Monday, October 14, 2013

Rainbow Report

Rainbow Report
University of Maryland, College Park

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
–Isaac Newton

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LGBT Equity Programs:  
*  Queer Lunch
o   Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm, 2218 Marie Mount Hall. Bring your lunch; we’ll bring the conversation and fun!
*  Safe Space
o   Thursdays at 7 pm, 2308 Marie Mount Hall. Safe Space is a peer-facilitated supportive environment for any student navigating identity, coming out, or transitioning. Even if you consider yourself already “out,” this is a space to decompress, share what’s on your mind, and find support. This Safe Space is for you! 
*  Rainbow Terrapin Network
o   Sign up now for Rainbow Terrapin Network trainings along with our new Trans* Advocacy Trainings!  
*   Updated Out List
o   In celebration of National Coming Out Day, we have posted the updated list of out LGBTQ Staff and Faculty at the University of Maryland at
o   This list helps to raise the visibility of LGBTQ on campus.  It supports our students, affirms our many accomplishments, and bears witness to the need to continue seeking4 equity with our heterosexual and cisgender colleagues.
*   “I Heart Rainbow Terps” Week!
o   Rainbow Terps Week has been extended for another week! The week is designed to increase the visibility of the Rainbow Terrapin Network, a group of students, staff, and faculty on campus who enhance support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people, and their allies on campus.
o   You can still show your support by taking your picture with an ‘I Heart Rainbow Terps!’ sign and posting it on our Facebook page. Use our flier or feel free to make your own! Your pictures can be serious or fun, in groups or just on your own, but should show that you support LGBTQ people on campus, and love Rainbow Terps! Stop by and see us from 12-4 pm Thursday October 17th and 12-4 pm on Friday October 18th.
Co-Sponsored Programs:
* Congressional Internship Opportunities for UMD
o   Are you interested in an internship with Congress? Please come on Friday, October 18th 2013 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the University Career Center – Resource Room to hear about the benefits of congressional internships and gain valuable tips for how to find and apply for these opportunities. Scott M. R. Baker, an UMD Alum and former Congressional Staff member, will share valuable information on the steps needed to successfully obtain one of these coveted internship opportunities. You can RVSP for this event by going to this site: For additional information, contact Pamela Allen at
*  The One Project: The G in LGBTQA
o   What does it mean to be gay in 2013? Come discuss what it means to be gay and learn more about the small group sessions offered with MICA and The LGBT Equity Center.
o   Monday, October 21st, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in the LGBT Equity Center.

Student Group Meetings
*  Pride Alliance
o   Women2Women: A discussion group for LGBTQQIA- identified women. Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   Bro2Bro: A group for LGBTQQIA- identified men. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   Bisexuals at Maryland (BAM): A discussion group for those who inhabit the wide expanse that lay between gay and straight. Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   TCOM: A group for LGBTQQIA people of all colors. Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.
o   TransU: A discussion and safe space for those who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise feel restricted by conventional definitions of "man" and "woman.” Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 PM in the LGBT Equity Center.

Additional Announcements:
* FUEL Leadership Conference
o   Register now for the 14th Annual FUEL Leadership Conference hosted by the Asian American Student Union!
o   Register online:
o   The FUEL Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, October 12th from 10AM to 4PM in the Student Stamp Union.  Join us for workshops, panelist speeches, special performances, and lunch!
o   Ticket prices are:
Regular (Between September 25th - October 11th): $6

