Initiatives

Led by Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Anna Branch, the Office of Inclusion and Equity was launched in fall 2017 as a way to guide the institution's efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here are some of its most recent initiatives. 

ADVANCE Program

UMass Amherst was just awarded a 5-year $3 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant to support our efforts at advancing gender equity. Learn More.

Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

The Building a Community of Dignity and Respect campaign promotes a community that honors differences, where interactions are thoughtful, and the humanity of everyone is seen.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a campus initiative that seeks to draw on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, nationality and more. 

Campus Climate

The Campus Climate Survey reflects perceptions about inclusiveness of the campus community. Read the overview, explore unit reports, or dive into our Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Climate Ambassadors

Campus Climate Ambassadors were a core group of faculty, staff, and students who engaged with their peers in purposeful conversations about where we are and how to get where we want to be. Learn more.

Campus Climate Conversations

Participate in a climate conversation, which is a one-hour peer group discussion intended to inspire discourse about the climate data, and ultimately help identify what needs to happen at the unit level to move the university toward its aspirational climate. Learn more

Campus Climate Improvement Grants

Campus Climate Improvement Grants encourage faculty, staff, and students to play an active role and bring their creativity to the work of improving our campus climate. We fund projects and activities that promote understanding and learning, as well as invest in relationship-building across difference in the campus community. Learn more

Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum

UMass is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the classroom. This means integrating diversity into the curriculum in a systematic way and also preparing students and instructors to manage diverse perspectives when dealing with the unexpected. UMass undergraduates are required to take two classes that fulfill the Diversity in the US and Global Diversity requirement. Learn More.

Hate Has No Home at UMass

The Hate Has No Home at UMass initiative seeks to unite the campus in defense of diversity and inclusion. 

International Education Week

UMass Amherst celebrated International Education Week, which included joining the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. Learn more or watch the video.

Learning Communities

If you have ever found yourself wondering if you’ve said the wrong thing or been culturally insensitive, or if you want to connect more effectively and be more inclusive to those around you, then join us for our Fall 2018 Learning Community. We will be reading and discussing “What if I Say the Wrong Thing?” by Vernā Myers. Learn more.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Membership

As part of the university’s commitment to improving the campus climate, an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is now available to all faculty, postdoctoral workers and graduate students at no cost. Learn more.

STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop

STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics to Improve Diversity and Excellence) faculty recruitment workshops review research driven best practices to recruit for diversity and excellence across every stage in the search process. Learn more.

Watch. Learn. Grow.

This documentary series is geared towards learning about differences, seeing the humanity in everyone, and fostering opportunities for respectful dialogue. Movies being screened this fall include A Dream in Doubt (Sikhism, American Identity, hate crime); Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower (racism); Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (gender fluidity); and Deej (on autism, inclusion & neurodiversity). Learn More.