The Center for Democracy and Civic Life creates programs that expose participants to civic ideas and practices, inspire them with visions for community building and social change, and help them forge interpersonal connections. These programs range widely in content and audience, encompassing paint nights in UMBC’s residence halls, deliberative dialogues among people at UMBC interested in specific public policy issues, opportunities for students and alumni to talk about plans and aspirations, and Social Sciences Forum events for the entire campus community. Most of these programs are collaborative efforts involving campus and local partners.
Many of our programs take the form of guided conversations, including Change Makers Dinners; Changing Maryland; Dinners with Friends; and Together Beyond. To sign up to participate in upcoming guided conversation programs, visit our myUMBC page.
To explore or request an opportunity to work with Center for Democracy and Civic Life staff to develop a community event, please submit a Civic Design CoLab form.