Staff/Faculty Sexual Assault Reporting Protocol Training (10/14)

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a training is being held for UMBC faculty and staff on what they are required to do when a student or staff/faculty member discloses an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment.

The training will be on October 14, 2015, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in COMM 318. Sign-up today on myUMBC.

Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt (8/3)

It’s your budget – take control.

Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects on their lives and their futures? Let us show you the real impact of budgeting and debt – and how to help make your money work.

Join us on Monday, August 3, 2015 from 12:00p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at University Center, Room 312, as we put “talk” into action. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leader will explain the big picture of budgeting:

  • Learn the importance of cash flow – and how to use it
  • Change how you look at saving and spending
  • Identify good and bad debt – and ways to help manage it

Spend a little time to learn valuable budgeting and debt management skills. You are welcome to forward this email to a colleague who may also want to attend!

Reserve a seat by calling 800 732-8353, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (ET) or schedule online at

Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus Workshop (8/24)

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 and create a survivor-responsive campus community?

This workshop presented by Women’s Center staff 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 1-2pm. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support.

For more information and to register, please visit our myUMBC event page.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book, “A Mingled Yarn.”

robertdelutyIn his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s wonderful new collection of poems draws its title and inspiration from Shakespeare’s line, ‘The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.’ In Deluty’s poems, there is certainly the recognition of evil — e.g., ‘neo-Nazi teen/ planning to change his surname/ from Brown to White’ — but also the eternal force of good, as in, ‘in the mailbox/ finding her lost wallet/ with extra cash.’ Also evident in these poems is the enlivening spirit of gratitude; for example, we discover ‘in her wheelchair/ the blind, deaf elder counting/ her blessings.’ Finally, as always in Deluty’s work, we find among the interwoven themes of good and ill the golden thread of the author’s generosity and humor.”

Copies of “A Mingled Yarn,” as well as of Dr. Deluty’s other books, are on sale at the Bookstore.

CWIT Bits and Bytes Program on CNN

In an article about the AMC drama “Halt and Catch Fire,” CNN explored the dearth of women in computing fields and efforts made by universities to encourage women in computer science. The article discusses UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology’s Bits and Bytes program, which introduces girls in their junior year of high school to engineering and information technology majors.

cwitThe article cites a recent National Science Foundation study that found that only 18% of computer science majors were female. “In the ’80s, there were more women getting degrees in computer technology than there are now, which is mind-blowing,” actress Kerry Bishe of “Halt and Catch Fire” told CNN. “It’s more important now to show women in the culture, on a TV show, showing that these are options for good jobs.”

Read “Why women in tech came to a ‘Halt’” on CNN.