Monday, April 16, 2012

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report

University of Maryland, College Park

“The unstoppable & QUEER.”

If you can’t raise consciousness, at least raise hell.”

~Rita Mae Brown

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LGBT Equity Programs:

* Queering Poetry

o Monday, April 16th, 5-6PM in 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.

o This week we'll be talking/writing about queer slam poetry! We'll be listening to pieces by Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson so get excited!

* 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 April 17th, 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.

* Lavender Graduation 2012

o You are cordially invited to the Fourteenth Annual Lavender Graduation at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please celebrate with us!

o 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 achievement. 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.

o This year’s Lavender Graduation will be Saturday, May 19, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union and includes both a ceremony and a generous buffet.

o The University’s Main Commencement Ceremony will be Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 PM. College ceremonies will be immediately following the Main Commencement and all day Monday, May 21. You are encouraged to participate in all relevant commencement activities during these days. By beginning with Lavender Graduation, you will have your Rainbow Tassel to wear at the other ceremonies.

o Graduates at all levels 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 are invited.

o Academic regalia is optional. Please RSVP by going to

o Lavender Graduates are strongly encouraged to fill out the form completely and early.(Some are already submitting their information.)For all others, you need only respond to the first three questions and RSVP by May 6.

Co-Sponsored Programs:

* Delany at 70: Honoring the Life and Work of Samuel R. Delany

o The Fifth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium, Friday, April 20th 9AM- 7:30 PM in Tawes Hall.

o This event will be a daylong series of conversations in critical queer, race, and gender studies inspired by the multifaceted cultural work of author, literary critic, and professor Samuel R. Delany, whose seventieth birthday was April 1, 2012.

o Symposium website: This event is free and open to the public.

* Queering Honors

o Vinny Prell is looking for Honors students interested in putting together a framework to help build a visible queer community within the Honors program. This would be relatively independent work that would involve talking with administrators, coordinating programming, and trying to engage with other students to figure out needs and build interest in this effort.

o The Honors program is interested in supporting this effort, but hesitant to commit substantial resources unless we can demonstrate an active interest in this among Honors students.

o If you’re interested contact Jack Izen or Vinny at

Additional Announcements:.

* Women2Women (W2W):

o Tuesday, April 17th 7-8PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o a group for LGBTQQIA- identified women.

* Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM):

o Thursday, April 19th, 6-7PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o a discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight.

* Bro2Bro:

o Wednesday, April 18th, 6-8PM, in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

o a group for LGBTQQIA- identified men.

* LGBT Staff & Faculty (LGBTSFA) Happy Hour!

o Monday, April 16th 5PM at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville

* Rodler-Wood Scholarship 2012

o The LGBT Studies Program invites applications for the Rodler-Wood Scholarship.

o Full-time undergraduate or graduate students returning in Fall 2012 are eligible to apply for this $1000 award (towards Fall tuition costs). The award will be made on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:demonstrated financial need; hardship based on sexual orientation; academic interest in LGBT Studies; extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

o Applicants should submit:1) a brief written statement outlining their qualifications and interests;2) an unofficial transcript; and 3) one letter of recommendation.

o Hard copies of materials should be submitted to the LGBT Studies Program,2417 Marie Mount Hall, attn. JV Sapinoso, no later than Tuesday May 1.

o Materials may also be sent by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by May 1 to Put “Rodler-Wood Scholarship” in the subject line of your message.

o A list of past recipients of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship can be found at

o For further information, contact JV Sapinoso For the facebook posting, go to

* De-Stress for Success!

o April 17th & 18th, 12-2PM, Ground Floor of the University Health Center.

o alternative strategies for managing stress and enhancing your academic success.

o We are offering free seated massage, acupuncture, and meditation!

o Contact: Edie Anderson, (301) 314-9629

* Deloitte Diversity & Inclusion Event

o April 20th, 2012 9:30AM—1PM at Deloitte’s Rosslyn Office (1919 N. Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209) Rosslyn Metro Stop (Blue/Orange Line)

o Are you looking for a career with impact? Do you want to start your career as part of a collaborative and diverse team culture that brings out the best in you?

o Please join Deloitte’s GLOBE & Allies Business Resource Group to learn about the importance of identifying an organization that accepts you for who you are and thrives on professional diversity.

o There will be a panel of professionals discussing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered identification in the workplace; presentations from our recruiting team on Diversity & Inclusion at Deloitte; and the opportunity to network and ask any questions you may have about a career with Deloitte.

o *RSVP no later than April 9 to Kate Juhl at or 301.314.4040

o If you have any questions, please contact Alex Daly ( and Frank Garcia (

* Victory Congressional Internship

o The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Fall 2012.

o The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.

o The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California, in December 2012.

o Applications for Fall 2012 are due Monday, April 30 – find out more and apply now at

o The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.

* 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:

* 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.

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.