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Volunteer Training


Training Needed

We need to ensure the safety of participants in Swenson College Outreach activities, therefore it's important that all of our volunteers receive the appropriate training.

We've done our best to make the process as straightforward and convenient as possible, so many of the steps can be done online.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Allow up to 2 hours total for training and be sure to complete all training the week before your event.

Here are the first steps to volunteering with Swenson College Outreach:

  1. Read the Representing You and Your College presentation

  2. Complete the online Outreach Survey summarizing key points from the presentation

  3. Print, fill out and sign the Volunteer Release and Agreement Form.  Bring to Engineering 102 or email to

  4. Complete the online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training. Log on with your UMD id to record training. Your progress will be saved, you may take multiple sittings to complete this training (allow for ~1 hour total). Training not supported by smartphone, need to use computer or laptop. Let us know if you have already completed this training through a freshman seminar

  5. Complete the reflection questions after training

  6. Meet to discuss reflection questions. Please email with a 30 minute time that fits your schedule during office hours

                    Tues 10-11:30 am
                    Wed 3-4:30 pm
                    Thurs 12:30-2 pm
                     Fri 8:30-11 am 

  7. Fill out the Completion of Outreach Training Survey

  8. Depending on your activity, you may be contacted by Outreach staff to schedule any additional training

Recommended information

  1. The Student Code of Conduct applies to any event you volunteer with for UMD. Visit the website for more information

  2. For more Safety of Minors information, read the online Safety of Minors Policy and the accompanying Health and Safety Requirements and Expectations for Programs Involving Minors (Appendix to Policy)

  3. The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an excellent reminder of how multifaceted we all are and the human tendency to oversimplify