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September 20, 2021

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The Love is Love street mural adorns North Curly Street in Patterson Park.

LGBTQ Life celebrates National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day, observed annually on Oct. 11, is a day of awareness to support LGBTQ individuals. It also marks the anniversary of the second major National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  

In past years, Hoptoberfest featured a week of in-person events and activities.

Students experience first virtual Hoptoberfest

Hoptoberfest, an annual festival by a student organization of the same name, was held virtually for the first time ever from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9. The events, intended to relieve stress and celebrate the start of autumn, featured activities including concerts, a baking class and a virtual zoo. 

Former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah shared her experience as a female politician.

Former gubernatorial candidate discusses female leadership in politics

The International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah as part of its 2020 Election and Future of American Democracy series in an event titled “Women in Politics” on Oct. 6. ISLC members freshman Alison Bader and sophomore John Strezewski moderated the event.

The Center for Social Concern holds Civic Sessions to introduce students to the Baltimore community.

CSC webinar chronicles Baltimore's history of racism and activism

The Center for Social Concern (CSC) hosted a virtual webinar titled “Baltimore History and Social Justice” as a part of its Civic Sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The session was co-hosted by Gerrod Williamson, a student leadership specialist at the CSC, and Eli Lopatin, assistant director of civic leadership. 

Like classes and student groups, virtual peer services have continued virtually during the fall semester. 

Peer services offered virtually during an online semester

When the University announced that the fall semester would be entirely online, students lives were impacted in almost every way. Freshmen experienced a virtual orientation, students browsed extra-curricular activities in a virtual Student Involvement Fair and clubs and organizations adapted to online-only operations. Likewise, peer services have adjusted their operations to serve students remotely. 

The School of Advanced International Studies’ Dean’s Speaker Series focuses on topics related to international relations.

Retired colonel shares stories of resilience

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) featured retired Colonel and SAIS Chief of Staff Craig Osborne as part of its Dean’s Speaker Series on Sept. 30. The event was moderated by SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen. 

The career fair in fall 2018 featured over 115 employers.

Life Design Lab hosts first virtual career fair

The Life Design Lab held Future Festival, a virtual career and networking fair, for students from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25 and Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The week-long event, which attempted to emulate a music festival, showcased networking opportunities, professional development workshops and speakers from different professional backgrounds. The event utilized Zoom for seminars and networking events and Brazen, an event management software, for career fair booths.  

The University is currently considering different options for the spring semester.

University aims to have a plan for the spring by Thanksgiving

Provost Sunil Kumar and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan announced in an email to the student body on Oct. 1 that the University will have a plan for the spring semester by Thanksgiving at the latest. They also noted that all intersession classes will be held virtually. 

The University is offering more specialized mental health resources this semester to help Black students dealing with hardships during the pandemic.

University offers new mental health resources for students

The Counseling Center is offering a variety of new online support groups for students during the fall semester. There are 17 new resources, including the Critical Coping Group, Pandemic Support/Discussion Space, Parenting Support Group, Racial Trauma Group and Virtual Support Group for Loved Ones of Individuals with Eating and Body Image Issues. 

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