Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program


At UMBC, students are actively involved in clubs and organizations, with more than 200 from which to choose.  Sondheim Scholars engage in a number of students organizations, taking leadership roles from day one.  Interested students have many opportunities to connect with student organizations and involvement opportunities, including political, social, service, religious, athletic and greek organizations. Upperclassmen Sondheim Scholars routinely recruit incoming Sondheim Scholars for their organizations, including:

Model United Nations
UMBC’s award-winning Model United Nations team strives to educate students and the community about the topics, functions and bodies of the United Nations. Our team attends one conference a semester. The location for the conferences is New York during the Spring semester and Chicago during the Fall semester. The club is active in educational outreach to neighboring high schools and colleges by hosting several simulations each year. Course credit is available for research work in preparation for conferences (POLI 384l). The club is also an active participant each year in raising funds for UNICEF.

Several Sondheim Scholars have been selected to attend national training to organize UMBC campus efforts around Oxfam International’s mission to fight poverty and injustice worldwide.  Several students organizations collaborate to raise awareness about human rights abuses and to raise money to support local and international social change.

Mock Trial
UMBC's Mock Trial Team has been established for the purpose of educating members and the student body about our legal system, jurisprudence, and the work of attorneys. Our primary goal is to facilitate individual growth while the competitive aspect of mock trial is secondary. The ideals of fairness, civility, and justice should guide the actions of its respective members.

Maryland Student Legislature
Maryland Student Legislature is a statewide organization which provides students with the opportunity to voice their opinions by writing and debating legislation. We are a student model of Maryland's legislative's branch - the Maryland General Assembly. The bills we pass are forwarded to the Maryland General Assembly for consideration.

Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the undergraduate students at UMBC. Serving as one of the governing bodies at UMBC, the SGA meets with key administrators and approves campus-wide policies in support of an active, academically enriched, social student environment. The SGA has an Executive Branch, Senate, Finance Board, and Judicial Branch.  140 elected and appointed officers run programs, services and advocacy efforts for the benefit of all undergraduates, including allocating a $800,000 budget for student organizations and events.

Students for Environmental Awareness
UMBC’s SEA host outdoor trips such as camping and hiking, volunteer work and service, and implement and advocate for sustainable changes to the attitude and practices of our campus and community.  SEA hosts Eco-fest and Recyclemania, works with UMBC administration to implement our campus’s Climate Change Task Force, and supports student Sustainability Interns, our campus advocates and educators. 

Women Involved in Leadership and Learning
The WILL Program at UMBC engages students, faculty, and student affairs staff in a learning community.   WILL members, primarily but not exclusively women, engage actively in UMBC’s intellectual and community life, gain valuable leadership skills, make informed career choices, and develop their core values, especially as they are shaped by the challenges and opportunities of a multicultural society.