What's New at CMASS

braidsCMASS Celebrates Cultural Appreciation with Braids Event

By Le Tran
March 8, 2018
Originally published in Diversity Matters

On March 6, the Malcolm X Cultural Center hosted Braids—an event that discussed the history of braids and headwraps along with cultural appreciation versus appropriation—as part of a series of events intended to promote cultural appreciation. The series is organized by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), and it supports the CMASS mission of sharing cultural expression and pride.  Read more


Community-Building  Dinner Aimed to Promote Empowerment During Black History Month

By Lisa Ladas, Collegian Correspondent
February 28, 2018
Originally published in the Daily Collegian
Filed under ArchivesCampus NewsNews

A community-building dinner was hosted by both the Malcom X Cultural Center and Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success Wednesday night, Feb. 28, aiming to encourage collaboration and empower student leaders.The event sought to promote diversity on campus

The annual dinner is titled the Black Heritage Month Community-Building Dinner, and each year, it attempts to promote diversity on the University of Massachusetts campus. According to Chan Kim, the cultural events coordinator for CMASS and sophomore economics major, the main goal of the dinner is to have a diverse group of students come together, “promoting collaboration and empowering student leaders to build solidarity.” Read more...

Lisa Ladas can be reached at lladas@umass.edu.


Sshare your truth thumbnailhare Your Truth Series 2018

Come and join us  to share your story and share it with others in an inclusive space for diverse abilities, interests, and creative styles and mediums.  Self-expressions could be poetry, spoken words, song, music, dance and others.  Here are the dates and locations:

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Friday, March 30, 2018
7-9 pm
Chadbourne Hall, B-3, Lower Level

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Friday, April 13, 2018
7-9 pm
Worcester DC, Lower Level

Through this program we strive to showcase talent, intellect and lived experiences to promote understanding and inclusion. Both locations are physically accessible.  If additional accommodations are needed, please contact aduchon@umass.edu 2 weeks in advance.Questions?  Call: 413-545-2517 or email cmass@stuaf.umass.edu.  Refreshments provided!  Sponsors:  Disability Services and CMASS

CWC and CCPH Start First Gen Support Group Following Connection-Conversation Event

By: Wei Cai' 20
February  2018

AMHERST – The Center for Women and Community (CWC), in conjunction with the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst welcomed students of all backgrounds on Tuesday night at their first generation college student event.

The event – which promoted connection, discussion and conversation – was held to gauge the needs of first generation students, and to kick off a series of support group sessions. Read More


bhmBlack Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center, 10th Floor

RSVP to chankim@umass.edu on before February 21, 2018.

Black History Month is  dedicated to celebrating the contributions of African Americans and their influences on American history.  This year, the Malcolm x Cultural Center will host a Black Heritage Month Community Building dinner where students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate identities and communities over table conversations.

You are invited! 

TriviaBi-Weekly Trivia at the LACC
Every other Thursday
6:00 pm
3/1, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26

Test and enrich your knowledge of Latin American countries.  Trivia questions will focus on the history, customs, traditions and geographical location of a speciic Latin Americaqn country.  On the final day of the event (4/26), all questions are thrown together and randomly picked as final questions.  One group of participants will be crowned Bi-Weekly Trivia Champion at the LACC.

Bi-weekly raffles will be drawn and prizes will be awarded to participants.  Trivia questions and answers will be posted on the LACC Facebook after each event to allow participants to collect trivia questions/answers and prepare for the final night.


Get Out thumbnailGet Out and Talk it Out
By:  Olivia Laramie '18
February 8, 2018

On Wednesday, January 31st, students gathered to watch the Oscar nominated film, Get Out, with the UMass Racial Justice Coalition. The event, titled “Get Out and Talk It Out” was orchestrated to discuss the impacts of racism on individuals and communities at UMass. Students, faculty, and staff alike came together to watch the film and were treated to pizza, popcorn, and drinks.

The Film
Get Out, written and produced by Jordan Peele, was advertised as a horror film and for the first few minutes appears to be just that. Within the first few scenes though, it is apparent that the film is more than just another film and is, in fact, an expose on racism in America. In an interview with National Public Radio, Peele discussed what the social impact of the story. "It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent [in] being black in this country," Peele says. "Part of being black in this country, and I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that […] we're seeing racism where there just isn't racism.  Read more...


