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UMBC Together Weekly Spotlights

Week of July 20th- 9th Edition

Check some ways you and/or your office can stay connected with the wider UMBC community this week by informing you of select events, programs, resources, as well as some tips and tricks to maximize your virtual campus experience. 

The following are some items to check out this week through next Monday (July 20th-July 27th)

Call To Action

As our nation continues to have dialogue related to race, ethnicity and other identity based-issues, we encourage you to check out the Q&A to the June 18th Town Hall Session: The Many Faces of Structural Racism: A Campus Conversation. These responses are UMBC centered and cover questions that were not answered during the live session. 

Please also check out the recent campus announcement regarding the Update to Proposed Immigration Policy Changes.


Independence, Freedom, and Disability: Celebrating Olmstead and the ADA. Written on July 14th, 2020 by Stephanie Lazarus, Office of Accessibility and Disability Services 

Events and Engagement

Where My People At?: Spiritual Engagement at UMBC

Tuesday, July 21st | 3:00-4:15 p.m. | Online (Webex Link)

  • So, where my people at? This session gives first-year students and new transfers an opportunity to learn more about life at UMBC as a religious/spiritual student. Hear from our D&I staff, student organization leaders, Religious Council Members, and recent alums about navigating UMBC as a religious/spiritual student. Join us to make new connections, join a new group, learn about campus resources, and see what this community can offer you! This session will also show you how to find the Interfaith Center once you visit campus. For more information, please contact interfaith@umbc.edu. This session is part of a mini-series. Please click here for the student of color session. 

Summer Lunch & Learn: Wearable Sensors and Infrared Cameras: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research at UMBC

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 |12:00 -1:00 p.m. | Online (Webex Link)

  • Students, faculty, and staff — bring your own lunch and stay connected with the UMBC academic community. Read below for ways to join this virtual event. This talk will be followed by a period of Q&A, so either post your questions in the comment section before the event starts, or in the WebEx chat once the event starts.“Interdisciplinarity” is a term frequently used in academia. But what is it, and how does a public university like UMBC promote interdisciplinary research while making it accessible to students and faculty? The User Studies Labs (USL), located in the Information Systems Department, equipped and managed by the Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC), offer an answer to that question. Join Dr. Andrea Kleinsmith and learn how newly acquired wearable sensors and infrared cameras for measuring human behavior enables collaborative research across various disciplines at UMBC, and helps faculty integrate teaching and research. 

Anti Racism and Action: Our Roles Now

Friday, July 24th | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Online

  • The Dresher Center for the Humanities, Center for Social Science Scholarship, and Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts invite you to attend the second Anti-Racism and Action: Our Roles Now Drop-in Session on Friday July 24th at 1:00 P.M. to consider how we can continue to use our roles as faculty, teachers, chairs/directors, graduate students, or mentors to work toward racial justice, social change, civic action, community action, and pedagogical engagement. This session follows the momentum started in the first Anti-Racism and Action session held on June 12. We will discuss how we can continue anti-racism work on our campus and in our communities as we transition from summer to the fall semester. One focus of this session will be a discussion of memorials, including the removal of monuments in Baltimore and across the country, from the perspective of art history, African American history, and social justice. We will also consider potential ways to carry the work forward by partnering with local schools. Please register here for this event and submit your questions, resources, or goals for action that you would like to see addressed in the session. We will follow up with a Google Meet invitation before the July 24th session. Questions? Contact Courtney Hobson: chobson1@umbc.edu

  • Click here for a full listof UMBC Events.

Resource & Tip of the Week:

Want to cross-promoting or submit student-centered events, stories, news or even puns for the Commons Virtual Pun Board on the Staying Connected with Student Affairs page? Please email a link and brief description to Tori Heasley (theasley@umbc.edu) and Katie Chrzanowski (katiechrz@umbc.edu).

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Posted: July 20, 2020, 11:55 AM