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Discussion-Based Programs

Women’s Center discussion groups will be meeting virtually throughout the Fall 2020 semester! Please visit our myUMBC events page for meeting details and access to our virtual meeting spaces. Please note, for purposes of confidentially, we generally will not sure access links via our myUMBC events for closed group meetings. Please request to join the discussion-based group list-serv for up-to-date information.

 

Between Women

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 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 will meet during the fall semester every other Monday from 4-5pm. For the most accurate meeting times, visit our myUMBC events page. 

 

Yellow colorized image of group of graduates sitting together with text layered on top.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 is a closed meeting 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 Monday from 2-3pm. 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 is a closed meeting 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 weekly meet during the fall semester on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. 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 is a closed meeting for those who identify as women of color and it is not appropriate for students to use the space for class research or interviews. WOCC will meet during the fall semester every other Tuesday from 4-5pm. For the most accurate meeting times, visit our myUMBC events page.

 

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Women in STEM 

A discussion group for UMBC’s women in STEM. Each discussion will take place monthly and will be hosted by a different woman faculty member from the STEM disciplines focusing on a different topic related to Women 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. Regular meetings will not be taking place during the Fall and we are encouraging interested students to check out CWIT’s Impact Workshop series instead. For 1-time events we may host throughout the fall, visit our myUMBC events page. 

 

 

RB_Color_2Rebuilding Manhood

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 sexual violence.
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 womenscenter@umbc.edu.

 

Wondering if 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 womenscenter@umbc.edu.

 

 

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.