The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.

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Women of Color Feminisms, Art, Culture, and the Humanities Symposium

Reimagining Everything

“The time has come for us to reimagine everything….We have to reimagine ourselves.”

-- Grace Lee Boggs

Organized by Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings, the Reimagining Everything Symposium took place on Friday, September 16, in Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall at the University of Maryland.

Inspired by the words of revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs, this daylong event was a transformative interdisciplinary conversation among 12 emerging dynamic scholars in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, and African American Studies. Speakers will provide critical discussion about subjects such as black feminist sexual politics, surveillance studies, immigration, the war on terror, HIV/AIDS and black communities, Chicana feminist praxis and digital humanities, queer of color performance art and culture, and interrogations of the human and art that speak to the important imaginative work Boggs understood as vital to social justice, activism, and revolution.

With more than 250 pre-registering for the symposium, each of the four panels provided the audience with engaging analysis and stimulated rich discussions throughout the day.

Full details about presenters and panels at


WMST Fall Gathering
Friday, October 7, 3-5pm, 2101 Woods Hall

Students, faculty, staff, and friends are warmly invited to the Department of Women’s Studies’ Fall Gathering. Join us for informal conversation, friendly socializing, and food as we welcome new and returning students, faculty, and affiliate faculty members to the Women’s Studies community at UMD. In particular we look forward to introducing Carol Stabile, who on July 1, 2017 will become Chair of the Department of Women's Studies, and to acknowledge the incredible work of our affiliate faculty.

Academic Enrichment Grants for Women's Studies Majors
Deadline - Saturday, October 15

Need research funds? Help with travel or registration fees to participate in an academic or leadership conference/workshop? Women's Studies majors are eligible to apply for Academic Enrichment Grants to fund research, or participation in academic or leadership conferences and workshops, or other activities that will enhance your education in women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies. Click here for full application details.

For questions about these grants or assistance with developing your proposal, please contact Professor Elsa Barkley Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies at (Dr. Barkley Brown's Fall 2016 office hours are 2-3:30pm Mondays in 2101 Woods Hall).

TRIOTA (Women's Studies) Honor Society
Apply for Membership, Deadline Tuesday, November 1

Membership is open to all UMD students, regardless of major, who have completed at least one Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies cross-listed, or LGBT Studies course and have at least a 3.0 GPA in Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies courses and a minimum cumulative GPA 2.7. Access the application here or send an email to to learn more about the Honor Society.

We Invite Applications for an Assistant Professor specializing in LGBTQ Studies

The Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland announces a full-time tenure-track position for an assistant professor specializing in LGBTQS studies. The successful candidate will be able to work across multiple disciplines and have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

- Critical Race, Queer, or Transgender Theory/Studies/Policy
- Disability Studies/Crip Theory
- Transnational Genders and Sexualities, esp. Masculinities Across Racial Lines
- Gender and Sexuality in Performance Studies and Visual Culture

Review the full job posting and apply online at For best consideration, apply by September 23, 2016.

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WMST/LGBT Undergraduate E-Newsletter

The Department of Women's Studies introduces a regular e-newsletter for undergraduate students with information of relevance to those in the WMST major and certificate program, the LGBT Studies certificate and minor program, and the Black Women’s Studies minor. This newsletter will serve as a clearinghouse for announcements about upcoming events and deadlines as well as internship, research, and job opportunities. Find the Undergraduate E-Newsletter here.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The Department of Women's Studies offers five options for undergraduate students: Major in Women's Studies; Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Certificate in Women's Studies; Minor in LGBT Studies; and a Minor in Black Women's Studies. Want to find out more? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown at Or, make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting and selecting an available slot. Looking for classes? Review the lists of current course offerings.

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Women's Studies is the home of the LGBT Studies Program

Read more about the move, and about the history of LGBT Studies at UMD.