All Sondheim Activities

Each semester, all Sondheim Scholars participate in three required events to build community between the cohorts and demonstrate connections with groups on and off campus.  In the fall semester, they have an opportunity that allows them to work alongside community organizations for an Annual Day of Service. 


Sondheim Senior Reception 2024

Our Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Class of 2024 graduated from UMBC this May, and we had a wonderful time sending them off with our Senior Reception! All Sondheim Scholars and staff gathered for dinner, and our graduating seniors each spoke to us about their experiences in Sondheim, their future plans and goals, and the advice they had to share with current scholars. We are so proud of Sondheim Class of 2024 and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

Sondheim Grads & Staff
12 Sondheim Grads standing on steps

Grads standing in front of yellow back-drop

A student & staff member posing


Day of Service

The site of the 2022 and 2023 Day of Service was Second Chance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides people, materials and the environment with a second chance. They deconstruct buildings and homes, salvage usable materials, and make those and other donated items available to the public for reuse at the more than 200,000 square foot retail center. With the revenue generated, they provide job training and workforce development for those with various employment obstacles in the Baltimore region.

In October, 2021, projects included a neighborhood community cleanup day with the Boone Street Community Garden and Greater Greenmount Community Association in East Baltimore.  Others supported Retriever Essentials on campus.  A fourth group partnered with CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to prepare bagged lunches for distribution to homeless men.


Group at site

5 students volunteering

close up of 2 students volunteering

student gardening

3 students together

2 students together

2 students sitting together

4 students gardening

entire team sitting together at a bench