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.

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UMBC 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.

Upcoming Virtual Community Gatherings

UMBC's True Grit statue shown with a black and gold UMBC Mask covering  his face

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

The Empowered University: Balancing Inclusion and Free Speech

Wednesday, January 27
4pm, via Webex

What is our role in protecting free speech as a public university?
What should I do if I see or hear content that does not align with my values?
What is the difference between free speech and hate speech?
Is hate speech protected?
Can I be disciplined for my speech online? What about in a classroom?

Help us start a community discussion about the challenges of balancing our shared commitments to free speech and equity and inclusion.
Please share your thoughts and questions when you register for the event.
Registration link For The Empowered University: Balancing Inclusion and Free Speech Event


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.

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in Our Communities Town Hall

Thursday, September 24
Watch the recorded event here.

The Empowered University: Internationalization and Global Engagement

Tuesday, October 27
Watch the recorded event of The Empowered University: Internationalization and Global Engagement here.
Due to a technical error, while closed captioning was provided live, it is not available for this file, we apologize for the inconvenience.
You can view a time stamped transcript of The Empowered University: Internationalization and Global Engagement here. (PDF File)
Future town halls will continue to be closed captioned.

The Empowered University: Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, November 18
Watch the recorded event The Empowered University: Teaching and Learning here

Grit & Gratitude - Virtual Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 16
Watch the recorded event Grit & Gratitude - Virtual Holiday Celebration here