Community Events

There are so many ways to connect virtually with your fellow Retrievers! Use our myUMBC calendar to find information about social and educational events, and be sure to participate in UMBC’s virtual community meetings scheduled throughout the semester.


UMBC Fall Community Meetings

What defines us is not whether crises happen, but how we respond to them.How is UMBC continuing to redefine excellence in higher education at the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and economic disruption?

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to share your stories and learn together in a series of virtual gatherings during the 2020-21 academic year.

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in Our Communities Town Hall

Thursday, September 24, 2020 4-6 p.m. via WebEx


The UMBC community is invited to learn about our Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and our campus’s connection to a national framework addressing race equity. The Shriver Center’s Choice Program, along with community partners, will also share how structural racism has impacted youth development in Maryland and how we all can become agents of change.


  • Candace Dodson-Reed ’96
    Executive Director, UMBC Office of Equity & Inclusion, and Chief of Staff, President’s Office
  • Howard Nicholson ’21
    Chemical Engineering major and Music minor, UMBC Inclusion Council Member


  • Jenny Eagan
    Chief Attorney, Juvenile Division Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore City
  • Tia McNair
    Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Executive Director for TRHT Campus Centers - Association American Colleges & Universities
  • Brother David Fakunle, Ph.D.
    Executive Director of WombWork Productions and Executive Director (acting) Maryland Lynching, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, joined by Mama Deborah
  • Dr. Loren Henderson
    Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health
  • Diane Bell-McKoy ’73
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Black Charities (ABC)
  • Michael Sarbanes
    High School Physics Teacher, Green Street Academy and Community Organizer
  • Eric N. Ford ’14
    Director of The Choice Program at UMBC
  • Frank Anderson ’15
    Director of Operations, The Choice Program at UMBC

Upcoming Virtual Community Gatherings

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming community gatherings with the following themes.

October - Research and Creative Achievement
November - Teaching and Learning
December - Virtual Holiday Celebration - Empowered University Storytelling
January/February - University Retreat – The Empowered University: Writing the Next Chapter

Previous Virtual Community Gatherings

The Empowered University

Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success in a Pivotal Time
The Annual UMBC Fall Opening Meeting
Thursday, August 20
Watch the recorded event here.