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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

The Circle - Centering the Disability Community

The Circle is a monthly restorative space from Bias Incident Support Services to center those impacted by identity-based trauma. All UMD members are welcome into The Circle, acknowledging that we are holding space for one another as we share with vulnerability and humility. Restorative circles derive from Indigenous ancestral wisdom as a means for individual and community healing.

This month we will focus our centering for the disability community, acknowledging our unique needs and supporting one another with compassionate care.

*To ensure the privacy of attendees, this sacred space will never be recorded

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.

The Circle: Centering Jewish Students

Bias Incident Support Services invites Jewish-identified students to join and be affirmed and validated in their everyday experiences. This session will be co-hosted by Brian Medina (ODI) and Maddie Reich (Resident Life).

Constructions of Race and Jewishness: How Antisemitism Shapes and is Shaped by the Racialization of Jewish People

Recently, Whoopi Goldberg stirred up a great deal of controversy when she said that the Holocaust was “not about race.” In the aftermath, historians and Jewish organizations pointed out that for the Nazis, “Jewish” was a race. But Jewish people of all races and ethnicities. How can both be true?

Join a panel discussion including historians and scholars of race, racism, antisemitism and Jewish identity for a conversation that will unpack the social construct of race as it applies to Jewish people historically and today. Hosted by ODI, ARHU and Jewish Studies.


Panelists:

  • Eric Goldstein, Judith London Evans Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Emory University
  • Beverly Eileen Mitchell, Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Shirelle Doughty, Lecturer, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland
  • Tracie Guy-Decker (moderator), podcast co-creator and co-host, Jews Talk Racial Justice with April & Tracie

Truth to Power: Managing and Supporting Effective Activism on Campus

Free speech and expression have been an ongoing theme of Bias Incident Support Services' series as to navigate how to amplify the needs of marginalized members within the UMD community. For this panel, panelists will attempt to unpack the ways in which systems often create barriers or challenges for effective activism. They will also discuss how free speech and expression can be used to empower changes in culture and policy over time, sustaining efforts beyond the performative and toward the transformative.

Panelists:

  • Emerson J. Sykes, senior staff attorney, ACLU
  • Caleb Jackson, legal counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Kalin Schultz, Ph.D. student and lecturer on political culture & rhetoric, UMD
  • Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, director of the Stamp Student Union, UMD

Land-Grab UMD

Did you know the US funded land-grant universities (including UMD) with expropriated Indigenous land? Join the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Department of Entomology for a webinar featuring Dr. Robert Lee (U. of Cambridge, UK) and Mr. Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa, Editor at Grist), who will present their research work on the expropriated land used to found land-grant institutions, revealing the links between violent colonialism and higher education in the USA.

This webinar is open to all and will be recorded; please register in order to participate. CART captions will be provided. Please contact Allison (allison1@umd.edu) for any accommodations or access needs.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Entomology. Co-sponsored by MICA Office; The 1856 Project; Student Affairs; College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences; SACNAS at UMD; and City of College Park.

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.

The Circle: Centering the Disability Community

The Circle is a monthly restorative space from Bias Incident Support Services to center those impacted by identity-based trauma. All UMD members are welcome into The Circle, acknowledging that we are holding space for one another as we share with vulnerability and humility. Restorative circles derive from indigenous ancestral wisdom as a means for individual and community healing.

This restorative Circle will center the disability community as a means to build relationships and repair any harm experienced as a result of bias against those with varying abilities. We welcome all participants, but particularly those with disabilities to join us.

*To ensure the privacy of attendees, this sacred space will never be recorded

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

It's time to ACT. Join us.