Late (After October 11th): $11
o   FUEL stands for Forging, Understanding, Empowering, and Leading. The Asian American Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park holds this leadership conference every fall to educate the community about Asian Pacific Islander American issues through workshops, select speakers, and entertainment.
* University Student Judiciary Applications
o   The University of Maryland is a part of a small group of universities across the country that allows students to participate in the adjudication of academic and non-academic misconduct cases. The University Student Judiciary (USJ) is a student organization that is of the utmost importance on this campus as we hear cases that affect the university community on a daily basis. In order for University Student Judiciary to continue to be a successful organization we need students who possess both strong academic traits as well as strength in areas of integrity, character and ethics. More information about USJ can be found here.
o   Please go to to apply to USJ!
* Queer Objectivity Exhibition
o   The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park will be presenting their new exhibit Queer Objectivity. The exhibition is open to the public October 21st through December 6, 2013 with an opening reception Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5-8pm. A Curator & Artist Talk will take place on October 23, 7PM in the Stamp Gallery.
o   Join us for a conversation with the curator on Monday, October 14, from 6-7 pm in the Stamp’s Prince George’s Room.
o   Queer Objectivity is a curated exhibition that brings together sixteen emerging and established artists diverse in their identities, experiences, materials and approaches. Some of the artwork exhibited addresses the body in relation to objects. Others may present the body as an object itself. Still further, some work presents objects as conduit for the body to another realm. There will be a range of artwork displayed including photography, sculpture, performance, and new media. Throughout the run of the show, Stamp Gallery will present extended programming, lectures, artist visits, and performances exploring the intersections of race, class, ability, sex, sexuality and gender through the lens of visual culture.
* Diversity in the Workplace Symposium
o  SmithOUT, the LGBT business association for the advancement of diversity, professional development and networking, presents our annual Diversity in the Workplace Symposium! Join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 16th, to hear from businesses that pride themselves in diversity- a cornerstone of corporate culture.
o  1524 Van Munching Hall, Catered by Jason’s Deli, Dress: Business-Casual
*  DC Metro LGBTQ Symposium
o   The 8th Annual DC Metro LGBTQ Symposium presents Intricate Identities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Culture and Ability in the LGBTQ Community, which will be held Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at American University in Washington, DC. The Symposium aims to create a communal space for education and reflection on leadership, activism, and research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* issues and topics for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
o   Students, faculty and staff interested in presenting at the Symposium are encouraged to complete the online proposal submission form located at Workshops and presentations in the past have included discussions/workshops about national, local and campus activism and identity issues, as well as research (a paper written or project completed for class) on the LGBT community. While we encourage presenters to tie their proposal to the theme of “Exploring the Intersections of Race, Culture and Ability in the LGBT Community,” we also appreciate creativity and liberal interpretations of the theme.
o   The Symposium is a collaboration among American, Howard, Gallaudet, George Mason, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities, and the University of Maryland College Park.
o   The deadline to submit a program proposal has been extended to 5 pm on October 18th, 2013.
Selected presenters will be contacted by October 20th. For more information on the Symposium please contact Matt Bruno at Registration for the Symposium is FREE and open to everyone, and it can be accessed at
* Feminist Graduate Student Symposium
o   The University of Maryland’s Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association and the Department of Women’s Studies are pleased to announce the First Annual Feminist Graduate Student Symposium to be held Wednesday, October 16th 2013, in the Margaret Brent Room, 2112 Stamp Student Union.
o   Interventions: Women’s Studies on the Edge
Feminist scholarship at the University of Maryland engages a wide range of questions, topics, methods and disciplines meant to address the lived experiences and representations of women, especially with regard to issues such as gender, race, sexuality, nationality, disability, etc. This symposium highlights various feminist projects in development at the University Maryland and the surrounding area, profiling the cutting edge of feminist scholarship. The symposium will consist of panels structured around three themes that elucidate the complexities in the diverse lives of women and communities.
o   Translations:
Papers that build bridges across national borders, consider dividing lines between fields and disciplines, and/or examine the distinctions between the academy and activists outside the university.
o   Taking Back Innovation:
Papers that push theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical boundaries to produce and share exciting feminist knowledge.
o   Bridging Gaps in Women’s Studies: Papers that address topics or questions not given enough attention by feminist scholarship and/or in feminist classrooms.

Registration is free, and lunch will be served.  This event is funded in part by Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community and the public. Other funding comes from the Pepsi Grant, and our co-sponsors are the Women's Studies Department and UMD Feminists.

Please register at

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.