Presenting the 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide! (color-print version)

Now presenting . . . (drum roll ….wait, drum roll! not “drum circle”) THE 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide!

This year’s Guide is the product of the work of dozens of students, workers, activists, artists, writers, poets, collaborators, comrades, and friends – from the University of Maryland and beyond – organized by RadicalRush and students in Co-op Housing University of Maryland, with support of dozens more mentors, housemates, friends, and family.

An extended online version with more articles and original content is coming soon! THANKS SO MUCH to all the people that made this possible and to every contributor who sent content, ideas, love, and support to make this zine great!

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Disorientation Guide Cover by Savannah Staubs, 2014

Click on the image above or click here to read our zine! 2014-15 UMD Disorientation Guide (Color – Print Version) #disorient2K14

Shout-out to all of our amazing people who made donations: Abishek Gopal, Avid Antonelli, Charles Imwold, Cici Bisogno, Corey Rennolds, Tim Dawson, and our anonymous contributors as well! Immortals will appear in the upcoming extended version online guide! 😀
If you would like to contribute to help us print hard-copy zines for incoming students at the First Look Fair or make future disorientation guides possible, please click on our link and make a donation. We have neat personalized prizes for donators too! Have a radical year! – UMD Radical Rush and Disorientation Guide

CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives


 CHUM Presents: The Economics of Cooperatives

Cooperative Housing University of Maryland is hosting a workshop and discussion on the economic of cooperatives, 7PM Friday, April 11th 2014 in the Nanticoke (Rm: 1238) of STAMP Student Union in College Park, Maryland. The workshop is being led by Jessica Gordon Nembhard (She’s CHUM President Susan’s mom!), an associate professor of community justice and social economic development in the Department of African-American Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. She is author of the book “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice,” and she has conducted extensive research in the fields of race, economic inequality, and cooperative economics. This event is FREE and open to the public so everyone come join us in learning more about cooperative economics!

You can see the facebook page and RSVP for the event here!

You can read more about the Speaker Jessica Nembhard here:



American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

American University CASJ ~ Radical Rush Week

An events list for Community Action and Social Justice (CASJ) Coalition’s Radical Rush week, Thursday March 27th – Thursday April 3rd at American University. 7 Days of workshops on radical organizing, intersection of struggle, awareness, and anti-oppression.

UMD Facilitation Workshop, Wednesday 7pm

Are your groups’ meetings long and drawn out, too big for one person to manage, off topic, or just lacking some pzazz? or would you like to touch up on skill and learn some new ones?

Then… come learn more skills of meeting facilitation!!!

Topics will include: consensus and other decision making processes, meeting roles, specific facilitation skills and hands on practice with new skill that you can take back to you student groups and organizations to help them run more smoothly.  Click here for more info!

When: Wednesday 9/26, 7:00pm- 8:00pm

Where: Jimenez 1224, UMD

Thumbs up

Workshop: Is Politics Coming Back in Latin America in the Twenty-First Century? Friday 4pm

This event will conclude the Visiting Scholar series with Marcelo Cavarozzi, Professor, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. The workshop will focus on the failure of contemporary democracies to reverse the trend toward growing inequality. Divergent political routes in the last decade; the fallacy of the left-right dichotomy.  Click here for more info.

When: Friday 9/14, 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Where: Art & Sociology Building, Room 2115, UMD

Map of Latin America

M-PACT Retreat, Oct 5-6


October 5th-6th, 2012

M-PACT is a free overnight retreat for leaders of service-focused student organizations. M-PACT builds a community of students on campus committed to social change and to improving service-learning practices within their organizations and in the community. M-PACT is a space for these organizations to dialogue, network, collaborate, share success and challenges, increase impact and involvement, and build a community of students committed to social change.



