June 25, 2024

Orientation Volunteers Needed, June 13-28

New Student Programs would like to announce a few opportunities for faculty and staff to welcome new students and their guests to campus during the upcoming First Year Orientation (June 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27 and 28). Orientation continues to be a great success because of the support from all the UMW faculty and staff who volunteer each year!

We are requesting support this year from UMW faculty and staff in welcoming our new Eagles and their guests in the morning and assisting them with navigating campus to their check-in locations. Opportunities are available on the first day of each Orientation session (Tuesdays or Thursdays) and the second day of each Orientation session (Wednesdays or Fridays), between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

If you are interested, please sign up to be a volunteer as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up, please contact JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu or ext. 2179). Thank you in advance for supporting New Student Orientation.

Volunteers Needed for 33rd Annual Multicultural Fair, April 1

Volunteer for the 33rd Annual Multicultural FairVolunteers Needed for the Multicultural Fair – Saturday, April 1

The Multicultural Fair generally attracts 5,000 to 6,000 people each year, and exemplifies the University of Mary Washington’s commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness. This year on April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Multicultural Fair provides an entire day devoted to multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food, and ethnic craft vendors.  Volunteers can help with setup, event photography, handing out programs, answering guest questions, litter pickup, children’s activities, cleanup,and more! Please share this opportunity with students and colleagues! Volunteers get free T-shirts!

Sign up individually or as a team.

Call for Women’s History Month Celebration Proposals, Due Dec. 5

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We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Celebration calendar of events. The theme for the March 2023 Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women: Telling Our Stories.”

Proposals are due by Monday, December 5, 2022.  The sponsor(s) will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar, as well as in print and electronic publications. All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable.

Complete the 2023 Women’s History Month Program Proposal now.

JFMC Accepting Programs for 2022 Women’s History Month

Comic book lines on a red background with white text reading "2022 Women's History Month"The James Farmer Multicultural Center invites members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Women’s History Month Program. The theme for this celebration is, “The Power Behind Healing.” Proposals are due by Friday, December 3, 2021. The sponsor(s) will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Women’s History Month calendar, as well as in print and electronic publications. The 2022 Women’s History Month Program Proposal can be found here:  https://students.umw.edu/multicultural/files/2021/10/WHM-2022-Program-Proposal-Form.docx

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. JoAnna Raucci (jraucci@umw.edu).

New Position, Grant Bolster UMW’s Center for Prevention and Education

Marissa Miller wants University of Mary Washington students to know that when they disclose incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, they will be heard and supported. “Many assume they’ll have to come in and share their story,” said Miller, who recently became the director of UMW’s Center for Prevention and Education, or […]

Women’s History Month Program Proposals Needed

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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.

James Farmer Multicultural Center Thanks #UMWRun4Justice Participants

The James Farmer Multicultural Center thanks everyone who participated in the Virtual #UMWRun4Justice 5K this past weekend, especially UMW Women’s Lacrosse and Coach Maddie Taghon, Women of Color, and the Black Student Association, as well Alumni Relations for help with spreading the word. The event raised $2900 that will be used in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice initiatives at UMW. The desire is to create opportunities to help open conversations and develop a more inclusive campus. Please enjoy the video below of JFMC Director Marion Sanford thanking participants.



Eagles Fly High During Virtual Awards Ceremony

University of Mary Washington senior Nehemia Abel received the Grace Mann Launch Award during the annual Eagle Awards ceremony, presented virtually Friday evening. This event honors student leaders and outstanding campus organizations. New this year was the James Farmer Defining A Legacy Award. As one of the emcees for the video awards ceremony, Brianna “Breezy” […]

25th Anniversary for Day of Silence, Friday, April 24

The following message is from the Office of Equity and Access.

Friday, April 24th, will mark the 25th Anniversary for Day of Silence*. We are asking the UMW Community to virtually participate in this vital event. We may not be able to create a rainbow of shirts on the grass of Ball Circle, but the UMW community continues to affirm an inclusive and supportive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) citizens and allies. We can demonstrate this by letting our voice be heard via #UMWisHOME and we must #breakthesilence.

Here is a toolkit to help make your voice heard on Friday, April 24th, during the Annual Day of Silence:

  • At 12pm, create a virtual “Moment of Silence” by posting our unified image to your individual or UMW affiliated accounts on social media. Please see attached images for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can add any of the following information from GLSEN to your post:

o   Our silence is LOUD!

o   I’m staying silent on GLSEN’s Day of Silence, a national youth movement highlighting the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.

o   Nearly 4 in 5 LGBTQ students don’t see positive representation in their curriculum, nearly 9 in 10 experience verbal harassment, and almost a third miss school because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

  • At 4pm, “Break the Silence!”

o   By answering the prompt, I AM BREAKING THE SILENCE BY…?

  • Submit to PRISM for a re-post:
  • DM PRISM (@umwprism) with your story
  • Email PRISM (umwprism@gmail.com) with your story
  • Your name will not be shared through the repost nor will you be tagged. However, pictures and/or videos are not private if we repost them.
  • Post your response to your social media account, if it is a safe space for you to do so.

o   Follow PRISM (@umwprism) on Instagram to view submitted prompt responses.

In keeping with our values outlined in ASPIRE, join us in celebrating the 25th Annual Day of Silence.

People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual and Gender Minorities (PRISM)
Center for Prevention and Education
James Farmer Multicultural Center
Office of Title IX
Safe Zone
Talley Center for Counseling Services
Vice President for Equity and Access & Chief Diversity Officer

Information on resources and support can be found on SAFE ZONE’s webpage.

* Day of Silence was first organized by a student at the University of Virginia in 1996 as part of a class project. The following year almost 100 colleges and universities participated, making it a national event. College and university students have driven and participated in many movements throughout history, and the UMW Community is no exception. This includes Day of Silence powered by PRISM, a student-led organization that promotes the values of diversity and acceptance of students of sexual and gender minorities.

In 2000, Day of Silence became an official initiative with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network).

Nominate a Student for 2020 Eagle Awards!

Looking for a way to recognize exceptional student leadership on campus?  Every year, the Office of Student Activities and Engagement (SAE) hosts the Eagle Awards gathering in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement.

The UMW Eagle Awards program highlights students, student organizations, staff, and faculty who have provided leadership on campus through involvement in activities and organizations. The Eagle Awards are an opportunity for the University community to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the campus and greater community. There are over 15 awards for students, organizations, and programs.

Any member of the student body, faculty, or staff can nominate deserving students or organizations. Nominations are due by March 11, and the Eagle Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 6:00 PM in Chandler Ballroom. Winners will be announced at the ceremony. The event will offer light hors d’oeurves and is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, friends, and family.