Faculty & Staff Assistance Programs 

HR Employee/Labor Relations

Maintaining positive employer-employee relationships which promote satisfactory productivity, morale, and motivation is critical. Employee Relations staff members assist with the prevention and resolution of problems which arise out of or impact work situations. Learn more here.

USM Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Occasionally, individuals may experience personal problems that may become overwhelming.   This could include family, financial, childcare/eldercare issues, etc.  The Employee Assistance Program is available as a confidential  resource to assist with managing personal issues. There are two types of referrals: self referral (strictly confidential with no notice to  employer); or supervisory referral (when personal issues have affected employee work performance).  Visit the EAP webpage for more information.

Center for Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Members of the campus community may contact Human Relations Manager for assistance in the management and or resolution of interpersonal and group conflict. This may include complaint investigation, mediation, facilitation, and other dispute resolution strategies. Learn more here.

Financial Hardship Resources

Everyone has financial questions. With your GuidanceResources benefit, you can get answers to your questions about budgeting, debt management, tax issues and other money concerns from on-staff CPAs, Certified Financial Planners® and other financial experts, simply by calling your toll-free number.  Visit the EAP webpage for more information.

Financial education resources are also available though our retirement vendors.

The UMBC Cares Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund was established to assist eligible employees experiencing an emergency financial need.

Health & Wellness Resources

Resources, information, speakers and subject matter experts from on and off-campus present workshops and seminars to provide information on various topics such as:  health, exercise, nutrition, stress management, financial planning, time management, safety, healthy relationships, ergonomics and a host of other topics that assist employees with balancing personal and professional goals.

UMBC Wellness Initiative provides a wealth of resources and information centered upon balanced living, active living, smoking cessation, healthy eating and leadership

Safe Zone Training:  interactive workshops designed to help you explore issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Faculty Development Center:  designed to enrich the employment experience for faculty

HR Training & OD:  offers a variety of training and development opportunities for faculty and staff to include leadership, professional development, and e-learning. Learn more here.

Health & Wellness myUMBC Groups We understand the connection between self-care and our responsibility to care for the whole.  For the sake of the whole community we participate in wellness activities that sustain us on a physical, mental, and emotional level to carry out the mission and vision of UMBC.  Explore available campus health and wellness groups at

Kognito ( provides a suite of online training programs for faculty, staff and students to practice having difficult conversations.  The “at-risk” program is an online game-based simulation with virtual students. Faculty and staff sharpen their skills in recognizing signs of psychological distress, addressing ways to approach students, and discovering ways to support and refer students to mental health services on campus.