Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. The theme for March is humor–laughter as weapon, laughter as critique, laughter as salve.  Do you have a favorite cartoon, a funny and biting clip, a humorous on-target poster, a joke that gets to the core of a social justice issue? Bring your funny bone and your appetite and hangout for as much time as you can. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Spring Break, Sunday, March 19 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Feminist Racial Justice Project of Queer Brown Voices
With Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Presented by The Consortium on Race, Gender, & Ethnicity

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12-1:30pm, Maryland Room (0100), Marie Mount Halld
Lunch will be provided. RSVP by March 17 to

In this workshop-style presentation, Dr. Vidal-Ortiz will discuss the foundational feminist, queer, and racial justice roots of the book, Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism, the political need for the documentation of these histories, and mechanisms of producing a book based on oral histories with people from the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The interactive session will help attendees imagine similar projects with communities whose life narratives need to be told – and to think critically about presenting the stories and diversifying their distribution and availability in order to reach younger generations sooner. The first 25 attendees will receive a complimentary book at the end of the session.

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz will Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at American University, in Washington, DC. He also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He has co-edited two award winning books, The Sexuality of Migration and Queer Brown Voices. He continues to work on his Fulbright-based research on forced migration/internal displacement and LGBT Colombians, and is also engaged in a new project, with Juliana Martinez on “Transgendering Human Rights: Lessons from Latin America.”


Conference: Women, Rhetoric, Writing
Presented by The Department of English

Thursday – Friday, April 6 -7, 2017
This conference surveys shifts in feminist research, writing, editing, and pedagogical practices over the last thirty years as it celebrates and honors the careers of Shirley Wilson Logan and Jane Donawerth. Learn more details including the full schedule and how to register at

Be Steadwell, Film Screening and Performance

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6pm Screening of “Vow of Silence”; 7pm Performance, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
Save the date! Details are forthcoming!

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


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, location TBA
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.

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 (