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.

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!