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For many years, UMBC has experimented with approaches to inspiring and empowering students to create thriving, inclusive communities. Programs like STRiVE and Alternative Spring Break have helped students discover their passions, develop their strengths, and value each other’s perspectives. The BreakingGround initiative has launched dozens of courses and community projects focused on learning from the experience of exploring the nuances of social challenges and developing creative ways to move forward together. These efforts have positioned UMBC at the leading edge of a national movement in higher education to transform civic learning and revitalize U.S. public life.
UMBC has established a new Center for Democracy and Civic Life to carry these important initiatives forward and extend their impact. Led by Director David Hoffman and Assistant Director Romy Hübler, the Center for Democracy and Civic Life works from the premise that civic life encompasses everyday settings and relationships through which people can generate the power to shape their world.
The Center for Democracy and Civic Life is taking important steps to help many more UMBC students on their developmental journeys. We’re teaching courses (including the newest: Be Your Best Self In Real Life), training resident assistants, working with students to forge new civic tools for student organizations, facilitating empowering workshops, organizing Alternative Spring Break 2019, and planning for STRiVE 2020. Now we need your help. We’re reaching for the stars: Our goal is to touch the life of every UMBC student, and to share UMBC stories and models widely, and so help heal and strengthen U.S. democracy. Your gift will make it possible to bring the benefits of these programs to students we might not otherwise be able to support.
The Center for Democracy and Civic Life is a meeting ground for members of the UMBC family who want to build a healthy and inclusive civic culture. We’re connecting students, faculty, staff and alumni, and leveraging their talents to advance our shared mission. Please join us. We’ll reach out to you with news and opportunities to get involved in the Center’s initiatives. We want to hear from you, and we want you to see yourself in the Center’s work.
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Thank you for being a part of this new chapter in UMBC’s civic story. We’re excited to work together to make a difference in the lives of UMBC students and of all who will be touched and influenced by their contributions.
All funds raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.
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Provides training materials for 10 UMBC student participants in on-campus workshops.
Provides reflection journals for 20 UMBC student participants in workshops and initiatives.
Provides the expected contribution (20%) toward the cost of STRiVE for a UMBC student who can’t otherwise afford it.
Covers the cost of Alternative Spring Break for a UMBC student who can’t otherwise afford it.
Covers the full cost for one UMBC student to participate in STRiVE.
Provides housing for an entire Alternative Spring Break immersive experience for 12 UMBC students for 5 nights.