September 2018

Christina León, Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University
Lecture, “Source Material: The Echoing Caves of Ana Mendieta”

Monday, September 24, 2018, 4-6:30pm, 0330 Tawes Hall
A Latinx Heritage Month event sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, U.S. Latina/o Studies Program and Department of American Studies

Ana Mendieta positions ephemeral matter at the origin of the Cuban nation through her Esculturas Rupestres, a series of 10 figures carved into limestone cave walls in Jaruco, Cuba during the summer of 1981. These sculptures cite Taíno goddess effigies, functioning as an iterative genealogical mythology that use matter and place to tell a deep history of colonial contact—a history that registers both ephemerally and materially. Mining the caves for resonance, this talk considers Mendieta’s choice of source material and considers the ethico-political charges of such an aesthetic intervention.

Undergraduate Awards to Participate in the National Women’s Studies Association Conference

Deadline Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12pm (noon)
Are you a UMD undergraduate student in good standing who has completed 12 credits of WMST and/or LGBT courses? If so, you are eligible to apply to participate in the 2018 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8-11. The conference will attract women/gender/sexuality studies scholars and students from across the country presenting workshops and panels on a wide range of issues addressing the conference theme, “Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist visions of freedom, dream making and he radical politics of future.”

The award will cover transportation, hotel, conference registration, and food.

For more information about applying, visit

Y2GAY: Quelcome 2018
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center and the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5-7pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Quelcome (“Queer Welcome”) is UMD’s campus-wide welcome event for all LGBTQ+ and allied students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Attendees will have the opportunity to gather in community with food, live entertainment, and an LGBTQ+ focused resource fair! There will even be networking opportunities for those interested in the LGBT Staff-Faculty Association and a graduate student meet-up. This year’s Quelcome marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 founding of UMD’s LGBT Equity Center, so get ready for a #ThrowbackThursday like none other! Find more information on the Facebook event page.


Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 1-3:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Take a pause and join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a Social Justice Hangout. Whether you’d like to check in, share, speak, support, be supported, or just sit in quiet reflection, the Social Justice Hangout is a space in which we have fun and engage in self-care, all while pondering together issues that are current and actions that are necessary. Everyone is welcome-undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

The theme for October will center around cultural appropriation and costumes.

Department of Women’s Studies Annual Fall Gathering

Friday, October 12, 2018, 2-5pm, 2101R Woods Hall, Women’s Studies Conference Room
Please RSVP by October 1
As summer gives way to a rainy fall, we here at the Department of Women’s Studies have undergone some transformations. Having completed some renovations in our department, hired on new faculty and staff, and begun the work of revitalizing ourselves, we wanted to open our doors to the broader Women’s Studies community. On October 12, from 2:00-5:00pm we will be hosting our annual Fall Gathering for all of our faculty, affiliate faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. Please join us for an afternoon of food, good conversation, and the chance to see the transformations our department is undergoing.


Laura Nichols Award

Deadline Thursday, November 1, 2018
From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement in 2014, Laura Nichols was a key staff member in Women’s Studies and an important advocate for equality and inclusiveness in the university as a whole. The Laura Nichols Award recognizes undergraduate students who exemplify her commitment to feminist and social change through their scholarship, service, activism, and/or creative endeavor. Women’s Studies majors and certificates, Black Women’s Studies minors, and LGBT Studies certificates and minors are all eligible.

Applications may be for activist, service, or creative projects that reflect a commitment to social change and the values of equality, inclusion, and justice. Applications may be for work done on-campus or in the wider community. In some instances awards may be given to support a student research project if it fulfills the goals of the Laura Nichols Award. Students may directly apply or nominations for the Laura Nichols Award may be forwarded by any member of the University community. We especially encourage students to nominate other students whose work they see as especially worthy. Awardees will receive a $600 scholarship.

For more information about the Laura Nichols Award and how to apply, visit

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1-3:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Thursday, November 15, 2018
Graduate students enrolled in other graduate degree programs at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply for the graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. The Certificate requires a minimum of 18 credit hours which provides students with an integrative and interdisciplinary academic encounter with the contributions and challenges of feminist inquiry, as well as supports student’s particular research specialty. See more information about the Graduate Certificate and how to apply.

Fall Holiday Break

Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25, 2018
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 22, campus is closed.


Apply for the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

Monday, December 3, 2018.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Robert Burgard, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at

Our doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in innovative and dynamic scholarship on women, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our department is a site where the systematic study and development of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies is encouraged. Our students pursue their inquiries drawing on both historical and contemporary contexts, and we strongly encourage independent research and course work that engage questions of difference and power.

Our Ph.D. program offers five overlapping areas of emphasis:

  • Gender, Race, Racialization, and/or Diaspora Studies;
  • Women’s Movements, Global and Local;
  • Bodies, Genders, Sexualities;
  • Gendered Labor: Households and Communities;
  • Art, Culture, Technologies, and Social Change

See more information about application requirements, including frequently asked questions. Contact ( with any additional questions.

Last Day of Fall 2018 Classes

Monday, December 10, 2018
Final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, December 12 through Tuesday, December 18. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2018

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Tuesday, December 18, 2017, 6pm

Commencement, Departments of Women’s Studies, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Film Studies, Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11:30am
These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Winter WMST/LGBT graduates and your guests are cordially invited to attend the Department of Women’s Studies Fall commencement ceremony. At the Wednesday ceremony we will recognize each graduate individually. You may bring as many guests as you wish to the department commencement ceremony; no tickets necessary.

For other questions that you or your guests may have about the university wide and the department commencement, please refer to UMD’s Official Commencement Website –