This program is designed to support undergraduate women over the age of 25 returning to college later in life. Students receiving a returning women student scholar are required to participate in this program designed to support their personal, academic, and career goals of adult learners at UMBC. ALL returning women students at UMBC are invited to attend the monthly meetings and workshops designed specifically to meet the needs of adult students. You can also request an invite to join the Returning Women Students Forum on Facebook for news, resources, and community building. The scholarship deadline for the 2017–18 academic year has passed, and applications for 2018–19 will be made available online in January 2018.
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. Fall 2017: Between Women meets biweekly on Mondays at 4pm starting September 18th in the Women’s Center.
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. Fall 2017: Women of Color Coalition meets biweekly on Tuesdays at 4pm starting September 5th in the Women’s Center. Follow us on Tumblr and subscribe to the WoC Coalition email list 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. Fall 2017: This program is being re-vamped and will not meet for discussions during the fall semester. Stay tuned for updates and specific 1-time events for Spectrum during the fall semester by following the Women’s Center and Mosaic Center on myUMBC or attending the fall kick-off event on September 12th.
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.
Rebuilding Manhood is currently not being offered. If you would like to bring this program or a one-time workshop related to masculinity to your student organization, contact the Women’s Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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