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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Condolences and Commitments
May 22, 2017

The Department of Women’s Studies expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Richard W. Collins III. In the wake of this horrific loss, we redouble our commitment to building a fear-free, inclusive space where students can thrive at our university.

Department Statement

As a department, we remind ourselves that our unit resides in a public land-grant institution. We remind ourselves that such a location is one whose history, in principle, has aimed to provide educational access as an avenue of social change. We remind ourselves that our department’s mission is one that is rooted in an unwavering commitment to “intellectual freedom, social justice, and equality for all people.” We remind ourselves of the words of Audre Lorde who tells us that “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

In light of these remembrances and in light of the ongoing political tumult that characterizes this political moment, we, the members of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park reaffirm our commitment to the following principles of justice:

-- We oppose any policy or law that enables the oppression of any individuals or groups.
-- We strongly condemn all instances/assertions of trans/homophobia, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.​
-- We reaffirm the importance of framing policies, ideas, and laws grounded in fact, reason, and justice.
-- We privilege scientific approaches when grappling with the complexity of environmental degradation.
-- We reassert the need for compassion for those fleeing harm and economic vulnerability.
-- We reject all reassertions of nationalist, imperialist, and xenophobic modes of thought.

We commit to building a fear-free, inclusive space where students can thrive at our university. We invite you to approach us if you have questions or concerns. We will work to preserve your privacy and use our resources to help you find answers or direct you to the appropriate resources.


Congratulations Class of 2017!

On May 22, 2017 the Department of Women's Studies proudly celebrated graduates from its various programs. In addition, the department celebrated the following undergraduate student awardees:

-Outstanding Student in Women’s Studies – Carly Wilbur and Ciera Richardson
-Outstanding Student in Black Women’s Studies – Shyra Stevens
-Outstanding Student in LGBT Studies – Ty Ginter and Tivana Stepney

Collage of Spring 2017 Commencement photos

Save the date - Making Interventions, Fri. 10/13/2017

The Department of Women's Studies Graduate Student Association (WMSTGSA) will be hosting their 3rd biennial Interventions symposium on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the University of Maryland. The WMSTGSA envisions "interventions" as opportunities for learning and teaching with their students, colleagues, and communities within and outside the university. Making Interventions provides a forum for sharing and developing collaborative, creative, and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship.

Questions? Contact the WMSTGSA at

TRIOTA (Women's Studies) Honor Society

Spring 2017 Induction

Congratulations to TRIOTA's newest members: Chioma Agbaraji, Skye Haynes, Martina Tinong, and Isabella Vertefeuille!

We congratulate the 2017 Rodler-Wood Scholarship and the Spring 2017 Laura Nichols Award recipient, Muhammad Mussadiq!

Read the Undergraduate E-News Spotlight on Muhammad 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.

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.

News from the Graduate Director

For news, updates, and other information about graduate program, read the Fall 2016 Graduate Director's Newsletter. Or, visit the archive of Graduate Director's Newsletters.

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Give to the Laura Nichols Women's Studies Undergraduate Award

From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement from the Department of Women's Studies in 2014, Laura Nichols served as Academic Advisor to all Women’s Studies majors and certificate students and also advised Black Women’s Studies minors. Her dedication to students’ success was unwavering and part of the legacy we hope to preserve through this award. Support this fund with a tax-deductible donation. Find out more about this and other Women's Studies giving opportunities.

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.