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.

“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.

Mosaic Center Spring Speaker: Faizun Kamal (3/11)

Student Life’s Mosaic Center for Culture and Diversity welcomes their spring speaker Faizun Kamal, entrepreneur, social change maker and CEO/Founder of SourceFK.

Kamal F-Photo (low res headshot 2013)As Chief Sourcer of sourceFK, Faizun leads sourceFK’s unique business approach to empowering women in Asia. An innovative company with a social mission, sourceFK addresses systemic poverty by partnering with Asian women artisans and connecting them to global markets and training.

Of SourceFK, Faizun says “Our business model reflects a new vision of luxury that highlights human creativity not technology, respect for the environment and decency in employment.” To learn more about Faizun Kamal and SourceFK, watch their debut on HuffPost Life, discussing the state of the Bangladeshi garment industry and the OM Campaign with Soulside OUT.

Kamal’s presentation on Combating Systemic Poverty Through Empowerment & Partnership will take place on Tuesday, March 11 from 7.30-9 PM in The Commons, Skylight Room. Co-sponsored by the English Language Institute, Gender and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Oxfam and the Women’s Center.
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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.

David Levering Lewis to Present W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture (11/13)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis is this year’s speaker for the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years after the March on Washington.” He is the author of eight books and editor of two more.

David Levering Lewis

Lewis is a Professor of History at New York University and his field is comparative history with special focus on twentieth-century United States social history and civil rights. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography twice for part one and part two of his biography of W.E.B. Du Bois in 1994 and 2001 respectively.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of History, the Department of American Studies, the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, the Honors College, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and the Mosaic Center of the Office of Student Life.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on November 13th in the University Center Ballroom.

Mosaic Center Presents Dawn J. Fraser (2/6)

Dawn FraserIn recognition of National Black History Month, the Office of Student  Life’s Mosaic Center welcomes Dawn J. Fraser.  Fraser is a humorist,  storyteller, and national speaker from San Jose, California. She has  toured with internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman as part of the  Unchained Tour, and has been featured in various storytelling shows  including Story Collider, Soundtrack Series and RISK! Dawn is one of the Co-Founders of the nonprofit ‘Art in Action’ (currently a division of  United Roots Oakland) and has worked on cultural advocacy programs in  countries including Brazil, Jamaica and Ghana.
All UMBC students, staff, faculty and their visitors are welcome to attend. A facilitated discussion and light reception will immediately follow this presentation.
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: The Commons, Skylight Room

This event is sponsored by The Office of Student Life’s Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity, the Women’s Center, and the Humanities Living and Learning Community.  Additional co-sponsors TBA.

Contact Lisa Gray, Assistant Director of Student Life for Cultural and Spiritual Diversity at 410-455-8478 for further information.