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Research: Office of the Vice Provost


Special Programs for Recruiting Minority Students

These aggregate data offer some general guidance about the success of the campus in recruiting, admitting, and enrolling students, but they do not speak to the special programs that have proven very successful in identifying and recruiting minority students into higher education and in encouraging minority students to pursue advanced degrees.

The following is a list of the nationally recognized programs that take place on this campus and that have made this campus’ leadership national resources for the effective promotion of high-quality minority student recruitment, retention, and advanced study. 

The primary goal of the Diversity in Management Education Services is to increase the number of students of color exposed to the management curriculum and all its divisions. Counselors from Isenberg School of Management recruit high school students throughout New England. During the academic year the DiMES staff visits high schools and attend college fairs.

School of Engineering: Minority Engineering Program

The Minority Engineering Program retains and successfully graduates traditionally underrepresented minority students (African-American, Native American, Hispanic, and Cape Verdean descendent with U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residence) in the field of engineering. MEP staff actively recruits students through visits to high schools in Massachusetts and college fairs nationwide.

School of Nursing: Embracing the Challenge

With Massachusetts and much of the nation facing a growing shortage of registered nurses over the next 15 years, the School of Nursing at UMass Amherst is launching a three-year, federally funded, effort to recruit more minority and disadvantaged students to the field. The program is funded with $957,755 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of Embracing the Challenge is to increase the percentage of minority nursing students enrolling at the local community colleges and UMass Amherst by 20 percent while ratcheting up the percentage of disadvantaged minority juniors and seniors in the School of Nursing from 15 percent to 25 percent of the school’s total enrollment.   

National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Project

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is leading a consortium of colleges and universities with assistance from a NSF AGEP Project grant to assist underrepresented minority persons seeking advanced degrees in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Recognizing the need for a highly skilled work force and the lack of minority applicants for these positions, UMass Amherst is at the forefront of the charge to assist minorities with graduate studies and postdoctoral fellows.

Louis S. Stokes Program (LSAMP)

The Northeastern Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, supported by the National Science Foundation, supports students from under-represented populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This northeastern regional alliance is composed of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The primary goal of this Alliance is to double over five years the enrollment, retention, and graduation of under-represented minority STEM students beyond that possible through the initiative on any single institution. Each partner participates in Alliance wide activities in addition to offering LSAMP-supported activities on their own campus. Currently, direct support to undergraduate students is offered in the form of research opportunities, pre-college and college academic preparation, and graduate school support. We are currently working with Susan Goldstein from Learning Resource Center and Greg Brown from Minority Engineering Program to recruit first year ALANA students to participate in the program.

School of Education ACELA Project

This program funded by two significant multi-year federal grants, provides for initial and advanced preparation to enhance English language acquisition.

Community Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a long history of attention to diversity and social justice issues. Beginning with the vision and commitment of Chancellor David Scott and continuing his team’s work into the present, the focus of CDSJ has been to create a more inclusive and equitable learning, working, and living environment. The desire to improve the quality of the UMass Amherst learning community through a systematic change process focused on Community, Diversity, and Social Justice are central to the mission of the university. Our vision is of a university community that is purposeful, just, open and honest, where intellectual life is central, where dignity of all is affirmed, where equality of opportunity is vigorously pursued, where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected, and civility is powerfully affirmed.

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