The Safety Pin Initiative

graphical representation for Safety Pin - Allyship program

This safety pin first appeared on our website in November 2016 after the U.S. presidential election. It was not meant to communicate political affiliation or alienate anyone. Its purpose was and remains very simple and can resonate with everyone: If you need me, I am here for you. I will stand in solidarity with you.

ISLSI is committed to ensuring that the UMB community can learn and work in an affirming, inclusive, and safe environment. With this in mind, we are piloting the Safety Pin Initiative, an eight-session curriculum composed of short lectures and activities focused on equipping staff with the tools necessary to build allyship with people of various identities. For more information, please email

Arab American Heritage Month

April is Arab American & Middle Eastern Heritage Month

In 2014, Montgomery County, Maryland, declared April as Arab American Heritage Month. See what ISLSI has planned for the month of April.

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President's Symposium

The President’s Fellows, a group of UMB students selected to explore the topic of Global Literacy, will report their recommendations about the University’s role in educating students who are able to analyze and think critically about the world and their roles in it.

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World Hijab Day

I ❤ UMB Day brings the entire campus together to celebrate the end of another terrific academic year. This year's festivities are brought to you by CLS, USGA, Faculty Senate, and Staff Senate. This event is open to the entire campus community!

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Upcoming ISLSI Events

See the complete list of events here.

11:00 AM | School of Nursing lawn & in front of SMC Campus Center Open to students, faculty, and staff! A great time to de-stress!
12:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Room 351 A panel discussion with members of the community group, Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity (BARS) on coalition building for justice, Asian activism in the US and more.
12:00 PM | School of Nursing Lawn Traditionally, luaus represent the reaching of a significant life milestone. Let's honor the UMB Class of 2018 with a celebration in this festive Polynesian tradition.
12:00 PM | SMC Campus Center Room 311 Safe Space: Part 2 out of a 2-part series.