University to spend full week promoting 'resistance' to Trump policies

Anthony Gockowski
Investigative Reporter

  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is promoting its fifth annual “Critical Social Justice” week with veiled appeals to “resistance” against the policies of President Trump.
  • Gushing that "acts of resistance and resilience have electrified our country and world" over the past year, the event description mentions "acts of resistance" like Standing Rock and the Women's March.
  • Participants in the "Women's March" held to protest Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, D.C. this January.

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is promoting its fifth annual “Critical Social Justice” week with veiled appeals to “resistance” against the policies of President Trump.

    “Over the past year, acts of resistance and resilience have electrified our country and world,” an online description for the event explains, harkening back to instances of political resistance such as “the water protectors at Standing Rock, the millions around the world who participated in the Women’s March, [and] those who rushed to the airports to volunteer translation and legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in the immediate aftermath of the travel ban.”

    "Over the past year, acts of resistance and resilience have electrified our country and world."   

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    “As these images of mass protests and large-scale actions capture our attention, we also recognize the power of everyday acts of resistance,” the description continues, noting that over the course of the previous year, “social justice movements have been infused with a new sense of urgency.”

    The UMBC Women’s Center is sponsoring the program, which will “explore opportunities for building individual and collective resistance and resilience” with a particular focus on meeting “the challenges of this particular cultural moment to work toward a vision of inclusive excellence—whether it’s in the classroom, online, or in our communities.”

    While a detailed schedule has yet to be released for the October event series, the Women’s Center did disclose that Dr. Adrienne Keene, who “writes about cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in pop culture,” will deliver the keynote address.

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    “Keene examines the way Indigenous peoples are using new media to challenge racism, present authentic counter-narratives, and create innovative space for art and activism,” the Women’s Center explained.

    Campus Reform reached out to the university for additional comment on the event, but did not receive a response in time for publication. 

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He has previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, and The Catholic Spirit.

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