#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

Tuesday:Lunch Series

Date: June 30 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.


Tuesday:Accountability

Date: June 30 Time: 3 pm ET Location: Email for details

White Accountability Group

The Center for Transformation and Change is hosting a space for white people who share a commitment to racial justice to gather in authenticity and vulnerability to do critical self-work as change agents. Email wasracialjustice@gmail.com for the Zoom information to join.


Tuesday:Roundtable

Date: June 30 Time: 10:30 pm to 4:45 pm ET Location: Online

Pride and Protest: Free Expression and LGBTQIA+ Student Activism in 2020

The current reckoning over anti-Black and anti-trans violence has galvanized a national call for justice and equality for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Amid ongoing uncertainty and inequality wrought by COVID-19, student leaders are looking at how to drive forward meaningful change in their communities in the fall semester, even if campuses continue to operate virtually. Join PEN America’s roundtable discussion with LGBTQIA+ student activists and leaders from around the country for a timely conversation about sexual and gender identity, race, and the effects of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic on student expression and organizing.


Wednesday:Organizational Change

Date: July 1 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:Reflection

Date: July 1 Time: 11 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Zoom

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 2 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:live-stream event

Date: July 7 Time: 2 pm to 3 pm ET Location: Register here

“Racial Equity and Housing Justice During and After COVID-19” with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Join Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” and Marla Newman, National Low Income Housing Coalition board chair, for a conversation on “Racial Equity and Housing Justice During and After COVID-19.” When you register, be sure to submit questions for Nikole!


Wednesday:Disability Rights Talk

Date: July 8 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

A Conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumman!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, the President’s Commission on Disability Issues and UMD Libraries invite you to join a conversation with disability rights activist Judith Heumman! Judy Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community and a lifelong civil rights advocate, who helped pave the way for the passage of the ADA. Judy served as Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under the Obama administration, and she was one of the main organizers of the 1977 HEW 504 sit-in, where nearly 150 disability rights activists demanded that President Carter implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.


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: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: 9 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.


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.


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:Organizational Change

Date: July 29 Time: 7 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.