News and Events

The Center for Multicultural Advancement for Student Success (CMASS), Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and the UMASS Native American Community invite all to attend their Annual Powwow on Saturday April 16th in the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMASS Amherst campus.

 Doors Open at 10am and close at 6pm

Admission is free

Grand Entry (when all dancers enter the circle) is at 11:30am



May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in the United States.  It is a time when we commemorate and celebrate the rich history and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders.  It is a time to recognize and appreciate the vibrant and diverse culture of Asian Americans.

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is celebrated in April to accommodate the academic calendar of the campus.




Phallacies: The Big Show

April 11, 2016​
Bowker Auditorium

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez will be the featured guest. He is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems.
Book signing following event for Mr. Gomez’ book, “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood”

Sponsored by: Men & Masculinities Center & CMASS




The Amazing Race Spring 2016The Amazing Race Spring 2016

The Amazing Race is back!

The Amazing Race is a bi-annual event in partnership with the UMASS Police Department and Men & Masculinities.  Teams “race” and "compete" around the UMass campus and strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race. Clues are provided in each leg that will lead them to the next destination where they will perform a task, either together or by a single member. The teams must visit all the destinations and complete the challenges in the order they are received. The first three teams that arrive back at Wilder Hall first will be awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Read more ...


GlobalFest on the Road/Creole Carnival: Jamaica, Haiti and Brazil
By Olivia Laramie

On Saturday,  February 27, GlobalFest was hosted by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. GlobalFest began as an artist showcase in New York City. This year was the Creole Carnival Tour. This performance was created to honor the roots of African music and revolve around the celebration of Carnival. Carnival is the after-Lent festival that is celebrated around the world. It is commonly referred to, “everyone’s favorite excuse to party.” This year GlobalFest introduced the world to a trio of international artists. Readmore...

It is Time to Monkey Around:  Community Building Day
By Olivia Laramie

On Friday, Feb. 26, CMASS held a Community Building Day on the topic of the Lunar New Year. This event was co-hosted by CMASS and facilitated by the leaders of the Kappa Phi Lambda sorority and the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 2016 is the year of the monkey so the event was appropriately titled “Time to Monkey Around.” Read more ...

UMASS Diversity Career Fair 2016UMass Diversity Career Fair 2016

Tuesday  February 23, 2016
1:00pm- 5:00pm
UMASS Student Union Ballroom

The Diversity Career Fair, is a great event for all First Year - Senior students of all backgrounds and identities ( LGBTQIAGNC, Veterans, Students of Color, First Gen, Students with Disabilities and International students) from all majors to meet employers who have a commitment to diversity who are looking to connect students with entry level career positions, Co-op and/or Internship opportunities in a friendly professional atmosphere.

All UMASS, Five Colleges, Community Colleges and other four year institutions students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please bring multiple copies of your resume and "Dress for Success" in business attire.

Sponsors: Career Services, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Disabilities Services, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UMASS Alumni Association, Stonewall Center and UMASS Athletics Academic Services.

How to Navigate a Career Fair:  Preparation is the Key to Success

Wednesday, February 17,  2016
 Wilder Hall, room 201

 Every successful team has a great game plan and a major factor of success is preparation. Come and learn from expert company recruiters who will help you organize your game plan, share tips that will help you stand out from the crowd and provide insight to how you can make the most of your Career Fair experience.  Also receive tips regarding creating an impactful elevator pitch, how to communicate your interest and career goals, your appearance, how to make your resume stand out, how to leave a positive impression as well as, how to follow up after the fair and much more.

UMASS Career Fashion Show

Wednesday February 10, 2016
5:30pm- 7:00pm
Location: Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas room 5th Fl.

 Students are invited to attend the CAREER Fashion Show where your peers will model appropriate business and business casual attire provided by major clothing retailers for various occasions such as, career fairs, interviewing, networking events and the workplace.

