Discussion-Based Programs

For the most up to date information about each of these discussion group meetings, we encourage people to look at our myUMBC events page as all discussion group meetings are posted there and include information about joining (both online and in-person).

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Returning Women Students Scholars + Affiliates Program

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 scholarship 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. All workshops and events are posted via our myUMBC events page.

 

Spectrum

The Spectrum Discussion Group makes space 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. 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 experiences of the transgender community. For safety and confidentiality reasons, this meeting is for those who identify as trans and/or non-binary. It is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews. Spectrum will meet during the fall semester every other Wednesday from 3-4pm. For the most accurate meeting times, visit our myUMBC events page.

 

We Believe You

Hosted in collaboration with the Women’s Center and the student organization We Believe You, this discussion group creates space to center the experiences of survivors of sexual violence. 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 support and healing for survivors of sexual violence. For safety and confidentiality reasons, this meeting is for those who identify as survivors and their allies. It is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews.  We Believe You Discussion Group will every other week during the fall semester on Tuesdays from 3-4pm. For the most accurate meeting times, visit our myUMBC events page.  For more details, join the We Believe You myUMBC page (where you can also learn more about their general body meetings and activism efforts) or connect with a Women’s Center staff member.

 

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Women of Color Collective

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 Collective. 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. For safety and confidentiality reasons, this meeting for those who identify as women of color. It is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews. WOCC will meet during the fall semester every other Monday from 4-5pm. For the most accurate meeting times, visit our myUMBC events page.

 

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Women and Gender Minorities  in STEM

A discussion group for UMBC’s women and gender minorities in STEM. Each discussion will take place monthly and will be hosted by a different faculty member from the STEM disciplines focusing on a different topic related to women and gender minorities in STEM. 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 experiences of women students studying in the STEM fields. Stay tuned to our myUMBC events page for discussion dates and times. 

 

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Between Women (on hiatus)

Between Women is a discussion-based program that centers the experiences of women and feminine-identified students who identify on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. 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 confidentiality reasons, this meeting is for those in the LGBTQAI+ community. It is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews.

In order to best accommodate all of our community members during the pandemic, many of the Women’s Center’s discussion groups will be virtual for the Fall 2021 semester. Virtual/in-person joining information for each discussion group meeting is available via myUMBC.

All of our groups are open to walk-ins throughout the year. As long as you fit the criteria of the group (described above for each group), you are welcome to attend any of the meetings. If you are not able to come to meetings because of scheduling conflicts, please know that meeting schedules change each semester/school year. If you want more information about a group or if you’d like to sign up for email reminders from group leaders, please email us at womenscenter@umbc.edu.

For safety and confidentiality reasons, many of our identity-based discussion groups are specifically for those who identify within the identity being centered by the group. We ask that students who are allies to these communities please respect the nature of these closed groups and consider other ways that you can support people with historically marginalized identities. Similarly, it is not appropriate for students to use discussion group spaces for class research or interviews.

Want to learn more about why we’ve decided to host “closed” meetings? Check out this important and helpful piece from Everyday Feminism on Healing Spaces as an Ally. If you still have questions, please contact us at womenscenter@umbc.edu.

 

UMBC USG Students are invited and encouraged to attend any of these discussion group meetings (whether in-person or when offered virtually).


Please note:
UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. If you have difficulties accessing any of the materials on our site or any of our events or discussions, please contact us so that we can provide an alternative format and/or remedy any accessibility challenges.