Student Life Event Schedule

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SGA Elections
Tuesday, April 27-Thursday, April 29

Student Life will host the 2021-2022 Student Government Elections virtually this semester due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections will take place on April 27-29 and the election ballot link will be sent to the student body in myLearning. Students can only vote once using their mymail email address, so make your vote count. Candidates will campaign online starting April 12-23.

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CSM Virtual Pet Parade
Thursday, April 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Do you have an awesome pet at home that you would like to put on parade? Join us for the first ever CSM Virtual Pet Parade! Please register your pet prior to the parade start, so we can see all the animals our students call family. All animals will be judged by event attendees in the following categories: Favorite Cat, Favorite Dog, Favorite Reptile, and Favorite Small Animal. The winner of each category will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to the CSM bookstore. We hope to see you there!

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What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking

Thursday, May 6, 2:30-4 p.m.

Every year, children and young adults are compelled into sex trafficking in the United States. Join us for this informative presentation on what constitutes human trafficking, the organizations that combat trafficking and how to report suspected incidences. Attendees will also observe recorded testimony from actual human trafficking survivors. A Question & Answer session will follow the presentation. 

This program features Kevin Flemens, CSM Instructor and former Lead Human Trafficking Awareness instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Center. 

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*This program is open to currently enrolled CSM students and staff only.  


Past Events

Hollywood Murder Mystery Theater
Thursday, April 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Welcome to Hollywood,1922, when flappers were flappers, gents were gents and murder was MURDER! Hollywood socialite and philanthropist Otis Swindles has been maliciously murdered at the opening of his new Jazz Club and we need some 21st Century minds to solve the crime. Was it the shifty maid? The spoiled son? The angry bookie? Put on your best 1920s costumes and delve into the clues and suspects to help our Private Investigators nab the criminal!


Get in the Game: Financial Coaching with Carlisa
Thursday, April 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Get in the financial game and learn about basic tools for smart money management, budgeting tips, making big purchases, and where to even start. Join Carlisa Kent, Financial Coach, with Carlisa Cares Financial Solutions, as she provides tips to help college students improve their financial literacy. It’s never too early to get in the game!


CSM Social Justice Week April 12-16

Theme – Social Justice in Crisis

Hosted by:  The College of Southern Maryland's Equity and Inclusive Diversity Office, Global Initiatives Committee, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Center for Leadership, Student Life Department, and the dedicated faculty and staff of CSM’s Social Justice Day Committee.

The simple truth is that the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities among those marginalized because of race, poverty, gender, ability, and other factors. Our 2021 Social Justice Week takes up the task of better understanding the interplay between this global pandemic, social justice, and the lived experience of people most inordinately impacted by the virus.

The events listed below represent a cross-disciplinary endeavor to offer a glimpse into the pandemic’s impact by addressing the issue from economic, mental, behavioral, and physical health, criminal justice, racial justice, and global perspectives.

“COVID’s Impact on Our Wallets – How to Bounce Back after the Pandemic”

Monday, April 12th 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Featuring CSM Professor of Economics, Mike Green (Host: Professor Lisa Link).

Many people have suffered economically during the past year with job loss, layoffs, and reduced wages. Looking to the future, CSM Economics Professor Mike Green, will offer tools and strategies for building wealth, not only to protect against future crises, but to lay the groundwork for a lucrative retirement. Building wealth begins with making the choice to save. Next is choosing the right investment vehicle to make your savings grow. Professor Green, will present, discuss, and take questions on a method that guarantees, if you start following it now, to make you a millionaire in forty-five years. For those over the age of 20, you can still benefit!

“Health Benefits in Crisis”

Monday April 12, 7:15 p.m.

Featuring Michelle Gaskill, Lead Certified Navigator, Seedco through the Maryland Heath Connection (Host: Professor Tatiana Vrem) Register now to receive a link to attend this event. The link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Join this important presentation to learn how to refer those in need for health benefits that would not otherwise qualify. Michelle Gaskill, from Seedco, working through Maryland Health Connection, leads a team of health insurance navigators in Charles, Calvert, and St Mary’s counties. Working closely with local community organizations, Ms. Gaskill identifies individuals and families that lack health insurance and helps them get back on track to healthy living.

Seedco, the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing economic opportunities for people, businesses, and communities in need. Their major initiatives include helping individuals with barriers to employment obtain, retain, and advance in jobs, and offering no cost assistance to apply for financial assistance to pay for your health benefits to keep your costs down and your health sustained.

Just Mercy Film Discussion”
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10-11:20 a.m. with CSM Professor Krista Keyes

Discussion of the 2019 film Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the best-selling autobiography by Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. 

“Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.” –

Options for film rental or purchase can be found here:  If you’re unable to view the film, please feel free to join the discussion. Here are some free resources: Equal Justice Initiative: and Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk: We need to talk about an injustice

“Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic”
Tuesday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Featuring a panel of mental health professionals. (Hosts: Professor Michelle Christian and CSM Counselor Jen Fossell.) Register here to receive a link to attend this event:

Four mental health practitioners will explore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health. In addition to discussing present mental health challenges through the lens of trauma, panelists will share their thoughts on resilience, strategies to protect one’s mental health in difficult times, and more. Speakers include Sandra Barnes, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Kellie Jamison, LCSW-C, Professional Counselor, College of Southern Maryland; Birgit Locklear, LCSW-C, CCTP, Clinical Director, Pathways Inc.; D'Anita Parker, LGPC, Counselor, Charles County Department of Health Behavioral Health Division - Substance Use Services.

“COVID-19 and the Criminal Justice System”

Tuesday, April 13, 1-2:20 p.m.

Featuring Calvert County Assistant Sheriff and CSM Adjunct Instructor Dave McDowell. (Hosts: CSM Professors of Criminal Justice Katrina Robertson and John Delabrer, and CSM Professor of English, Barbara Link.) Register here to receive a link to attend this event:

This presentation will address the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement, the courts, and the corrections system. Join Calvert County Assistant Sheriff, Dave McDowell, as we consider the key obstacles faced by the criminal justice system because of the pandemic, and its responses to help ensure the safety and security of the communities served.

“Social Justice in Crisis – COVID’s Impact on Communities in Southern Maryland”
Tuesday, April 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Dianna E. Abney, Health Officer for Charles County Department of Health (Host: CSM Professor Tatiana Vrem.) Register here to receive a link to attend this event. The link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Dr. Abney will examine the pandemic’s impact on our communities and the vaccines that are currently available. Her presentation will focus, specifically, on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minorities, and the particular importance of vaccinations for this group. She’ll address issues of fear and distrust of the vaccine, and educate the audience on its safety and efficacy in fighting this virus.

Dr. Dianna E. Abney was previously the Health Officer for the Charles County Department of Health from December 2012 to August 2018. Under her leadership the health department offered a wide range of public health services, and decreased disparities by increasing access to dental, behavioral health and primary care services. One of her proudest accomplishments was bringing primary care back to Nanjemoy by opening a family medicine clinic in the community center. For the past two years she worked at Children’s National Hospital in the Pediatric Health Network. She was the Medical Director for Network Management and was instrumental to the development of the Network. The College of Southern Maryland expresses gratitude for Dr. Abney’s service to the public and students to have an open discussion on the current state.

“Consequences of the Pandemic – Mental Illness, Substance Abuse and Treatment Options”
Wednesday, April 14, 10-11:20 a.m.

Featuring Calvert County Behavioral Health professionals (Host: Professor of Communication Denise Gilmer-Knudson) Register here to receive a link to attend this event.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. Calvert County Behavioral Health professionals will discuss the pandemic’s impact on our local population, and provide resources that are available including behavioral health assessments, counseling, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, substance related education and prevention, substance abuse treatment, recovery support services, and more.

The mission of Calvert County Behavioral Health is to provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services that promote the health, resilience, and quality of life of our community members. The Health Department is committed to providing services to individuals of all ages who have mental, emotional, and substance use issues. Our providers offer programs and services tailored to each patient in a safe and respectful environment.

“Public Attitudes on Race in America”
Wednesday, April 14, 7-8 p.m.

The public is invited join Center for the Study of Democracy director, Dr. Antonio Ugues, in discussing public views of race and racism in America. This fourth program in the virtual series, "Bridging Our Gaps: Community Conversations to Strengthen Our Democracy," is hosted by CSM’s Equity and Inclusive Diversity Office and SMCM’s Center for the Study of Democracy and Office of Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access, and Accountability.

