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Who Gets to be a Superhero? Representation and Comic Books

With the runaway success of Marvel’s Black Panther movie, and the Women’s Center’s upcoming Knowledge Exchange about diversity in superhero media coming up this Thursday, we thought it might be nice to share this reflection by former Women’s Center staffer Prachi Kochar ’17, psychology, on her lifelong hobby of reading comic books and how how inclusive the comic book industry has been for women, particularly women of color.  Originally posted on the Women’s Center blog. * * * * * I have been a superhero comic book fan, on and off, for about 13 years – beginning with checking out Spider-Man and Fantastic Four comics from… Continue Reading Who Gets to be a Superhero? Representation and Comic Books

Returning Women Graduates Offer Advice

This post originally appeared on the Women’s Center blog. * * * * * On the eve of UMBC’s undergraduate commencement, we are thinking of all the graduating seniors out there who finally made it the finish line. Congrats! We’re especially proud of the graduating students we work with through the Returning Women Students Scholars + Affiliates Program and want to shout your success from the rooftops! Since the Women’s Center is located on the ground floor of The Commons, though, we’ll exchange the rooftop for our blog. The Women’s Center is proud to support the Returning Women Students Scholars… Continue Reading Returning Women Graduates Offer Advice

Back Story – Spring 2017

For 25 years, the Women’s Center has provided co-curricular programming, support services, and advocacy for marginalized individuals and communities, along with campus-wide activities such as Take Back the Night, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Critical Social Justice, and more. UMBC Magazine talked with center director Jess Myers, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs Patrice McDermott, and special projects coordinator Amelia Meman ’15, GWST, for their thoughts about the center’s mission. What do you see as the role of a women’s center on a university campus in today’s environment? Jess Myers: There are so many women in higher education. But just because there… Continue Reading Back Story – Spring 2017

Over Coffee – Winter 2012

There’s always a pot of coffee brewing at the UMBC Women’s Center, which has made its home on the ground floor of The Commons since 2004. So it seemed like the right place to grab a cup with Jess Myers, acting director of the Women’s Center, and Simmona Simmons ’74, American studies, services development librarian, who helped to found the center 20 years ago. The Women’s Center is marking that landmark anniversary with events throughout the academic year, and the two women took a break from those celebrations to talk about the center’s past, present and future. How would you… Continue Reading Over Coffee – Winter 2012

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