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EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Groups | Awareness & Education

UMBC is a diverse community with diverse needs. As such, faculty, staff, and students need a safe space on campus where resources, information, and programming is available related to gender, equity, wellness, community, and social justice. The Women’s Center provides the UMBC community this sort of safe space and offers events and programming that help the community explore these issues.

Women’s Center events and programming aim to:

  • Complement academic explorations of gender in the classroom.
  • Support academic explorations of gender by students and staff.
  • Reinforce and explore the interconnectedness of gender with race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of diversity.
  • Offer alternative and/or complementary resources when on campus resources fall short with respect to accounting for differences in experiences/needs.
  • Act as a bridge between available resources and those in need when obstacles such as misinformation, lack of familiarity, stigmatization and shame around sensitive issues make seeking support a challenge..
  • Mediate and/or facilitate dialogue between community members when gender dynamics play a role in the breakdown of communication.
  • Create opportunities for community building through the discovery of commonalities across differences.

If you would like the Women’s Center to co-sponsor an event with you or you would like to use Women’s Center space for an event or program, please read our co-sponsorship guide and complete our request form.

Events and Activities Include:

Please call us or check our calendar for an up to date schedule of events and programs.

 

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Groups

Returning Women’s Forum: The Returning Women's Forum is a Women's Center program designed to support women returning to college later in life (after the traditional age of 18-22). The meeting is an informal time for returning women to gather, share stories, struggles, and successes. Coming back to college later in life isn't easy. We, at the Women's Center, want to do what we can to support you. Campus resources will also be made available in order to help you reach your goals. Meetings will be held in the Women’s Center on the first Wednesday of the month:

  • February 5th at 12pm
  • March 5th at 4pm
  • April 2nd at 12pm
  • May 7th at 4pm

Please check out calendar for up-to-date meeting times. You can also Join us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates and resources.

Mothers Meetings: All UMBC moms are welcomed to attend this informal group meeting informal group meeting at 10am on the second Friday of each month. For additional information, contact the Women’s Center to be added to the list-serv which serves as an informal, yet informative, networking opportunity for parents on campus.

Between Women
Between Women is a discussion and support group for women who love women, think they might, or support women who do, which is run through the Women's Center and Mosaic Center. This group meets weekly and discusses topics related to sexuality and gives a safe space for women to share their feelings and experiences with other women. For safety and confidentially reasons, this is a closed group. To get more information or to sign up, contact the Women's Center at womens.center@umbc.edu or stop by. Between Women meets on Tuesdays at 4pm.

Rebuilding Manhood
The Rebuilding Manhood initiative aims to explore gender norms and variations in order to promote a healthy and multifaceted masculinity throughout UMBC’s campus community. Rebuilding Manhood will create a safe space for consciousness-raising and critical thinking related to gender, masculinity, and social issues. Masculinity will be explored parallel to conversations of race and ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, religion, privilege and oppression, and other aspects of individual and cultural identity. Alongside the exploration of masculinity, the Rebuilding Manhood will mobilize men as allies in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women in order to support positive campus climate around gender. If you are interested in being a part of Rebuilding Manhood, please contact the Women's Center at womens.center@umbc.edu.

Women of Color Coalition: All women of color students are welcome to join this activist and support group, which meets biweekly Wednesdays at 5pm starting on February 5th. This group is a space for increasing visibility, advocacy, and engagement around the intersections of gender and race. Like us on Facebook and join our MyUMBC group!

Spectrum is a group for UMBC community members who identify as trans*, genderqueer, gender fluid, outside of the gender binary, and/or are questioning their gender identity. This group meets on Fridays from 5:45-7pm in the Women’s Center. For more information, contact Jess at jessm@umbc.edu or Zach at lgbtq@umbc.edu.

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Awareness & Education

Women’s History Month Events: Each March. Please see our MyUMBC page to learn more about these events.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Each April. Please see our MyUMBC page to learn more about these events.


Relationship Violence Awareness Month: Each October. Please see our MyUMBC page to learn more about these events.


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Contact Information

UMBC
The Commons, Room 004
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
410-455-2714 (voice)
410-455-1167 (fax)
womens.center@umbc.edu

Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs