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.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn about the resources available for Women's Studies research, scholarship, and community at Maryland.

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Welcome to our New Faculty Member - Dr. Iván Ramos!

Iván A. Ramos is assistant professor of LGBTQ studies in the department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. He was previously a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. Ramos He received his PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from UC Berkeley. His first book, Sonic Negations: Unbelonging Subjects, Inauthentic Objects, and Sound between Mexico and the United States, examines how Mexican and U.S. Latino/a artists and publics utilized sound to articulate negation in the wake of NAFTA. Iván’s broader research investigates the links and slippages between transnational Latino/a American aesthetics in relationship to the everydayness of contemporary and historical violence. In Fall 2016, he was a member of the “Queer Hemisphere: América Queer” Residential Research group at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. His writing has appeared in several journals including Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and ASAP/Journal. He has articles forthcoming in the catalog for the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., sponsored by the Getty Foundation, and the anthology Turning Archival from Duke University Press.

From Carol Stabile, Professor and Chair, Women's Studies
September 18, 2017

Earlier this month, a professor sent a message to students registering for a mock trial class at the University of Maryland in which Latinx students were described as “mediocre” and “pretty bad.”

This incident is a reminder of the forms of bias that Latinx students face on a daily basis on campuses across the U.S. and the continuing need for institutions of higher education to acknowledge and address the structural barriers to education that our underrepresented students confront.

As a field, women’s, gender, critical race, and sexuality studies educates students for a purpose: to teach students to think critically in order to devise creative and effective solutions to national, regional, local and global social inequalities. In light of the disgraceful treatment of our Latinx students and in support of all of them --low-income, citizen and non-citizen and DACA -- the Department of Women’s Studies affirms the importance of access to quality and non-discriminatory educational opportunities and classroom experiences.

Carol Stabile, Chair
Department of Women’s Studies
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University of Maryland
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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.

Announcements

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 6pm, Xfinity Center - The procession of students begins promptly at 5:40 p.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus.

Departments of Women’s Studies, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Film Studies Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 11:30am, Dekelboum, The Clarice Smith Performing Art Center
In this more intimate commencement ceremony, our departments will recognize each graduate individually as their names are called and they walk across the stage. Students receiving bachelor degrees in Women’s Studies, as well as those receiving any one of the department’s four undergraduate certificates or minors, the graduate certificate, and master’s degree are invited to walk in the departmental ceremony. Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish; no tickets are necessary.

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 barkleyb@umd.edu. Or, make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting ter.ps/meetJV and selecting an available slot. Looking for classes? Review the lists of current course offerings.

News from the Graduate Director

For news, updates, and other information about graduate program, read the Fall 2017 Graduate Director's Newsletter. Or, visit the archive of Graduate Director's Newsletters.

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.

Register as an Alumnum!

Stay connected; share your news; and help us build our Women's Studies community by registering as an alumnum at ter.ps/wmstalum

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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.