Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

In her keynote talk “Body/ Land/ Home: Disability Justice, Healing Justice and Femme of Color Brilliance,” Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explained how lived experiences can provide a foundation for social justice. Continue reading Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

UMBC campus, fall 2015.

Grad student Liz Winters ’13 featured on Maryland Public Television’s Ways to Pay for College program

A recent program produced by Maryland Public Television about college affordability featured UMBC student Liz Winters ’13, psychology, and current master’s student in industrial and organizational psychology. The program “Ways to Pay for College” guided viewers through the many options … Continue reading Grad student Liz Winters ’13 featured on Maryland Public Television’s Ways to Pay for College program

WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show broadcasts UMBC Critical Social Justice Week keynote panel

The Marc Steiner Show aired a special two-hour broadcast November 2 that was a recording of UMBC’s Critical Social Justice Week keynote panel “Baltimore in Action: Always Rising.” Marc Steiner moderated the panel which featured several prominent social justice activists … Continue reading WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show broadcasts UMBC Critical Social Justice Week keynote panel

Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams, UMBC Women’s Center, win prestigious awards from National Women’s Studies Association

UMBC’s Women’s Center Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams were acknowledged by the NWSA Women’s Center Pre-Conference Award Committee with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award and Emerging Leader Award for their efforts and contributions toward advancing gender equity. They will be honored at the upcoming Pre-Conference reception and listed in the NWSA Conference book in November 2015. Outstanding Achievement Award – Jess Myers, Director of the Women’s Center The annual NWSA Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement award is given to remarkable women working in Women’s Centers/Gender Equity Centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms … Continue reading Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams, UMBC Women’s Center, win prestigious awards from National Women’s Studies Association

Clothesline Project Display: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (4/8)

On Wednesday, April 8th on the Commons Main Street AND the RAC from 10-4pm, the Women’s Center will be displaying the Clothesline Project in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This display includes t-shirts with messages from UMBC community members over the years related to their experiences of sexual assault or relationship violence. This can be a powerful experience for passersby. The display in the RAC will be part of the Retriever Heath and Wellness Expo. Opportunities to contribute a t-shirt to the Project will be available in the Women’s Center prior to the 8th. For more information on dates … Continue reading Clothesline Project Display: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (4/8)

Take Back the Night 2015 (4/16)

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Women’s Center, UHS Health Education and Voices Against Violence on Commons Main Street on April 16th at 6pm and let’s take back the night! Events and activities include: Community Resource Fair (beginning at 6pm) The Clothesline Project Survivor Speak Out Forum (begins at 6:30pm) March Against Sexual Violence (begins approx around 7:20pm) Art Activism and Community Building (post march) Community members are encouraged to make rally signs prior to TBTN to show your solidarity with survivors. You can make signs in the Women’s Center between 12-3pm on April 13, 14 and … Continue reading Take Back the Night 2015 (4/16)

Announcing Critical Social Justice 2015 (2/16-2/20)

Departments, student groups, and individuals from across the UMBC campus and community have organized a week full of exciting programming for the 2nd annual Critical Social Justice campaign. This year’s theme is “Creating Brave Spaces,” inspired by the essay “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces” by Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens. Our keynote speaker will be comedian and social justice blogger Franchesca Ramsey (a.k.a. Chescaleigh), who’s perhaps best known for her viral parody video on racial microaggressions “Sh*t White Girls Say…To Black Girls.” Franchesca Ramsey’s keynote lecture “Your Powerful Online Voice: Social Media for Social Change” will be Tuesday, February … Continue reading Announcing Critical Social Justice 2015 (2/16-2/20)

Jess Myers, Women’s Center, on the Marc Steiner Show

Jess Myers, director of the Women’s Center, appeared on the “Marc Steiner Show” on Tuesday, January 8 to discuss rape and the fight for women’s rights, from India to Ohio.  Meyers, along with guests Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio and The Nation and Winston Ross of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, discussed a recent case from Steubenville, Ohio, where high school football players and their friends live tweeted the rape of a sixteen-year-old girl. Myers discussed the conversations that she expects to have with students about the case and the culture surrounding it. “There’s an interesting dynamic between how we … Continue reading Jess Myers, Women’s Center, on the Marc Steiner Show

100,000 Stories: A Selection of Women Photographers (9/28)

“100,000 Stories, a Selection of Women Photographers from the Photography Collections, in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the UMBC Women’s Center” will open for public viewing on Wednesday, September 28, noon, in the Library Rotunda. Refreshments will be served. 100,000 people have visited the UMBC Women’s Center and have shared their lives and stories with other visitors and the staff. Equally, that many stories have been told by the women photographers held in the Photography Collections of the Albiin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. A selection of photographs is presented with the stories of the photographers and their images … Continue reading 100,000 Stories: A Selection of Women Photographers (9/28)