Productive Discomfort

A blog reflection by Joe Levin-Manning, Graduate Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs One thing I think we need to see and hear more of is people feeling uncomfortable. While there is a time and a place for the principle of “safe space” it has now become somewhat of a crutch to not have to face challenging … Continue reading Productive Discomfort

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CSJ 101: Our Working Assumptions for Creating Brave Spaces

A post written by Women's Center director, Jess Myers A little snow won’t get in the way of Critical Social Justice 2015! Yesterday was the kick-off to CSJ2015 with CSJ 101: Introduction to Brave Spaces. It was a rich conversation in which everyone was really invested and we went right through our allotted time in Commons 329. We … Continue reading CSJ 101: Our Working Assumptions for Creating Brave Spaces

Social Justice Can Be Messy!

A reflection from Women’s Center Director, Jess Myers This post was originally shared on the Women's Center at UMBC's wordpress blog Last week, the Women’s Center staff completed spring training. As with all of our training days, we took the opportunity to explore our social identities in the spirit of self-exploration, team building, and a … Continue reading Social Justice Can Be Messy!

Submit Your Art to the Critical Social Justice Art Gallery!

Critical Social Justice 2015 is quickly approaching and we're looking for art submissions to add to the CSJ 2015 Art Gallery! This year's CSJ theme is Creating Brave Spaces and we're asking for art submissions that explore and/or address what it means to create brave spaces. CSJ invites different types of activists -- students, teachers, artists, … Continue reading Submit Your Art to the Critical Social Justice Art Gallery!

Guest Post: Black Lives Matter and Mental Brave Spaces

This guest post was written by Ty Philip and was originally featured on the Women's Center blog.  When discussing the concept and implementation of brave spaces, a lot of the conversation revolves around the idea that these spaces are inherently physical. We speak of transforming places into brave spaces, designating that certain locations at certain … Continue reading Guest Post: Black Lives Matter and Mental Brave Spaces