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Diversity Lunch and Learn to Feature “Teaching Diversity in and Beyond a Large Class”

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting a “Diversity Lunch and Learn” event on Thursday, March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, room 2601.

The “Teaching Diversity in and Beyond a Large Class” workshop will highlight a few of the key challenges and concerns faculty may experience when teaching diversity-related content. Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Ambassador Faculty Fellows Benita Barnes, College of Education; Magda...

Teaching for Black Lives: A Keynote Event with Wayne Au and Dyan Watson

The College of Education will host an interactive keynote, "Teaching for Black Lives," on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m., in the Carney Family Auditorium.

In this presentation, Dyan Watson and Wayne Au, two of the editors of “Teaching for Black Lives,” will discuss their book and the overall project of making black lives matter in schools.

This event includes a discussion between Watson and Au, a classroom activity and an...

Nefertiti Waker

Campus Community Invited to Participate in Spring Semester Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

In an email to the campus community on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Nefertiti Waker, interim associate chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, offered descriptions of several campus-wide initiatives designed to foster a culture of equity and inclusion.

The content of that email is as follows:

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome to the spring semester! We are excited for the programs and initiatives that we have planned. As you may know, the Office...

Campus Discussion Series Addresses Inclusion, Free Speech on Campus and Difficult Classroom Conversations

All members of the campus community are invited to participate in Dignity and Respect in Action (DARIA): Community Conversations on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, March 5. DARIA is a series of events for students, faculty, and staff to come together and build skills to overcome division while talking about real issues affecting the campus and society at large.

Themes that have been explored thus far include respectful dialogue and inclusion, feelings that arise when controversial...

Campus Event to Focus on Immigrant Rights and Worker Rights

A film screening of “The Hand That Feeds” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center rooms 174-76. The event will include remarks by Labor Center director Cedric de Leon and Western New England law professor and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts' immigrant protection project Harris Freeman. Lunch will be provided and a group discussion will follow the screening.

“The Hand...

Eric Decker

Motif FoodWorks Partners With UMass Amherst to Improve Formulation Processes for Plant-Based Food Proteins

AMHERST, Mass. – Motif FoodWorks, the animal-free ingredient innovation company, and food scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will collaborate in a research partnership to optimize the process of characterizing functional properties of food proteins.

This research on the solubility, stability, color and other properties of protein is critical to the production of successful plant-based products, says Motif, whose mission is to make plant-based food better tasting and...

New Resource Groups for Employees to Provide Professional Development and Support for Staff and Faculty

The offices of equity and inclusion and human resources will be launching UMass employee resource groups in the spring 2020 semester. These groups will provide UMass staff and faculty with resources for professional development, networking and mentorship, while also promoting the recruitment, retention and advancement of employees who are underrepresented in our community.

All faculty and staff who are interested...

Linda Tropp

Effects of Contact Between Minority and Majority Groups May Be More Complex than Once Believed

AMHERST, Mass. – For more than 50 years, social scientists and practitioners have suggested that having members of different groups interact with each other can be an effective tool for reducing prejudice. But emerging research points to a more complex and nuanced understanding of the effects of contact between groups, say Linda Tropp at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tabea Hässler, leader of a multi-national research team based at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

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Office of Equity and Inclusion Seeking Hosts and Participants for Learning Community Book Groups

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) will be continuing the Learning Communities initiative for a fourth consecutive semester this spring. Learning Communities are based on two books carefully chosen to foster constructive conversations around the topics of inclusion, bias, empathy, understanding and respect. Those interested in participating or hosting a group may express their interest on the OEI website.

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UMass ADVANCE Program Accepting Applications for Mutual Mentoring Grants

The ADVANCE Program is seeking faculty proposals for the ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Team Grant Program for projects to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Priority mentoring areas include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive communities, engage in research collaboration and participate in shared decision-making. Team grants are faculty-driven, context-sensitive mentoring projects, orchestrated by teams that conceive and carry out their own project plans. ADVANCE provides support...

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