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UMBC Together Weekly Spotlights

Week of June 8th - 3rd Edition

June 8, 2020 10:59 AM

Call To Action

Everyone can make a difference. Everyone can be part of the change. We all need to come together and do our part to fight against institutionalized and systematic racism, oppression, and police brutality. Black Lives Matter.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Practice allyship

  • Live what you say you value

  • Research and educate yourself on both historical and contemporary issues that have led to current events

  • Listen! Actively and learn how to share space. Center Black voices

  • Have the hard conversation with family, friends, and others around you

  • Use your voice to speak up and speak out!  

  • Support Black and minority-owned businesses

  • Seek ways to utilize and integrate on/off-campus diversity, equity, and inclusion-based resources in your office, department or everyday life

  • Check-in, call-in, and speak-up

  • Understand that silence and inaction is complicit

  • Recognize, understand and disrupt White privilege

(NEW) Highlighted Stories

Our Retriever community members are reaching together in this challenging moment to build community and support each other. Here are some recent stories by our community members.

Read more: UMBC stories 

Have a story to share? Send it to our together@umbc.edu 


Events & Engagement

FOUR PART SERIES Resilience Building Webinar, Week 1
Monday, June 11, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - noon | Online

Join the Counseling Center to learn evidence-based skills to reduce distress and build resiliency. The You've Got This Workshops are based on mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Linehan, 2015) and scheduled for four topics. Each meeting will include a brief mindfulness exercise.

Black Faculty and Staff - Community Care Space
Monday, June 8, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Online 

With the experience of enduring both a health pandemic and a racism pandemic, we can quickly feel overwhelmed, angry, and even hopeless. We invite you to join BFSA for a facilitated discussion focusing on self-care, healing, shared processing, and resource sharing. To attend, you must be a member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association myUMBC group

Women of Color Collective: A Healing and Solidarity Space
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Online

The WoCC is holding a healing space that will center community support + solidarity and self-care for UMBC women of color. This healing and solidarity space will take place online and the meeting link will be sent to the WoCC list-serv over the next several days. If you are not on the list-serv and would like to attend this meeting, please email womenscenter@umbc.edu. *This event is closed to self-identified women of color.

Meditation in Nature
Friday, June 12, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - noon | Online

Join us for a Meditation in Nature session where we combine mindfulness meditation, sensory awareness activities, and the reflective practice of journaling in nature. The natural world is a powerful teacher for how to be with change. As we physically distance, this doesn't mean that we isolate indoors behind screens. Join us in this reflective session as we unplug, reflect, and connect with ourselves, each other, and the wisdom of the natural world which is always present and available to us.

Full list of UMBC Events.

Resources 

  • We have launched the Retrievers Return Roadmap which shares our approach to fall planning. The website will be updated regularly as details emerge. 

  • June Religious, Cultural and Ethnic Holidays and Days of Observance Calendar

Tip of the Week: Content visibility on the UMBC Together Website

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Contact Info 

Questions, comments, feedback? Contact us. 

Website: umbc.edu/together 

Email: together@umbc.edu 

Social Media: #UMBCTogether

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