December 1, 2020

Forum Reveals Reality of Racial Issues at UMW

Do you have to be a person of color to be offended by a racial epithet? No, according to Alexandra Polymeropoulos, a junior at the University of Mary Washington. During a lively discussion Wednesday evening in a session of Mary Washington’s U.S. Race & Reality Forum, Polymeropoulos said she is riled every time she hears […]

Women’s History Month Program Proposals Needed

[Text] Women's History Month Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced [Image] Title in a speech bubble with a graphic of a group of diverse women

Submit your Program Proposals by Monday, December 7. Contact JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu) for more information.

The Women’s History Month Planning Committee invites members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit program proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration in March!

This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.”

Visit students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/womens-history-month/ or contact JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu) for more information. Please submit your program proposals by Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m.

Family Weekend: Connecting With UMW From the Comfort of Home

Every fall, University of Mary Washington students gather with loved ones on campus for exciting events and activities that showcase Eagle life. Now in its 47th year, Mary Washington’s Family Weekend is going virtual for the first time. Even in the digital realm, this beloved tradition, held Oct. 29 through Nov. 1, promises families ample […]

Hillel Center to Serve as a Nest for Eagles

Growing up, Fredericksburg native Larry Silver spent many hours hanging out on what were then open fields of the nearby Mary Washington College. How fitting that decades later, the real estate investor has established a place at Mary Washington for students to hang out. Silver, based now in Boca Raton, Florida, was on hand yesterday […]

Invitation for James Farmer Multicultural Center Updates

UMW Faculty and Staff:

The James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) invites you to join an email list to receive weekly updates about events this year, which are continuing to be held in a virtual format. You can participate in events that interest you, share information about events with your students, or contact the JFMC to co-sponsor one of the cultural or social justice programs that aligns with your class syllabus or personal interests. It is always appreciated when you invite students to attend events as part of your class activities!

The JFMC strives to facilitate students’ learning and personal development, including that of underrepresented groups, by increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of diversity issues (i.e., cultural, ethnic, intellectual, and social) that frame both the individual and the community. The Center creates educational environments that broaden one’s understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. The JFMC also provides programs and services and activities to increase the awareness of Dr. James Farmer’s legacy and contributions to society.

More than 11 cultural celebrations are sponsored and various social justice initiatives (e.g., Social Justice Teach-Ins, Human Rights Film Series, and the Social Justice and Leadership Summit) are hosted throughout the year. For more information about the JFMC, visit the Center’s website.

Please fill out this Google form if you would like to be added to the list for a weekly email that will include information about upcoming events, as well as flyers and promotional materials for you to distribute to your students. If you opt in now and want to be taken off the email list later, just contact the JFMC at umwjfmc@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of the ASPIRE-aligned work of the JFMC!

 

Best regards,

Dr. Melissa Wells, Chair, JFMC Faculty Advisory Council

Dr. Marion Sanford, Director of the James Famer Multicultural Center

 

Trans Elected Official to Share Experiences

Rosemary Ketchum, a newly elected council member in Wheeling, West Virginia, is shattering stereotypes typically associated with her state. A resident of Wheeling since her high school days, the 26-year-old first-in-her-family college graduate is the one and only openly transgender elected official in the state’s history. As such, she has been featured nationally on MSNBC […]

Local Special Olympian to Deliver UMW Disability Awareness Keynote

Matthew Doyle, who has Down Syndrome, will deliver the keynote address for UMW’s Disability Awareness Month celebration on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. Here, Doyle speaks at the Special Olympics State Basketball Championships several years ago.

Matthew Doyle, who has Down Syndrome, will deliver the keynote address for UMW’s Disability Awareness Month celebration on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. Here, Doyle speaks at the Special Olympics State Basketball Championships several years ago.

Special Olympian Matthew Doyle found a few minutes yesterday to FaceTime his friend Erin Malkiewicz. He wanted her feedback on the Disability Awareness Month keynote address he’ll deliver to the University of Mary Washington community. The talk, scheduled for tomorrow at 5 p.m. on Zoom, is open to the public.

“If it wasn’t through Zoom, I think he’d get a standing ovation,” said Malkiewicz, a first-year student who’s paired with Doyle in UMW’s Best Buddies chapter.

During the address, presented by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, Doyle, who has Down Syndrome, will discuss his involvement with organizations like Special Olympics and Best Buddies, and reflect on life in general.“If it wasn’t through Zoom, I think he’d get a standing ovation,” said Malkiewicz, a first-year student who’s paired with Doyle in UMW’s Best Buddies chapter.

He’s been a few places. Just look at his pictures on Facebook, where he’s dressed in a wetsuit for the Polar Plunge, at fundraisers with friends and getting kissed on the cheek on the beach. He’s living the life. And he has a voice. And he wants the millions of Americans with disabilities – and everyone else – to hear it. Read more.

Social Justice Summit Spurs Students to Action

UMW students speak at a previous Social Justice and Leadership Summit, presented by the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Covering topics like systemic racism, housing injustice, immigration and climate crisis, this year's full event was held last weekend, while a smaller event was held during the summer.

UMW students speak at a previous Social Justice and Leadership Summit, presented by the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Covering topics like systemic racism, housing injustice, immigration and climate crisis, this year’s full event was held last weekend, while a smaller event was held during the summer.

When junior Mandy Byrd came to the University of Mary Washington, she got involved with the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) and the University’s new NAACP chapter. These organizations helped open her eyes to a wide range of social justice issues, she said, and “just how powerful this kind of work can be.”

Her goal is to devote the rest of college – and beyond – to educating people about injustice and encouraging conversations that result in “positive and lasting change.”

She did both last Saturday, when JFMC hosted its Social Justice and Leadership Summit on Zoom. Dozens of Mary Washington students joined high school and community college students from the Fredericksburg area, as well as UMW faculty members and guest speakers, engaging in a virtual dialogue about pressing issues currently impacting our country and planet. Held annually since 2018 – usually in person – the summit gives students, according to the website, “the chance to build coalitions across cultural barriers, strengthen advocacy and promote a more equitable culture and climate at UMW and in American society.” Read more.

Social Justice Summit Spurs Students to Action

When junior Mandy Byrd came to the University of Mary Washington, she got involved in the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC) and the University’s new NAACP chapter. These organizations helped open her eyes to a wide range of social justice issues, she said, and “just how powerful this kind of work can be.” Her goal […]

Podcasts on UMW Activism Spell ‘Good Trouble’ for Students

Eliza Vegas marched in her first protest this summer for Black Lives Matter. The University of Mary Washington is inspiring her to do more. “An overwhelming sense of home and community brought me here,” said Vegas, a Mary Washington first-year student who learned of the University’s long history of student activism when she listened to […]