Black Feminist Thought Series
Dawn M. Dow, “Conducting Intersectional Research: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12pm, 2115 Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology
Presented by the Critical Race Initiative

Join the Critical Race Initiative as they kick off their Black Feminist Thought Series with a brown-bag presentation by Dawn Dow, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMD.

The Black Feminist Thought Series centers on work inspired by the legacy of Black women intellectuals.

For more information about the Critical Race Initiative visit


Department of Women’s Studies Fall Gathering

Friday, October 7, 2016, 3-5pm, 2101R Woods Hall, Women’s Studies Conference Room
Please RSVP to Cliffornia Pryor at
Faculty, staff, students, and friends are warmly invited to the Department of Women’s Studies’ Fall Gathering. Join us for informal conversation, friendly socializing, and food as we welcome new and returning students, faculty, and affiliate faculty members to the Women’s Studies community at UMD. In particular we look forward to introducing Carole Stabile, who on July 1, 2017 will become Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, and to acknowledge the incredible work of our affiliate faculty.

Academic Enrichment Grants for Women’s Studies Majors

Deadline Saturday, October 15, 2016 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. Application deadlines are October 15 for projects during the September 2016 to February 2017 time period, March 15 for projects during the February 2017 to August 2017 time period. Students submitting applications by October 15 will be notified by October 30 if their project will be funded.

To apply, send a 250-500 word statement about the project/conference/workshop/organizing meeting, etc. for which you are requesting funding and indicate how you see this relating to your work in Women’s Studies. Also, submit a resume, budget, the name of one professor who can serve as a recommender, and, if applicable, a list of any other sources from which you are requesting funding for this same project. If applying for an activity that occurred prior to the application deadline, please submit copies of receipts to accompany your budget.

Applications submitted after the scheduled October 15 and March 15 deadlines will be considered if there are any remaining Academic Enrichment funds for the semester.

For questions about these grants or assistance with developing your proposal, please talk with Professor Elsa Barkley Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Professor Barkley Brown’s Fall 2016 office hours are 2:00-3:30pm Mondays in 2101 Woods Hall or email

A Conversation with Judith Noemi Freidenberg

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 3:30-5pm, McKeldin Library, Room 6137 (Special Events Room)
Presented by Speaking of Books: Conversations with Campus Authors in partnership with the Center for Global Migration Studies

Professor Freidenberg’s recently published book, Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George’s County, Maryland shows the complexity of migrant experiences, advocating for immigration as a social issue rather than a social problem, and understanding that immigration rests on larger units of meaning structured by time and place.

Judith Noemí Freidenberg is Professor of Anthropology and Director of The Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Course Research Program.

Gender, Finance, and Power Lecture
Azure Antoinette, “What’s Your Story? Finding the Language to Your Personal Narrative”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:30-6:30m
David C. Driskell Center, Cole Student Activities Building

Sponsored by TD Ameritrade, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the Department of Women’s Studies.

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.

Azure is also the creator and founder of the official non-profit of The Aalchemik Collective, STUDIO: alchemy. STUDIO: alchemy is an arts education organization, which responds to the call for artistic opportunity and seeks to make a difference in a generation where arts education have been neglected. The goal of STUDIO: alchemy is to provide young millennials, ages 15-22, with the opportunity to discover their own passions from a team of celebrated teaching artists. For these projects and many others, she 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.”

For more information about Azaure Antoinette, visit


TRIOTA (Women’s Studies) Honor Society is Accepting Applications

Deadline Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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.

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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 23 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 24, campus is closed.


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

Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Dr. Zambrana, Graduate Director or Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor

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 Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor ( or Dr. Ruth Zambrana ( with any additional questions.

Last Day of Fall 2016 Classes

Monday, December 12, 2016
Final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 20. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2016

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 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 21, 2016, 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.

Graduates participating in the departmental commencement ceremony should report to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with their own cap and gown for robing and final instructions between 10:30-11:00 a.m. Lineup will take place in the Dance Theatre. All graduates must check in and pick up a namecard to be given to the director of their program during the ceremony prior to lining up.

Regalia is required for both the departmental and University ceremonies. You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia. You may order your graduation regalia and commemorative accessories in the University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, or by phone.

If you or your guests require special assistance (i.e. wheelchair access and seating, interpreters, etc.) please send an email as soon as possible to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor – specifying your name and the nature of the assistance required.

The Women’s Studies Commencement Ceremony Policy for undergraduate students is that students who have no more than one course (maximum 4 credit hours) remaining to fulfill all department, college, and university requirements may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women’s Studies, Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown, for permission to walk in the commencement ceremony. Please contact Dr. Barkley Brown at for more details.

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 –