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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Bring in the Bystander training (4/29, 6 - 8 p.m.)

Learn skills for safe, effective intervention

An in-person educational program that encourages participants to become positive bystanders in instances of sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. Participants learn to identify problem...

Posted: April 19, 2019, 12:08 PM

An Evening with Ted Bunch: Violence Prevention Speaker

Monday, April 22, 7-8 p.m., Recital Hall, Fine Arts Bldg.

A leading voice on male socialization and violence against women, Ted Bunch is an educator, activist, and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination particularly against...

Posted: April 17, 2019, 2:50 PM

Retriever Courage: Taking Stock and Looking to the Future

UMBC community works to prevent, respond to sexual assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a national campaign focused on preventing sexual assault, harassment, and abuse, and it’s a month of great significance for the UMBC community. This year's...

Posted: April 16, 2019, 11:20 AM

Sexual Violence/Misconduct Resources Now Available

Prevention, Care, and Support Resources in The Commons

Increasing access to resources for sexual violence/misconduct prevention and response is one of the priorities for UMBC’s Retriever Courage initiative. In September 2018, students shared that UMBC...

Posted: April 9, 2019, 10:22 AM

Speaking Out Against Discrimination

Dear Members of the UMBC Community, As campus leaders working in community to prevent and address discriminatory conduct, including sexual violence and misconduct at UMBC and beyond, we feel...

Posted: April 1, 2019, 5:07 PM

Input form for consultant team still available

For those who prefer not to share publicly or were unable to attend UMBC’s information gathering sessions, we invite you to provide your thoughts and ideas on our Input Form. Your anonymous input...

Posted: March 6, 2019, 11:58 AM

Nadia BenAissa ՚20 Joins County Task Force on Sexual Assault

Members to examine Baltimore County policies, training

Nadia BenAissa ՚20, gender, women’s, and sexuality studies, was invited to join a newly created task force that will review how sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore County. The task force...

Posted: February 27, 2019, 1:52 PM

March 1 session with sexual misconduct consultant team

Dear Members of the UMBC Community, On March 1, Retriever Courage partners will hold a second information gathering session with Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D. of Grand River...

Posted: February 14, 2019, 11:15 AM

Information Gathering Session with Consultant Team March 1

NEW TIME 12 - 1 p.m., Proscenium Theatre, PAHB

Jody Shipper, J.D., and Cherie Scricca, Ed.D. of Grand River Solutions, Inc., will return to UMBC on February 21, 22, and 28, and March 1, for meetings with Retriever Courage partners, as well as...

Posted: February 8, 2019, 10:56 AM