One does not need to be in a leadership role or position in order to develop or demonstrate leadership skills. The Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging team believes that everyone is able to be their best version of a leader through their identity development process. culturally-humble in an identity-conscious way.
Inclusion. Diversity. Education. Access. Leadership. (IDEAL) Training and Facilitation program
The IDEAL Program, which stands for Identity, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership, focuses on cultivating a community built on a foundation of inclusive excellence and social justice. IDEAL is looking for students who are passionate about social justice and interested in facilitating workshops with and for their peers.
Multicultural Leadership Experience (MLE)
The Multicultural Leadership Experience is a collaboration between Campus Life and the Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging. The purpose of the Multicultural Leadership Experience is to provide a space for students and student organization leaders who identify with underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds to discover their own capacity to lead, while simultaneously promoting a better understanding of their experiences, issues, and outcomes in navigating their own academic careers. Sessions will focus on topics such as:
- “Self,” specifically as it relates to the individual’s identity development,
- “Otherness,” specifically as it relates to building equitable and inclusive communities, and
- “The topic of context,” specifically as it relates to our socialization and liberation. The Multicultural Leadership Experience will eventually transition as a cohort-based program in spring 2021.
SafeZone: LGBTQ+ Allyship Development Training
The SafeZone LGBTQ+ Allyship Development Training Workshop, designed to help students, staff, faculty, and alumni to create a more welcoming, affirmative atmosphere for LGBTQ+ members of the UMBC community and beyond. The program includes a variety of activities for community members at all levels of knowledge and comfort with LGBTQ+ culture and concerns, from basic terminology, core concepts, LGBTQ+ intersections, to skills-based sessions on pronoun usage and allyship development. Once completed, participants have the opportunity to join UMBC’s formal network of SafeZone LGBTQ+ Allies that functions similarly to The UMBC OutList and receive a SafeZone placard to signal to UMBC community members your commitment to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. The most recent iteration is a full-day training composed of five modules and includes various distinctions and intersections between sex, gender, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and other social identities relevant to the LGBTQ+ experience. Both breakfast and lunch are provided for these training sessions. Community members of all experience levels are encouraged to attend.