A committee of representatives from across UMB has put together free events that kick off June 14 with a virtual panel discussion and conclude with an in-person Juneteenth Community Day on June 16.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is organizing a series of Jubilee events to celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
A committee that includes representatives from across UMB has put together free events that kick off June 14 with a virtual panel discussion and conclude with an in-person Juneteenth Community Day at the Community Engagement Center (CEC) on June 16.
The Lift Every Voice Committee organizing the celebration includes Danielle Harris, LCSW-C, associate director, CEC; Courtney Jones Carney, DPA, MBA, executive director, lntercultural Leadership and Engagement, and director, Intercultural Center; Rosemary Ferreira, associate director, Intercultural Center; Seanté Hatcher, LCSW-C, associate dean for continuing professional education, University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW); Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW, LCSW-C, assistant dean for diversity and equity, UMSSW; Julia Scott, program specialist, Social Work Community Outreach Services, and diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator, UMSSW; and Chrishna L. Williams, MS, director of alumni relations, UMSSW. The committee has received sponsorship and support from Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president, and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
All events are free and open to the community.
Rest as a Liberatory Practice
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
Today, the word self-care is seen everywhere, but did you know it was originally described as a form of political resistance? Join us as we discuss the history of self-care, how and why we practice it, and its importance to a larger liberation struggle for Black people across the diaspora. This event will be fishbowl style, intended to promote dialogue with attendees. Our panelists/conversation starters will begin the dialogue, and attendees will be invited to take part in conversation and share their own perspectives.
This event will be facilitated by Julia Scott (she/her), diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW). In her role, she develops diversity- and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for the UMSSW faculty, staff, students, and local community.
Panelists/Conversation Starters include:
- Kourtney Brown (she/her) is a soon-to-be graduate of UMSSW. She serves as the MSW intern in UMSSW’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has an interest in higher education and creating inclusive programs and initiatives.
- Neijma Celestine-Donnor (she/her) is the assistant dean and director for UMSSW’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In her role, she leads the school’s diversity and anti-oppression efforts and helps guide the achievement of a new standard for inclusive excellence.
- Chrishna Williams (she/her) is the director of development and alumni relations at UMSSW. In her current role, she works to build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners. She is passionate about equity and inclusion issues and works hard to create engagement opportunities for students and alumni.
- Tyrone Roper (he/him) is the director of UMB’s Community Engagement Center. He is passionate about community building and engagement, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
"From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here
Please join us as featured speakers William Darity Jr., PhD, and Kirsten Mullen discuss their award-winning book, “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century.” In their book, Darity and Mullen explore the effects of racism and discrimination from the end of the Civil War to the present day to measure economic inequalities rooted in enslavement. Through their analysis, they lay out a detailed action plan for an effective reparations policy for descendants of U.S. enslavement.
Mullen is a writer, folklorist, museum consultant, and lecturer whose work focuses on race, art, history, and politics. Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Juneteenth Community Day
Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 4 p.m.-6 p.m. | Hosted by the UMB Community Engagement Center, parking lot on the corner of West Baltimore and Poppleton streets (873 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201) Register Here
This is a celebration of everything Black! Celebrate the ending of chattel slavery in the United States through music, horse rides, food, and giveaways (free food and giveaways while supplies last). Wear a Juneteenth T-shirt and join the celebration. Please register to let us know that you’re planning to attend.