What's New at CMASS

yuri kochiyamaPassion for Justice:  Yuri Kochiyama
Thursday, October 19
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Worcester DC. under Oak Room

You are invited to a film screening of Passion for Justice which is a facilitated initiative to engage participants in identifying values they share with Yuri Kochiyama and how they demonstrate these values in support of underserved populations.

cmass fellowsCMASS is seeking to hire 4 Undergraduate Fellows for the 4 Cultural Centers. 
Under the supervision of a graduate assistant, selected Fellows will engage in archival research to: 

1.  Analyze factors that led to the establishments of the cultural centers on campus.

2. Create and present a visual project that will enhance he cultural environment of the cultural center that is the object of the research.

The 4 Undergraduate Fellows will start their research project this spring 2017 and  should expect to dedicate 3-4 hours per week to this project throughout this semester.   Fellows will receive mentorship and guidance, $100 at the start and $400 after completion of project.

Please forward resume and 2-page essay addressing the questions on the flyer, upper-right hand side, to mabellohurta-sa@sacle.umass.edu by October 31, 2017.


 Student Care Supply Closets for Students

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.

If you are a current student and need to access toiletries and/or household items, visit one of the Student Care Supply Closets locations listed below and a staff member will be able to assist you.

Supply Closets Locations:

*Dean of Students Office, 227 Whitmore Administration Building
*Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, 101 Wilder Hall
*Off Campus Student Center, 314 Student Union Building
*Office of Family Resources, 428 Student Union Building
*Student Veteran Resource Center, 19 Dickinson Hall

To donate to the Student Care and Emergency Response Fund, visit:

To donate to the Student Care and Emergency Response Fund, visit https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/5670. This fund also supports the Microgrant Program which provides emergency grants to students experiencing an unexpected financial hardship.

To learn more or host a donation drive on our behalf, contact Tassandra Rios-Scelso, Food Insecurity Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA, at triosscelso@umass.edu.


culture and leadershipCulture and Leadership
7 Wednesdays starting 10/4
Malcolm X Cultural Center

You are invited to engage in this 7-week series of conversations to build stronger communities of pees and leaders.

Please  check flyer for meeting sessions. Everyone's  welcome


native voicesNative Voices: Storytelling Circle
Every other Monday starting 10/2
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-3

Join us at the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center to listen to our special guests who will share their stories with us. 

Native Voices is held every other Monday from 5:30-6:30pm

Refreshments provided!  Everyone's welcome!

derekBreakfast Break with Derek Dunlea - UMASS Amherst Student Trustee
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 am
Wilder Hall, Rm. 005

Come and talk to Derek about  student issues, local and national news, or just about anything.  He usually brings morning snacks.  Be there!



ask a lawyer

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:
•  Do you have a legal question?
•  Are you interested in the law?
•  Want to learn about emerging issues in the law?


Cultural Center Open Houses
To further enhance students’ cultural sense of belonging, the staff of the 4 cultural centers will host individual open houses to welcome new and returning students.  The schedules of the individual  open houses are as follows: Read more...


let's talkWhen 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!

Facilitator:  Stacey Lopez for most Monday Let's Talk at CMASS..  Check meeting schedule here...


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