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Women's History Month 2021

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March 3, 2021

UMD celebrates the vital role of women in American history.

2021 Women's History Month - March Events

Navigating the Nonprofit Industry
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6 p.m.
In honor of International Women's Day, hear speaker Nazifa Wazirzada, program coordinator for Global Rights for Women: Justice for Victims of Violence. Nazifa WazirzadaShe received a bachelor of arts in international studies and communication from UMD in 2019.

Currently, Nazifa is the program coordinator at Global Rights for Women (GRW), a Minneapolis-based women’s rights nonprofit that works with leaders around the world to advance women and girls’ human rights to live free from violence.

Join us to hear from Nazifa about her work at GRW and how her passion for international nonprofit work led her to her current role. 

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Calling In The Calling Out Culture
Wednesday, March 17 2021, 4 p.m.

Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross

This year's Women’s History Month Keynote speaker is Loretta Ross. The title of her talk is Calling In The Calling Out Culture. Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women’s rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation.

She has co-written three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique. Her current book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2021.

Ross is a visiting associate professor at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, teaching courses on white supremacy, race and culture in America, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture.

In this presentation, Dr. Loretta Ross will argue that the way we use the Calling Out culture is limiting our ability to move ahead with an agenda of protecting human rights, supporting feminism, and encouraging anti-racism. Calling out has the tendency to publicly humiliate, shame and punish people based on what they say or look like; a joke or statement made from a place of ignorance; or, holding a view that we disagree with. Ross states the Calling Out culture “attach(es) labels to people without really doing any kind of nuance …  if you disagree with someone, you shouldn't want to attack their humanity, call them a toxic person … It’s usually done most damagingly over the Internet because social media amplifies and makes all callouts … basically go viral immediately.”

Instead, Ross proposes a “Call In” of a “Call Out” that embraces our shared humanity. Confronting people with respect, love and active listening is a better way to point out the harm that words and actions can cause. Calling In is a way to hold people accountable without denying their humanity. It opens up the possibility of dialogue and change, something that is not accomplished when the Calling Out culture encourages silence based on fear. She promotes Calling In as a way to make significant changes in our communities.

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“Knock Down the House” screening
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6 p.m.
Director: Rachel Lears, (2019)

About the film: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. film image-Knock-DownAfter losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress.

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Meeting ID: 981 3683 2595

“Nature in Concert"
Monday, March 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 

Concert image: Paula Gudmundson, Diana Shapiro, Jim Pospisil

Top row, from left: Laura Netzel, Valerie Coleman, Michael Djupstrom Bottom row, from left: Mélanie Bonis, Berglind Tómasdóttir, Anne Boyd

Join a UMD faculty trio in an evening of musical enjoyment. Paula Gudmundson, flute, Diana Shapiro, piano, and Jim Pospisil, horn, have performed at numerous music festivals and events as performers on their own and as a trio. Featuring premieres of "Amazonia" by Valerie Coleman and "Paula's Song" by Berglind Tómasdóttir and works by Laura Netzel, Anne Boyd, Mélanie Bonis and Michael Djupstrom. This live broadcast promises an evening to remember.

Live Broadcast

All these events for Women's History Month are sponsored by the following:  UMD Department of Music, Women’s Resource and Action Center, Women, Gender and Sexuality Program, and Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

For more information, contact Susana Pelayo Woodward at

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