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Quote Roundup: Lawrence Brown, Chris Wallace Among Speakers at UMB Events

“We’ve almost put Dr. King on a pedestal. We’ve almost turned Dr. King into a Marvel or DC superhero. And Dr. King was a regular human being. We also have a responsibility. No matter how regular you may be, everyday people can and must do great things.”

— Lawrence T. Brown, PhD, MPA, author, educator, equity scientist, and urban Afrofuturist, during UMB’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 8

“As we think about equity, diversity, and inclusion, we have to address the silos that currently exist and work toward greater cohesion and connectedness across our work. It’s important to increase and improve our communication so that we understand University of Maryland, Baltimore as a full system that can move forward together.”

— Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president, during an EDI town hall on Feb. 9

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“We want to build a relationship with the youth in our community, and they can help us transform how policing looks in our next generation.”

— UMB Police Department Chief Thomas Leone, MSL, on “Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell” on Feb. 10

“I believe with all my heart that when you help a woman build her confidence, when she understands how to walk in her super-badness, she’s better for herself, better for her family, better for her community, and therefore better for her career. Create your queendom.”

— Gloria Mayfield Banks, MBA, international speaker, entrepreneur, and motivational success strategist, during her afternoon keynote speech at UMB’s Women’s History Month Symposium on March 9

“Every good leader must learn how to follow.”

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, PhD, MBA, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Howard University, during her morning keynote speech at UMB’s Women’s History Month Symposium on March 9

“It’s not just about what we stand for, it’s how we behave. And so there will be a major initiative to talk about how we live up to these core values. And I think that’s a wonderful way to look at this.”

— UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, discussing the University’s updated core values — Respect and Integrity; Well-Being and Sustainability; Equity and Justice; and Innovation and Discovery — during his President’s Q&A on March 22

“I’d say that there are all kinds of reasons to be concerned. We are polarized in our politics, we are polarized in our media. But I basically come out of it all feeling reasonably hopeful. We’ve been through tough times before. I have a reservoir of faith and trust — not always in the short term but in the long term — in the wisdom of the American people.”

— Journalist Chris Wallace during the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy on April 7

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