This event will address how to dress "professionally", how to obtain interview-appropriate attire on a college student's budget , how to make good choices regarding professional attire as well as, understanding the importance of making an impactful first impression and the role it plays as a part of the career search process.  So come make an investment in your future while taking advantage of the Career Clothing Sale and opportunity to win discount gift cards towards the purchase of your new professional image.

Sponsors: Career Services, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Commonwealth Honors College, Residential Life Student Services and UMASS Athletics.

Harvard Medical School 13th Biomedical Science Career Conference: Spring 2016

CMASS, LSAMP and the UMASS Pre-Med Advising office are inviting underrepresented students to attend the Harvard Medical School’s Biomedical Science Careers Conference on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 7:00am-6:00pm in Westin Hotel Copley Place, Boston, MA.  The opportunity to attend the conference is free and open to First-year, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.  Students must provide an updated resume with the application to be considered for internships/ employment opportunities and please have it reviewed by UMASS Career Services prior to submitting.

Free transportation will be provided for  students who want to attend the conference.. Interested Students  must pick up an application from either one of the following: Willie Pope, Rm. 203, Wilder Hall, or Charlana Simmons, Rm. 220, Morrill II or Cathy Eden, 101 Shade Tree Lab and return it ASAP, no later than Friday January 22, 2016 to secure a seat on the bus and at the conference. Space is limited and time is very short! There are 36 available seats on a first come first serve basis and student must RSVP to me. Business attire is required! Read more...

UMass Student/Alumni Networking Night 2016

Thursday, January 14, 20164:00-6:30 PM
City Year Boston Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave., Boston , MA 02116
Register in advance:  and participants must provide own transportation
Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 4, 2016  Read more ...

Kwanzaa Fall 2015Kwanzaa Fall 2015

This event is one of several signature cultural celebratory events for the campus community and the general public.

 On Tuesday, December 8, 2015 the Malcolm X Cultural Center and the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success will host the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Student Union Ballroom from 5:30 P.M. to 8 P.M.

This event is one of several signature cultural celebratory events for the campus community and the general public. Read more...

Nikkomo: Campus Community Pre-Winter and End-Of-Semester Celebration

Friday, Dec.11, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-3, Central Residential Area

Sponsors:  Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success

Nikkomo is one of many Algonquian “thanksgivings” celebrated throughout the year that correlate with harvest times. It’s the final thanksgiving celebration of the year, signaling the beginning of winter and a coming together of people. In recognition of this particular Native American tradition of the Nimpuc Tribal Nation of Massachusetts, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural centers hosts an annual Nikko pre-winter celebration at the cultural center. At the University of Massachusetts the Nikkomo reflects the principles of Nikkomo by being mindful for the resources we have(sustaining community), how we share resources (social justice), and being mindful of how we interact with each (respect for self, respect for others, respect of the past and respect for the generations to come.) 

On campus Nikkomo is also a time when students faculty and staff come together, before cramming for finals, preparing for travel to homelands to be with family and loved ones during the holiday season, and pre-paring for the coming winter. It is a time to resolve disputes, and come together to co-support each other during the cold moons of the winter season.

Native Heritage Month

November 1 – 30

November is Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month, or as it is also referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

TheNative Heritage Month flyer month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native peoples. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the public about tribes, raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced, both historically and in the present, and the ways in which Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere have worked to overcome these challenges.

Sharing Indigenous Experiences Through Film

Thursday, Nov.19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Room 1009 (Amherst Room)
Featured Guest:  Shirley Snevex, Executive Director, Vision Maker Media
(Sponsored by CMASS; co-sponsored by the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center)


Thursday, Nov.19, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Sponsor: CPNAIS; co-sponsored by CMASS

The Blanket:  Community Building Day

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 – 4 p.m.
Wilder Hall, room 102
(Sponsored by CMASS)

Native Film Series:  Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center, Chadbourne Hall B-3
(Sponsor: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center)