What is INTERACT?
Interact is a 5-week program where students develop the skills to engage in dialogues across difference–skills that are especially relevant in the current social and political climate. Through 5 short sessions, you will learn and practice the necessary SKILLS to become INCLUSIVE LEADERS and ENGAGED COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
Students will meet in small groups and with peer facilitators for a short, weekly session to learn foundational dialogues skills, and to practice empathetic and generous listening, cross-cultural storytelling, and critical self-reflection. After the 5-week experience, students will have an opportunity to continue practicing dialogue skills and deepening their relationships around current events including the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarized political climate, and more.
When and where can I participate?
Currently, all sessions will be held in person and open to all first-year students, including sophomores who are living on campus for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be various INTERACT Dialogues groups happening Tuesday – Sunday. You get to sign up based on YOUR availability!
How do I sign up?
Click here to access the sign-up sheet.
What do I get for participating?
New i3b swag AND the chance to build community, develop leadership skills, and cultivate a deep sense of belonging to the UMBC campus and community!
When will INTERACT take place?
Sessions will begin the week of September 7 and will run through the week of October 9. Sessions will take place on various weekday/weekend times to accommodate student schedules. Each session is 90 minutes long.