Hello RIU community members,
As of July 1, 2020 Retriever Immigrants United became inactive as a student organization.However, we acknowledge the importance of supporting our fellow immigrant community members and wish to continue the good work set by previous RIU student leaders.
We are delighted to announce that starting Fall 2020, RIU will transition over to The Mosaic, Interfaith, and Pride Centers as an ongoing discussion and support group self-identified immigrant students, as well as staff, faculty, and alumni. We are excited to see what new opportunities and connections this new iteration of RIU will bring to the UMBC immigrant community. Please note that this group is closed to those who self-identify as first, 1.5, or second generation immigrants regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status. This is subject to change according to attendees and potential event opportunities and initiatives. See below for a list of definitions.
As members of this page we encourage you to follow The Mosaic, Interfaith, and Pride Centers myUMBC group page to stay up to date with upcoming RIU discussion topics. Our current sessions are scheduled for for 10/15/2020 (Link) and 12/15/2020 (Link).
This page may become inactive in the following months. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to former RIU Advisor, Carlos Turcios at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlos Turcios | Coordinator for Student Diversity and Inclusion | Former RIU Staff Advisor
Sofia Encarnacion | Mosaic Student Diversity and Inclusion Peer | Former RIU Vice-President | email@example.com
First-generation immigrant: Immigrants who were born outside the United States and have immigrated sometime within their lifetime.
1.5-generation immigrant: One-and-a-half-generation immigrants are defined as an immigrant who is born outside the United States but who immigrated as a minor. In some cases, this occurs at an early enough age that they become assimilated enough to the dominant culture making it difficult to distinguish them from first or second generation immigrants.
Second-generation immigrant: Natural born citizens of the United States and the children of first-generation immigrants.