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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

A Space for UMD Parents & Guardians

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A virtual gathering for anyone at UMD who is in a parental role for an individual of color during this time. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are all welcome. This is a space for processing, discussing what it means to parent a child or adult of color during this time, talking about how we are caring for ourselves and family in this moment, and sharing relevant parenting resources. Register here for this 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. Register here for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

MICA Community Space

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MICA will be holding space for students to process and be in community with each other. Here is the Zoom link.

Graduate Student Processing Session

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Graduate students, please join Christopher Pérez, Director of the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, and Simone Warrick-Bell, Graduate Academic Counselor, to process your thoughts, reactions and feelings related to current events. Register here

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.

Policing and Racism in America: A Virtual Town Hall Panel

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As the world deals with a global pandemic, Black Americans continue to deal with the endemic within the pandemic-structural racism and police violence. This panel, hosted by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), will showcase research on racism, policing, criminal justice, politics, and activism as faculty reflect on a watershed moment in America. More info at Virtual: Policing and Racism in America.

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.

On the Uprising since George Floyd’s Murder and Black Struggles for Freedom in the United States

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Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton, and Kiese Laymon, the Hubert McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, will be in conversation about the uprising since George Floyd’s murder and the history of Black struggle for freedom. Register here.

#ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM

No research, no meetings, no classes, no business as usual. #ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM is the time for white and non-Black People of Color to not only educate themselves, but to define a detailed plan of action to carry forward. Create short and long-term plans to do the work to eradicate racism and create a just, equitable and inclusive academia (or STEM field). Plans should include an actionable goal, steps you will take to reach your goal, and metrics/indicators you will look for to know whether you are successfully moving towards your goal. Learn more

Facebook Live Chat: Building Community for Anti-Racist Action

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Join the UMD School of Public Health’s Dean Boris Lushniak, student Kelly Sherman ’21, Family Science Professor Mia Smith-Bynum and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Dr. Carlton E. Green for a Facebook Live conversation on how UMD students, faculty and staff can respond to racial injustice. Learn more

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It's time to ACT. Join us.