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OEI Spring Open House
Thursday, February 25, 2021

OEI is just over a year old and was formed through a collaborative, year-long process that included several listening sessions and campus conversations. Now that OEI is entering it’s second year, we’d like to share the OEI Annual report and answer any questions about OEI. Check out the 2020 Annual Report.

Listen to the OEI Open House recording.


Balancing Inclusion and Free Speech
Wednesday, January 27
4pm, via Webex

What is our role in protecting free speech as a public university?
What should I do if I see or hear content that does not align with my values?
What is the difference between free speech and hate speech?
Is hate speech protected?
Can I be disciplined for my speech online? What about in a classroom?

Help us start a community discussion about the challenges of balancing our shared commitments to free speech and equity and inclusion. 

Listen to the Recording


Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation in Our Communities Town Hall

UMBC is continuing to redefine excellence in higher education. OEI is committed to inclusive excellence and facing the challenge of understanding our position in society and our role in dismantling racism.

The UMBC community was invited to learn about our Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and our campus’s connection to a national framework addressing race equity on September 24. The Shriver Center’s Choice Program, along with community partners, shared how racism has impacted youth development in Maryland and how we all can become agents of change.

Thank you to the panel members and the over 350 community members who attended!
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation in Our Communities Town Hall
Thursday, September 24, 4pm-6pm
View a recording of the event here.

Please look for more Empowered University events.

If you have a myUMBC event page, please include the tag diversityandinclusion on your event so we can share it.


 

Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy Updates in Response to New Federal Regulations

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, prohibits sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment; and discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, faculty, and staff.

The U.S. Department of Education issued updated regulations implementing Title IX.  These new regulations go into effect on August 14, 2020.

UMBC’s new Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination incorporates these new regulations and takes effect at UMBC on August 14, 2020.


UMBC’s Work Challenging Racism

OEI also serves as a central hub to support UMBC’s commitment to inclusive excellence. UMBC is committed to facing the challenge of understanding our position in society and our role in dismantling racism.

We know that a variety of departments and divisions have sponsored and are planning events to support our community during this time. We will be compiling and sharing these here. Please contact oei@umbc.edu if you have an event or resource to share. If you have a myUMBC event page, please include the tag diversityandinclusion on your event so we can share it.

President Hrabowski’s is committed to support OEI’s endeavors to dismantle racism at UMBC. You can view his interview about racism on WJZ here.

Thank you to the 600 members of our community who attended
The Many Faces of Racism: A Campus Conversation 
Thursday, June 18, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
View a recording of the event here*
View the event slides
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The video is accompanied by closed captioning, however, please note that we are currently revising the transcript to more completely represent the conversation and will post edits soon.
View the responses to Q&A