Monday, March 12, 2012

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report

University of Maryland, College Park

“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

“America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.”

~Allen Ginsberg

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LGBT Equity Programs:

* Queer Study Time (Every Wednesday)

o 2-4PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Come and study with others in a queer-friendly space! Bring your books/laptop/work. We'll have some snacks and friendly faces

* Queer Luncheon (Every Thursday)

o 11:30 AM- 1 PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Join us for some queer lunch!. Bring your food, we'll bring the games and good conversation!

* Safe Space (Every Tuesday)

o March 13th, 7:30 PM-9PM, 2308 Marie Mount Hall.

o A supportive environment for students navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. It is a partnership between the LGBT Equity Center and Pride Alliance.

* Queering Poetry

o March 12th at 5 PM at 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o Queering Poetry is back!! Together, we will read (as queerly and theatrically as possible) from some of our favorite poets and yours as well. Come with any books you would like to read and some poems of your own to share, discuss, and perhaps even workshop if we feel led. We will also be doing writing exercises so do bring a notebook, pen, and your own personal bucketful of creative genius.

* LGBT Equity Scholarship

o The LGBT Equity Scholarship is an annual award presented by the LGBT Equity Center at the end of each academic year. Applications for the 2012 award are due March 30, 2012.

o The LGBT Equity Scholarship is financed by the LGBT Scholarship Fund and consists of a single $1,500 award. The recipient must be a full time student at the University of Maryland, College Park, who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting civil rights for and preventing discrimination against LGBT people.

o Students may be undergraduate or graduate, but must be full-time during the current semester. One of the objectives of the scholarship is to encourage students to continue their formal education; therefore, spring graduates would typically not receive the award. Exceptions to being full time or a spring graduate may be considered, but must be justified.

o To apply, you must submit a short statement (maximum of 2 pages, double spaced) outlining your qualifications for the scholarship. You must also submit an unofficial transcript and at least one letter of recommendation. Submit your materials to Dr. Luke Jensen, 2218 Marie Mount Hall or to no later than March 30th.

o The LGBT Scholarship Fund also provides emergency support for students in financial need because of sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. For more information about emergency support, contact Dr. Luke Jensen at

Co-Sponsored Programs:

* LGBT Staff and Faculty Association Happy Hour

o Thursday, March 15th, 5:00 PM at Azteca.

o This will be the first in a series of bi-weekly LGBTSFA lunches and happy hours. Come ready for margaritas!

o Join the Facebook Page to get reminders of future events with the group! Feel free to also share events and announcements that you think others would be interested in too!

* Apply Now—Queer People of Color Conference Grant

o The One Project, in collaboration with The LGBT Equity Center, is proud to announce a travel grant for students wishing to attend the Queer People of Color Conference in Los Angeles, CA on March 30-April 1, 2012.

o A minimum of two students will be chosen to represent The University of Maryland at the conference. Students will be required to pay a minimal portion of the total cost to attend and all other costs will be covered by The One Project and The LGBT Equity Center.

o You may find the application and more information by clicking here, visiting The One Project on Facebook here, or downloading the attached application.

o Applications are due March 2, 2012.

Additional Announcements:.

* One Project Clothing Donation Request

o Over the Spring Break, a group of students will be going to NYC to explore issues of LGBTQ youth homeless and education with The One Project.

o They are requesting donations to provide to one of the agencies they will work with. All donations can be dropped off at 1102 Cole Field House by this Friday.

o Items requested: Men's jeans and pants, Women's pants

* 1 Girl 5 Terps Auditions

o Interested in having a fun conversation about being gay? Want to answer questions about love, sex, relationships, and being a Terp? Audition for 1 Girl 5 Terps! Auditions are currently being held for gay males who are energetic and interested in participating. If you or someone you know is interested please email

* How to Help a Friend 101 Workshops

o Course Description:Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. This FREE 1-hour "Question, Persuade, and Refer" training will teach you how to recognize the suicide warning signs and how to help a friend. The person your friend turns to for help could be you.

o Dates (pick one): Thursday, April 5, 2012, Thursday, May 3, 2012

o Register:

o This training is suitable for groups. Bring your lunch! Beverages and snacks will be provided.

o For questions, please contact Jeri Boliek, or call (301) 314-8106.

* LGBT Studies Presents: Elizabeth A. Povinelli on Social and Other Forms of Suicide

o Thursday, April 5, 4:30PM at Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

o Join us for the third event of Contact: Tenth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies.

o Elizabeth A. Povinelli is professor of anthropology at Columbia University. Povinelli is author of four books, including, most recently, Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. From 2000–2004, she edited the journal Public Culture.

* Drag Queen Pageant

o Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:30pm in CCC 1100,

o All participants should find one female sponsor to assist them.

o If you are interested, email Anna Harris at, or check out the facebook event at

* Spend a Week at Harvard Business School

o Apply for Harvard Business School's Summer Venture in Management Program. Application Deadline: May 16, 2012

o The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. This thirty-year HBS tradition demonstrates the many rewards of an MBA degree to students who may not otherwise have considered this path. Participants spend a week on campus living the MBA student experience – attending classes, analyzing case studies, and debating management issues with peers and faculty.

o This unique educational experience, in combination with a summer internship at a sponsoring company or organization, gives participants a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the innumerable opportunities that exist in management, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through leadership.

o Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and personal characteristics. Consistent with the objective of promoting educational diversity and opportunity in business leadership, additional criteria to be considered among others, are whether the applicant is: The first family member to attend college; A member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g. African-American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender); From a family with little business education or experience; and/or from a school whose graduates do not typically attend a top-tier university (e.g., attends a rural or predominantly minority college, or has attended a community college as part of a four-year degree).

o The SVMP Application will be available online in February 2012. The deadline is May 16, 2012. To apply and for more information about this program, please visit the SVMP website:

* Call for Applications: 2012 Summer Institute in LGBT Popular Health

o On July 16-August 10, 2012, The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at The Fenway Institute and the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health are hosting a Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health in Boston, Massachusetts. The Institute will provide participants with foundational training in interdisciplinary theory, knowledge and methods for conducting population research in sexual and gender minority health. Current doctoral or Masters' students and recent doctoral program graduates are eligible to apply for one of 18 spots in the program.

o To be held over four weeks at Boston University and Fenway Health, the Summer Institute will include several components: 1. A dynamic Cornerstone Seminar in LGBT Health and Social Life that will overview key topics, methods, and perspectives in the interdisciplinary study of LGBT Health 2. Short-course instruction in statistics and quantitative data analysis at the intermediate and advanced-intermediate levels 3. Hands-on training in analysis of LGBT population health data in the Interactive Data Lab.

o There is no cost for tuition and participants may apply for free housing in Boston University dormitories during the Institute. The Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grant number R25HD064426).

o Please visit to download the Call for Applications. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2012. For more information, please call 617-927-6348 or email

o *There are a limited number of slots for free housing available. Per grant funding guidelines, free housing is only available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or those with legal permanent resident status. No temporary or student visas allowable. Non-citizens may apply for the program, but must cover their own housing and transportation costs.

* LGBT Book Tour Coming to College Park

o Monday, March 12th at 6PM at BookHolders

o Mark Rosenberg will be promoting his book, “Blackouts and Breakdowns”. For information on the book / author, visit and

* Whitman-Walker Health

o Need to talk? Whitman-Walker Health offers peer support.

o No matter what you are going through, there are others who have been there. Trained volunteers can provide individual and group support for issues related to HIV, life stressors, loneliness, coming out, relationships, and more.

o For more information, contact Nick Choksi at 202-797-3580, or email Whitman-Walker Health is located at Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center-- 1701 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.

* The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

o The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and will be enrolled in school during the 2012-13 academic year. Their website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support:

o Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are involved in building movements for social and economic justice and are able to do academic work at the college level. Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and plan to enroll in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

o The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available. All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

o Applications and the supporting documents -- transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

Would you like your announcement or program to appear in Rainbow Report? The Report is typically sent out on Mondays. To ensure your announcement’s consideration for publication, submit it via this form at least one week in advance:

Would you like the LGBT Equity Center to consider co-sponsoring one of your events by lending our name, resources, or outreach support? Please submit all co-sponsorship requests through this web form at least one week prior to requesting a decision on your co-sponsorship request. Resources are limited. If you wish to engage in a deeper collaboration beyond event co-sponsorship, please talk and meet with us directly.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us at 301-405-8720, by e-mail at, or come to our office. We are located in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.