UMBC is a diverse community with diverse needs. As such, faculty, staff, and students need a safe space on campus where resources, information, and programming are available related to gender, equity, wellness, community, and social justice. The Women’s Center provides the UMBC community with this sort of safe space and offers events and programming that help the community explore these issues.
Women’s Center events and programming aim to:
- Complement academic explorations of gender in the classroom.
- Support academic explorations of gender by students and staff.
- Reinforce and explore the interconnectedness of gender with race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of diversity.
- Offer alternative and/or complementary resources when on campus resources fall short with respect to accounting for differences in experiences/needs.
- Act as a bridge between available resources and those in need when obstacles such as misinformation, lack of familiarity, stigmatization, and shame around sensitive issues make seeking support a challenge.
- Mediate and/or facilitate dialogue between community members when gender dynamics play a role in the breakdown of communication.
- Create opportunities for community building through the discovery of commonalities across differences.
The Women’s Center lounge can be reserved for groups or departments hosting events or meetings that reflect the Women’s Center mission. All requests to reserve the lounge must be submitted through R25 for processing and are subject to approval. A nominal fee may be assessed for space reservations, which helps to support Women’s Center programming and resources for the UMBC community. Please contact Women’s Center staff if you have any questions about hosting an event in the Center.