Towson University Women's Studies

Kyla Bender-Baird, WMST Graduate
July 27, 2010, 8:34 am
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After graduating from Towson University with an MS in Women’s Studies, Kyla moved to NYC, joining the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as a Vaid Fellow.  During this prestigious fellowship, Kyla collected background research for what became the largest national study of transgender discrimination to date.  Preliminary findings from this study, which the Task Force conducted in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality, can be found here: Upon completion of her fellowship, Kyla served as a consultant for the National Council for Research on Women on their Big Five Campaign, collecting research and writing fact sheets so that the issues that matter most to women and girls were front and center in the 2008 elections.  Kyla later joined NCRW’s staff and is currently their Research and Programs Manager. In this position, Kyla is the on-staff researcher for program development and communications outreach, manages the Council’s social media–including their blog, The Real Deal–and is an essential team member of both the Communications Department and Research and Programs Department. You can read her work in the second edition of Getting Bi (Bisexual Resource Center) and in Privilege and Prejudice: Twenty Years with the Invisible Knapsack (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). She also has a forthcoming book with SUNY Press based on her master’s thesis research conducted at Towson University.


19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference
July 20, 2010, 12:43 pm
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Mark your calendars to join us for the 19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference!

This year’s conference, Beyond Sisterhood – Enlightened Women of the 21st Century, will be held at UMUC Friday, October 22, 2010. The event features lunchtime mentoring sessions, designated tracks for staff and faculty, a special after-hours onsite networking event, and much more!

Register by October 1, 2010 for the discounted rate of $65 (prices increase to $75 after October 1).

Book lodging (onsite through Marriott) by September 17, 2010 to reserve the special USMWF discounted rate of $109/night.

Visit us online at for additional conference information, including registration forms and lodging reservations

ChristieLyn Diller, WMST Graduate
July 20, 2010, 11:11 am
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ChristieLyn taught Women in Perspective at Towson for a few semesters. She is currently working at Planned Parenthood of Maryland as the Communications Manager. This past year was exciting for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, as they helped pass legislation in Baltimore City requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to disclose to their patients that they will not provide information on or refer for birth control or abortion. ChristieLyn organized the first Planned Parenthood of Maryland team for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k (road race benefitting GYN cancer care), and the team took home the prize for the largest team!

Jen Reger, WMST Graduate
July 20, 2010, 11:02 am
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Jen Reger, who completed her MS in Women’s Studies, is currently living in Philadelphia. Since completing her Masters, she taught a few Women’s Studies classes served as the board director of a younger women’s task force in Philadelphia. Currently, she works in higher education with international and transfer students at Philadelphia University. In addition to her work at Philadelphia University, Jen works with Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning television chef, vegan and cookbook author and host of Christina Cooks.  Jen’s the website manager and oversees communications with viewersJen has her own blog, Holistic Health Junkie

Jamie Holmes, WMST Graduate
July 13, 2010, 6:13 pm
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We recently heard a graduate of our MS program, Jamie Holmes.

From Jamie:
I graduated from Saint Francis University in 2008 with a BA in History & Political Science as well as teaching certificate. After completing a internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, I recieved my Women Studies MS in Women’s Sexual Health with an emphasis in policy from Towson University December 2009. In February 2010, I was hired by Sasha Bruce Youthwork of D.C. as a Sexual Health & Wellness Counselor. I serve youth 12-24 years old by providing pregnancy and HIV testing/counseling in addition to individual counseling and group educational groups on sexual health and wellness topics ranging from abstinence, anatomy, and contraceptive use to healthy relationships, nutrition, and parenting.

Spring graduates, summer classes
July 6, 2010, 9:30 am
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We would like to congratulate all of our spring 2010 graduates. We had a remarkable group of students matriculate this past semester, and we are confident that they will make a real impact in their post-Towson lives.

This summer, the department is excited to offer the following courses:
Women in Perspective,
Woman as Citizen,
Women, Leadership, and Social Activism
and Conflict Resolution and Gender

Stay tuned for more updates about happenings in the department!

If you would like to keep us apprised of what’s happening in YOUR life, send an email to the ITROW graduate assistant, Liz Barr: