Learning to be anti-racist: Calling IN white people and non-Black people of color

Text reads Black Lives Matter in large black lettering on black and white background.

That’s why I’m writing this. Because the burden we are placing on Black folks in all a manner of places right now, needs to be lifted. It is crucial that we center Black voices and words and prioritize creating and maintaining safe spaces for Black-identified people to feel.

Self Care: An Activists Survival Guide

Alexia Petasis is an INDS intern on the Women's Center student staff team. Alexia studies social justice and dance. In the following blog post, she runs through a list of crucial self-care survival strategies for activists.  Every week, the Women’s Center asks a “question of the week” available for anyone to respond to. One week… Continue reading Self Care: An Activists Survival Guide

Women in Activism: a Roundtable Round-Up

The Women’s Center ended our spring roundtable series on a high note last Thursday with Women in Activism. If you weren’t able to join us for our lively discussion, here’s a short round-up of what you missed! This semester’s roundtable series focused on the ways that women are made invisible and silenced within certain spaces.… Continue reading Women in Activism: a Roundtable Round-Up

What You Need to Know About Take Back The Night & Craftivism

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Women’s Center is hosting its fifth consecutive Take Back The Night (TBTN) on Thursday, April 13th. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of questions about what Take Back the Night exactly is, why it looks the way it does, and how students can get involved. To help get… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Take Back The Night & Craftivism

Balancing School, Anxiety and Activism in Tumultuous Times

   a short reflection by Shira Devorah, Women's Center student staff member This semester has only just begun, and I’m already feeling pretty anxious. Granted, I’m usually pretty anxious - but this feels different. If you’ve been following the news recently, you may understand. For many marginalized groups, it’s hard to feel stable right now.… Continue reading Balancing School, Anxiety and Activism in Tumultuous Times

A Time to Resist + A Time to Take Care

A reflection written by Women's Center Special Projects Coordinator, Amelia Meman So here we are. Another day in this brave new world. Are you exhausted yet? Emotionally, physically, psychologically? If you’re not--congratulations! That’s really good and you are a sweet glowing angel. If you are, though, you’re not alone and you are also a sweet… Continue reading A Time to Resist + A Time to Take Care

Women’s March on Washington: We Marched. What’s Next?

A sampling of "what's next" from UMBC community members, curated by Jess Myers, Women's Center Director  Last week, I shared some of my hopes and desired outcomes from the Women's March on Washington. While I was looking forward to marching and being in relationship with other women and people at the march, I was (and am) more… Continue reading Women’s March on Washington: We Marched. What’s Next?