Past 2016-2017 Events

May 2016

Summer Term 2016 Begins

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Summer Term 2016, Session I courses begin. Learn more about registering for Summer Term courses and summer session dates – Office of Extended Studies,

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


Pulse Zumbathon
Presented by Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Friday, August 26, 2016, 7-9pm, McKeldin Mall
The Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. have created this event in order to raise money to support the victims of the tragic shooting that took place on June 12th, 2016 at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. With the Pulse Zumbathon, they hope to pay homage to the safe space that Pulse Nightclub once was by inviting the community to share an evening of good times and dancing in order to raise money for the victims and their families.

$3 donation suggested. Find more information here. Questions? Contact Azalia Hernandez at

First Day of Fall 2016 Classes

Monday, August 29, 2016
Fall 2016 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 5, 2016
Campus is closed.

Department of Women’s Studies 2016 Welcome/Welcome Back Lunch for Undergraduate WMST/LGBT Studies students

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:45am-2pm, 2101 Woods Hall
Please do drop by and meet new professors or say hello to those professors you already know, greet new students, and catch up with students you know but haven’t seen lately.

And if you have a full schedule for the day, don’t let that deter you — feel free to just swing back and grab a slice of pizza to go.

Quelcome: LGBTQ+ Welcome Fest
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Each fall the LGBT Equity Center hosts a campus-wide welcome event for all LGBTQ and allied staff, faculty, students, and alumni to welcome new students, foster networking, and to showcase some of the resources and opportunities on campus or in the community. There will be performances, food, a resource fair, and a dance party! Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Quelcome by joining the guest list at Facebook.

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Monday, September 12, 2016
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

Reimagining Everything: Women of Color Feminisms, Art, Culture, and the Humanities Symposium
Register online –

Friday, September 16, 2016, 9:15am-4:30pm, 1100 Tawes Hall

“The time has come for us to reimagine everything….We have to reimagine ourselves.”
–Grace Lee Boggs

Inspired by the words of revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs, this daylong event will be a transformative interdisciplinary conversation between 12 emerging dynamic scholars in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, and African American Studies. Speakers will provide critical discussion about subjects such as black feminist sexual politics, surveillance studies, immigration, the war on terror, HIV/AIDS and black communities, Chicana feminist praxis and digital humanities, queer of color performance art and culture, and interrogations of the human and art that speak to the important imaginative work Boggs understood as vital to social justice, activism, and revolution.

Expected speakers include:
Marlon Bailey, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
Simone Browne, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Maria Cotera, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies Program & Program in American Culture, University of Michigan
Erica Edwards, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Riverside
Grace Hong, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University
Treva Lindsey, Associate Professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University
Viviana Macmanus, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Uri McMillan, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Patterson, Associate Professor of English and African America Studies, Georgetown University
Vanita Reddy, Associate Professor of English, Texas A& M University
Deb Vargas, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Further details forthcoming. For more information, contact L.H. Stallings –

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

Deadline Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 4pm
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 2016 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 10-13. 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, “Decoloniality,” which “questions dominant ideas about power; disrupts colonial settler notions of place, land, property, and personhood; and troubles normative ideas about embodiment, identity, subjectivity, and agency.”

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

For more information about applying, visit

Laura Nichols Award

Deadline Monday, September 26, 2016, 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.

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.

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

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.

WMST Alum Samantha Erskine, ’99
Unlocking Your Potential, Shaping Your Future, and Leading with Purpose through Nonprofit Career

Monday, November 14, 2016
Samantha E. Erskine, WMST/Psychology B.A. 1999, is the Founder and President of the Imelda Foundation, a leadership development organization for girls of color.

Monday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 pm: Join Samantha Erskine for lunch in the Women’s Studies Department (2101 Woods Hall) to learn more about the Imelda Foundation, about founding a nonprofit, and about internship and mentorship opportunities. 1:00-2:30 pm: Following the lunch conversation there will be opportunities for one-on-one meetings to discuss your specific career goals. Please RSVP to if you will come for lunch or are interested in a one-on-one meeting.

Monday, November 14, 4:00-5:00 pm: Join Samantha Erskine at the Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library) where she will discuss careers in nonprofits in general and development/communications in particular. “I will discuss the rewards and frustrations of nonprofit work, what I wish I had learned at the University of Maryland, and what students can do now to unlock their potential and shape their future.” 5:00-6:00pm: Following the talk there will be opportunities for one-one-one meetings to discuss your specific career goals. Please RSVP for the 4:00pm event via (log into Careers4Terps with your directory ID and password). There will be a sign-up sheet at the 4:00pm talk for those who wish to stay for a one-on-one meeting.

Prior to founding the Imelda Foundation, Samantha was the Senior Director of Development at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. She was previously the Director of Development at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), which works to seek racial, ethnic, and gender parity in the highest leadership positions in finance, law, media & entertainment, technology, and the public sector. Prior to CUP, Samantha held increasingly senior roles at other leading New York City-based organizations, including the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Applied Research Center (a racial justice think tank recently re-branded as Race Forward), and Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), which helps girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

Samantha’s expertise includes generating revenue to strengthen opportunities for women and people of color, and to help organizations increase their visibility and impact. Her personal and professional Blueprint includes empowering women and people of color across generations to find their passions, explore their values and strengths, define their personal and professional goals, create achievable action plans, lead with purpose, and thrive (not just survive) by making healthy lifestyle and professional choices.

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.

$tart $mart – Salary Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:45-8:15pm. Register at
The Department of Women’s Studies is sponsoring an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Salary Negotiation Workshop. 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. Registration is required. Seating is limited, so sign up today at

For questions about the workshop, please contact Professor Barkley Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women’s Studies, at or 301-405-7710.


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 –

January 2017

First Day of Winter 2017 Classes

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Winter 2017 courses begin.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 16, 2017
Campus is closed.

Last Day of Winter 2016 Classes

Monday, January 23, 2017
Winter 2017 courses end.

First Day of Spring 2017 Classes

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Spring 2017 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


Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.


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 Hall
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.”

“Spotlighting Hidden Histories: Archiving Transgender Usenet, 1994-2013″
Presented by Avery Dame, Ph.D. Candidate in Women’s Studies and MITH Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow
Sponsored by Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) as part of the Spring 2017 Digital Dialogues Series

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:30pm, 0301 Hornbake Library North, MITH Conference Room
Digitization and online access are often presented as an important tool for making history, particularly those whose histories are rarely told, accessible to a broader audience. However, what happens to born-digital materials which can technically be accessed—but whose content and format may not be accessible in the contemporary media environment? In this presentation, Dame will talk more about his process working with materials from the Usenet Historical Collection to build the Transgender Usenet Archive and conduct his own research. He’ll discuss the technical and ethical challenges he faced in building the archive, as well as how these challenges informed his own research into early use of the term “cisgender” in transgender discourse.

Digital Dialogues is MITH’s signature events program, held almost every week while the academic semester is in session. Digital Dialogues is an occasion for discussion, presentation, and intellectual exchange that you can build into your weekly schedule. All talks are open to the public and attendees are invited to bring their own refreshments. Podcasts will be posted after each talk on our Dialogues page, where you can also listen to archived podcasts from past semesters. Follow @digdialog for updates and live tweets on presentation days.

For more information visit


Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm, 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.

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