Celebrating our May 2022 Returning Women Student / Adult learners Scholar + Affiliate Graduates!

A Post curated by Women's Center's social work intern, Jane DeHitta Image Description: Screenshot of the RWS-AL Graduation and End of Year Celebration over virtual call featuring Women's Center Staff and Scholars and Affiliates. This week, the Women’s Center celebrated our Returning Women Student/Adult Learner Scholars + Affiliates graduating this semester at our graduation pinning… Continue reading Celebrating our May 2022 Returning Women Student / Adult learners Scholar + Affiliate Graduates!

It’s okay to not be okay – a reflection on the Pandemic Grief Processing Group

Positionality Statement: This post is written by Jane DeHitta, an adult learner in her final year at UMBC, who works as a student staff and social work intern at the Women’s Center. In the Fall, I proposed a Pandemic Grief Processing Group to meet the needs of our community members who were experiencing grief and… Continue reading It’s okay to not be okay – a reflection on the Pandemic Grief Processing Group

The Birth Control Bandaid

Content Warning: medical mistreatment Positionally Statement: This post is written by Ojus Phogat, a second-year student at UMBC and a student-staff member at the Women’s Center. In writing this blog, I hope to shed light on one of the many ways in which individuals who experience menstruation are disenfranchised by the medical community, who so often… Continue reading The Birth Control Bandaid

Anti-Trans Bills

Positionality Statement: This post is written by Marybeth Mareski, a Returning Women’s Scholar and social work intern at the Women’s Center in her final year at UMBC. I am a gender nonconforming lesbian in the queer and trans community, and I am in social work school with the professional goal of providing therapy to primarily… Continue reading Anti-Trans Bills

Take Back the Night, Forever and Always

the Take Back the Night stage featuring two microphones and decorated shirts

Amelia Meman (they/them and she/her), GWST '15, is the interim director of the Women's Center. They have worked in the Women's Center as an intern, a student staff member, a volunteer, and now professional staff member. This is a loving retrospective on Take Back the Night (TBTN), written in the third spring semester where UMBC… Continue reading Take Back the Night, Forever and Always

Being Queer Online Now and Then

My own personal digital journey through queerness was facilitated by my deep love of Sailor Moon, about which I collaborated on fanfiction with queer themes, where I explored my understanding of what queer love might be like in conversation with other fans of the show.

My Personal Experience with Being Adopted

Image description: [Photo shows Rachael dressed in black attire, one of the Women's Center interns, smiling in front of one of the UMBC buildings.] Content Note: This post is written by Rachael Joslow, a second-year and student staff at the Women’s Center. I am a transracial adoptee adopted from Vietnam who grew up in Georgia… Continue reading My Personal Experience with Being Adopted

Diet Culture v. The Cultural Diet

Image description: A formal headshot of the author. Positionality Statement: This post is written by Ojus Phogat, a second-year student at UMBC and a student-staff member at the Women’s Center.  I am a South Asian American woman who has felt the persistent effects of diet culture first-hand. In writing this blog, I hope to identify… Continue reading Diet Culture v. The Cultural Diet