"Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only way it ever has." 

University of Maryland, College Park - Student Organization


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EVERY THURSDAY 2206 Jimenez Hall


Upcoming Events and GBM's! Stay in the Loop! 

Community Roots Presents: KXL & Environmental Justice GBM 3/6


Please join us this week to learn more about the Keystone Pipeline and Environmental Justice! See you there!

GBM 8: The District Discussion - Gentrification and Urban Renewal in D.C.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

"Gentrification" and "urban renewal" are buzz words these days....but what do they really mean? is there a difference?

D.C.’s population grew at a faster rate than any other U.S. state, from 2010-11 and from 2011-12! But who exactly is moving in? and who is consequently moving out?

Come join Community Roots as our Month of Poverty continues, with an education & dialogue-based GBM, as we address the positive and negative social and economic implications of various "urban revival" patterns and techniques.

State of Black Leadership 2013: Red, White and BLACK

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The UMCP Chapter of the NAACP Presents...

Our annual State of Black Leadership panel discussion.

This year our topic is "Red, White, and BLACK: Being Black in America." 
We hope to address problems concerning African American men, women, children, and family as a whole. 
The event will be held November 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in Ulrich Recital Hall located in the Tawes Building.

The panelists are:
- Mr. Miles Blount 
- Dr. Odis D. Johnson 
- Dr. Kris Marsh 
- Mr. Shane Bolles Walsh 
- Dr. Lindsay Marsh Warren 

Make sure you come and invite your friends. This is sure to be a great event for the UMD community. COMMUNITY ROOTS WILL BE CO-SPONSORING! 

GBM 7: Who's On Top? Poverty in Perspective

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Come Join Community Roots this week for an interactive simulation of what it looks like to live in poverty - how will you develop your community based on the allocation of resources? what are your top priorities: housing, education, or security? how will you react when things don't go as planned?
This week's GBM will be co-facilitated by members of the Nonprofit organization City Year. Check out 
for more information on their organization.

We look forward to seeing y'all on Thursday! And as always, bring a friend or two!


Thursday, October 24th, 2013

This week's GBM will be two-fold, we hope to see you at both parts!

1) (Thurs) From 10am - 1pm on Hornbake Plaza, stop by to add to our MONTH OF FEAR MURAL. We will have paint available, all you have to do is put up the words or images that best describe your fear(s).

2)Thurs) At 6:15 we will be meeting per usual, to discuss the mural and our fears in general - how do they motivate us? inhibit us? how do we acknoledge them? how do we overcome them?

Now the scary part:
Each attending member is challenged to bring (at least) one friend with them!!

GBM 5: "I only sit with people like me"

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

So there are statistics for UMD that show a diverse student body but what we don't typically see is the full utilization of engaging with one another. It's almost like we self-segregate ourselves, thus further separating us from one another. Join us for one of our more well known meetings of the year on Thursday this week for a workshop, discussion and reflection of what it means to be a student at a school that prides itself on diversity.

This is a meeting you don't want to miss! For many of us, this was the meeting that we fell in love with Croots mission. Whether it's your first time or 15th time coming to Croots, we always encourage you to bring a friend! 

GBM 4: HOMOPHOBIA - Start of C-Roots Month of Fear

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

We'll be talking all about SEX and LOVE. So if you know ANYTHING about either of these, COME.


Come out to talk about homophobia in our society, on our campus, and in your life.

Hear others' opinions about this issue and share your own!

GBM 3: Government Shutdown 101

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Due to the urgency and relevance of the government shutdown earlier this week, we decided to divert from our original topic on Fear of Failure. The shutdown effects us all in ways you may not be aware of. If you are unfamiliar or concerned about the topic, C-roots welcomes all to come learn more about what is going on in our government. C-Roots is always a safe space for all people.


If you're an expert or if you are just starting to get involved with political, social activism, we welcome you to come join us!!

GBM 2: SPEAK UP! Letter Writing Campaign

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This is our September ACTION week!!!

For all you concerned activists out there, we know there is some issue you feel is not being addressed adequately - whether on campus, at the county level, or at the federal level. So come join Community Roots and several other student organizations to SPEAK UP, share the issues that are most important to you, and ENGAGE FOR CHANGE!

We will be meeting at the Stamp Student Union this week (room TBD).
Our dialogue will center around this week's participants, and then you will be equipped to write letters to whatever official is best suited to address the issues you think are most important!

Envelopes, stamps, and paper provided!

GBM 1: What is CROOTS? & How to Get Involved!

Thursday, Sept. 19th, 2013

Our first C.Roots meeting will be this Thursday 9/19!! We will be meeting in our usual room - 1101 Tydings - from 6:30 - 8pm.
**please note the time change. We will be starting the meeting promptly at 6:30, so please feel free to arrive 6:15 - 6:30 to socialize, catch up, and get settled.

Our topic this week will be "C.Roots 101 - who are we and where do YOU fit in?" We're really eager to get this year under way and discuss some of the principles that guide our organization, consider what inspires each of us to be active in our community and work for social change, and discuss our overall goals for the semester. This includes diving right into some action events on 9/26!!

We can't wait to see you this Thursday, so bring a friend and come prepared to dialogue!!

First Look Fair!!

Wed. Sept. 18th/Thurs. Sept. 19th: 10am-3pm, McKeldin Mall

Come visit the Community Roots table at the First Look Fair.Experience one of the longest running involvement traditions at UMD! The First Look Fair is host to more than 500 student clubs and organizations, campus departments and services, local vendors, and community service agencies, and is the perfect place to gather resources, learn more about how to get involved, and connect with other students with similar interests.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to discover everything that University of Maryland has to offer! 

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