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

Resistance Through Civil Disobedience Training

This interactive participatory workshop introduces and explores the meaning of "civil disobedience."

Thursday, November 9
4 - 6:30 pm
Campus Center 804

We are also beginning to plan our alternative Spring break, so keep an eye on our website updates and facebook page!
https://www.facebook.com/CenterforEducationPolicyAdvocacy/?notif_id=1508882370651859&notif_t=page_fan

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.

Sustainability 

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.

DIVEST

In 2016, 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.