Arifat (she/her/hers) is a Senior majoring in Social Work and Political Science. She is working in the Women's Center this year for her social work field placement. Content Note: This blog is written from my experience as a first-generation immigrant and a Nigerian-American. After reading I encourage to think about your own identities and communities… Continue reading Reflecting on My Nigerian Community: Learning How to Be an Ally to Survivors of Sexual Violence
In the absence of physical space to learn, create, and come together, the Women’s Center is taking Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2020 online. Each week during April, we will focus on a specific topic/theme as it relates to sexual violence awareness and prevention (see image below). Together, via out social media platforms like Facebook,Twitter,… Continue reading Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Deconstructing Rape Myths and Narratives (Week 2) Round-Up
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Women’s Center is hosting its seventh 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
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
Samiksha Manjani is a Student Staff member at UMBC's Women’s Center. She is a Political Science and Sociology double-major and is currently a co-facilitator of the Women’s Center’s discussion group, Women of Color Coalition. As a survivor of sexual violence, I have found myself re-traumatized by the recent events that have happened… Continue reading Survivorship Looks Different in the Asian American Community
On April 12th 2017, UMBC hosted Take Back the Night. The night began with an introduction by the emcees and march leaders, Morgan, Ellie, and Autumn, and Women’s Center staff member, Samiksha. Photo credit: Jaedon Huie After the introduction was the survivor speak-out. The speak-out is the heart and soul of Take Back the Night.… Continue reading Take Back the Night 2018 Roundup!
This post was originally created by Sydney Phillips last fall for Critical Social Justice: Rise and was posted to the Critical Social Justice blog. The Monument Quilt display was sadly rained out for CSJ, but we're excited to host it this April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We're sharing the old post with some additional details for… Continue reading What You Need to Know About The Monument Quilt