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Office Supervisor, Campus Life
Years in Student Affairs
UMBC Parent to
Leila Cron, sophomore, visual arts
What is something you do as part of your position that people may not be aware of?
I wear quite a few hats within Campus Life, but I think one part of my position that most people may not be aware of is my role as a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Although I'm a bit of an introvert, I am very passionate about sharing these important resources with my University colleagues. Being able to recognize mental health concerns and offer thoughtful assistance is not only useful within the UMBC community, but in our personal lives as well.
What is one of the most important things you've learned during your time here?
I actually started my journey with UMBC in 2006 as an older student. I'd recently made some big changes in my life by moving across an ocean and the country with a three-year-old and felt completely out of my element. As a new Retriever, I was not only welcomed warmly by the Admissions staff and professors, but that warmth was spread to my toddler as well. On the rare occasion that I was left without a sitter, my professors would allow me to bring Leila to class while I continued my studies. It was through this experience that I learned of UMBC's unwavering care for their student population and commitment to creating community for everyone, no matter their age, race or demographic. That commitment has remained.
What do you like to do for fun and/or is something you are passionate about outside of work?
I love to travel and explore the history and art scene of different environments. The highlight of my year is traveling with friends to see our favorite band. When I am unable to travel I like to spend time watching terribly cheesy television programming and trying to educate my daughter on the superior genre of 80's music.
("Three Questions With Maisha Cron" will be published in the February 2024 issue of "DoSA Matters," the division's internal e-newsletter. )