Our Events

annual events workshops trainings

We organize, sponsor, and co-sponsor a wide variety of events for the Five-College community, typically during the academic year.   We are happy to tailor a workshop for your group or organization. For information about our events call 413-545-0883Request a training or workshop.

Fall 2018

WOCLN P.R.O.P.S: Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories

Open To: All

P.R.O.P.S is a program/platform which offers students the opportunity to share inspiring stories & innovative discoveries. Selected students will present a 5-12 minute-talk at a live showcase which will be recorded and made available to larger audiences. Talks can explore a range of topics addressing personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. This can result in shared learning, inspiration, and motivation to make a positive change. Participating students will attend workshops and receive support to prepare them for the showcase.

If you have a narrative that would be a good fit for this program and you like to write, apply to be part of this great opportunity. Here is the link to the application: https://goo.gl/forms/tSn8QhXa7ngDsCEU2

Applications will be reviewed until spaces are filled and the priority deadline is 11/9/18. If you have questions about the program, please email wocln@umass.edu

 

Is a Career as a Librarian For Me? The Difference Librarians of Color Can Make Library Info Session poster

Tuesday, November 13, 5:30-7 PM
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: All students interested in becoming librarians
Co Sponsors:  W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Join W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Women of Color Leadership Network for dinner to learn about how being a librarian can, not only be a rewarding career, but also help positively impact library patron, students and communities.
Listen to a presentation and ask your questions. Presented by Isabel Espinal, librarian to the Afro-Am Department, and Maria Rios, the Diversity Resident Librarian.
This event is made possible by a Campus Climate Improvement Grant.
Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!
RSVP  

 

Asian American Film Festival

Wednesday, November 07, 08, 09
Open To: All
Co Sponsors: Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center at CMASS, WOCLN
A 3-day film festival that features Asian American film screenings, and events with writers that use media as a tool for positive change.
 

WOCLN Fall Mixer

WOCLN Fall Mixer
Wednesday, November 07, 5:30 pm-6:30pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Join us for this social gathering for women and non-binary people of color. Meet new people and help build a strong community.
Bring a friend. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
 

Women in Arts Leadership Symposium

Saturday, October 27, 2018,  9.00am-4.30pm
Co-Sponsors: WOCLN, Arts Extension Service and other departments
Location: South College, 2nd Floor, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Open To: All
Women in Arts Leadership Symposium
The Women in Arts Leadership Symposium will connect UMass and Five College students with emerging and professional arts leaders through workshops and network building. Speakers include artists, arts managers, scholars, and arts advocates from the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Together we will identify issues and define steps to build a future in which women and nonbinary people lead across all sectors of the arts.
 

It's On UsIts on Us poster

Thursday, October 25, 2018,  7.30pm-9.00pm
Location: UMass Student Union Ballroom
Open To: All
Co-sponsors: UMass It's On Us
It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. Participants at the UMass It's On Us will be invited to take the pledge to end sexual violence. A survivor speak out will offer the opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories. Campus and community resources for survivors will also be highlighted.
 

Partners in Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

Saturday, October 20, 2018,  9:30AM-10:30AM
Location: UMass
Open To: UMass Families
This session will explore how family members can be partners to work with their student when encountering issues of hazing, drugs, alcohol, and questions of consent. Staff will discuss data from the UMass community, policies associated with these matters, and how to partner in educating and assisting their students.
 

Believe Survivors Dinner

Tuesday, October 16, 2018,  6.30pm-7.30pm
Location: Hillel House
Open To: All
Open floor discussion on sexual assault, women's empowerment, resources and ways to get help.
 

For Freedoms Town Hall: Art, Activism, and Social (In)Justice?

Friday, October 12, 2018,  5.30pm-7.30pm
Co-Sponsors: WOCLN, University Museum of Contemporary Arts (Original sponsor) and other departments
Location: John W. Olver Design Building Atrium 
Open To: All
As part of a national conversation on art and democracy, the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) will host a lecture with nationally renowned artist and For Freedom’s Co-Founder, Eric Gottesman, and a free, public For Freedoms Town Hall titled, “Art, Activism, and Social (In)Justice?”  The UMCA is proud to be a part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, the largest public art campaign in U.S. history. Founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas and inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941) — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — For Freedoms uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
This fall, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative, a national network of artists and institutions across the country who will stage art actions, town hall meetings, and special exhibitions to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation during the upcoming midterm election.  The For Freedoms Town Hall at UMass will be focused on the social justice challenges our community faces. While the Pioneer Valley is typically seen as a very liberal place, for many people it can be quite isolating and oppressive. Titled “Art, Activism, and Social (In)Justice?” the town hall seeks to highlight these experiences and discuss the ways art can be used as a conduit for addressing issues of social justice in the valley. 
Panelists will include: Stephanie Shonekan, Chair of Afro-American Studies, UMass; Joseph Krupczynski, Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, UMass; Omid Shekari, artist and Lecturer in the Department of Art, UMass; Emily Tareila, artist and UMass MFA candidate; and Miatta Kawinzi, multidisciplinary artist and Visiting Professor at Hampshire College. There will be a voter registration table at the Town Hall. 
 

WOCLN P.R.O.P.S: Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories Info Session

Wednesday, October 10, 2018,  5pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: UMass Amherst students
P.R.O.P.S is a program/platform which offers students the opportunity to share inspiring stories & innovative discoveries. Selected students will present a 5-12 minute-talk in a live showcase which will be recorded and made available to larger audiences. Talks can explore a range of topics addressing personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. This can result in shared learning, inspiration, and motivation to make a positive change. Participating students will attend workshops and receive support to prepare them for the showcase. Students can learn more about participating in P.R.O.P.S by attending this info session. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions about the program, please email.   To apply visit: https://goo.gl/forms/tSn8QhXa7ngDsCEU2.   
 

WOCLN R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as a WOCRepect as WOC

Wednesday, October 03, 2018,  5.30pm-6.30pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
An informal discussion on what Respect mean to women and nonbinary people of color.

 

First Generation College Student Drop-In Q&A Session

Friday September 21, 12-1:30pm & Tuesday September 25, 3:30-5pm
Co-sponsors: CCPH
Location: Middlesex House (CCPH new location)
This is an informal drop-in Q & A session about connecting with other first gen students, decreasing stress, learning about when to reach out for help, and exploring campus resources for mental wellness. Students may attend either or both sessions.