  1. To (re)ignite the passion for community activism in that often gets lost in burned-out student leaders and members.                                                                                      
  2. To create a plan to strengthen collaboration among student service organizations.                                                                                               
  3. To provide the opportunity for student service organizations to share their successes and challenges they have faced in serving the community and their organization members.
  4. To strengthen the service leadership skills of current student service organization leaders and future leaders.
  5. To encourage thoughtful conversation and dialogue about student service organizations’ impact on the community and the concept service in general, with particular emphasis on promoting lasting relationships in the community through their service goals.       

The MPACT Retreat is an overnight retreat held at a local retreat center. Meals, lodging, and transportation will be provided to participants. Application to MPACT is on a first come, first serve basis—Apply soon!



Contact Atin Mittra at


Registration opened on Monday August 27th, 2012 and can be found here.

M-PACT Retreat logo

Free Training –Organizing 101, Wednesday 6:30pm

Please join Empower DC and DC Jobs with Justice as we present this informative training on the Basics of Community Organizing.  Would you like to learn how to make change in your community? Would you like to learn the basic vocabulary for organizing? The training will be facilitated by seasoned Community Organizer Roger Newell.  Please RSVP to Parisa at (202) 234-9119  . Childcare is available upon request.

When: Wednesday August 29th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Benning Road Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, DC

Empower DC activists with fists raised during a campaign to preserve public schools.

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together

Femme2012: Pulling the Pieces Together is a multi-threaded conference and forum for those who think about, talk about, and create Femme as a queer gender and identity.

Following our Femme2006, 2008 & 2010 conferences in San Francisco, Chicago & Oakland, where hundreds of femmes and allies gathered for workshops, panels, films, visual art galleries and performances, we again invite community members, artists, academics, homemakers, geeks, techies, activists, femmes of all kinds, and their allies to continue the conversation by participating in Femme 2012 as presenters and participants.

We are invested in having Femme2012 continue to reflect the diversity and complexity of femme gender, identity and contributions. We hope for this conference to be a community building event, as well as an exploration and celebration of what it means to build and live queer femme identities.

Click here for the website or here for the facebook!

When: Friday 8/17 9:00am- Sunday 8/19 7:00pm

Where: Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore, 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland 21218


Femme2012 flier reading “The 4th Femme Conference is this summer!” with jigsaw heart and mermaid cats.

Radical Art-Making Workshop ft. Nadine Bloch, Nov 28

Tired of lackluster, low-energy protests?
Sick of the same old sign-holding and chanting?
Want to spice up your events with awesome art and political theater?

Feminism Without Borders is proud to present a RADICAL ART-MAKING WORKSHOP with NADINE BLOCH, a local DC activist who has been bringing her creative flair to all manner of social movements since the ’80s. To get a taste of her work, check out this photo gallery.

At the workshop, we will be learning the how-to of making all manner of radical art, from giant paper maché puppets to stencils for banners and signs. Beyond this, we will talk about how creativity, art, and culture can make protest actions powerful and effective in ways that resonate with activists and help build the capacity of movements.

Example of a protest puppet, an over-sized executive with $ in his eyes and green skin.

We will start off at 5pm in Jimenez 3203 to develop our art ‘toolkits’ and talk about how what we learn fits into broader organizing principles.

At 7pm, we will move to the Nyumburu Multipurpose Room to put what we learn into practice. We will have art-making supplies for everything from stencils and banners to costumes and puppets. We will be focusing on preparing art for an upcoming Justice at Maryland action, but the techniques we will be practicing should be useful for a wide range of student activist groups.  Click here for the facebook event!

When: Monday, November 28th 5:00- 8:30

Where: Jimenez 3203, then Nyumburu Multipurpose room (at 7:00), UMD

Captive Genders Workshop, Nov 1

Fresh off the release of their acclaimed novel, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, editors Eric Stanley and Nat Smith will be hosting a workshop to discuss their book as well as the issues surrounding gender, sexuality, race, and ability and its under-representation and ongoing struggles in the prison system.

When: Tuesday, November 1 · 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: Nanticoke Room, Stamp Student Union, UMD

Captive Genders book cover