Supporting Student Survivors of Sexual Violence: Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus Workshop (10/29)

“Survival is testament to someone’s strength. Healing is testament to the community surrounding her.” –Lisa Factora-Borchers

As a University community, we are expected to report incidents of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. But what else can faculty and staff members do to best support students who have experienced this kind of violence? What do we say? What do we not say? Most importantly, how can we build trust and help empower survivors that enhances a campus community that is supportive to all survivors?

This workshop will provide learning space for UMBC’s faculty and staff to become familiar with the scope of the problem of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses, challenges related to healing for survivors, and tools for personal self-care. The majority of the workshop will focus on best practices for responding sensitively and effectively to student survivors who are experiencing an immediate crisis or ongoing trauma.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center. Workshop material will be covered from 12-1pm. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support.

Presenters: Jess Myers and Megan Tagle Adams, Women’s Center staff

Questions? Contact: Jess Myers, or x5-2714

Please note: This workshop does not cover specifics related to UMBC’s reporting requirements and procedures for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Faculty and staff who are interested in the VAV Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence training can attend the fall semester training which is scheduled for Monday, October 20th from 1-2:30pm.

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training (11/14)

We will be offering a free Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to all faculty and staff in our campus community. This training will take place on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 9:30 AM-3:30 PM in the Apartment Community Center. Lunch will be on your own. The Green Dot Bystander Intervention program teaches how to recognize and intervene in situations that have the potential for violence as well as proactively build a culture that does not tolerate violence. Click here to register for this training.

For questions regarding the training, please contact the Office of the Vice President of Student affairs at 410-455-2393 or

Fitness Basics Workshop (10/15)

This event will be hosted at the RAC on the indoor track. It runs from 12:00pm-1:00pm and is open to any student, faculty and staff member.

This workshop is geared to spread the word about the Fitness Basics Group Fitness class that is offered Monday-Friday at the RAC. It is for anyone looking for a low-moderate intensity level class focusing on light cardio (walking/jogging the track), core exercises (abdominal and back muscles) and muscular endurance exercises and stretches. You won’t break too much of a sweat here; perfect if you have to go back to work or class afterwards!

Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence at UMBC (10/20)

UMBC Faculty and Staff are invited to a training session to learn about the Voices Against Violence (VAV) Program, as well as the guidelines for reporting incidents of relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking, etc.

Please note you must register for this training. Click here to register. For questions contact Alison Rohrbach at 5-1599.

USM Women’s Forum Annual Conference (11/14)

The University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Annual Conference will be held at Bowie State University on Friday, November 14th, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:30pm. This year’s theme is ‘Bridging the Gap.’

This is a wonderful way to spend a day learning and connecting with USM colleagues. Light breakfast and lunch are included. Keynote speaker: Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Please click here for information and registration.

On the USM Women’s Forum website, under ‘Awards and Scholarships’ please also look at the variety of awards & scholarships that are given out each year to students, faculty, and staff.