OEI serves as a central hub to support UMBC’s commitment to inclusive excellence, including UMBC’s work to dismantle structural racism on campus.
UMBC announced the creation of a new Inclusion Council on June 30, 2020. This group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni began work immediately to identify short- and long-term goals and recommendations. They will meet regularly with the University Steering Committee (USC) and the Campus Equity Advisory Council (CEAC), a subcommittee of the USC.
UMBC’s Division Affairs announced on June 30, 2020 that Campus Life’s student diversity and inclusion unit, including the Mosaic, Pride, and Interfaith Centers, will be realigned to create an independent department focused specifically on diversity, equity, and inclusion work supporting students. This department will report to Dr. Jasmine Lee, director of inclusive excellence in the Division of Student Affairs.
Divisions and departments across UMBC also continue to move forward with their own work to combat racism and foster equity and inclusion. To support this work, OEI offers these resources:
- Showing up for Black Lives in UMBC Communities
- Guidance on making statements in support of Black community members
UMBC has hosted numerous campus events focused on identifying and dismantling systemic racism in recent weeks, as well as supporting BIPOC community members. Among these was “The Many Faces of Structural Racism: A Campus Conversation,” which 600 community members attended on June 18, 2020. View the event recording and access presentation slides here.
UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement hosted “The Evolving World of Inclusive Language: How to Develop and Apply Best Practices” on June 10th. Originally scheduled for 50 staff members at UMBC and other area colleges and universities, it attracted nearly 800 registrants from around the world.
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