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Call to action: Stop the Hate workshops

Dear UMD community,

I write to you today as many of our friends and neighbors are about to observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for our Jewish community. I also write to you as we make progress on our anti-racist agenda and reaffirm our commitment to LGBTQ+ Terps through our newly renamed Equity Center.

I believe our collective commitment to an inclusive campus has never been stronger. At the same time, I am keenly aware that instances of anti-Jewish, anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ+ hate continue to be present across the country and even on our own campus. When these instances of hate occur on our campus, our priority is to support those who are affected by providing services and resources.

I also have a sense of hope for the changes we are making - and the systems we are building - to prevent and address hate on our campus. I believe our collective commitment to an inclusive campus has never been stronger, and I write with a call to action.

Please join us. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion offers resources on combating oppression and hate, including a series of upcoming webinars on antisemitism. These lessons are just as important now than ever, and I urge you to prioritize this work and take advantage of the resources that are available to you as part of the UMD community. We need you.

Upcoming training opportunities include:

For faculty/staff

For students

For any member of our community

There are also resources available for anyone at UMD who has been affected by a hate-bias incident of any kind:

We are firm in our support of our community. Please join us in speaking up when you see hate in any form. We can—and must—do better.

Sincerely,

Signature for Georgia Dodge

Georgina Dodge
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
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