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UMBC Together Weekly Spotlights

Week of July 27th - 10th 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. 

Here are some items to check out this week through next Monday (July 27th-August 3rd):


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Events and Engagement

Campus Life’s Online Leadership Challenge 

Ongoing: Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | All Day | Online

Retrievers!! We want YOU to take on the Online Leadership Challenge! Navigate the different paths to leadership, practice articulating your journey as a leader, and engage in meaningful discussions with other UMBC students. 

Challenge questions will be posted on the Campus Life Instagram and myUMBC page every Tuesday and Thursday starting July 21st until August 13th. The student who accumulates the most points throughout the challenge will receive a $50 UMBC Bookstore gift card! The Online Leadership Challenge is dedicated to helping students reflect on the intersection of academics, personal experiences & campus involvement to answer the question: What is a leader? And what does leadership look like?

To access the Challenge Guidelines click on the "Download Image" button below. Make sure to follow the Campus Life Instagram @umbccampuslife and Campus Life myUMBC page to participate as a challenger! Who knows? Maybe you'll win the prize, or better yet, discover the leader in YOU! For questions contact Coordinator for Leadership, Beatriz Gutierrez-Malagon at bgutierrez@umbc.edu

ONLINE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE POSTS:Challenge Day 1 — Self-Development | Challenge Day 2 — Feedback and Self

Attention Challengers! You have until 11:59pm on Friday, August 14th to submit all your answers to any and all posts! The winner will be announced on Monday, August 17th

Change Maker’s Dinner

July 28th, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Online

UMBC students, faculty, and staff: Join local leaders addressing structural racism for a virtual dinner conversation about their aspirations and challenges, and learn how you can get involved. You will have the opportunity to hear from several change makers and spend time in small groups interacting with them and other participants.

Among the panelists will be: Michael Casiano, Assistant Professor, American Studies, UMBC; Julianna B. Felkoski, '16, Juris Doctor candidate, University of Baltimore School of Law; Eric Ford, Director, Choice Program; Bill Joyner, '11, Equity Officer, Baltimore Police Department; Brandon Scott, candidate for Mayor and President, Baltimore City Council; Mary Washington, Maryland State Senator

Space is limited and RSVP is required: tinyurl.com/changemakersdinner. Because we cannot meet in person, this is a bring-your-own dinner event.

[Free]dom Friday: Dismantling Columbus

Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. | Online: Webex Link

[Free]dom Fridays are designed to provide a virtual space to have an open dialogue about social justice and identity-based topics with other participants. The recent removal of Christopher Columbus statues across the nation has made some people question “Why are people mad at Columbus?” and “Why should I care?” This Freedom Friday will focus on these removals in connection with the recent uprisings to further racial justice in the United States. Join us as we explore the history of American colonialism, connection to late 19th/early 20th century Italian immigration, the romanticization of Columbus, the erasure and genocide of Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and how it contributes to upholding White supremacy. 

All are welcome to attend! If you have any questions or have suggestions for a future [Re]fresh Friday or [Free]dom Friday, please email Heidy George, Program Associate for Student Diversity and Inclusion at hmg@umbc.edu or at mosaic@umbc.edu.

Join us: WebEx Link. Click "going" if you are planning to attend.

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  • Retriever’s Return Roadmap: Link

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Posted: July 27, 2020, 11:14 AM