective activism and leadership that promotes the uplifting and empowerment of Black men.

One of the ideals within the leadership of BMI is that no leader can be truly effective if he is not well informed about the critical issues which affect his community. We make it a point to inform all of the members of BMI about those critical issues which affect so many of our communities, both on and off-campus.

Our leadership is in no way, shape, form, or fashio rooted in incessant discussions about the aforementioned issues. We candidly discuss issues and create productive solutions to them in which our members can actively work towards improving. Our leadership is geared towards activism which is rooted in strengthening and improving our communites!

BMI Facilitators: Dr. Ronald Zeigler (nyumbz@umd.edu) and Mr. Solomon Comissiong (solomon@umd.edu).

Literature Conference:

Enjoy a day of panel discussions, book readings, workshops, book signings and more. The Nyumburu staff will be on hand to sell your books and other items of interest. Local and nationally known authors will be participating and sharing their literary works and knowledge. Workshops include: legal issues in publishing, self-publishing, Christian fiction, fiction, non-fiction, poetry readings and more. Click here to see flyer.

Tribute In Remembrance to James Otis Williams:

12th Annual Tribute (Click for more information)