Building Bridges Across Maryland Program

In 2008, the Office of Human Resources launched a unique training, networking and development program for support staff at area colleges and universities. Modeled after TU's President’s Leadership Institute, the Building Bridges program fosters collaboration and idea sharing between employees at Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Program Overview

Building Bridges Across Maryland

The Building Bridges program includes a cohort of five individuals from each institution listed above who attend six sessions—one held at each participating institution. Programs begin with a kickoff session that brings participants together to learn what is expected to complete the program and get to know each other. After the final session, participants and their supervisors are invited to attend a formal graduation where they receive a certificate of completion.

We have graduated ten cohorts from our Support Staff program, three cohorts from our Supervisor program, and have held graduate programs that welcome back participants from previous cohorts. One of the program's goals is to keep graduates engaged and preparing for successful futures.

Support Staff Cohorts

Our eleventh Support Staff cohort will begin in August 2018. Topics include Managing Your Strengths, Career Development Essentials, Staying Organized While Balancing Multiple Priorities, Working with Difficult People, and Customer Service is No Different in Higher Education than Anywhere Else.

Learn more about the schedule and participants of our 2018-2019 cohort (PDF). 

Alumni Events

Program graduates are sometimes invited back to continue their professional development, reconnect and meet members of other cohorts. Stay tuned for our next alumni event!

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