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UMBC is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and we value the richness that such diversity brings to our campus community. At UMBC, Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging (i3b for short) creates opportunities for students to build their awareness of self and knowledge of diverse people, cultures, and belief systems. In our work, i3b aims to equip students, staff, and faculty with the awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions to co-create a more inclusive and social justice-oriented campus community. Through facilitated discussions, classes, informal gatherings, educational engagements, presentations, and campus-wide events, individual students, student organizations, as well as faculty and staff learn the skills to create inclusive, just, and mutually respectful communities at UMBC and beyond.

Our Centers:

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The Gathering Space for Spiritual Well-Being

The Gathering Space serves as a spiritually-centered space where UMBC community members can gather at the intersection of religion, faith, spirituality, and other lived experiences.

Learn more about The Gathering Space

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The Mosaic

The Mosaic strives to provide diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning opportunities that center and celebrate racial, ethnic, and national identities.

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The Pride Center for LGBTQIA2+ Diversity

The Pride Center for LGBTQIA2+ Diversity is a communal space that envisions, nurtures, and advocates for a flourishing, healthy, and inclusive LGBTQIA2+ community.

Learn more about The Pride Center

Recent Posts:

Online Family Support for National Coming Out Day

Initial posted content/context: I'm a 41 year old mom of two teenage boys. My oldest is gay and has the full support of both of his parents and his brother. If your family won't accept you, in...

Posted: October 12, 2012, 3:39 PM

Meet The DEI: Alonté Cross

Profiling the Mosaic Center's Diversity Educator Interns

Alonté is a transfer student in his first semester at UMBC, studying Media and Communication Studies. In addition to his studies and working in The Mosaic Center as a Diversity Educator Intern and...

Posted: October 11, 2012, 1:38 PM

Meet The DEI: Nicole Shah

Profiling the Mosaic Center's Diversity Educator Interns

Nicole is in her senior year, majoring in social work and minoring in sociology.  She will be applying to the advanced standing program at the University of Maryland Baltimore soon.  Her goal is...

Posted: October 11, 2012, 1:33 PM

Meet The DEI: Mark Tasker

Profiling the Mosaic Center's Diversity Educator Interns

 Mark is a junior studying Sociology.  “I couldn’t tell you the meaning of existence. It’s different for everyone I suppose. I can tell you this though. The happiest moments of my life have...

Posted: October 11, 2012, 1:31 PM

Meet The DEI: Khristina Rhead

Profiling the Mosaic Center's Diversity Educator Interns

Khristina is a senior studying Anthropology with a minor in Sociology. In addition to her studies, she participates in several extracurricular activities, particularly those that have to do with...

Posted: October 11, 2012, 1:20 PM