Last year’s Critical Social Justice: Baltimore 365 was dedicated to understanding the historic and current day complexities and realities of Baltimore City. In the wake of the Baltimore Uprising, the CSJ planning team felt (and still does feel) deeply committed to creating more opportunities for our campus community to connect with and understand Baltimore. This year’s CSJ theme of Home allows for the conversation and learning about Baltimore to continue.
How does a legacy of residential segregation impact the creation and/or destruction of “home” in Baltimore?
What does it mean to “be home” for residents of Baltimore City?
Which Baltimore neighborhoods are perceived as homes? And, which ones are perceived as less than? How does race, gender, and socioeconomic status show up in our responses?
This year, all incoming first-year and transfer students were asked to read Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American Cityby Antero Pietila which tells the story of how racial segregation came to be and what its impact is through the story of Baltimore. Mr. Pietila will be visiting campus to explore some of the questions above (and more) at this year’s New Student Book Experience event on Thursday, October 13th. This is a great way to kick-off Critical Social Justice: Home and we hope to see many of you there!
Last October for CSJ: Baltimore 365, Women’s Center student staff members created displays for our Vines, Rhymes, and Headlines discussion/exhibit that explored media coverage and social media engagement surrounding the Baltimore Uprising. One year after the uprising, we’re looking back at some of the images and tweets that captured this important moment in our history. Continue reading →
During the uprisings in April and as recently as last week, the University administration has often reasserted our communal responsibility to thoughtfully engage with issues of racism and systemic injustice—particularly in affirming our commitment to Baltimore City — a sentiment that I know is heartily shared by many of our students, staff, and faculty. Although early on I had a few doubts about how well this year’s CSJ theme and keynote would be received on what I consider a relatively apolitical campus, I felt encouraged by the enthusiastic response from UMBC community members who expressed their appreciation that local activists and leaders would be coming to campus to discuss the work they’re doing on the ground in Baltimore.
“You don’t have to leave your campus to become an activist.” – Marisela B. Gomez
The Critical Social Justice: Baltimore 365 keynote “Baltimore in Action: Always Rising” featured a panel of social justice activists and leaders discussing a few of the many issues currently impacting Baltimore City.
Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III, faith-based activist and community organizer
Dr. Marisela B. Gomez, public health advocate and author
For the third year of the Critical Social Justice initiative, we chose the theme Baltimore 365 to learn about how we can cultivate deep and lasting commitments to Baltimore City that are meaningful to us as individuals and as part of the UMBC community. Take a look back at some of highlights from throughout the week and catch up on anything you missed with the linked videos for the events!
Our kick-off event for CSJ 2015 just ended and our brains are still buzzing. Dr. Kelber-Kaye, Associate Director of the Honors College, gave us a history lesson about Baltimore to give context to and explain why things are the way they are in Baltimore City. This information is an excellent foundation of knowledge to have when talking about Baltimore and to take with you to all of our other CSJ events.
Missed the event? No worries! Below is a recap of all the important information. Continue reading →