Just let me play my sport: A transgender perspective on the recent transgender sport bans

Ultimate team posing for photo on a jungle gym. The team's jerseys are blue and yellow.

Autumn Cook (they/them) is a senior dual degree recipient in Chemistry and Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies. They are a member of the Women's Center staff team and co-facilitate the Spectrum discussion group which is a space for trans and non-binary community members. We are in the midst of one of the most ruthless and… Continue reading Just let me play my sport: A transgender perspective on the recent transgender sport bans

My Experience as an Undergrad Adult Learner During the Pandemic

This post is written by Sandra (She/Her/Ella pronouns). She is a student staff member and a social work intern completing her field placement at the Women’s Center. Content Note: This blog post will discuss my personal experience as an adult learner student before and during the current pandemic. The content and images shared may not… Continue reading My Experience as an Undergrad Adult Learner During the Pandemic

A Reading Opportunity

Content Note: This post is authored by Jess, the director of the Women's Center. I am a white cisgender queer woman. This post is a reflection about my reading list which is informed by my race, gender, and sexual orientation. Upon reading this, the reading opportunity that presents itself to you may look differently than… Continue reading A Reading Opportunity

Burnt out? Me too.

Amelia Meman, GWST '15, is the Assistant Director of the Women's Center. Amelia uses they/them and she/her pronouns. Burnt out? Me too. This is not a new feeling for me. I have gotten to this same point during other parts of my academic and now professional career. This apex where I thought that if I… Continue reading Burnt out? Me too.

Science cannot be apolitical: STEM’s serious problems of elitism

Autumn is a senior Meyerhoff Scholar (M29), pursuing a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies dual degree, a member of the Honors College and currently a student staff member at the Women’s Center. I need to make a disclaimer! I think that it is important to know from the… Continue reading Science cannot be apolitical: STEM’s serious problems of elitism

Adding Red to the Nigerian Flag

https://womenscenteratumbc.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/img_2123.jpg Arifat (she/her) is a Senior Political Science and Social Work major, and a women's center Staff Content Note: I wrote this as someone who identifies as a Nigerian-American. I wanted to share the parallels between those two parts of my identities. The blog explores police brutality occurring in Nigeria with specific focus on the… Continue reading Adding Red to the Nigerian Flag

Land recognition & decolonizing UMBC

This blogpost was a collaborative effort between all members of the Women's Center staff team. A majority of this post was written by student staff members. Today is Indigenous People’s Day. Some may continue to claim this as “Columbus Day” but to celebrate Columbus is to celebrate colonialism, mass genocide, racism, and the (both historic… Continue reading Land recognition & decolonizing UMBC

Navigating the Women’s Restroom: An Open Letter

This post is written by Kay, a student staff at the Women’s Center. Kay is a senior Psychology major. This letter is addressed to a long slew of people. Who, you might ask? Well, that’s a loaded question, but in the interest of time, it’s primarily addressed to the cisgender women (women who identify with… Continue reading Navigating the Women’s Restroom: An Open Letter

Do Better: From A Non-Disabled Person’s Perspective

My hopes are that the following is both a call out and a call in. I am a non-disabled, white, college-educated, young adult and I’ve had a difficult time vouching for myself in many environments such as in the classroom, workforce, and even day to day moments in life. I am among a majority privileged… Continue reading Do Better: From A Non-Disabled Person’s Perspective