News and Events

February 1-28, 2017V

Black Heritage Month, also known as Black History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to celebrate culture and scholarly contributions by people of the African Diaspora.

You are invited to participate in the wide variety of events offered at UMass during the month of February and ,as  a community that values diversity, inclusion and learning, you are encouraged to participate and follow our Black Heritage Month Hashtag - #BHMUMA2017.

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"13th": A Film Documentary Screening


by Olivia Laramie

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, students and faculty met in the Malcolm X Cultural Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to watch  “13th”, a  2016 documentary on racial injustice in America.

The event was presented by the Racial Justice Coalition, the Black Student Union, the African American Studies Department, and the Center for Education Policy and Advocacy. Ro Sigle, a graduate assistant at the


Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) and co-chair of the Racial Justice Coalition, helped run the event. They shed some light on the importance of this event. “The mission of the Racial Justice Coalition is to provide programming to raise awareness around racism and oppression. We chose to show [this film] because it is a new film that covers the criminalization of black people in the United States. This issue has existed in the history of the United States long before [the 2016 election of Donald Trump]. However, given the current state of the political climate, this film is especially relevant to uncover the deep roots of racist policy, legislation, and institutions.”

The documentary, titled “13th”, offers an “in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality,” according to IMDB. Read more...


afro film fest

Afro Film Festival II

November 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Malcolm X Cultural Center
(below Berkshire DC, Southwest Residential Area)

This festival is designed to explore contemporary African, African American and overall diasporic short films. Students, professors and members of the five college community can attend  these screening at the  Malcolm X cultural Center.

Students who are on campus during the screening times are to join us.We will explore and discuss around a variety of topics including: everyday live, oppression, interculturality, anti-systemic and counter-hegemonic movements, family, slavery, love, ancestrally, arts and more. Discussions about each film will be lead by an invited discussant. Refreshments provided!.

"13th": Film Screening



Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Malcolm X Cultural Center

(below Berkshire DC, Southwest Residential Area)

 The Racial Justice Coalition at UMass would like to invite you to attend an engaging presentation of the new documentary, 13th.

This film delves into the history of the 13th amendment and the legacy of slavery that lives on through mass-incarceration. After the film, we hope to generate a lively conversation on how we can create a collective effort to get involved and take positive action around this issue.  

Refreshments provided.

The first 40 attendees will receive a free copy of the book, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

Co-Sponsored by: BSU, CEPA, Afro-American Studies Department

Please check out our event on Facebook: !


Native Heritage Month Featuring Gyasi Ross

November 14, 2016
5:30-6:30 – Dinner and Networking
6:30-7:30 – Lecture by Gyasi Ross
Campus Center 10th Floor, Rm. 1009

Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet) is a writer and attorney. He has spoken at various campuses nationwide on topics related to Native America as well as broader discussions on race, racism and white privilege. He recently keynoted at the 18th Annual White Privilege Conference in Louisville, KY.

Ross also appears regularly on various talk shows and news programs to discuss current issues - from politics to sports, pop culture to history, the environment to immigration - and all the intersections with Native life and national dialogues about race. He also writes and speaks about historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Native Americans.  Read  more...



navigatingNavigating UMass as an Asian/Asian American

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:30-6:30 pm
YKCC (Lower Level, Worcester DC, Northeast Residential Area


Navigating UMass as an Asian or Asian American student can be a journey for many. Join us for a panel featuring Asian/Asian American students attending UMass. They will be sharing their insight, personal narratives, and perspectives on what it means to be a student of their identities.

Featured Panelists are: Jessica Chien, an Art and Economics major, Pravush Pokharel, a Physics major and a member of the Tibetan Chinese Association, Jessica Lee , an Economics major and a sister of the Kappa Phi Lambda sorority, and Frank Yau, a Public Health major and a brother of the Phi Delta Psi fraternity. The panel is moderated by David Ke, graduate assistant supervisor of the YKXX and a masteral candidate in Social Justice Education and has been a member of the community since coming here in 2010 for his undergraduate degree.

Refreshments will be provided. Invite you friends, members of your organizations, and etc. All are welcome.


JWECC  Beading Workshop

10/25. 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29. 12/6, 12/13

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-3

Have you ever tried to create your own earring or an earring for a friend or a beloved family member?

Awaken your inner creativity.  Join us and learn how to creative Native art using beads! Materials and tools will be supplied.

