To the Food Police in My Life

  Samiksha Manjani is a Student Staff member at UMBC’s Women’s Center. She is a Political Science and Sociology double-major graduating in May 2019.       Eating around other people has become the bane of my existence. I don’t remember the last time I’ve eaten in peace without the “food police” (family, friends, strangers, etc)… Continue reading To the Food Police in My Life

So I Hear You Care?

A reflection from student staff member, Sheila, about the work that creates empathy. As a social work major, I spend a lot of time thinking about empathy. Social work is a profession centered around the idea of empathy when working with individuals in need. Social workers are encouraged to find the strengths of a person… Continue reading So I Hear You Care?

Who You Came to Be Along the Way: Celebrating Our Returning Women Student Graduates

“As you journey through life, choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there. You will arrive soon enough. Wander the back roads and forgotten paths, keeping your destination in your heart like the fixed point of a compass. Seek out new voices, strange sights, and ideas foreign to your own. Such things are riches… Continue reading Who You Came to Be Along the Way: Celebrating Our Returning Women Student Graduates

Bodily boundaries or how the world told me I hated affection

A blog written by student staff member Sydney about her journey with understanding bodily boundaries, consent, and the perpetuation of rape culture in society. Including tips about consent in daily life and resources to stay informed and about how to talk to kids and other adults about the issue.   If you would have asked… Continue reading Bodily boundaries or how the world told me I hated affection

Makeup Microaggressions: Let Me Wear My Full-Face Makeup in Peace

 Student staff member, Samiksha Manjani, takes a deeper look at the impact of makeup microaggressions. I normally hate getting ready to go out with girls; or well, I hate putting on my makeup in front of other girls. Instead, I’ll put it on in my own house and then go to my friend’s house to… Continue reading Makeup Microaggressions: Let Me Wear My Full-Face Makeup in Peace

What are Pop Culture Pop Ups?! The Golden Globes: Black Out and Oprah

A blog post written by student staff member, Sydney.   It's official! The Women's Center has a new ongoing event starting this spring semester. What is it you ask? Pop Culture Pop Ups! You're probably wondering, "What the heck is a Pop Culture Pop Up?" Well, that's what I'm here to explain. If you frequent… Continue reading What are Pop Culture Pop Ups?! The Golden Globes: Black Out and Oprah

(No Longer) Returning Women Students: The Final Chapter – Graduation!

On the eve of UMBC’s undergraduate commencement, we are thinking of all the graduating seniors out there who finally made it the finish line. Congrats! We’re especially proud of the graduating students we work with through the Returning Women Students Scholars + Affiliates Program and want to shout your success from the rooftops! Since the… Continue reading (No Longer) Returning Women Students: The Final Chapter – Graduation!

Fatness. Fitness. Feminism.

A reflection by student staff member, Sydney, about her experiences with body image, working out, and how these things connect with her feminism and self love. Trigger Warning: This blog deals with body image, body dysmorphia, and unhealthy eating practices. Please use self-care. We live in a day where thick (curvy, slim-thick) is in but… Continue reading Fatness. Fitness. Feminism.

The Socialization of Women in Math: Who’s aware?

Student staff member Sydney has had a rocky relationship with math throughout her life. As a graduate student in the Applied Sociology program at UMBC she began to rethink her relationship with math through her statistics courses and with the support of her (Women!) professor and TA. On Thursday September 14, the Women’s Center hosted… Continue reading The Socialization of Women in Math: Who’s aware?