#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.

#UMDSolidarity Events

Thursday:Healing

Date: July 9 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Tuesday:Lunch Series

Date: July 14 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Learn more and Register

Graduate Student Life’s Food for Thought: Social Activism

Graduate students and alums, join the Graduate Student Life (GSL) office for a series of lunchtime conversations focused on solidarity work, #BLM and current events. Food for Thought will take place from noon till 1PM on Tuesdays, June 30, July 14, and July 28 via Zoom.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 15 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Wednesday:Organizational Change

Date: July 15 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Zoom

Dismantling Racism and Addressing Anti-Blackness in Your Organization

Need coaching and support as you work with top leaders who talk the talk, yet are not leading transformative change in this critical, historical moment? Join Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington (The Washington Consulting Group) and Dr. Kathy Obear (Center for Transformation and Change) as they address all your questions and dilemmas about mobilizing leaders and all other members of organizations for meaningful, transformational change in these lively, engaging open Zoom sessions.


Wednesday:Webinar

Date: July 15 Time: 1 pm to 2 pm ET Location: RSVP here

Balancing Inclusion & Free Speech in Virtual Settings

Join Bias Incident Support Services (the office that brought you the GRACE Model for responding to online hate  ) for Webinar Wednesdays. This session will define academic freedom, discuss the limits to free speech and academic freedom in virtual settings, and provide tools for balancing inclusion and free speech. RSVP


Wednesday:Scholarly Conversation

Date: July 15 Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

Interrogating Race and Society in Latin America

Join the first in a series of conversations from UMD’s Latin American Studies Center around Interrogating Race and Society in Latin America. Speakers include Janvieve Williams Comrie (Executive Director Afro Resistance - The Americas), Conrad James (Associate Professor - University of Houston), Jesica Salinas LaMadrid (Asociación Misibamba - Argentina), Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli (Washington Office on Latin America Director for the Andes), and Sara Quiñonez (Afro Resistance - Colombia)


Thursday:Healing

Date: July 16 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Monday:Book Talk

Date: July 20 Time: 7 pm to 8 pm ET Location: Register here

Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist"

Bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” (praised by the NYT as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind”) with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 22 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Thursday:Healing

Date: July 23 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Monday:Design Course

Date: July 27 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist Optical Device Design

Optical devices use light for illumination or measurement. Learn both the history of anti-black racism embedded in optical devices and how to center black perspectives in optical device design. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkoptcldev].


Tuesday:Design Course

Date: July 28 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist E-waste Infrastructure Design

Electronic waste is exported from the global North to the global South. Learn both the history of anti-black environmental racism embedded in the global waste industry, and how to center black communities through generative justice. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkewstinfrstrctr].


Tuesday:Lunch Series

Date: July 28 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Learn more and Register

Graduate Student Life’s Food for Thought: Social Activism

Graduate students and alums, join the Graduate Student Life (GSL) office for a series of lunchtime conversations focused on solidarity work, #BLM and current events. Food for Thought will take place from noon till 1PM on Tuesdays, June 30, July 14, and July 28 via Zoom.


Wednesday:Design Course

Date: July 29 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist Facial Recognition Software Design

Anti-black racism is embedded in facial recognition software through both racist photography technology as well as racist and sexist algorithms. Learn this history and also how to center black perspectives in computer vision software design. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkewstinfrstrctr].


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 29 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Wednesday:Organizational Change

Date: July 29 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Zoom

Dismantling Racism and Addressing Anti-Blackness in Your Organization

Need coaching and support as you work with top leaders who talk the talk, yet are not leading transformative change in this critical, historical moment? Join Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington (The Washington Consulting Group) and Dr. Kathy Obear (Center for Transformation and Change) as they address all your questions and dilemmas about mobilizing leaders and all other members of organizations for meaningful, transformational change in these lively, engaging open Zoom sessions.


Thursday:Healing

Date: July 30 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: August 5 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Thursday:Healing

Date: August 6 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: August 12 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Thursday:Healing

Date: August 13 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Monday:Reading and Dialogue

Date: August 17 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: RSVP here

The Smith School of Business Summer 2020 Reading and Dialogue Series

Join the Smith School in a reading and dialogue series for White people and non-Black People of Color. Homework prior to the August 17 dialogue: Read "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: August 19 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Thursday:Healing

Date: August 20 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: August 26 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

ODI Reflection Space

Join once a week for an opportunity to reflect on how to integrate anti-oppression work into our daily practice. Activities include: journaling, guided discussion, responding to arts prompts, etc. Hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alums are welcome.


Thursday:Healing

Date: August 27 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Black and Queer Centered Healing Circle

The LGBT Equity Center is hosting black and queer centered healing circles for UMD students, faculty and staff. The concept of a Healing Circle is derived from Native American and Indigenous cultures and is used to create a space where people come together to share experiences and explore ways to heal. This Healing Circle will explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and provide a space for black queer people to be in community.

Stay tuned for the rest of the #UMDSolidarity week events on ODI's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It's time to act. Join us.