Be Steadwell, Film Screening and Performance

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6pm Screening of “Vow of Silence”; 7pm Performance, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter and filmmaker who uses her roots in jazz, a cappella, and folk music to present a blend which she calls “queer pop.” In her performances she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.

In her film, Vow of Silence, a heartbroken composer takes a vow of silence to win back the heart of her true love. Vow of Silence is a music driven story which places queer women of color at the center of the narrative.

Be Steadwell will screen her film and perform as well as discuss her work in a Q&A with the audience. Visit her website at For more information, contact Professor Jessica Vooris at

2017 DC Queer Studies Symposium
“Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens,” Twenty Years Later:
A Celebration of the Scholarship of Cathy Cohen

Friday, April 21, 2017, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
In celebration of Cathy Cohen’s landmark essay, and her overall breadth of scholarship and activism, this symposium invites Cohen and a wide range of other scholars and activists to revisit the influence of her vision and to explore the question: What does transformative political activism look like in the 21st century?

This year’s symposium will have three panels focusing on different aspects of Cohen’s scholarship: The Politics of Community Health, Black Freedom Movements, and Black Sexualities/

Speakers include:

• Aliyyah Abdur-Rahm, English, African and Afro-American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
• Marlon Bailey, Women’s and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
• Darius Bost, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University
• Kenyon Farrow, Treatment Action Group
• Chandra Ford, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
• Dayo Gore, Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
• Sarah Haley, Gender Studies and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
• LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
• Jonathan Lykes, Black Youth Project, DC
• Nic John Ramos, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
• C. Riley Snorton, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
• Lester Spence, Political Science, John Hopkins University

Learn more details including the full schedule and how to register at

Call for Applications – Rodler-Wood Scholarship

Applicaitons due Monday, April 24, 2017, 12pm
Current full-time undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply for this $1000 award. The award will be made on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:

* demonstrated financial need;
* hardship based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
* academic interest in LGBT Studies;
* extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

Applicants should submit:
1) a brief written statement outlining their qualifications and interests;
2) a current unofficial transcript; and
3) one letter of recommendation (recommenders may submit their letter directly to the Rodler-Wood Committee at

Learn more about applying for the Rodler-Wood Scholarship.

4th Annual Parren J. Mitchell Symposium
Truth & Lies: Race, Media, and Politics

Presented by the Critical Race Initiative, Department of Sociology, and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10am-4pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
​​In 1952, after suing the University to gain admission, Parren J. Mitchell became the first African American to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland, receiving a Master’s degree in Sociology. Congressman Mitchell stated later in his life that his sociology training shaped his activism in politics and social change. The symposium was created to celebrate the legacy of the late Congressman Parren J. Mitchell.

This year’s symposium will have three panels focusing on different aspects of the theme, Truth & Lies: Race, Media, and Politics: The Power of Popular Culture, Intersectionality, and The Politics of Racial Representation.

Speakers include: Damon Young and Panama Jackson of, sports journalist Kevin Blackistone, Matthew Hughey (UConn), Nancy Yuen (Biola University),Carmen Lugo-Lugo (Washington State), and Brian Foster (University of Mississippi) as well as UMD’s own Janelle Wong and Catherine Knight-Steele. The Intersectionality panel, which is in conjunction with the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities initiative, will feature a dialogue between Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill and Patricia Hill Collins.

For the full schedule, visit

Laura Nichols Award

Deadline Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4pm
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 principles 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.

The award carries a certificate and $600.

For full details about the Laura Nichols Award and how to apply, visit


Last Day of Spring 2017 Classes

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Final exams are scheduled from Saturday, May 13 through Friday, May 19.

Lavender Graduation

Friday, May 19, 2pm, Memorial Chapel
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctoral) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

Dressy casual attire is recommended. Academic regalia is optional. Please RSVP at

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1pm, Xfinity Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 12:20 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. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:30pm, Dekelboum, The Clarice Smith Performing Art Center
In this more intimate commencement ceremony, the Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies 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.

If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor (