Past 2018-2019 Events

Summer 2018

Summer Session 1

May 29 – July 6

July 9 – August 17

September 2018

First Day of Fall 2018 Classes

Monday, August 27, 2018
Fall 2018 courses begin. Regular check-in begins for waitlist and holdfile; check-in daily to remain on list. For a list of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered, please visit our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 3, 2018
Campus is closed.

Department of Women’s Studies Undergraduate Town Hall

Monday, September 10, 2018, 4-6pm, 2101 Woods Hall. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
This event is an opportunity for undergraduate students across all programs in the Department of Women’s Studies (major in Women’s Studies, minor or certificate in LGBT Studies, certificate in Women’s Studies, and minor in Black Women’s Studies) to come together and discuss their ideas/needs/desires for undergraduate programming by the Department. This meeting will be facilitated by Dr. Sydney Lewis and Dr. Jessica Mathiason who will be implementing undergraduate programming throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Please come and share your ideas – we are eager to hear from you!

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Monday, September 10, 2018
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the fall semester. For a list of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered, please visit our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at

College of Arts and Humanities Annual Convocation

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 3:30pm, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
All members of the ARHU community are invited to attend the college’s annual convocation. Please join us to welcome new students and faculty, to acknowledge faculty who received tenure and/or promotion and to look back on highlights from the past academic year.

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.

Christina A. León is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. She has research and teaching interests in hemispheric American literature with a focus on Latina/o, Caribbean, and diasporic studies, in addition to critical engagements with feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. In Fall 2016, she was a member of the “Queer Hemisphere: América Queer” Residential Research group at the University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine. Christina is currently at work on her first monograph tentatlively titled, Opacities: Queer Latinidades and the Ethics of Relation. She is also a co-editor of a special issue of Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory entitled “Lingering in Latinidad: Aesthetics, Theory, and Performance. She has published articles in Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture and ASAP/Journal, as well as translations in the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press).

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

[Extended] Deadline Friday, September 28, 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.

Women and Politics Panel

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:30-6pm, Pyon Su (2108), Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Sponsored by the Department of Government and Politics and the Center for American Politics and Citizenship

Featured panelists include:

–Former MD Rep. Heather Mizeur
–Ambassador (ret.) Connie Morella
–MD Rep. Kathy Szeliga
–MoCo DCC Member Sarah Wolek
–Moderator: Professor Stella Rouse

Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama
A conversation with Julie Taddeo, Department of History

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 2018, 4-5:30pm, McKeldin 6137 (Special Events Room)
A Speaking of Books..Conversations with Campus Authors event sponsored by the University Libraries.
Period dramas such as Downton Abbey, Poldark, Outlander, and The Crown provide viewers a rich assortment of complex male characters. Conflicting Masculinities explores the very different types of maleness offered by these and other recent television dramas and shows how the intersection of class, race, history and masculinity in period dramas has come to hold such broad appeal to twenty-first-century audiences.

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.

The Future of Humanity: The Challenge of Global Peace and Security
The Baha’i Chair For World Peace Conference

Tuesday – Wednesday, October 16 – 17, 2018, Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
With increasing challenges to the creation of a sustainable global peace and the decline in security, new thinking and solutions are needed. This conference examines the limitations of the current global order and seeks to explore alternative solutions.

Wednesday, October 17, 9-10:30am – Valentine Moghadam (Middle East Studies Program, Northeastern University) will deliver a keynote on Gender Inequality followed by a Gender Inequality Panel Session from 11am-12:30pm  featuring Margaret Satterthwaite (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU), Jessica Trisko Darden (School of International Service, American University), Kanisha Bond (Government and Politics, UMD), and moderator, Kathleen Cunningham (Government and Politics, UMD).

Find the full conference agenda here, and RSVP online here.

ARHU Dean’s Undergraduate Student Forum

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30pm, 2204 ESJ
ARHU Dean, Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, invites all undergraduate students to this open forum. Dean Thornton Dill is eager to hear from students about your experiences and perspectives on ARHU, campus climate, and more. Please attend and be heard!

Obeahs, Brujas, and Witches: “Magic” as a Feminist Practice

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 4-6pm, 2101R Woods Hall
In her book Witches, Sluts, and Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, Kristen J. Sollee asserts that “witches, sluts, and feminists embody the potential for self-directed feminine power, and sexual and intellectual freedom.” We will look at cross-cultural spiritual practices and modern “magic” as potential sites of personal and collective resistance to patriarchal and racist oppression. Self-described conjurers and witches from both African Diasporic and Wiccan traditions will discuss their practices and answer questions.

In the spirit of giving offerings, we will be collecting supplies for HIPS, a sex-worker community service non-profit. Feel free to show up in costume if you wish, enjoy light dinner provided by the Department of Women’s Studies, and don’t forget your donation to HIPS from the following list.

-New socks/ underwear, all sizes for men and women
-Brown paper lunch bags for outreach
-Snacks for client drop in center
-Fun size candy
-Bulk coffee or hot chocolate
-Lemonade mix
-New or gently used outer wear (coats, hats, gloves, etc.)
-Gift cards to grocery stores ($10 denominations)

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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

Last Day for Undergraduates to drop with a “W”

Monday, November 5, 2018
This is the deadline for students to drop classes for the fall semester with a “W.”

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. The theme for this month is “Voting +: Post-Election Debrief, Discussion, and Devising for Future Action.” What do the outcomes of the 2018 mid-term elections tell us about millennial voters, domestic cultural attitudes regarding gender and sexuality, and global affairs? And what’s next? Join us for a non-partisan post-election debrief and discussion. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Movie Outing – The Hate U Give

On Friday afternoon Nov. 9, 2018, the Department of Women’s Studies will be going to AMC Academy 8 in Greenbelt followed by dinner and discussion at Pho 168, a Vietnamese restaurant near the theatre. The department will provide transportation and dinner. The theatre has confirmed the film will be playing that afternoon at *approximately* 4:30pm, but exact showtimes will not be available until they are publicly released for the week, which happens each Wednesday. We will meet in Woods Hall before showtime and head to the theatre as a group.

This event is limited to 12 students. To request a spot, please RSVP to Dr. Mathiason at

RSVPs will be accepted through November 7, though spots may fill beforehand, so get in touch soon!

$tart $mart – Salary Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:15-7:45pm, 1119 Susquehanna Hall
Registration is required. Seating is limited, so register today!
(log in with your directory ID and password)
The Department of Women’s Studies is sponsoring an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop. Developed by the AAUW, the Start Smart workshop educates about the gender gap in pay while equipping college students to face the job market with confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate better salaries and benefits. Attendees will gain valuable salary negotiation skills by learning how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for a salary.

FREE and open to any University of Maryland student.

For questions, please contact: Professor Barkley Brown, Department of Women’s Studies, at or Kate Juhl, University Career Center, College of Arts and Humanities –

Toxic Ivory Towers: The Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Minority Faculty
A conversation with Ruth Enid Zambrana, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity.

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4-5:30pm, McKeldin 6137 (Special Events Room)
A Speaking of Books..Conversations with Campus Authors event sponsored by the University Libraries.
Toxic Ivory Towers seeks to document the professional work experiences of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in U.S. higher education, and simultaneously address the social and economic inequalities in their life course trajectory. Ruth Enid Zambrana finds that despite the changing demographics of the nation, the percentages of Black and Hispanic faculty have increased only slightly, while the percentages obtaining tenure and earning promotion to full professor have remained relatively stagnant. Toxic Ivory Towers is the first book to take a look at the institutional factors impacting the ability of URM faculty to be successful at their jobs, and to flourish in academia. The book captures not only how various dimensions of identity inequality are expressed in the academy and how these social statuses influence the health and well-being of URM faculty, but also how institutional policies and practices can be used to transform the culture of an institution to increase rates of retention and promotion so URM faculty can thrive.

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.

Registration for Spring 2019 has begun!

Lists of undergraduate Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered can be found on our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at

For help with WMST graduate courses, contact Robert Burgard at


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

Tuesday, December 4, 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, 2018, 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 –

Registration for Spring 2019 ends soon!

Schedule adjustment ends on Friday, February 8th, so make sure to register for your classes before then.  This is the last day for add/drop for Spring 2019.

