“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.

2nd Annual Women of Color Reception (9/24)

The 2nd Annual Women of Color Reception will be held on Wednesday, September 24th from 5-7pm in the Women’s Center.

The Women of Color Coalition invites all women of color students, faculty, and staff to meet and mingle over food and drinks. Join us as we celebrate and support the achievements and ambitions of women of color in the UMBC community!

The Women of Color Coalition is a Women’s Center group and student organization that is dedicated to supporting women of color at UMBC by promoting visibility, education, and community-building.

Click here to RSVP.

Rebuilding Manhood Applications Available for Fall 2014 (Due 9/10)

What does it mean to be a man? When and how did you learn to become a man? What do you enjoy about being a man? What do you wish was different?

Explore these questions and more through Rebuilding Manhood. In a safe space you will discuss gender roles, norms/variations, and build a healthy, multifaceted masculinity with other UMBC men. Through the primary facilitation of UMBC staff members, you will discuss topics related to being a man parallel to other important social identities and explore ways you can be an effective ally for yourself, women, and others.

Rebuilding Manhood is an 11-week commitment for interested undergraduate men. The group will meet once a week on Fridays from 2-3:15pm beginning Friday, September 12, 2014. Group members are expected to make all meetings and are asked to commit to some outside reading (20-30 minutes a week).

Applications can be found here. Fall 2014 Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students they think would contribute to the Rebuilding Manhood experience. Nominations can be submitted here.

All UMBC men are invited to attend the Rebuilding Manhood Mixer on Thursday, September 4th from 4-6pm in the Women’s Center. For questions, contact the Women’s Center at womens.center@umbc.edu

Rebuilding Manhood Applications Available for Spring 2014 (Due 9/10/14)

What does it mean to be a man? When and how did you learn to become a man? What do you enjoy about being a man? What do you wish was different?

Explore these questions and more through Rebuilding Manhood. In a safe space you will discuss gender roles, norms/variations, and build a healthy, multifaceted masculinity with other UMBC men. Through the primary facilitation of UMBC staff members, you will discuss topics related to being a man parallel to other important social identities and explore ways you can be an effective ally for yourself, women, and others.

Rebuilding Manhood is an 11-week commitment for interested undergraduate men. The group will meet once a week on Fridays from 2-3:15pm beginning Friday, September 12, 2014. Group members are expected to make all meetings and are asked to commit to some outside reading (20-30 minutes a week).

Applications can be found online here.

Fall 2014 Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
*Students will be accepted on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early*

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students they think would contribute to the Rebuilding Manhood experience. Nominations can be submitted here.

For questions, contact the Women’s Center at womens.center@umbc.edu

Support Student Survivors of Sexual Violence Workshop for Faculty and Staff (8/19)

“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?

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.

Workshop material will be covered from 12-1pm on Tuesday, August 19th. 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, jessm@umbc.edu 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 should stay tuned for the next training date which will take place sometime in October.

Women’s Center Finals and Summer Hours

The Women’s Center will be reducing its hours for finals week and the summer. Please plan accordingly!

Beginning study day (Wednesday, May 14th) and through the end of finals on Wednesdsay, May 21st, the Women’s Center will be open from 9am-5pm on the weekdays.

Beginning Thursday, May 22nd, the Women’s Center will operate under our summer hours which are Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm.

If you need to access the lactation room outside of these hours, please contact Women’s Center staff so we can provide accommodations: email womens.center@umbc.edu or call 410-455-2714.

Kink Teaches Consent Workshop (4/29)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and part of combating sexual violence includes focusing on consent and healthy sexuality. Using principles and practices common in kink communities, the Kink Teaches Consent workshop will address strategies for exploring and respecting desires and dealbreakers.

Kink Teaches Consent will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at 2pm in the Women’s Center. This sex-positive workshop is open to anyone interested in learning skills for defining boundaries, pursuing pleasure, and communicating consent. Contact megan@umbc.edu for more information.