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.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Calendar of Events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Every 2 minutes, someone in America is sexually assaulted.
1 in 5 college women experience a sexual assault.
95% of college-aged victims know their attacker.

These are just a few statistics to highlight why this month of awareness is so very important for our campus and our greater community. We have several events this April that will honor the voices and experiences of survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, there are events that will seek to raise awareness about sexual assault and the importance of effective consent.

Find out more information on myUMBC.

Please feel free to download, mark your calendar with the events you plan on attending, and share the word with other students, staff, and faculty.

Highlighted Events:

The Clothesline Project Display: Thursday, April 10th on Commons Main Street from 10am-4pm, followed by a discussion at 4pm in the Women’s Center. (Opportunities to make shirts for the display will be made available on several occasions leading up to the 10th… see calendar for details)

Take Back the Night: Tuesday, April 15th beginning at 6:30pm on the Commons Terrace

Voices Against Violence protocol, Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence at UMBC on Tuesday, April 22nd from 1-2:30pm. To register, click here.

Follow #UMBCaware and #UMBCtbtn for updates throughout the month.

If you have questions about any of the listed events or about sexual assault resources, please contact Jess Myers, Women’s Center Director, at jessm@umbc.edu, 410-455-2714 or Mickey Irizarry, Health Education Coordinator, at parora@umbc.edu, 410-455-3752

Transforming Masculinities: Man Card Edition (4/9)

Sometimes when men do things that are outside of expected masculine behavior roles, they are told that their “man card” is at risk of being revoked. To kick off the Women’s Center’s new discussion series on masculinity, all are welcome to join in a conversation about what the “man card” is, what it means, and what it means to have it “revoked.” Who has the power to make these determinations? What behaviors cause someone to decide that a revocation of the man card is necessary? And, in the long run, does it really matter?

Join us as you are able, for any or all of the hour long discussion!

Clothesline Project Display: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (4/10)

On Thursday, April 10th on the Commons Main Street from 10-4pm, the Women’s Center will be displaying the Clothesline Project in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This display includes t-shirts with messages from UMBC community members over the years related to their experiences of sexual assault or relationship violence. This can be a powerful experience for passersby.

Women’s Center staff, UHS Peers and Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention advocates will be staffing the Project to help answer any questions you may have about the display.

The UMBC community is invited to join us in the Women’s Center following the display to reflect and discuss the display. The discussion will take place from 4-5pm.

For additional information, feel free to contact the Women’s Center at 410.455.2714 or email womens.center@umbc.edu. Information regarding the event, including an event flyer, can be found on myUMBC.

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.

Clothesline Project Display: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (4/16)

On Tuesday, April 16th on the Commons Main Street from 10-4pm, the Women’s Center will be displaying the Clothesline Project in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This display includes t-shirts with messages from UMBC community members over the years related to their experiences of sexual assault or relationship violence. This can be a powerful experience for passersby.

Women’s Center staff, UHS Peers and Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention advocates will be staffing the Project to help answer any questions you may have about the display.

For additional information, feel free to contact the Women’s Center at 410.455.2714 or email womens.center@umbc.edu. Information regarding the event, including an event flyer, can be found at: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/womenscenter/events/17294