The Qualitative Research Interest Group (QRIG) is a working group composed of faculty and graduate students who are engaged in enhancing knowledge and utilization of mixed qualitative methods in research and teaching.
CRGE’s Graduate Colloquium was a monthly seminar series that offered faculty, graduate students, and staff the opportunity to engage in provocative and emerging areas of intersectional scholarship as participants or speakers. Topics included Intersectionality as Critical Thinking about Inequality; Framing Social Justice for the Election Year: Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Politics ; Negotiating Social Justice Research and Activism at the University; and Intersectional Approaches to Sexuality: Image, Identity and Structure.
The format is usually a panel presentation of speakers including people from outside UMD along with UMD faculty or graduate students. Over twenty outside experts and activists and over thirty UMD faculty members have participated in the seminars. On average thirty to forty students and twenty faculty from approximately fifteen departments attended, although our Fall 2008 series saw an increase to above one hundred participants per colloquium.
The final session of each semester was devoted to providing a space for graduate students to present their own intersectional work and receive feedback from faculty and graduate students. Graduate student feedback has shown that the colloquia were indispensable for networking with faculty and colleagues in different departments in their fields of interest.