The Beading Workshop dates are all held on Tuesdays and starts at 7 pm in the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC), Chadbourne Hall -Central Residential Area.
For more info, call 413-545-4932



Native Film Festival


Mondays 10/31,  11/14, 12/12
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall

The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is hosting screenings of three movies for their Native Film Festival for 2016.  The festival will run from October 31 to December 12.  Screenings are scheduled on three Mondays and starts at 8 PM.  The movie features are as follows:

  • What We Do in the Shadow – October 31
  • Crooked Arrows – November 14
  • The Doe Boy – December 12

A post-screening discussion will follow each movie..

last daysLast Days in Vietnam:  Documentary Screening
A Film by Rory Kennedy


Wednesday, November 2
YKCC (Lower level, Worcester DC)

The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center and the Vietnamese Students Association present a film screening of "Last Days in Vietnam", a 2014 documentary about the final weeks of the Vietnam War, focusing on the US evacuation of Saigon code named Operation Frequent Wind.

"In the final weeks of the Vietnam War, American servicemen and others begin the difficult mission of evacuating as many friends, family members and South Vietnamese collaborators as possible before Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese.
Experience the power of personal narratives by exploring previously unpublished photos and listening to first-hand accounts of Vietnamese American refugees and Vietnam War vets -- testaments to resilience and bravery in the face of great odds. 
Listen to their stories"
“I couldn't hold back my tears. I realized I had lost everything. I had lost my beloved country.”
—Kiem Do, Captain, South Vietnamese Navy

Post-screening discussion will followed and will be facilitated by YKCC staff and VSA members. Invite your your friends! All are welcome.Refreshments will be provided.


4:00-5:00 PM

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
(below Oak Room of Worcester DC, Northeast Residential Area)

Join us every Tuesday for tea and soicalize with members of our community!



malcolmMalcolm X Reading Series 2016

Mondays, 10/17-12/6 (no sessions on Thanksgiving Week)
MXCC, Berkshire DC (Lower Level)


Know the man! The readings will explore the legacy of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century, Malcolm X.

We will read, analyze and discuss a series of materials written on the life and legacy of Malcolm X, including two documentaries and a photography collection.  Discussions will follow the reading led by a guest facilitator.  Read more...


Mock Interview Program

mock interview


Career Services has once again partnered with CMASS for our Annual Mock Interview Week. Students from all majors and years are highly encourage to participate in this effective program. Read more...






Release Your Stress 101

release your stress


Malcolm X Cultural Center will be hosting three workshops to help relieve stress for the UMass community.  This series of workshops are designed to reduce high levels of stress for students faculty and staff at UMass and the 5-college communities.  Workshops will be held at the MXCC, Student Union Ballroom and Totman Pool. 



UMass Medical Info Session

student mixer


CMASS, LSAMP, UMASS Biology Dept. and the Pre-Med Advising Office will host a General Information Session with UMASS Medical School Director Dr. Debra Hines for students interested in learning about what it takes to apply and gain admission to Medical School.

In the group session, Dr. Hines will provide information details on the application and screening process, summer research and internship opportunities, funding resources as well as, what medical schools look for in potential candidates to help students stand out from the crowd. This is a session you cannot afford to miss so bring a friend to build your network and get the inside information that will help prepare you for the future.

Wednesday October 19,, 2016
 2:30pm- 4:00pm
Wilder Hall room 201

laccSpanish Film Series

Wednesdays,  8:00pm
Latin American Cultural Center





cafeCafe con Leche

Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 pm
LACC Hampden DC, Room 203

Come and brush up on your conversational Spanish!


Women, Incarceration and Carceral Feminism

by: Olivia Laramie

On September 20 at 5:30 PM students, faculty and residents of the five college area met in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to hear from panelists about women in incarceration. The panel was presented by the History Department’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. This was the first panel in the series. This panel was entitled “Women, Incarceration, and Carceral Feminism.”

The moderator for the evening was Victoria Law. Law is a freelance journalist who focuses on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. Law is also an author. She wrote Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. Law is the cofounder of Books Through Bars, a nonprofit that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners and aims to educate the public about incarceration.  Books Through Bars had a table in the back of the room during the panel where audience members could donate books. Read more...

Cultural Connections Fall 2016

CMASS Cultural Connections 2016

Thursday, September 8, 20166:00-8:00pm
Campus Center Auditorium

CMASS First Week event for all students and Campus Partners to set the tone for the campus climate. Read more:



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.

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)