CEPA is a student power organization that believes in building grassroots power and expanding the political consciousness of the campus. Drawing from the words of Septima Clarke, a South Carolina educator and former Education Director at the Highlander Education & Research Center, "If you can teach people to advocate for themselves, they learn to advocate for others." This embodies the philosophy and vision of CEPA. Our student staff trains, educates, and mobilizes students around issues of education justice, climate justice, and labor rights in order to shift the dynamics of power and make concrete changes within higher education and beyond.

CEPA General Body Meeting

Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm
SU 423A

Prison Abolition Collective (PAC)

Sundays 3:30 - 5 pm
SU 423A

SGA Social Justice and Empowerment Committee

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8 pm
SU 420

Upcoming Events

Starving the Beast (Film Screening)

Starving the Beast tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now:  35 years of systematic defunding and a well financed market oriented reform effort.  It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education.

Wednesday, October 18
6 - 8 pm
Student Union 423A

Free CeCe!

African American trans activist CeCe McDonald will show and discuss the film about her unjust incarceration, Free CeCe! 

Tuesday, October 31
7 pm
Student Union Ballroom


Talking Your Walk - Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Wednesday, November 1
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Campus Center 805-809

Ivory Tower (Film Screening)

A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.

Wednesday, November 1
6:45 - 8 pm
Student Union 423A

GrassRoots Organizing Weekend (GROW)

The GROW teaches students how to be more strategic in their fight for justice on campus and in the community. The training is a series of presentations, exercises, and discussions that teach a set of skills and concepts, which will increase the effectiveness of your student organizing. The GROW trainers are seasoned student organizers from around the country who teach by using their own personal organizing experiences. Usually 20-40 participants attend each GROW. As a participant of the GROW you will learn how to:

  • Increase student power on campus and in the community
  • Develop an effective strategy for your campaign
  • Overcome lack of participation on campus
  • Increase membership of your organization
  • Build more effective coalitions
  • Prioritize the issues that are important to you
  • Win concrete victories in students’ lives

Friday, November 3 (5:30 - 9 pm)
Saturday, November 4 (9 am - 5 pm)
Sunday, November 5 (9 am - 3 pm)

Machmer Hall W26
To register please follow the link to  the GROW Application

Civil Disobedience Training

Thursday, November 9
4 - 6 pm
Campus Center TBD

CEPA Campaigns

Affordable Higher Education 

Affordable higher Ed is working to decrease tuition and feed at UMass with the ultimate goal of securing free public college in MA. They are also working to get in state tuition for DACA and undocumented students.


Restorative Justice

YP4 is a fellowship for the non profit national organization Young People For. This organization works with college youth to establish social change within their community, and my plan for change is to bring Restorative Justice practices to our disciplinary procedures at UMass.

DACA - In-state Tuition

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number. We will be looking through avenues in which the university can support DACA students if the policy is removed.

Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms

We are working with transgender students living on Spectrum floor in Baker and UMass ResLife Administration on getting gender inclusive bathrooms back on Spectrum floor and more broadly on campus. 

Food Security

The Food security Advisory Board is working on creating food access on campus for students in need. We're hoping to set up food drives and open a food pantry.


Last year, UMass students occupied Whitmore Administrative building to pressure the university to divest from Fossil Fuels. We succeeded in getting the university to commit to divesting however, we would like to hold the administration accountable for removing its endowment with fossil fuels and lobbying around discouraging these private endowments.