Lists of undergraduate Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered can be found on our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at

For help with WMST graduate courses, contact Robert Burgard at

February 2019

Social Justice Hangout

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:00-2:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. This month’s topic is “Global Colorism.” We will look at images and listen to opinions that will help us understand the roots of, define, and discuss how colorism shapes interactions and societies globally. All are welcome to the hangout, and drop in for as much time as you can. Lunch will be provided.

Careers in Women’s and Gender Issues

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:00-6:00pm, University Career Center, 3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South

The University Career Center will be hosting a panel of alumni and professionals working in fields related to and supporting women and gender issues. Come to the event to learn about careers related to Women’s Studies, and hear from confirmed panelists:

  • Joanna Silver, Attorney/Federal Public Defender
  • Duy-Khuong Van, Graphic Designer, Webmaster/Typesetter for the journal Feminist Studies
  • Dresden Koons, Former Head of the Lower School & Current Middle School Teacher, St. Andrews Episcopal School
  • Mahelet Kebede, Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD
  • Harper Jean Tobin, Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality

This panel is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies.

Self-Care as Self-Love

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:00-2:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Recharge and unwind in this “hands-on” peer-led workshop. We will share tools and resources for self-care in an increasingly stressful world. Thinking about self-care somewhat removed from capitalist modes of consumption (i.e. spa days, retail therapy) we will talk about concrete strategies and tools for prioritizing wellness every day and in crisis.

March 2019

Social Justice Hangout

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00-2:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. The theme for this month will relate to Women’s History Month. More details will be posted soon.

Gender, Finance, and Power Panel

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:00-5:30pm, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Join the Department of Women’s Studies as we celebrate Women’s History Month with the Gender, Finance, and Power Panel discussion. The panel will explore the role of business, finance, and power and its relationship to gender in its multiple manifestations in the lives of women. Money, wealth, and assets are associated with power and white male gender in the U.S. Our panelists will discuss the intersections of finance and power, provide information on how to begin the accumulation of wealth early in life, and the role of entrepreneurship as a mechanism for asset building and strategies for successfully engaging in business development. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Cynthia Stevens of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and will include speakers Maura Schauss, CFP of Washington Wealth Advisors, Dr. Elizabeth Toth of the Department of Communication, Marva Jo Camp, Esq., vice-chair of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, and Dr. Helene Rodriguez McConnell of the SMC Business Group.

Undergraduate Movie Night

Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Join the Department of Women’s Studies as we host an in-house movie night to watch Call Me by Your Name. Popcorn will be served during the movie, followed by dinner and discussion afterwards. The event is open to all students, so invite a friend!

April 2019

Social Justice Hangout

Tuesday, April 2, 1:00-3:00pm, 2101R Woods Hall

Prominent gender and sexuality scholar, Susan Stryker, uses “transgender” to refer to “people who move away from the gender they were assigned at birth” and “people who cross over (trans-) the boundaries constructed by their culture to define and contain that gender.” This social justice hangout will address questions such as: What does Stryker mean by “gender assigned at birth”? Why does she call gender “constructed”? What do the various acronyms mean? What’s the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality? Why are pronouns important? What does nonbinary mean? How do I avoid offensive language? What are current issues and concerns for trans gender communities. This Social Justice hangout provides an opportunity to get answers to some of the questions you might be afraid to ask, and to talk about current topics from a trans gender perspective. Lunch will be provided.

Duty to Speak: A Spoken Word Showcase

Wednesday, April 24 5:00-7:00pm, Ulrich Recital Hall–Afternoon Workshop: 2:00-3:15pm

Audre Lorde once said “I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.” Hosted by DC-based, internationally-known spoken word artist, Charity Blackwell, “Duty to Speak: A Spoken Word Showcase” gives UMD students the opportunity to workshop and perform their original spoken word pieces with a professional poet and performer. Whether you’re new to spoken word or a seasoned wordsmith, join The Department of Women’s Studies for an enjoyable evening of food, entertainment, and speaking our truths.

Undergraduate Research Day

Tuesday, April 30, 12:00-3:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall

The Department of Women’s Studies invites undergraduate students to submit proposals to our Spring Undergraduate Research Day. The event gives students the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with their peers and other professors in the department. We encourage submissions of individual and group presentations, papers, spoken word, creative art pieces, and facilitated discussions. We value your work and achievements, and look forward to honoring your accomplishments at this event. Please complete this form to apply.