Cultural Appreciation Series 2018

Following on the mission of the CMASS’ cultural centers of “advancing cultural expression and pride” this program seeks to encourage participants to identify respectful ways to appreciate culture by examining history and participating in the traditional way of making a spiritual symbol, preparing food, styling hair or learning about the history of a holiday.

Hawaiian Lei
Monday, February 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) in Chadbourne Hall Room B-3

Sushi Rolls
 Wednesday, March 21.   Event will be held at Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) in Worcester DC

Tuesday, March 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC) in Berkshire DC (lower level).

Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday, April 4 from 7- Event will be held at Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC) in Hampden DC, 2nd floor.


3rd Annual Afro Hair Braiding & Hair Cutting Contest
Friday, March 23, 2018 5-9 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center (Berkshire DC Lower Level)

The Afro-Braiding and Hair Cutting Contest seeks to celebrate hair braiding and cutting tradition/custom.

Registration deadline:  March 2nd, 2018
Register at:  mxcc@sacl.umass.edu


Grad School Preparation: Seek help with the Graduate School Application Process!
Wednesdays- Starting February 7, 2018
12:15-2:15 p.m.
Wilder Hall 102- Wheel chair accessible

It is never early to start thinking about graduate school. Read more...




Each One Reach One Mentoring Program 2018-19

A cohort of 20 students is supported by a Graduate Assistant Mentor Coordinator through individual and hands-on workshops addressing:


  •  Graduate application timeline
  •  Standardized tests
  •  Personal statements
  •  Research/internship opportunities
  •  Identity awareness
  •  Navigating graduate school

supply closet

Student Care Supply Closets


Student Affairs and Campus Life now operates five Student Care Supply Closets across campus to provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Our hope is that access to these items will help students facing difficult decisions about every day expenses. 
Read more..


let's talk

Let's Talk
Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm
Wilder Hall, Rm. 102

When something’s bothering you, talking about it is often the first step toward a solution. Now, there’s an informal, convenient, confidential way to get insight and information – “Let’s Talk.”

The new program offers free, friendly drop-in sessions with counselor consultants from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), at locations around campus. “Let’s Talk” isn’t formal counseling or mental health treatment. It’s a chance to briefly share what’s on your mind, find support, and get recommendations. No topic’s off-limits! Facilitators are  Christian Smith and Jennifer Muniz-Rodriguez.

Check other meeting schedules in other locations here...


dunleaChat with Student Trustee  Derek Dunlea
Mondays, 12:15-1:30 pm
Wilder Hall, Rm. 005

Student Trustee  Derek Dunlea, a junior political science and economics major, is at CMASS in Wilder Hall on Mondays to discuss some student concerns, local and national news, sports or just any topic. Find out what a student trustee does!



ask a lawyerAsk a Lawyer Anything!
Thursdays - Started February 1st
12:00-2:00 pm
Wilder Hall 005


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



fafsaFAFSA  Help Days @ CMASS
Thursdays, 2:15-4:30
Rm.005, Wilder Hall

Come and meet with a Financial Aid Counselor and get answers to questions that you might have about your FAFSA.  The FAFSA personnel is at CMASS every Thursday to assist you.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!

FAFSA Extra Hours

Every first Thursday of spring,  from February 1  Until  April 5, all students, families and the community members  can come to consult with a Financial Aid Counselor for assistance and FAFSA help.


connectionsConnections in Color
Every Thursday
Wilder Hall, Rm. 102

Connections in Color is a group where students of color can find their UMass Voice by participating in discussions regarding academic and social pressures of being a student of color at  UMass. Topics vary from mental health and wellness, improving self-esteem and confidence, building and improving relationship and so much more.

Confidentiality is highly observed


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Educ202:  Intergroup Dialogue - Let's Talk Across Differences

For more information, please visit the course website at https://people.umass.edu/educ202-xzuniga/ or email us at umassdialogues@gmail.com.

EDUC 202 is  a 4-credit Gen. Ed. (SB) (U) course that offers students the opportunity to engage in conversations about issues of difference, identity, and community. In diverse, small groups, students will explore differences and commonalities as well as examine and address contentious issues using dialogic and collaborative methods.

Sections meet on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and also for a one-day class retreat on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The course runs for 11 weeks: beginning on Thursday, February 1st and ending on Thursday, April 19th.

EDUC 202 is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success (CMASS).