Upcoming Meetings

Please stay tuned for meeting announcements! The fastest way to keep in touch is to join the mailing list. Subscribe to freedom@lists.umbc.edu and freedom-chat@lists.umbc.edu at the UMBC mailing list portal.

Meetings

Our meetings are held every Thursday in University Center 201C. Come around 7:30pm to socialize, and the meeting will start promptly at 8. Meetings last about an hour and a half, and often end with going out as a group or hanging out in the office and playing games or talking. If you need help finding the office, please see our meeting directions or contact an officer. Anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or an ally is welcome.

Minutes

Minutes for every meeting, written by the Secretary both for record-keeping purposes and for people who miss a meeting to catch up, are emailed to the announcement mailing list every week.

Note: The substance of a Safe Space meeting is never recorded, in keeping with confidentiality and anonymity rules; only the announcements given before Safe Space proper starts and the topic of the Safe Space are available in the minutes.

The Typical Meeting

There are three types of Freedom Alliance meetings: Business, Safe Space, and Programming. In a typical month, Business meetings and Safe Spaces alternate every other week. Programming meetings occur less frequently, and provide meeting-time activities ouside of the typical meeting types. Below, find outlines of the "typical" meeting.

Business Meetings

8 pm: Welcome/Introductions

8:15: Freedom Alliance related announcements (upcoming events, news about the office, etc)

8:30: General announcements (share any upcoming events with the group)

8:45: Official meeting ends. Join the officers in playing a game, going to coffeehouse, grabbing some late night, visiting Baltimore, or just talking. Lots of fun and a great way to meet other members or procrastinate from homework

Safe Space

8 pm: Welcome/Introductions

8:15: Brief announcements

8:30: Safe Space begins. Safe Space is a confidential discussion in which members talk about a predetermined topic. Past topics have included coming out, HIV/AIDS, and raising kids in a queer environment. Topics are chosen by member suggestion at the beginning of the semester

9:30-10: Safe Space ends. Members might hang out, play a game, or talk to officers

Programming Meetings

8 pm: Welcome/Introductions

8:15: Brief announcements

8:30: Programing begins. Programming can include a movie, a discussion, a lecture, a presentation, or something else. Programming tends to be informative, interesting, and even fun!

9:30-10: Programming ends. Members might hang out, play a game, or talk to officers

Directions

Coming to a meeting from off-campus? Here are some quick and easy directions to get there!

  • Directions to UMBC
  • If you do not have a parking permit, park on the top of the Administration Drive Garage (bring change - there are meters) and walk to the University Center, shown as building #42 on the campus map. If you do have a parking permit, you can park in Lot 9 off of Hilltop Rd and walk down to the building.
  • Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor, walk toward the back of the building, and turn into the hallway on the right with all the flags. The office is on the left at the end of the hall.