Social Media 2022

Winners of our Selfie Contest #umbcURCAD!

Our students were creative this year. We have received many selfies, but these three pictures stood out to us! Congrats to all of our creative students who participated in our selfie contest, but we only could pick one winner from each category.

1. Best “making of” VT presentation

Selfie picture of Micheala

Congratulations to URCAD presenter Michaela Emmerich, winner of the URCAD Selfie Contest in the category: Best “Making of” an URCAD Presentation!

She will receive a $100 gift card to the UMBC Bookstore!

The photo was taken during the dress rehearsal for Michaela’s URCAD performance.

Under This Roof: Examining the Effects of Power Imbalances in a Family Dynamic through Choreographic Process

Mentor: Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Dance

This creative investigation explores to what degree narrative and gesture based choreographic devices can be used compositionally to examine and bring awareness to the gray area in relationships affected by power imbalance. The gray area is a state in which someone involved struggles to determine what constitutes right and wrong, leading to inner conflict and confusion. My work will be examining traditional values as justification for abuse of power, and the navigation of extreme high and low emotional states caused by power imbalance in relationship structures. Negative impacts can be felt in romantic or non-romantic relationships structured by values of love or relation. The objective for the work, and the specific use of gestures and narrative-based movement, is to create a visual experience of grayness that will generate conversation around what grayness is, how to recognize it, and what to do about it.

This work was funded, in part, through an Undergraduate Research Award from the UMBC Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Congratulations, Michaela!

2. Best Selfie with Mentor(s)

Selfie picture of Joshua

URCAD participants got creative this year with their entries for the selfie contest, given that URCAD was online…. Meet Joshua Gray, winner of the URCAD Selfie Contest in the category: Best Selfie with Mentor(s)!

Exploring Stories of Political Activism and Ideological Perpetuation in Black Religious Institutions

Mentors: Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Dance; Liz Patton, Media and Communication Studies

The presence of political debate and activism at dining tables, conference rooms, and other traditionally apolitical spaces has burgeoned in recent history. The Black church has been one of these politically transformed spaces that have been impactful in promoting movements around political ideologies. The Black body is political, and so are all cultural and religious practices from that experience. This research uses ethnographic and choreographic practices to explore themes of embodied Blackness, relational power, and institutionally-bound socio-political obligations. This research considers the question: how do congregants within Black Religious Institutions identify with their role in the political landscape that has led to change in diplomacy, legislation, awareness and transparency, civic engagement, and rights expansion — even on a microscale. Through collecting and interpreting oral histories within Black Religious Institutions, these stories and interactions informed a new contemporary choreographic work and an inquiry into choreographic methodologies foregrounding Africanist movement expression and values.

This work was funded, in part, through an Undergraduate Research Award from the UMBC Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Congratulations, Joshua!

3. Best Overall Selfie (with a campus celebrity!)

Selfie picture of Viridiana

There are some serious photoshopping skills on display in this Selfie Contest Winner’s entry…. meet Viridiana Colosio-Martinez!

Bilingualism and Cultural Identity in the Latinx Community

Mentors: Tania Lizarazo, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication; Renee Lambert-Bretiere, Modern Language, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, UMBC
Latinx cultural identity is constantly under pressure to be one feature at home and within the community, but to be something else outside. One difficulty faced by Latinx individuals when embracing bilingualism as their cultural identity is the stigmatization and stereotyping of being gangbangers, minimum wage workers, and hypersexualized femme fatale as part of their Latinx authenticity. Commonly, the Latinx cultural identity is generalized as only one culture. Many Latinxs have to constantly prove their English competency at school or at their workplace, living in fear and with anxiety to be replaced by their monolingual or bilingual peers that have no accent and sound more American. There is a misconception supporting the idea that learning more than one language affects developmental milestones in children. Therefore, some educators will suggest to Latinx families avoiding teaching their children their native language because this will affect their acquisition of standard English and ultimately affect their school performance. Translanguaging when speaking both languages is preferred by Latinxs because they identify their bilingualism as one repertory that uses either language depending on the need. This study may be relevant for the inclusion of bilingual individuals not only within UMBC but also in a globalized world.

This work was funded, in part, through an Undergraduate Research Award from the UMBC Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Congratulations, Viridiana!