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, 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 can attend the fall semester training which is scheduled for Monday, October 20th from 1-2:30pm.

Reina Gossett: LGBTQ History Month Keynote (10/21)

UMBC celebrates LGBTQ History Month with this Critical Social Justice campaign speaker who will be speaking on the topic of “Towards a Queered Understanding of Critical Social Justice.”

Reina Gossett will be speaking from 7:30-9:30pm in the UC Ballroom on Tuesday, October 21st.

A trans* woman of color, hearing Reina Gossett’s lived experience is enough to captivate. Add to this years of meaningful experience in activism and community organization, in film-making and research, in writing and social justice work, and her growing recognition begins to make sense.

Reina offers a unique perspective on the experiences of LGBTQ/GNC (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming) people, especially those who are also people of color and those of low-income backgrounds.

Sharing this perspective, and with such varied and interdisciplinary experiences, Reina brings new light to social justice activism and challenges even the most critical of us to examine our practices and beliefs, pushing all to embody the change that so many feel our world so desperately needs.

Presented by Student Life’s Mosaic: Cultural & Diversity Center and The Women’s Center.

Relationship Violence Awareness Month Calendar of Events

As October is quickly approaching, The Women’s Center & Health Education at UHS want to share the events we have planned for the month.

As some of you may know, October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM).  As relationship violence awareness and prevention are very important topics on our campus, we hope that you will be able to support us by attending some of these events and encouraging others to do so as well.

RVAM flyerYou can download the flyer on the left to print and post in your departments’ common area and share through your department’s social media pages! We would also appreciate a paw on myUMBC.

We would also like to highlight a training specifically for faculty and staff: The Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Response Protocol Training. If you have not yet been to this training, it is highly encouraged. Seats are still available and you may register here.

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

“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