Amilcar Shabazz

Faculty Advisor for Diversity and Excellence

amilcar shabazzDiversity, inclusion, and social justice have been core values of the University of Massachusetts since its establishment 150 years ago as a land grant institution. Today, with over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff comprising our campus community, we are a small city on 1,450-acres in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. As the Commonwealth's flagship public research institution, we are educating our future leaders and thus our culturally and intellectually diverse campus environment is essential to preparing them for participation in a global workforce at the highest level.

The University of Massachusetts aims to institutionalize a climate of inclusivity that promotes a robust exchange of ideas, cross-racial and cross-cultural interaction and engagement, and the opportunity for all to participate. We do this through multiple initiatives and programs that promote inclusive excellence, including those focused on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, national origin, and ethnicity, and also those based on hobbies, interests, geographical locations, personal style, and life experiences.

I work with Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to implement the historical, “radical vision” of UMass that “any deserving citizen of Massachusetts, regardless of wealth or social status, should have access to higher education.” Despite the enormity and complexity of this vision in these challenging times, it is at the root of everything we do: Excellence in research, teaching, and service requires inclusiveness, and inclusion begets excellence. Go UMass!