Nandi is a student staff member in the Women's Center and a Junior English major. Mutual aid, as a concept, is based in anarchism and the work of Petr Kropotkin. His work, “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution”, is a foundational text for anarchists and other communist movements. But really, you don’t have to… Continue reading Mutual Aid: One for All and All for One
Over this semester, one of my mantras has been “sit with discomfort.” This has meant sitting without clear or particularly good answers for very desperate, hurt people turning to me for help and support. It’s meant holding space for tense and harmful conversations that I really don’t want to have with students. It has meant feeling inconsolably angry with a best friend. And it’s meant not having a dryer for two months. Nope, none of those things feel good, but being able to slow down and contemplate a state of anxiety has allowed me to reach new levels of knowledge, awareness, and perspective.
The fifth annual Critical Social Justice explored opportunities for building individual and collective resistance and resilience. Events throughout the week, the theme of Rise, challenged us to think about how we can do better, do more, and persist in doing it when it comes to working towards positive social change and activism. Take a look back… Continue reading Critical Social Justice: Rise Photo Recap
A short reflection by Shira Devorah, Women's Center student staff. I bought my own copy of Dirty River (even though the Women's Center has a copy you can loan now thanks to the UMBC's LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Association recent donation), and I'm really glad that I did. I got to underline the poetry and the words that… Continue reading Dirty River – A Book Review
A final reflection written by Women’s Center student staff member and UMBC Class of 2016 alum, Meagé Clements Just weeks after graduation, I attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), a conference I had been anticipating for months! I arrived promptly on June 1st, just in time for the Welcome Reception, led by… Continue reading 5 Things I Learned at NCCSWL16!
A reflection written by Women’s Center intern, Narges Ershad It has been more than a month since Oscars has aired, speeches have been given, and many reactions have been shared. But as Pay Equity Day is approaching, I have been thinking a lot about that night, especially Patricia Arquette's Best Support Actress acceptance speech. In… Continue reading The Oscars: From Fancy Clothing to Social Change (A Reflection on Pay Equity)
A post curated by Women's Center staff member, Daniel This week is Critical Social Justice week!! Yay!! The Women's Center will be occupying Main Street on Wednesday from 11am to 1pm by bringing our lounge out of the center and into the public! We'll be doing a number of really cool activities including creating a scrapbook… Continue reading Feminist Click Moments
A reflection from Women's Center Director, Jess Myers Last week, the Women’s Center staff completed spring training. As with all of our training days, we took the opportunity to explore our social identities in the spirit of self-exploration, team building, and a commitment to critical social justice. It’s something I look forward to each training… Continue reading Social Justice Can Be Messy!
UMBC Women Who Rock is a new blog series I’m working on throughout the 2014-15 academic year. In my role as Women’s Center director, I have some of the best opportunities to become acquainted with some of UMBC’s best and brightest women on campus. I admire the ways they live authentic lives unapologetically that challenge… Continue reading UMBC Women Who Rock: Jahia Knobloch
Critical Social Justice week is fast approaching (this February from the 16th to the 20th) and the theme this year is "Creating Brave Spaces". To unpack and explore this idea, we had the Critical Social Justice Student Alliance tell us what the theme meant to them and how we can use it in our social justice work.… Continue reading Wanna learn more about “Brave Spaces”?