Retriever Courage

It takes a courageous community to make a lasting impact on sexual assault here at UMBC and beyond. Change requires the courage to SPEAK OUT, to LISTEN, to LEARN, and to TAKE ACTION. We are grateful for the courage of the community members who have shared their experiences of sexual assault and harassment. We must fully live our campus values – INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE, COLLABORATION, INNOVATION, and IMPACT – to make UMBC a safer, more caring living, learning, and working environment for all. We commit to reach together and do better because this is urgent work that impacts us all.

The UMBC community is having important conversations about the prevention of and response to sexual violence/misconduct, and its impact on campus safety and well-being. We are proud of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni for sharing their experiences and working to help UMBC live out our values.

We are taking action on what we learn together, developing a productive dialogue, and creating a coordinated campus response to incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence — a response that is proactive, caring, and inclusive.


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Men’s Leadership in Gender-Based Violence Prevention (10/2)

October 2, 4 p.m., Fine Arts Recital Hall

Social Sciences Forum: "Men’s Leadership in Gender-Based Violence Prevention Is a Social Justice Imperative" Jackson Katz Founder and Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)...

Posted: September 30, 2019, 12:02 PM

Relationship Violence Awareness Month Events Calendar

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM). Attached to this post is a copy of the 2019 RVAM event flyer. Please download for the full list of events. Learn more here. For...

Posted: September 27, 2019, 8:31 AM

Retriever Courage one year later

UMBC community listens, learns, and acts

One year ago, the UMBC community spoke out about experiences, urgent concerns, and hopes for change related to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence. This September 18, student, faculty,...

Posted: September 26, 2019, 8:57 AM

Important Sexual Violence and Title IX Updates

As we welcome our students back to campus, we wanted to update our community on some of the changes happening across campus related to the University’s response to sexual and gender-based...

Posted: September 19, 2019, 10:46 AM

Retriever Courage Fall Gathering (9/18/19)

A year ago our community spoke out about their experiences and urgent concerns about the university’s response to sexual violence. We listened and responded with the Retriever Courage initiative....

Posted: September 6, 2019, 4:06 PM

We Believe You discussion group fall semester meetings

Community building and mutual support for survivors

Hosted in collaboration with the Women’s Center and the student organization We Believe You, this discussion group creates space to center the experiences of survivors of sexual violence. The...

Posted: August 28, 2019, 10:59 AM

One resource stand moved to new location

Ground floor, The Commons

In March, two resource stands were installed in The Commons with brochures for on- and off-campus information about prevention, care, and support.  One of those stands has moved from the first...

Posted: May 13, 2019, 1:50 PM

Recommendations on sexual violence/misconduct prevention

Dear Members of the UMBC Community, We want to share with our community three reports with recommendations on the prevention of and response to sexual violence/misconduct at UMBC. These reports...

Posted: May 7, 2019, 3:06 PM

Counseling Center hires new staff

3 new staff members will be joining the Counseling Center

Director of Health and Counseling Bruce Herman announced that three new staff members will be joining the Counseling Center, while two current staff members are taking on new roles. New...

Posted: May 7, 2019, 9:53 AM

Educator/activist Ted Bunch speaks at UMBC

On April 22, Ted Bunch, an educator/activist and leading voice on male socialization and violence against women, spoke to a full house in the Fine Arts Recital Hall composed primarily of UMBC...

Posted: May 6, 2019, 11:07 AM