The springboard for our conversation is Dr. Ugues’ 2020 Study on Democracy and Elections in America, a national survey that captured public opinion on the integrity of the 2020 election, policing in America, US immigration policy, and race and racism. In this program for Social Justice Week, Dr. Ugues will provide an overview of the data regarding American’s views of race and racism. The audience will then break out into smaller groups to discuss the data and their implications. We will conclude with audience reflection on what the data suggests about the ability of Americans to bridge gaps in our understandings of race and racism. Registration is required for this free Zoom event.

“Social Justice Day Showcase of Documentaries and PSAs”
Thursday, April 15th, 2:30-4 p.m. with CSM Professor Olaniyi Areke


The Social Justice Day Digital Media Production competition will showcase documentaries and PSAs by CSM students that deal with the theme “Social Justice in Crisis.” This showcase follows a video training that showed students how to use the mobile phone camera to film like a pro and produce quality digital materials for the Social Justice Day digital media competition. Prof. Areke serves as coordinator of the award-winning CSM Digital Media Production program.

“The Pandemic’s Impact on the Homeless Community”

Thursday, April 15, 7:15 p.m.

Featuring Sandy Washington, Executive Director of Lifestyles, hosted by CSM Professor Tatiana Vrem. Register now to receive a link to attend this event. The link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Join Sandy Washington, Executive Director of Lifestyles, as she discusses the current state of services for the homeless in Charles County and how the homeless population has been affected by the pandemic. A long-time Social Justice Day presenter, Washington inspires students to volunteer to give back to their community and those in need. In 1998 she co-founded LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to empower people and assist in providing a better quality of life through social awareness and community development. Although the organization is located in La Plata, MD, assistance is provided to residents throughout Southern Maryland. Washington and the organization have been recognized throughout the state of Maryland for their dedication to serving those who are homeless, from street outreach to more permanent housing initiatives.

“Social Justice Week Scholarship Awards Ceremony”

Friday, April 16, 1-2 p.m.

This ceremony will recognize the winners of the campus-wide 2021 Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition. First, Second and Third-place scholarships and honorable mention prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Academic Research, Literary Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Digital Media and Film, and Global Justice in Crisis. Scholarship prizes provided by The College of Southern Maryland's Equity and Inclusive Diversity Office, Global Initiatives Committee, and Student Life Department.

“CSM Book Club Discussion of Animal Farm
Friday, April 16, 3-4 p.m.

Join CSM Book Club students and Prof. Krista Keyes as they discuss the 1945 novella, Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
“A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus, the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.” –

If you’re unable to read the book, please feel free to join the discussion. Here are some free resources: Animal Farm Video Summary from  and  British Library: An Introduction to Animal Farm


Spring Fling
Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The CSM Spring Fling is virtual this year! With games and fun galore, it’s sure to be one of this semester’s best events. Join us for some or all the fun. Either way, you won’t want to miss out!

*Must be a currently enrolled CSM student to participate in events.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for this online photo booth that is customizable and simply requires a computer, smart phone or tablet with camera!

12-12:55 p.m.

Want to win free money? Compete against other students by answering trivia questions on your phone while watching the host on your tablet or computer in real-time! Win up to $200 in cash prizes!

1-1:55 p.m.

The battle is on in Cell Phone Smackdown! In this quick-paced virtual competition, all you need is your cell phone (and maybe a flair for trivia). Win up to $200 in cash prizes!

2-3 p.m.

Zombie Desert is a virtual, interactive escape room designed for teams of 3-8 players. Players interact with a 3D game environment while communicating remotely over zoom.

3-4 p.m.             

This family feud styled game show allows all registered students play at once and compete to see who can answer the most number 1 answers correctly! 

CSM Celebrates Earth Day with:
National Geographic Live Presents Andy Mann: From Summit to Sea

Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Dive in and celebrate the ocean with award-winning filmmaker and photographer Andy Mann as he details his transformation from climber to diver and tells the story of our rapidly changing planet, from top to bottom.

Build A Bear Event
Register for your DIY kit by April 23

Make your own “We Made It!” Bear. Celebrate your accomplishments and making it through this semester, this year, this everything. We want YOU to show off your bear building skills! Use the hashtag #CSMHawks to post pictures of your finished bear to CSM’s social media accounts and/or the CSM Mobile App during the month of May. Limited quantities available, register for your DIY kit by April 23.

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