Past 2017-2018 Events

August 2017

First Day of Fall 2017 Classes

Monday, August 28, 2017
Fall 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


Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 4, 2017
Campus is closed.

Department of Women’s Studies 2017 Welcome/Welcome Back Lunch for Undergraduate WMST/LGBT Studies students

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11:45am-2pm, 2101 Woods Hall
Please 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.

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Monday, September 11, 2017
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

Quelcome: LGBTQ+ Welcome Fest
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center and the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4-6pm, 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.

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

EXTENDED Deadline Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 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 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, November 16-19. 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, “40 Years After Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.”

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

For more information about applying, visit


Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm, 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: “How Do You Wear Your Patriotism?” Swirling around us are conversations about obligations to country in relation to: necessities of speaking out, challenges to public space and memory, debates about dress and rights, even questions about what we have learned and what we teach. Together we’ll ponder the various ways queer, feminist, critical race thinkers/activists/artists have engaged the issues of belonging, speech, rights. We’ll mix humor, music, passion, and eats.

Challenging Race/Ethnicity and Gender Identities in Institutional Cultures
Presented by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE)

Thursday, October 12, 2017,
12:00 – 1:30pm, 1310 Marie Mount Hall

Come to hear research presentations from three outstanding doctoral students. Light lunch provided. Please RSVP at

Making Interventions 2017
Hosted by the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association

Friday, October 13, 2017, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland FULL schedule available at

What do you make when you’re making change? What does it look like?
How does it work, what work does it do? With whom do you make it?

Making Interventions is the 3rd biennial Interventions symposium hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies’ Graduate Student Association held on Friday, October 13, 2017. The one-day conference hosts presentations and panels, workshops and performances from scholars/artists/makers, inviting attendees to engage with collaborative, creative, and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship in a vibrant array of forms. The event frames interventions as means of learning and teaching across disciplinary and institutional boundaries among students, colleagues, and communities within and outside the University.

Space is limited. RSVP is strongly encouraged. RSVP at

Department of Women’s Studies Fall Gathering

Friday, October 20, 2017, 3-5pm, 2101R Woods Hall, Women’s Studies Conference Room
Please RSVP to
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.


Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, November 1, 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.

State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 Changes and Implications for Addressing Social Inequalities
Presented by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE)

Saturday, November 9, 2017,
7:45am – 1:30pm, Atrium, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

This half-day conference focuses on the conceptual, methodological and policy implications of combining the race and ethnicity categories in the 2020 U.S. Census. Scholars, researchers, practitioners, community members, and policy makers will dialogue about the use of racial and ethnic data for interrogating social inequalities, particularly among diverse Laina/o/x communities.

For more information:

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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 22 – Sunday, November 26, 2017
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 23, campus is closed.