This program is designed to support undergraduate women over the age of 25 returning to college later in life. The meeting is an informal time for returning women to gather and share their stories, struggles, and successes. Campus resources will also be made available in order to help returning women reach their goals. Please check the Women’s Center myUMBC group calendar for up-to-date meeting times or download a copy of the Spring 2015 Forum calendar. You can also request an invite to join the Returning Women Students Forum on Facebook for news, resources, and community building.
Between Women is a discussion-based program that centers the experiences of women students who identify themselves on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Mosaic Center, this structured, topic-based program discusses sexuality and sexual orientation with a focus on intersectionality and provides a safe space for women and feminine-identified students to share their feelings and experiences with other women. This program follows the Women’s Center Brave Space model in order to create a community environment that fosters learning and critical discussion. For safety and confidentially reasons, this is a closed meeting for those in the LGBTQAI community and it is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews. Between Women meets every other Monday at 4pm in the Women’s Center. To get more information or to sign up, contact the Women’s Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 11-week experience for men explores manhood and gender in order to promote a healthy and multifaceted masculinity for oneself and throughout UMBC’s campus community. Rebuilding Manhood will create a safe space for consciousness-raising and critical thinking related to gender, masculinity, leadership, and various social issues. Masculinity will be explored parallel to conversations about race and ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, religion, privilege and oppression, and other aspects of individual and cultural identity. Rebuilding Manhood also aims to mobilize men as responsible leaders and allies in gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. If you are interested in participating in Rebuilding Manhood, please contact the Women’s Center or visit the application page for more information.
Women of Color Coalition:
All self-identified women of color students, staff, and faculty are welcome to share their stories and learn about others’ experiences at Women of Color Coalition. This discussion-based program follows the Women’s Center Brave Space model to provide a welcoming environment and thoughtful community to engage in conversations focused on the intersections of gender and race. Meetings are Tuesdays at 5pm. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Tumblr, and join our MyUMBC group to learn more!
The Spectrum program is for UMBC community members who identify as trans, genderqueer, gender fluid, outside of the gender binary, and/or those who are questioning their gender identity. Sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Mosaic Center, this is a structured, topic-based program for students who are questioning and/or identify outside their assigned gender to discuss and share thoughts about a variety of topics related to identity and trans issues. This program follows the Women’s Center Brave Space model to provide a welcoming community and learning environment for UMBC’s trans and gender-questioning students all across the gender spectrum. For safety and confidentiality reasons, this is a closed meeting for those needing this intentional space and it is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews. Spectrum meets on Thursdays at 3pm in the Women’s Center. For more information, contact Jess at email@example.com or Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questioning is one of the above programs is a space for you as ally? Check out this important and helpful piece from Everyday Feminism on Healing Spaces as an Ally. If you still have questions, contact us at email@example.com.