Delana Gregg Assistant Director, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars 2011-2012 UMBC President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award
Since joining UMBC in 2002, Delana Gregg has always focused on community. She has worked tirelessly to connect Sondheim students to the campus and greater Baltimore communities, has encouraged students to build their own tightly-knit learning community and is known as a strong advocate for women’s issues on campus.
Drawing on her roots as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania and as a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow at UMBC, Gregg puts service at the center of her role as administrator. She has elevated the position to include core values of social justice, and she challenges students to make the world a better place. She meets one-on-one with students to discuss race, gender and class dynamics as they relate to service projects and the people they serve. She manages relationships with dozens of community partners, including College Gardens, Health Leads and the Shriver Center, to ensure they have the critical volunteer support they need to operate in Baltimore.
While recruiting for UMBC and the Sondheim program, she advises high school juniors and seniors on scholarship resources, gives advice on college preparation, and guides new students as they enroll for their first semester of classes. Beyond administering the program and serving as a mentor to students, Gregg is always engaged in the UMBC community and volunteers behind the scenes for a variety of campus efforts. Gregg was also a member and co-chair of the President’s Commission for Women and the President of the Professional Staff Senate.
She is committed to advocacy for women and is a member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board. She has a keen eye for physical accessibility and safety on campus, the need to support working women with flexible scheduling, and she possesses a deep understanding of gender-based discrimination that makes her a valuable resource for a variety of committees and boards.
Gregg earned her B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her M.A. in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC.