#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.

Past #UMDSolidarity Events

Monday:Meditations

Date: June 1 Time: All Day Location: Virtual meditation

Meditations

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.


Tuesday:Accountability

Date: June 2 Time: 3 pm to 4:30 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:Teach-In

Date: June 2 Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

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.


Wednesday:Queer Joy

Date: June 3 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Queer Joy

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 in advance using your umd.edu email account. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Wednesday:Journaling

Date: June 3 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Join here

Reflective Journaling

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.


Wednesday:Accountability

Date: June 3 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm ET Location: Email for details

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.


Wednesday:Live Panel

Date: June 3 Time: 8 pm to 9 pm ET Location: RSVP here

Under the Blacklight: The Fire This Time

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.


Thursday:Town Hall

Date: June 4 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Register here

Nyumburu & BFSA Town Hall

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 in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thursday:Reflection

Date: June 4 Time: 2:30 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

A Time to Reflect

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.


Friday:Social Share

Date: June 5 Time: All Day Location: Tweet us @DiverseTerps

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 !


Friday:Parents’ Space

Date: June 5 Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm ET Location: Register here

A Space for UMD Parents & Guardians

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 in advance for this meeting.


Friday:Journaling

Date: June 5 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Register here

Reflective Journaling

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 in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Friday:Student Space

Date: June 5 Time: 2 pm to 3 pm ET Location: Join here

MICA Community Space

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


Friday:Grad Student Space

Date: June 5 Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET Location: Register here

Graduate Student Processing Session

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


Friday:Accountability

Date: June 5 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 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.


Monday:Policing Panel

Date: June 8 Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm ET Location: Register here

Policing and Racism in America: A Virtual Town Hall Panel

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.


Tuesday:Accountability

Date: June 9 Time: 3 pm to 4:30 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:Author Event

Date: June 9 Time: 7:30 pm ET Location: Register here

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

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.


Wednesday:Shut down

Date: June 10 Time: All Day Location: Learn more

#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


Wednesday:Live Chat

Date: June 10 Time: 12 pm ET Location: Join here

Facebook Live Chat: Building Community for Anti-Racist Action

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


Wednesday:Journaling

Date: June 10 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register in Advance

Reflective Journaling

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 in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Wednesday:Accountability

Date: June 10 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm ET Location: Email for details

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.


Thursday:Teach-in

Date: June 11 Time: 12 pm to 1:30 pm ET Location: Register here

Leading Toward Racism

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


Friday:Panel

Date: June 12 Time: 12 pm ET Location: Learn more and join

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 and join


Friday:Journaling

Date: June 12 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Register in Advance

Reflective Journaling

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 in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Friday:Accountability

Date: June 12 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 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:Town Hall

Date: June 16 Time: 12 pm ET Location: Register in advance

Second BFSA & Nyumburu Co-Sponsored Virtual Town Hall

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 in advance


Tuesday:Conversation

Date: June 16 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Register at sjti.org

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

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 at sjti.org/virtual-programs.


Tuesday:Accountability

Date: June 16 Time: 3 pm to 4:30 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.


Wednesday:Reading and Dialogue

Date: June 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 June 17 dialogue: Read and reflect on these three poems


Wednesday:Webinar

Date: June 17 Time: 1 pm to 2 pm ET Location: Register here

Understanding, Responding & Reporting Hate-Bias Incidents in Virtual Spaces

Join Bias Incident Support Services (the office that brought you the GRACE Model for responding to online hate  ) for Webinar Wednesdays. This session will cover the differentiation between hate-bias incidents and hate crimes, the reporting options at UMD, a few practice virtual hate-bias scenarios, effective response strategies and opportunities for self-care and compassion. RSVP


Wednesday:Panel

Date: June 17 Time: 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm ET Location: Register here

Free Speech for Black Lives on Campus

This webinar will offer a candid discussion of the challenges and opportunities related to free speech on campus, and how these intersect with efforts to address racism and make higher education more equitable. Join PEN America as they bring together perspectives from faculty, administrators, and students to discuss the urgent need to confront racism on campuses, the power and pitfalls of speaking out, and the ways that allyship across academia can be supported and solidified. Featuring ODI’s own Neijma Celestine-Donnor, Director of Bias Incident Support Services. Register here.


Wednesday:Accountability

Date: June 17 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm ET Location: Email for details

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.


Thursday:Webinar

Date: June 18 Time: 1 pm to 2 pm ET Location: Register here

Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future for Kids (and How Media Can Help)

From Common Sense Media: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, leading scholar on race in America in conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author and activist, moderated by child psychologist Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith. Through 400 years of systemic oppression and racism, our nation has failed to protect and value Black children and families. How do we support a future where all children are valued? And when we’re parenting amid crisis and trauma, how can we find support for ourselves and our kids? The conversation will center on these important questions and provide practical, how-to advice for talking about race and inspiring kids to fight for racial equity. Register here.


Thursday:Panel

Date: June 18 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Learn more

NYT’s 1619 Project: Historical Roots of the Pandemic’s Racial Disparities

Black Americans have experienced a vastly disproportionate death rate during the Covid-19 pandemic, magnifying and revealing persistent inequalities that remain an undeniable force in this country. A recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine addressed these tragic disparities and showed how they are connected to a history of systemic racism in the United States. This same history was explored in the magazine’s landmark 1619 Project last summer. Join us for a conversation about how this country’s past has affected its present disparate health outcomes. Guests: Linda Villarosa, NYT Magazine contributing writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning domestic correspondent and creator of the 1619 Project; Jeneen Interlandi, NYT editorial board member and staff writer for the magazine. Hosted by Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of the magazine. RSVP here.


Thursday:Healing

Date: June 18 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.


Friday:Week of action

Juneteenth

Date: June 19 to June 25 Time: All Day Location: Learn more

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week

In recognition of the toll that anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and racial trauma has on Black people, Academics for Black Lives are calling for White and non-Black People of Color to suspend all research activities and “work” that they benefit from (that does not directly serve Black people) for one week, beginning on Juneteenth, Friday June 19, 2020 through Thursday, June 25, 2020. The purpose of this week is to intervene against anti-Black racism and other forms of white supremacy as it manifests in academia and, in turn, enhance the safety and wellness of Black students, staff, faculty, and community members. There will be synchronous and asynchronous training through virtual mediums. Visit www.academics4blacklives.com to learn more, sign the petition, and register for the week. There is information for Black and non-Black people on the website.


Friday:Parent Event

Juneteenth

Date: June 19 Time: 11 am to 12 pm ET Location: Register here

How to Talk to Kids of Color about Race and Racism: Advice from an Expert

Dr. Maryam M. Jernigan-Noesi, a leading expert on multicultural psychology and the psychological impact of experiences of racial discrimination, will provide practical, how-to advice for talking to children of color about race and racism. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Dr. Jernigan-Noesi, ask questions, and receive feedback. Hosted by Neijma Celestine-Donnor, director of Bias Incident Support Services


Friday:Transcribe-a-thon

Juneteenth

Date: June 19 Time: 2 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

Freedmen’s Bureau Transcribe-A-Thon: A Juneteenth Celebration (afternoon session)

Join the College of Arts & Humanities and help liberate untold stories of our country’s reconstruction. Transcribe pages from the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau of the U.S.


Friday:Accountability

Juneteenth

Date: June 19 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 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.


Friday:Transcribe-a-thon

Juneteenth

Date: June 19 Time: 9 am to 12 pm ET Location: Register here

Freedmen’s Bureau Transcribe-A-Thon: A Juneteenth Celebration (morning session)

Join the College of Arts & Humanities and help liberate untold stories of our country’s reconstruction. Transcribe pages from the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau of the U.S.


Tuesday:Prayer & Vigil

Date: June 23 Time: 10 am to 6:46 pm ET Location: Via Zoom

College Park Faith Communities: Black Lives Matter Prayer Chain & Vigil

Please join College Park Faith Communities (including UMD chaplaincies) for a time of spiritual unity, renewal and call to action: Black Lives Matter Interfaith Prayer Chain from 10 a.m. - 6:46 p.m. (Come and go as needed) Eight hours and 46 minutes of prayer from College Park’s diverse faith communities to symbolize the 8 minutes and 46 seconds an officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Followed by a virtual Candlelight Interfaith Vigil from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Call in via Zoom or on Facebook live. Call in at (301) 715-8592, 99304054334#.


Tuesday:Accountability

Date: June 23 Time: 3 pm to 4:30 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.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: June 24 Time: 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Reflective Space

Join a space to be in community, to reflect and to process recent events, hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Diversity Training & Education unit. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome.


Wednesday:Webinar

Date: June 24 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm ET Location: Register here

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions

Public statements about racism are meaningless without thoughtful action that addresses the pervasive real and symbolic violence against Black communities. In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.


Wednesday:Accountability

Date: June 24 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm ET Location: Email for details

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.


Thursday:Wake up

Date: June 25 Time: 2 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

Time to Wake the F*** Up! Critical Roles & Responsibility of Whites to Dismantle Racism & White Supremacy in These Times

White people have to level up and quickly develop the capacity to partner effectively with Black colleagues and other people of color to eradicate racism and White supremacy in our organizations and communities. Join three White racial justice educators as they explore White accountability groups and other formats of developing a greater capacity for interrupting racism.


Thursday:Healing

Date: June 25 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:Webinar

Date: June 25 Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm ET Location: Register here

How D&I Work Can Unintentionally Dilute the Focus on Systemic and Structural Racism

A panel of nationally acclaimed experts will explore the crisis of racial violence in the United States, with emphasis on how higher education institutions and leaders must shift from a performative stance focused on diversity and inclusion to an intentional, active stance toward antiracism.

Moderated by UMD’s Dr. Roger L. Worthington (Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education/College of Education). This webinar is cosponsored by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. Register here.


Friday:live-stream event

Date: June 26 Time: 3 pm to 4 pm ET Location: Register here

(Sub)urban Uprising: Decentering “The Urban” in Discourses on Policing and Protest

This conversation asks what it means to think about policing and protest from a (sub)urban lens. That is, as social and political practices that do not respect municipal bounds, but are at the same time deeply spatialized. What possibilities does such a reframing allow in reimagining not only where police violence occurs, but also why and to what effect? And what possibilities does it open up for organizers, activists, and scholars on the front lines seeking new forms of racial redress and justice in and beyond policing? The virtual conversation will feature three scholar-activists whose recent work focuses on racialized policing practices, anti-black racism, and uprising in affluent enclaves as well as increasingly segregated, high-poverty suburbs across the U.S. More info


Friday:Accountability

Date: June 26 Time: 5 pm to 6:30 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.


Monday:Webinar

Date: June 29 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Register here

Leading Toward Racism

The second 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 conversation will focus on leadership and will feature Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill (College of Arts & Humanities), Dr. Ken Kiger (A. James Clark School of Engineering), Dr. Adriene Lim (University Libraries), Mx. Erin McClure (School of Public Health) and Dr. Carlton E. Green (Office of Diversity & Inclusion).


Monday:iSpeak Nyumburu

Date: June 29 Time: 2 pm to 2:30 pm ET Location: Instagram Live

iSpeak Nyumburu: Racism, Mass Incarceration & Structural Violence

iSpeak Nyumburu brings a different guest to Instagram Live each Monday. This week features special guest African American Studies scholar and professor, Dr. Joseph Richardson, who will be discussing critical aspects of the United States’ prison industrial complex and how mass incarceration has adversely impacted the Black community.


Monday:Forum

Date: June 29 Time: 5 pm to 6 pm ET Location: Register here

Smith Alums Open Forum - Solidarity & Solutions

Smith alums are invited to join a virtual open forum facilitated by Victor Mullins, PhD, diversity officer and associate dean of undergraduate programs at Maryland Smith. Our strong and connected Smith alumni community will have the opportunity to come together and join in an open dialogue on racism, educate each other and share a call to action. Victor Mullins will be joined by Maurice Nick, ’12, MBA/MS ’16, Nadine Payne, MBA ’15 and Foluke Tuakli ’16.


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 to 4:30 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: 3:30 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: 4 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.


Wednesday:Intergroup Dialogue

Date: July 8 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Zoom

Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities

A specially curated space with Dr. Barbara J. Love (Professor Emerita, Social Justice Education at UMass Amherst) to reflect on the impact of the now visible impact of structural and interpersonal manifestations of racism and anti-Blackness in our communities. Allies and accomplices seeking to increase their capacity to enact anti-racist dialogue practices and pedagogies are welcome. All are welcome. Please register by Tuesday July 7 at 5:00PM EST. Zoom link will be emailed out at that time.


Wednesday:Reflection

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

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 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:Tech Equity

Date: July 15 Time: 1 pm to 2 pm ET Location: Register Here

Tech in Support of Black Lives: Closing the Digital Divide and Shaping a Just Internet

There is so much potential for tech to be a force for equity in schools, in the workforce, and in society. But the way tech is currently designed, and who designs it, too often determines who benefits from it. Many Black communities lack access and face inadvertent bias from machine-learning algorithms, which can adversely affect Black families and deepen racial divides. Join Common Sense and tech equity experts to discuss the centering of Black families and supporting a just future.


Wednesday:Scholarly Conversation

Date: July 15 Time: 2 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)


Wednesday:Webinar

Date: July 15 Time: 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm ET Location: Register Here

History of Systemic Racism in the US

Many current news stories discussing race mention the existence of racist systems. This may leave people wondering how a system which lacks emotions can be racist. This webinar will educate people about the history of racist systems in the US dating back to 1607 and their continued existence today. Presented by Texas A & M University’s Joe Feagin and presented by Mental Health America.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 15 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

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.


Wednesday:IG Live

Date: July 15 Time: 7 pm to 10 pm ET Location: Register Here

Code Switch Live on “Karen”

NPR’s Code Switch is taking on one of the oft-ridiculed, little-understood topics of 2020: “Karens”. Join Code Switch’s own Karen Grigsby Bates alongside author Kiley Reid as they discuss Karens and their predecessors.


Thursday:Student Panel

Date: July 16 Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

Anti-Racism at UMD: Student Voices

The third in our anti-racism teach-in series will feature a panel of three current University of Maryland students on anti-racism, student activism, and accountability.

Panelists:Christina Sessoms, ARHUSaba Tshibaka, ARHU, Smith, MTECHYuné Indigo R., Public PolicyModerator: Dr. Kanisha Bond


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:Facebook Live

Date: July 16 Time: 7 pm to 8 pm ET Location: Facebook Live

How I Became White: White Folx Talking About Race

White folx have an important role in dismantling White supremacy. Join Boston College’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture for this talk on Facebook Live.


Monday:Book Talk

Date: July 20 Time: 7 pm to 8 pm ET Location: Register here

Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist"

Bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” (praised by the NYT as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind”) with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 22 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

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 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.


Friday:Teaching Workshop

Date: July 24 Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm ET Location: Online

Infusing Inclusion Throughout Your Course

How can equity and inclusion be infused throughout all courses we teach? What can inclusive pedagogy look like online and face-to-face in STEM, social sciences, the humanities, and the arts? Using the Fearless Teaching Framework as a guide, we will discuss ways to make your course content more inclusive of diverse scholarship, your teaching practices invite new voices into discussions, assessments that work for everyone, and the classroom climate more responsive to the student body at UMD.


Monday:Design Course

Date: July 27 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist Optical Device Design

Optical devices use light for illumination or measurement. Learn both the history of anti-black racism embedded in optical devices and how to center black perspectives in optical device design. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkoptcldev].


Tuesday:Design Course

Date: July 28 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist E-waste Infrastructure Design

Electronic waste is exported from the global North to the global South. Learn both the history of anti-black environmental racism embedded in the global waste industry, and how to center black communities through generative justice. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkewstinfrstrctr].


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.


Tuesday:Racial Trama Webinar

Date: July 28 Time: 12 pm to 1:30 pm ET Location: Online

Recognizing and Responding to Racial Trauma and Racial Anxiety

Public racial crises often garner attention from people of all racial backgrounds. Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) may carry the trauma of race and racism in their bodies on a daily basis. White folx could experience racial anxiety as these crises unfold. Let’s gather to define and understand how racial trauma and anxiety may manifest and affect our community. Hosted by Dr. Carlton E. Green, Director of Training & Education in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. (Please note: this is an interactive session and it will not be recorded.)


Tuesday:Webinar

Date: July 28 Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET Location: Register Here

Leading by Example: Cultivating an Anti-Racist and Inclusive Work Culture

Whether you manage a large team or a staff of one, creating an inclusive and anti-racist workplace culture requires leadership by example and disruptions to the historical status quo. More than ever, we need bold and visionary leaders committed to equity and belonging. This session will explore inclusive leadership practices essential to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture and strategies for having brave conversations on race and racism. The webinar is designed and facilitated by Monroe France, Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership at New York University and is hosted by NASPA Region II.


Tuesday:Facebook Live

Date: July 28 Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET Location: Facebook Live

AAPI/APIDAs Navigating Anti-Blackness

‪Join Boston College’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture for a deep dive into exploring anti-Blackness among AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) / APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) communities. ‬


Wednesday:Design Course

Date: July 29 Time: All Day Location: Learn more and Register

Black Anti-Racist Facial Recognition Software Design

Anti-black racism is embedded in facial recognition software through both racist photography technology as well as racist and sexist algorithms. Learn this history and also how to center black perspectives in computer vision software design. Offered FREE for UMD staff and faculty; use coupon code [blkewstinfrstrctr].


Wednesday:Organizational Change

Date: July 29 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:Courageous Conversations

Date: July 29 Time: 12 pm to 1 pm ET Location: Zoom

Courageous Conversation with Rev. Mark Thompson and LaFontaine Oliver

Join Nonprofit Prince George’s County as they talk to Conversation Starters Rev. Mark Thompson (host of Make it Plain) and LaFontaine Oliver (president & general manager of WYPR) about the current state of racial and social injustice and their roles in radio and strategies for addressing these issues. Hear from Media Makers in the Movement.


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: July 29 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

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:Teaching Workshop

Date: July 30 Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

Infusing Inclusion Throughout Your Course

How can equity and inclusion be infused throughout all courses we teach? What can inclusive pedagogy look like online and face-to-face in STEM, social sciences, the humanities, and the arts? Using the Fearless Teaching Framework as a guide, we will discuss ways to make your course content more inclusive of diverse scholarship, your teaching practices invite new voices into discussions, assessments that work for everyone, and the classroom climate more responsive to the student body at UMD. The Zoom link to join will be sent out to registrants before the event.

Note: This event is intended only for faculty, staff, and advanced graduate students at the University of Maryland. You must register with a UMD email. This event may be photographed or filmed for promotional purposes. If you require any accommodations please email tltc@umd.edu


Thursday:Webinar

Date: July 30 Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET Location: Register Here

Pursuing Excellence through Antiracism in Higher Education

Higher education institutions are microcosms of the larger systemic racism reflected in U.S. society; they commonly act on, and reproduce societal inequities. Instead, higher education institutions should act to eradicate racism embedded in institutional policies, procedures, practices, and everyday operations. Excellence within an increasingly diverse society requires expanding institutional capacity for an understanding of how diversity is an imperative for excellence, linking diversity to an institution’s mission. Institutional Antiracism is an active form of transformational change effort designed to alter the way institutions operate in ways that overtly or covertly contribute to and maintain racial hierarchies, inequities, and injustices. An antiracist institution must advance excellence in every domain of education and scholarship, and address threats to racial justice, by critically examining standard operating procedures, policies, assumptions, beliefs, values, and its underlying historical context.

Panelists:Darryll J. Pines, PhDAna Mari Cauce, PhDSharon Fries-Britt, PhDDaryl G. Smith, PhDRoger L. Worthington, PhD


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:Community DIscussion

Date: July 30 Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

Knowing Our Past Creating Our Future

Join us for a virtual community discussion about Washington, DC’s History of Black Power and Neighborhood Organizing. This program is hosted by organizers Katie Petitt (Current Movements) and Matt Birkhold (Visionary Organizing Lab) with historians George Derek Musgrove (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) and Samir Meghelli (Anacostia Community Museum). The program will feature ACM’s “A Right To The City” digital exhibition and Musgrove’s newly launching “Washington, DC Black Power Map.”


Monday:Student Panel

Date: August 3 Time: 12 pm to 1:30 pm ET Location: Zoom

Anti-Racism at UMD: Student Panel (#2)

The fourth in our anti-racism teach-in series will feature a panel of University of Maryland students on anti-racism, student activism, and accountability.

Moderator: Dr. Nancy Raquel Mirabal (American Studies/ARHU).

The anti-racism teach-in series is sponsored by ODI, the School of Public Health and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Ed. This student panel is co-sponsored by MICA, Embrace Race @ UMD and Pepsi grant funds.


Tuesday:Seminar

Date: August 4 Time: 2 pm to 3 pm ET Location: Online

Envisioning a Healthier and More Equitable Society Post-Pandemic

What opportunities do the pandemic, the groundswell against racial injustice and the election year provide to rethink and reshape how we live and how we support the most vulnerable among us? What role does public health play in moving forward? School of Public Health experts will discuss their ideas for policies and programs that could transform health and advance equity in the coming months and years in this webinar hosted by the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

Panelists:Jennifer Roberts (assistant professor of kinesiology)Dylan Roby (professor of health policy and management)Natalie Slopen (assistant professor of epidemiology)Moderator: Dean Boris Lushniak


Wednesday:Reflection

Date: August 5 Time: 4 pm to 5 pm ET Location: Register here

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: 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.


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