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INTERACT

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 coming election, and more.

By completing INTERACT Dialogues, you will join hundreds of other students who have made the commitment to ensure that UMBC is a place where all students feel that they belong. What is dialogue? Dialogue is a focused and intentional conversation where people listen deeply and share authentically.

When and where can I participate?

Currently, all sessions will be held virtually and open to all first-year students. There will be one INTERACT Dialogues group happening Monday – Saturday. 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?

A free t-shirt 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. Virtual 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