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National Women's Studies Association Travel Grants Awarded to Asma Neblett and Ciera Richardson

Asma Amirah Neblett and Ciera Richardson are the recipients of the department's 2016 NWSA Travel Grants which will allow them to attend the National Women's Studies Association Conference to be held in Montreal in November.

2016 NWSA AsmaAsma describes herself as "an artist, intersectional feminist, and woman of color who is invested in projects that center the fullness of Black and African diasporic women." A senior Women's Studies major, she is also active in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, and Global Semester in D.C. Fellows Program. During her time at Maryland, Asma has interned at Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and at S.A.F.E. Center for Human Trafficking Survivors. Currently she is hard at work on her senior honors thesis, "The Shape of Mystery: Examining Contemporary Surveillance of Black Women in America," which is a discourse analysis of Black women's art, festival culture, bathroom politics/policy, and sound studies. Asma enjoys painting, poetry, and makeup, and, after UMD, she hopes to continue on to graduate school to attain a PhD in Women and Gender Studies.

Ciera is a senior Economics major with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She is also a Women's Studies Certificate student and an active member of TRIOTA, the Women's Studies Honor Society. Ciera has worked in the Women's Studies office for over two years and has been responsible for assisting Ms. Pryor and Dr. Sapinoso in facilitating events such as the DC Queer Studies Symposium and the Gender, Finance, and Power Lecture Series. She has also assisted in other capacities like tabling events to advertise the Women's Studies Department and setting up for the annual Fall Gathering festivities. 2016 NWSA CieraAdditionally, on-campus Ciera is an undergraduate representative to the University Senate's Campus Affairs Committee, and, off-campus, she serves as mentor in a Kids Excelling in Math and Science program. In Spring 2016, Ciera was selected to attend the Black Girl Movement Conference in New York City. This three-day gathering placed Black girls--cis, queer, and trans--at the center of discussions addressing the disadvantages that many face while also celebrating their contributions to society. Ciera shared her experience at the conference in both the undergraduate newsletter and at the Undergraduate Research Day. When Ciera graduates in Spring 2017, her goal is a job in the federal government. She also plans to join several associations that work to empower women, encourage diversity, and mentor at-risk and minority youth. Ciera is at the left in this picture taken at the Black Girl Movement Conference.

Novak Family TerpStart Endowed Scholarship in LGBT Studies Awarded to Sarah Stephens

2016 Novak TerpStartThe Novak Family TerpStart Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student in the LGBT Studies certificate or minor program. The Department of Women's Studies announces that the 2016-17 recipient of the scholarship is Sarah Stephens, a Sociology major pursuing a Certificate in LGBT Studies.

Sarah, who received her Associate of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University Perimeter College, writes, "I am proud to be both a nontraditional student and a graduate of a two-year institution." She plans to continue to graduate school with the goal of becoming a professor and conducting social psychological research. She says it was her LGBT200 course which helped her frame her research interest: studying intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence through a non-binary gender lens. "Much of the current knowledge in this area is gathered from a cisgender, heteronormative perspective, which does not speak to the nuanced and multi-layered experiences of the LGBT community. As long as we are invisible in research, we will be lacking knowledge we could use to heal ourselves and our relationships. I aim to fill that need. My scholarship and future research are grounded in my experiences, the experiences that others have shared with me, and my observations of the world. I feel incredibly fortunate to be completing my undergraduate degree at UMD, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue LGBT studies."


Gender, Finance, and Power Lecture
Azure Antoinette, Founder and CEO The Aalchemik Collective
What's Your Story? Finding the Language to Your Personal Narrative
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4:30pm, David C. Driskell Center, Cole Student Activities Bldg

Called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation,” Azure Antoinette is a commissioned poet, entrepreneur, and millennial and arts education advocate. Azure is the founder and CEO of The Aalchemik Collective, a creative talent incubator which houses Aalchemik: An Apparel Company, a free-trade clothing line centered around positive messaging and the human ability to be both passionate and indecisive; Aalchemik Press, an independent publishing house for poetry and narrative literary work; and EGAMI Collective, a visual art incubator curated to support urban photography, graffiti, muralist and street art.

In her crusade to be authentically committed to her medium of poetry, she has forged creative partnerships with dozens of Fortune 500 companies, worldwide brands, and national organizations by using her unique talent to curate and custom write the story of a brand. Antoinette’s work has taken her all over the United States and the UK with new international work and tour dates opening 2015. Azure was included in Forbes’s “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled “Women Helping Women.”

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.

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.

We Invite Applications for an Assistant Professor specializing in LGBTQ Studies

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.