What's New at CMASS


cultural connectionsCultural Connections Fall 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:00-8:00  pm
Campus Center Auditorium

This annual welcome event features student performances, cultural food samples, speed networking, resource fair and raffles.  The purpose is to connect students with campus resources that foster cultural sense of belonging and student success.  Enjoy performances by our student groups, namely:  D(o)HMG, Phallacies, Sharp Attitude & Dhakak!

Everyone's welcome!   Wheelchair accessible!

ask a lawyer

Title:  Ask a Lawyer ….anything!
Tuesdays - starting September 12, 2017

Come and talk to one of your lawyers from the Student Legal Services Office  and have your questions answered:

Ø  Do you have a legal question?

Ø  Are you interested in the law?

Ø  Want to learn about emerging issues in the law?


olivia laramie

Olivia Laramie:  Recipient of the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award 2017

Our Web Writer, Olivia Laramie, was selected as one of only ten recipients for the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year award for the 2016-2017 school year. Laramie is a rising senior double majoring in Journalism and Anthropology. Her work for us at the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) include writing articles about various cultural events in the five college area, creating spotlight videos highlighting successful students on the UMass Amherst campus, and writing "Thoughts by Olivia Laramie" for our CMASS Weekly Bulletin.  Read more ...

To view her nomination video, click here



Survival is the Least of My Desires: An Evening of Resistance with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

May 2, 2017
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Berkshire Dining Commons
Malcolm X Cultural Center
UMass Amherst Campus


The Racial Justice Coalition Presents: Survival is the Least of My Desires: An Evening of Resistance with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.  Read more...


her story

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Africa House Underground Theater (Basement)

4 different women from 4 different backgrounds, get together to have 4 voices heard  and one story told. Read more ...

apia heritage monthAsian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
April 1st-May 2nd, 2017
All Campus


Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA)
April 1st-May 2nd, 2017

May is Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA)– a tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.  Read more ...



art expoReimagining the Asian American Diaspora Through Art
April 4th

6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Exhibit will be on view until April 7th.


The YKCC  organized an event to showcase art created by Jerome Tiunayan. His more recent work focuses on Filipino familial relations and ingrained sexual repression. Jerome will talk about his work. Read more...


JWECC Beading Workshop


Thursdays, 7pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall, B-3, Lower Level
Central Residential Area

Awaken your inner creativity and learn to creative Native art using beads. Materials and tools are supplied!

Beading workshops are held on Thursdays at 7pm in the JWECC, Chadbourne Hall B-3 in the Central Residential Area.

Here are the dates for the workshop:...
March 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27

All are welcome! Stop by and enjoy the fun!


water protectorWater Protector Series Part 3:  Featuring Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
B-3, Lower Level
Central Residential Area

Come and learn about a Nipmuc perspective on what it means to be a Water Protector, Past, Present and Future.  Featured speaker is Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuc cultural keeper, author and musician.  Everyone’s welcome.  Refreshments provided


amerLecture: 'Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths'
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

This program will benefit participants interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia while highlighting what we can do to confront challenges we face in the months and years ahead

Amer F. Ahmed, Director of International Teaching and Faculty Development at UMass,  will be the featured speaker in this program

Q&A to follow.


amazing raceThe Amazing Race Spring 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
6:30-11:00 PM
Wilder Hall and All Campus

REGISTRATION will close on March 24.
You still have time to send in your registration. Email chonal@umass.edu for your concerns!

45 Teams will be confirmed to compete – first come, first served.  Register ASAP

Registration started March 8, 2017. Deadline: March 24, 2017

If you want to join, do the following:

1. Form a team of three
2. Give your team a name
3. Provide t-shirt sizes
4. Gather information about your team members (name, email, phone number, and student IDs)
5. Send this info to chonal@umass.edu and you will be registered.

Teams will receive an email confirming registration and participation in the Amazing Race Spring 2017

Free food, prizes, fun - bring your stamina and team spirit.

self careSelf Care Skill Share
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Student Union Ballroom

The Racial Justice Coalition presents the Self-Care Skill Share! Come to this event to generate a toolbox for self-care methods that center healing from racial trauma and creating sustainable activism. Community members will share their knowledge and practices for self and community care. The space will have acupuncture, tea-making, lip-balm making, and community art throughout the event.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you need a low-stimulus/quiet space, check out the Nap Room in Room 163C for a movie showing (bring your own blankets!)

“Attend” Our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the event schedule

reading seriesReading Series: Representation of the 'Black' Body
Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Berkshire Dining Commons (Lower Level)
Southwest Residential Area

Representation of the  'Black'  Body reading series meets every Tuesday and Thursday during this spring (except Spring Break) semester.

Designed by English Instructor Korka Sall, this 3-hour reading series explores the representation of the black body in literature by writers from the Global South focusing on colonialism, oppression, racism, gender, sexuality and race. The texts by artists from across the world will help broaden our discussion of race relations, gender, language and literature through the English language.

Our Sister Killjoy - Ama Ata Aidoo
Discourse on Colonialism - Anne Cesaine
So Long a Letter - Marianna Ba
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
A Small Place - Jamaica Kincaid

Light snacks served. Questions? Email  Ximena Hurtado @ mabellohurta@gmail.com

afro braiding2nd Annual Afro-Braiding Contest
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5-9 pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Contest registration is open: The CMASS second annual Afro-Braiding invites the 5 college community to join the ancestral art of Afro-diasporic braiding competition.

This flyer is posted early to allow enough time for Afro-braiding stylists to look for and recruit  models for the competition.

A panel of experts in Afro-braiding will choose the winners of the  4-hour competition.

MXCC will provide some materials (hair bands, some hair products and combs) but contestants need to bring their own specific materials/supplies. This activity is free and open to the public.

Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0e51P0bRZbjxmMMAiypee6PFmeDWCxNs6t5EPm7mTX6RcVw/viewform?c=0&w=1

For more information, email Malcolm X Cultural Center:  mxcc@sacl.umass.edu.
Malcolm X Cultural Center supervisor Ximena Abello mabellohurta@umass.edu




Cultural Center Open Houses

The four cultural centers, Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) , Latin American Cultural Center (LACC) , Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)  and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) will hold their individual open houses to welcome new and returning students.
Read more for the schedule

Case Study Competition 2016Case Study Competition 2016

Deadline for Registration: September 20, 2016
Application form

Revenue holding organizations are invited to participate as teams.  A team consists of three students that did not participate the previous year.  Teams are presented with a scenario to analyze and propose the best possible solution to effect positive change in response to a social justice issue.  A panel of judges will determine the top three solutions that will move to the final competition which is broadcasted live in the UVC TV19 studio for RSO membership to view.

Teams have to attend one coaching session and have the opportunity to meet individually with a coach as necessary.  Teams are judged on their solution to the problem, PowerPoint and 15 minute oral presentation. Read more

The Amazing Race Fall 2016The Amazing Race Fall 2016

Event Date: Friday, November 4,  2016
The Amazing Race is an event where teams “race” and "compete" around the UMass campus. Read more...

Connections in Color

Connections in Color thumbnail image"Connections in Color" is a drop-in, confidential group where students of color can find their UMass voice. Meetings are Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Wilder Hall, room 102. For more information call (413) 545-2517.