Congratulations to Dr. Tammatha O'Brien, Principal Lecturer & Director of The Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology Program, for being named among UMD's Women of Influence. Tammatha is an outstanding lecturer who consistently and meaningfully supports women minorities in our community both inside and outside of the classroom. Fellow faculty member Louisa Wu says, “She cares very much about students and her colleagues, and she strongly promotes DEI and civil rights work in her teaching and campus service. I am inspired by all that she does.”
In the classroom Tammatha ensures DEI learning outcomes are incorporated. She weaves in topics on the inequities in our healthcare and she regularly references prominent women and minorities in science. Outside of the classroom Tammatha promotes minorities and women in STEM, serves on committees to prevent sexual harassment and volunteers to resolve conflict in her community. Tammatha directly hires faculty for the graduate program she runs, half of the teaching faculty she hired are minorities and/or women, which is quite unique for a STEM program at UMD. Over the last few years she has served on the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee (SAPC) and as a Title IX liaison for CMNS. More recently, she serves on the Board of Directors at Mediation and Resolution Center (MCRC) of Howard County Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides access to conflict resolution for courts, school systems, prisons, families, and workplaces. She currently works on their outreach and education committees (chairing one), while planning to also train as a mediator.
Please join us in applauding Dr. O'Brien for this well-deserved recognition & thanking her for her dedication to this important work.