“It is really important to me to have people of color that I can look up to, come to, and connect with me on that level. It can be hard to understand what you are capable of doing if you don’t see a lot of people in this higher level of academia that look like you being successful,” says M’Balou Camara ‘15, political science, currently a student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy Ph.D. program, with a concentration in economics.
“The Griffin sisters article was an opportunity for me to reveal the often forgotten women who did civil rights work,” says Scott. What does it mean when you study WWII and you leave women off, or even the construction of a Civil Rights Act and add the word sex to it? The narrative changes and it must be told.”
UMBC professors share their research-based reflections on current events in popular media. Recently, humanities and social sciences faculty Derek Musgrove, Christy Ford Chapin, and John Rennie Short have weighed in on topics from Washington D.C.’s long struggle over self-government, to the feasibility of Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal, to decisions over where to host the Olympic Games.
“Right now there are students being short-changed by the education system. They are not sitting in a classroom with a high enough quality teacher. They are not being provided the resources they deserve,” Curran reflects. “Too often these disparities run along racial lines, socioeconomic lines, or gender lines, and that is a problem.”
Chapin loves how historians seek answers buried in documents, archives, museums, libraries, basements, attics and forgotten filing cabinets. “I was really intimidated by the research aspect early on in my graduate career, but then I fell in love with the hunt for primary sources and the process of putting together pieces of the evidence puzzle,” she says.
As UMBC welcomes its largest freshman class ever this fall, Retrievers have three more reasons to feel confident in their college choice: The 2018 U.S. News & World Report college guide ranks UMBC the #7 Most Innovative university in the nation, #13 top national university for Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching, and one of the nation’s top universities overall on the Best National Universities list.
During the summer months, hundreds of UMBC students immersed themselves in high-value internships at companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. There, they learned about new fields, developed skills, and expanded their connections, taking advantage of UMBC’s strong network of emerging and established professionals who value both leadership and mentorship.