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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.

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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

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Karina Rises For...

our undocumented people who still seek shelter in the shadow

I rise for our undocumented people whose voices are silenced. Our voices are silenced as soon as we internalize the belief that living in the shadows is our best chance at assimilating. We know...

Posted: October 26, 2017, 3:23 PM

Becca Rises For...

Empowering Others.

When I was asked what “I Rise For” the first thing I thought of is empowering others. Empowerment has many meanings for me because it can be used with entire populations but also everyday...

Posted: October 25, 2017, 3:32 PM

Najla Rises Against....

Islamophobia and Religious Oppression

Ever since terrorists attacked on 9/11, people started discriminating against Muslims. How ironic it is that, people would disrespect them, show them hostility, and then exaggerate that they are...

Posted: October 25, 2017, 10:05 AM

Laura Rises For...

Reproductive Rights.

When I was asked to take a picture for something that “I rise” for, I had to think about it for a second. What do I rise for? Who do I rise for? What does it mean to “rise?” After reflecting on my...

Posted: October 24, 2017, 2:22 PM

Idania Rises For..

Those Who Are Too Scared to Speak Out

Idania Ramos Mosaic Ambassador I Rise for Those Who Are Too Scared to Speak Out I’ve always known that I was different, my color, my culture, and my language didn’t follow the “American...

Posted: October 24, 2017, 12:03 PM