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#UMDSolidarity

A Message from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Dear students, staff, faculty, and administrators, and alums,

The University of Maryland community must be even more committed to our mission of building a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment. Words aren’t enough. We have to act! We must learn to be anti-racist in the face of racism whenever and wherever it occurs. Our system is broken as evidenced by disparities in education, criminal justice, income levels, housing, and health. We are all part of this broken system. It is our human responsibility to co-create a new system that is more responsive to inequities. It is difficult, yet pivotal, to consistently recognize, interrogate and disrupt ourselves in all of this. For many of us, our human tendency is to grieve every time a Black or Brown person is killed, to affirm enlightening media posts from friends, to engage in deep conversations, and then to return to our lives. And so that cycle continues. We have to do something different to disrupt the cycle.

Please join us for these events and stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on other events and opportunities for solidarity and reflection. If your department or organization is planning a program to promote solidarity and/or reflection, please let us know at DiverseTerps@umd.edu.

Upcoming #UMDSolidarity Events

Stop the Hate anti-bias training - open to all students

ODI's Bias Incident Support Services team (BISS for short) offers "Stop the Hate" trainings that provide an introduction to bias incidents and the resources available through BISS for those impacted at UMD. The bias report form, BISS protocol, bias dashboard and other resources will be shared. There will also be an opportunity to reflect and practice bias response with a couple of examples. These trainings are open to any UMD community members! This particular session is focused on student needs.

Making Events and Meetings Accessible to All

Do you remember a time when people around you broke out in laughter, but you didn’t hear the joke? Be careful not to leave out information for some people in your audience. Presentations that are accessible to people with disabilities are also inclusive to many more audiences. This presentation will discuss ways to make your meetings and events accessible to everyone by providing all attendees with the tools they need to plan an accessible event.

Please contact Emily Lucio at ADAcoordinator@umd.edu or 301-405-2841 at least five (5) full business days prior to the event to request any reasonable accommodations to participate in the event. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Empowering Student Activism in Free Speech

As a part of the ongoing free speech and social justice series from Bias Incident Support Services and the Office of Student Conduct, a student-only panel to illustrate the many ways that activism can empower student voices and experiences.

Our esteemed panelists:

  • Nabila Prasetiawan - Undergraduate Student - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies double degree candidate
  • Lucy Taylor - Creator of SNAPPED, the podcast series, and graduated from UMD in 2020 after majoring in theatre and minoring in rhetoric
  • Lizzie Mafrici - UMD Alumni and former president of PSA (Preventing Sexual Assault)Moderators: Nicole Garcia Diaz (she/her/hers) and Brian Medina (ze/hir/hirs)

Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator Panel

In this panel from the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center, you will hear from instructors on campus who are exploring what it means to be an anti-racist educator. Join in to learn from their experiences and ask questions!

Stop the Hate anti-bias training - open to all faculty/staff

ODI's Bias Incident Support Services team (BISS for short) offers "Stop the Hate" trainings that provide an introduction to bias incidents and the resources available through BISS for those impacted at UMD. The bias report form, BISS protocol, bias dashboard and other resources will be shared. There will also be an opportunity to reflect and practice bias response with a couple of examples. These trainings are open to any UMD community members! This particular session is focused on faculty/staff needs.

Stay tuned for more #UMDSolidarity events on ODI's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It's time to ACT. Join us.