“This Is What A Latina Looks Like” Roundtable Discussion (9/17)

In recognition of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, the Women’s Center will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Latina experiences and identities. What does a Latina look like? And what does it mean to be Latina?

“This Is What A Latina Looks Like” will be held on Wednesday, September 17th at 4pm in the Women’s Center. The discussion will be led by Dr. Viviana MacManus from Gender + Women’s Studies, Dr. Sara Poggio from Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication, and Susanna Campbell, student leader from Women of Color Coalition and Lambda Theta Alpha.

All members of the UMBC community are welcome to attend.

This Women’s Center program is co-sponsored by Women of Color Coalition, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., the Mosaic Center, the Department of Gender + Women’s Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication.

Mosaic Center Spring Speaker: Faizun Kamal (3/11)

Student Life’s Mosaic Center for Culture and Diversity welcomes their spring speaker Faizun Kamal, entrepreneur, social change maker and CEO/Founder of SourceFK.

Kamal F-Photo (low res headshot 2013)As Chief Sourcer of sourceFK, Faizun leads sourceFK’s unique business approach to empowering women in Asia. An innovative company with a social mission, sourceFK addresses systemic poverty by partnering with Asian women artisans and connecting them to global markets and training.

Of SourceFK, Faizun says “Our business model reflects a new vision of luxury that highlights human creativity not technology, respect for the environment and decency in employment.” To learn more about Faizun Kamal and SourceFK, watch their debut on HuffPost Life, discussing the state of the Bangladeshi garment industry and the OM Campaign with Soulside OUT.

Kamal’s presentation on Combating Systemic Poverty Through Empowerment & Partnership will take place on Tuesday, March 11 from 7.30-9 PM in The Commons, Skylight Room. Co-sponsored by the English Language Institute, Gender and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Oxfam and the Women’s Center.
For more information about this event, please contact mosaic@umbc.edu.

Event Calendar for Critical Social Justice

Departments, student groups, and individuals from across the UMBC campus and community have organized a week full of exciting programming for the Critical Social Justice: Engaging in Difficult Dialogues campaign.

Check out the CSJ calendar to find out more about the discussions, workshops, and other activities planned for March 3rd through 7th. All members of the UMBC community are encouraged to attend these events and support ongoing creative, intellectual, and activist engagement with social justice issues.

Critical Social Justice is an interdisciplinary initiative coordinated by the Women’s Center with Student Life’s Mosaic Center.

David Levering Lewis to Present W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture (11/13)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis is this year’s speaker for the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years after the March on Washington.” He is the author of eight books and editor of two more.

David Levering Lewis

Lewis is a Professor of History at New York University and his field is comparative history with special focus on twentieth-century United States social history and civil rights. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography twice for part one and part two of his biography of W.E.B. Du Bois in 1994 and 2001 respectively.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of History, the Department of American Studies, the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, the Honors College, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and the Mosaic Center of the Office of Student Life.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on November 13th in the University Center Ballroom.

Mosaic Center Presents Dawn J. Fraser (2/6)

Dawn FraserIn recognition of National Black History Month, the Office of Student  Life’s Mosaic Center welcomes Dawn J. Fraser.  Fraser is a humorist,  storyteller, and national speaker from San Jose, California. She has  toured with internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman as part of the  Unchained Tour, and has been featured in various storytelling shows  including Story Collider, Soundtrack Series and RISK! Dawn is one of the Co-Founders of the nonprofit ‘Art in Action’ (currently a division of  United Roots Oakland) and has worked on cultural advocacy programs in  countries including Brazil, Jamaica and Ghana.
All UMBC students, staff, faculty and their visitors are welcome to attend. A facilitated discussion and light reception will immediately follow this presentation.
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: The Commons, Skylight Room

This event is sponsored by The Office of Student Life’s Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity, the Women’s Center, and the Humanities Living and Learning Community.  Additional co-sponsors TBA.

Contact Lisa Gray, Assistant Director of Student Life for Cultural and Spiritual Diversity at 410-455-8478 for further information.

World AIDS Day Awareness and Recognition Begins (11/26-11/30)

With this year’s World AIDS Day approaching on December 1st, the Office of Student Life’s Mosaic Center, University Health Services, and the UMBC Women’s Center have announced a partnership which aims to raise awareness and education about HIV/Aids, beginning today, November 26th, through November 30th.

Events for the week include:

-Free & Confidential Rapid HIV Testing on November 27th & 28th, from 10am – 4pm in     The Commons, Room 329.

An HIV/AIDS Brown Bag Discussion on November 27th, from 10am – 11am in the Women’s Center.

-The World AIDS Day Health Fair on November 27th, held from 11am – 1pm, on The Commons Main Street.

Staff and faculty participation is encouraged. To find out more about these and other events planned to help awareness of World AIDS Day, please visit the Office of Student Life’s Mosaic Center group page on myUMBC here

UMBC to Host Workshops on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (3/2, 3/12, 4/6 and 4/24)

We are proud to announce that UMBC will be hosting introductory workshops on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, as well as LGBTQ Safe Zone Ally Development Training, throughout the Spring 2012 semester. Our aim is to help students, faculty and staff promote a more welcoming atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning members of the UMBC community.

The first session is a sexual orientation and gender identity introductory workshop. It will cover basic ideas and terminology related to LGBTQ issues and is intended for those with a very general understanding of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning. This session is for beginners. The first workshop for faculty/staff will be taking place Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon.

The second session is Safe Zone Ally development training. It will prepare participants to join UMBC’s formal network of Safe Zone advocates, if they wish. Advocates are community members who agree to be publicly identified as being dedicated to making UMBC safer for students, faculty and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities. One does not need to be a member of the LGBTQ community to become an advocate; all it takes is a genuine wish to be involved in helping students, faculty and staff feel safe and encouraged to be themselves as much as possible.

Since Safe Zone Ally Development Training does presume some level of knowledge and familiarity with LGBTQ ideas and terminology, Session II participants are expected to have a basic understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity through previous training (for example, the Session I introductory workshop), personal background or past experiences.

For Session II, choose a day/time/session level that best fits you!

Safe Zone/Ally Development Training (Session II)

Monday, March 12, 12:30-2:30 pm (Open to all)

Friday, April 6, noon-2 p.m. (Open to all)

Tuesday, April 24, 1-3 p.m. (Open to all)

All sessions are free and will be held in the Office of Student Life’s Mosaic Center, located on the second floor of the Commons (Room 2B23) unless otherwise noted. RSVPs via email (mosaic@umbc.edu) are strongly encouraged.

To get more information, contact Oteri Esiekpe at ext. 5-3463 or oesiekp1@umbc.edu.