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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

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.

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.

Leading Toward Racism

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Join the first in a series of teach-ins featuring University of Maryland experts sharing from their research, practice and expertise to inform antiracist practices on campus. This week’s conversation will feature Dr. Roger L. Worthington (Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education/College of Education), Dr. Mia Smith-Bynum (School of Public Health), Dr. Cynthia Kay Stevens (Undergraduate Studies) and Dr. Janelle Wong (Arts & Humanities), moderated by Dr. Carlton E. Green (Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Register here

America’s Racial Reckoning: Black Lives and Black Futures in Historical, Political and Legal Context

Join for a conversation with leading Brandeis faculty about the complex intersections of history, politics, and the law in how race, white supremacy, and anti-blackness function in American society—and how we can chart a new future for black lives. Featuring professors Anita Hill, Daniel Kryder and Leah Wright Rigueur with moderator Chad Williams. Learn more

Reflective Journaling

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  • Event Location Online
  • Register here

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.

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.

Second BFSA & Nyumburu Co-Sponsored Virtual Town Hall

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This town hall’s focus and theme is Ending Structural Racism to Save Lives, Advance Human Rights, and Champion Social Justice! We need to begin with the transformation of the University of Maryland’s campus to one that is much more tangibly focused on social justice, workers’ rights, and one that creates a climate where people of color feel welcomed, safe and secure. Register here

Learnings, Noticings, and Commitments in the Context of COVID-19: A Racial Justice Conversation

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Join Social Justice Training Institute faculty as they discuss what they are (re)discovering about race, racism, white supremacy, racial trauma and racial justice during this time of chaos, uncertainty, and profoundly unequal suffering. They will share their emotions and impact as well as how they are manifesting hope and resilience. This session is open to all. Registration is required. Space is limited. More info and Register here/virtual-programs.

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.

The Smith School of Business Summer 2020 Reading and Dialogue Series

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Join the Smith School in a reading and dialogue series for White people and non-Black People of Color. Homework Prior to the June 17 dialogue: Read and reflect on these three poems

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

It's time to ACT. Join us.