UMBC and the United Way of Central Maryland teamed up in a Design Thinking project to bring awareness to the ALICE program, an important community program to help Maryland families during times of need.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in sharing their stories:

Pamela Queen, Maryland State Delegate
Dante DeTablan, VP Neighborhood Initiatives, United Way of Central MD Gib Mason, Program Director, UMBC EIL Graduate Program
Carol Bogash, Graduate Faculty, EIL Graduate Program
Noah Ralbey, UMBC Graduate Student
Sruti Vijaykumar, UMBC Graduate Student
Sandy Stinson, UMBC Graduate Student
Grace Ichue, UMBC Graduate Student

I was so thrilled to be able to work with and talk with the students in the design thinking class about the challenges facing our ALICE population. I’m grateful for all of their hard work and thrilled with the product that they created in our report. Thanks for all of you for all you do to support this population!

Brooke Lierman, Delegate, District 46

About the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership Graduate Program at UMBC

UMBC’s graduate program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership empowers professionals to drive organizational change. Whether you are working within an existing business or want to start your own, our program will teach you the real-world skills needed to thrive. Led by seasoned entrepreneurs, our program will teach you how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset, innovative practices, and thoughtful leadership to your organization.

About Design Thinking Course at UMBC

UMBC’s Design Thinking Course addresses the fundamental principles of design thinking, and solving for difficult entrepreneurship and business problems facing early and growth-stage companies. A regional entrepreneurial company will serve as a source of problems for student teams who will take on the role of advisors.

About United Way of Central Maryland

United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) helps fight poverty in central Maryland with programs encouraging self-sufficiency.

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