On March 1-2, 2023, we call upon Retrievers everywhere to join us for Black & Gold Rush, 36 Hours of Giving, by making a gift of any size to support any area that means the most to you. Our goal this year is ambitious -- 3,000 donors in 36 hours -- and every donation helps UMBC provide students with the tools they need to become leaders and to reach their full potential.
Division of Student Affairs departments work together and with campus partners to support student health and well-being, including helping students to become involved, develop skills for leading others and creating a group of friends and community. We want every student to thrive at UMBC and as alumni.
As we return to the physical campus, we want to strengthen our community and ensure students have the support they need. This means finding ways to rebuild and expand our resources and programs.
What can we do in 36 hours? Contribute to #UMBC #BlackAndGoldRush and see what's possible when we work together. Here are a few of the ways you can support students:
Funds that Support Health and Well-Being
Peer Health Educators - Your gift helps support an internship program for undergraduate and graduate students to become nationally certified in health-related topics and provide programs for the UMBC community, especially students. Please write in Health Promotion on the donation form.
Retriever Essentials -Your gift helps eliminate the burden of food insecurity for UMBC members and connects them to ongoing support networks, in order to enhance their academic retention and career success.
Retriever Integrated Health - Your gift helps support programs that help students, faculty, and staff to respond to student mental health needs, and programs to support student health and well-being. Please write in UHS and Counseling on the donation form.
Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund - Your gift helps provide short-term financial assistance (tuition and fees) for current UMBC students who find it difficult or impossible to continue their education due to an emergency or sudden unforeseen circumstances.
Funds that Help Build Community
Campus Life Student Organizations- Your gift will help provide opportunities to promote student engagement through club and organization development and student leadership training.
Center for Democracy and Civic Life - Your gift will support students' participation in experiences that empower them to be effective and collaborative leaders and changemakers in their communities. These experiences include STRiVE and Alternative Spring Break.
Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion, and Belonging (i3b) - In addition to supporting students finding belonging in identity-based spaces across campus, your gift will fund programs that help students develop the skills needed to dialogue across differences and become more equitable and inclusive community leaders. When you give to the i3b fund, you support programs like Interact Dialogues Program, Your Story Belongs Here programming, and annual graduation celebrations like the Lavender Graduation & Scholarship and the Multicultural Graduation Celebration.Individuals can also specifically support LGBTQ Outreach support and programming by giving to the LGBTQ Outreach fund.