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Discussion on Culture and Identity
Passion for Justice
Four Undergraduate Fellows Needed
Student Care Supply Closet
Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee Award
UMass Amazing Race
YKCC Hosts Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice Film Screening & Community Discussion


Discussion on Culture and Identity

Posted by Katherine Esten on November 2, 2017 in the UMass Daily Collegian

culture & leadershipThe Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) continued their seven-week discussion series on culture and leadership through the lens of Kwanzaa.  Read more..



YKCC Hosts Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice Film Screening & Community Discussion

By:  Wei Cai, '20

yuri2AMHERST – Students and community gathered together on Thursday night at the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center for a screening of Yuri Kochiyama: A Passion for Justice and a discussion of multicultural values following the film.The event, which was sponsored by the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, was moderated by Prof. Richard T. Chu, a Five-College History professor. 

Chu kicked off the screening by providing context on the movie and he explained that Kochiyama was an activist from the 60s. “I hope this inspires you,” said Chu in regards to the film. “How important not just inter but intra ethnic solidarity [is].”With the screening underway, Kochiyama’s voice filled the room alongside imagery of activism. “There’s more community in our lives than we think,” said Kochiyama in the film. Read more


UMass Amazing Race takes over downtown Amherst

by Wei Cai, '20

ARSelf-named team, “Laruen’s Bishes,” took home first place at UMass Amherst’s Amazing Race – coming in 12 minutes ahead of the second place team.

AMHERST – Some 96 students between 32 teams descended upon the town of Amherst, MA on Friday evening, vying to be the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s next Amazing Race winner. The event, sponsored by the UMass Police Department and the university’s Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success in conjunction with the Men and Masculinities Center, promoted a safe, fun and educational night out with friends.

With various pit stops around town, UMPD officers and volunteers facilitated the race by providing clues that would lead participants to their next destination upon successfully completing the challenge at each pit stop. Read more...


passionPassion 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.


fellowsCMASS is seeking to hire four Undergraduate Fellows for the four 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 four 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 by October 31, 2017.


supply closetStudent 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 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

Let's Talk 

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.

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

olivia laramieOlivia 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