We recently learned about disconcerting content shared by members of the UMBC community that uses difference to invalidate the life and experiences of LGBTQ+ and Muslim people. We know that our backgrounds, cultural heritages, race, religion, and other social identity group memberships shape and influence our worldview. We also know that while UMBC community members are free to articulate their viewpoints from any number of backgrounds or at the intersections of them, expressing those viewpoints are not without consequence - both for the person expressing those views and those who may be harmed by them.
Today and every day, we affirm our commitment to making sure that our students and their communities are seen, heard, and supported at the intersections of their lived experiences. With all that is going on already, we know that circumstances like this can cause additional trauma, stress, and frustration. i3b professional staff are prepared and ready to provide one-one-one and group support in the coming weeks as needed. You can contact us here via DM or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to get support. Additionally, we encourage our community members to check out the list below for links to resources and articles.
We offer James Baldwin’s quote as a source of reflection: “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist."
Check out the resources below to learn more: