The University of Maryland held it's newly-established Social Justice Day awards on April 11, 2019, to celebrate and honor UMD groups that implement social justice initiatives on campus and beyond. This year, the Social Justice Day committee chose from several groups working on the intersections of social justice and immigration. Not only did the Awards recognize on-campus initiatives that increase awareness, engage others or change lives related to immigration, migration or refugee issues, but they were also framed within a campus-wide Year of Immigration campaign launched by UMD's Office of International Affairs, College of Arts & Humanities, and Center for Global Migration Studies last year. The University launched its Year of Immigration campaign to "transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration, and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community."
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) houses three Peace Chairs, two of which won 2019 Social Justice Day Awards. The Gibran Chair launched a Knowledge Center About Arab Women, or the "HUB" in February and was recognized for its efforts to break stereotypes and increase knowledge about the Middle East and North Africa region in general, and Arab women in particular.
The HUB is a research and networking website for women and their allies in the Arab world. The site includes several groundbreaking resources, including directories of women leaders and pioneers in the Arab world, presentations on Arab women's leadership, a report on gender in Arab countries and a scholarly bibliography for further research on Arab women's leadership.
The Gibran Chair was among 7 winners including UMD Undocuterps that provides year-round support and advocacy to undocumented UMD students, Peer to Peer UMD program that partners UMD students with the International Rescue Committee to provide tutoring and mentoring for refugee youth in Prince George's County, and BSOS's very own Baha’i Chair for World Peace that addresses academic perspectives and visionary pathways to world peace.