“All they do is party”, “they pay for their friends”, “their parents pay for everything”, “they haze”, “they’re always doing drugs and drinking alcohol”, “it’s a waste of 4 years”, “they’re fake and hate each other”, “the guys are d*****bags and the girls are who***”, and I could go on forever. There are negative connotations associated with people who are in Greek life. Many of those stereotypes stem from movies, tv shows, and even real life occurrences, but that does not mean that all Greek organizations are the same and definitely not the ones at UMBC.
I’m sure many will think and ask yourselves why this topic is important and relevant when there are many other problems in the world. This topic is important because
As with any situation one must always acknowledge their own privileges, including those that are hard to recognize. As members of the cisgender community it was difficult to understand the daily issue that arises for the gender queer community in terms of what bathroom to use. Before the commencement of this project, others, such as members of QUMBC and Lee Calizo, Director of Student Life, had already begun to tackle this issue on UMBC’s campus to provide a safe space for those who did not feel comfortable in our gendered bathrooms. Since Fall 2011 the first pair of gender neutral bathrooms were set up in the Commons’ lower level, one located near the Yum Shoppe and the Women’s Center; the other located at the bottom of the steps on the same level. Continue reading