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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.

All #UMDSolidarity Events

Meditations

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We invite everyone into a time of loving kindness with these meditations by Dr. Candice Crowell. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian folx are encouraged to spend time with the Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma. White individuals should pause for The Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset.

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.

Still Troubled: The Lynching of George, Breonna, Ahmaud, and Tony—A Teach-In

About the teach-in: This moderated teach-in focuses on the recent killings by police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. Panelists will discuss the history of U.S. police lynching of African Americans, current information about these and other recent murders, and organizing actions individuals and communities can take in support of #BlackLivesMatter, #SayTheirNames, and other anti-racist coalitions. Coordinated by Community and Justice Studies at Guilford College. For more information, contact Christian Matheis at matheiscg@guilford.edu.

What is a teach-in? It’s an informal classroom setting where urgent educational information is provided around social issues and events that have risen to capture public attention. The goal of the teach-in is to both provide a forum for informed discussion and to work with the pace of current events by helping to direct confusion, misinformation, disorganized reactions, etc. toward focused and socially just, liberatory outcomes.

Zoom Access Info: Join using meeting ID: 955 9195 2087. Your Zoom profile must have an identifiable first and last name for the moderators to admit you to the meeting. All are welcome to attend, but there is a limit of 300 participants.

Queer Joy

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Queer Joy is a weekly time this summer for UMD’s LGBTQ+ campus communities to come together and share in some positive energies. The theme for June 3 and June 10: Finding Queer Joy and Solidarity in Times of Racial Trauma and Anti-Blackness.

Open to UMD students, staff, and faculty. You must use your umd.edu account to register and join (log in at umd.zoom.us ahead). Register here using your umd.edu email account. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Reflective Journaling

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Join a virtual journaling community to reflect and process recent events. There will be a prompt, time for journaling, and time for sharing. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome. Join here.

Convene your own White Accountability Group

The Center for Transformation and Change is hosting a session for white people who are interested in convening their own white accountability group. These are spaces 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.

Under the Blacklight: The Fire This Time

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The African American Policy Forum is hosting an emergency “Under The Blacklight” event this Wednesday (6/3) at 8 PM EST featuring Devon Carbado, Alicia Garza, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Maria Moore. Moderated by Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw, the live event will dive deep into the violence, history, frustration, politics, and ideology defining this crisis. Read more about the panelists and RSVP here.

Nyumburu & BFSA Town Hall

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Join a town hall meeting on racial injustice, uprisings & organizing to end structural racism, co-sponsored by the Black Faculty & Staff Association & Nyumburu Cultural Center. You must Register here for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A Time to Reflect

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Join a virtual space to be in community with others to process the pain, exhaustion, fear, sadness, and anger that many of us are experiencing right now. Share coping strategies and provide feedback for university leadership regarding racial healing at UMD. Affinity spaces will be held for Black folx, non-Black people of color, and White people. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome. Register here.

Resource share on Twitter!

We will be creating space on social media for YOU to share what you’re listening to, watching and reading right now that’s helping you process. Songs, podcasts, articles, videos, books and more—please share with us on Twitter (@DiverseTerps) with the hashtag !

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