Dear UMBC Undergraduates,
The Student Government Association (SGA) and our Office of equity and inclusion (OEI) have been made aware of content posted by a number of UMBC students on social media that has impacted many members of our community, especially members of our LGBTQ+ and Muslim communities.
We would like to extend our undivided support to our LGBTQ+, and our queer Muslim community. Every UMBC undergraduate is a member of the SGA, and you all have the right to equal representation and support within our networks.
We would like to also remind everyone that UMBC is an institution that is committed to equity, inclusion, and social justice. The diversity of UMBC’s community and our continuing commitment to inclusive excellence are among our greatest strengths.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is responsible for responding to incidents that may violate UMBC’sDiscrimintion and Equal Opportunity Policy or our Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination. While the office handles matters confidentially, be assured that OEI staff are addressing matters reported to them. You can learn more about our discrimination complaint process here, and here.
OEI’s response may include:
Outreach to involved students, faculty, and/or staff to learn more
Support and resources for those who report or are the subject of a report
Intervention to address the issue
Formal investigation through Title IX, Discrimination, student conduct, or other relevant policies and processes
We would like to encourage all students to continue reporting incidents to OEI as they arise. The office is comprised of staff equipped with the tools and skillsets to handle situations regarding Discrimination and Equal Opportunity. Rest assured that they will work to resolve these incidents.
Thank you to everyone who has shared their concerns; we encourage everyone to continue to do so. Please know that you are welcome to complete the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Confidential Online Reporting/Referral Form if you have experienced hate, bias, or discrimination.
If you or someone you know is in need of confidential support, please contact the UMBC Counseling Center by calling (410) 455-2472 on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m or the after-hours support line at (410) 455-3230. Employees can access confidential support through the Employee Assistance Program.
If you have any questions or concerns about SGA and the work that we do to represent you please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.