What is INTERACT?
INTERACT is a 5-week program focused on creating an introduction to the dialogue skills required to engage in difficult conversations, have meaningful dialogue across difference, and practice inclusive leadership. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Residential Life Department, Interact provides space for a diverse group of up to 15 students to come together to engage in peer-led dialogues.
The goal of Interact at UMBC is to develop foundational dialogue skills such as critical self-awareness, listening and sharing authentically, asking questions toward creating deep connections, and apologizing and adjusting appropriately, while creating opportunities for participants to become more self-aware. While there will be 18 interact groups engaged this year, participation is limited to 15 students per group to ensure that participants have a safe space to be brave with themselves and one another.
What do participants gain?
By participating in INTERACT as a part of their first semester at UMBC, students will receive fun incentives like t-shirts, free food, and opportunities to be showcased on UMBC websites and social media! More importantly, participants will gain lifelong skills that set the foundation for meaningful dialogue while building authentic relationships with other first year students living in their residence hall. Furthermore, as a result of participation in Interact, participants will have the skills to engage in dialogue within any type of situation (perceived safe or unsafe) and any topic of conversation (perceived difficult or not).
When will INTERACT take place?
Sessions will begin the week of September 9 and will run through the week of October 7. Sessions will take place on various weekday/weekend times to accommodate student schedules. Each session is 90 minutes long.
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The INTERACT newsletter will ensure that you have all of the most up-to-date information about the program Sign up here: Interact@UMBC