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UMass Amherst

Reports and Data

 

The Diversity Plan for UMass Amherst outlines priorities to build and sustain diversity.

Institutional Data

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity publishes an annual Affirmative Action Plan which has been developed in compliance with federal regulations, but also serves to inform the campus community of our collective efforts and progress in matters related to affirmative action and equal opportunity.

Student and Faculty Data

The Office of Institutional Research compiles official statistics about the campus and produces a series of publications covering a variety of topics. Unless otherwise noted, all documents are in the PDF format:

Historical Diversity Reports

In 1996, then Chancellor David Scott asked the Chancellor's Counsel on Community, Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) to generate a Diversity Action Plan which would help move the campus to a new level of attention and action regarding these issues. The Counsel sought and incorporated input from many campus groups and individuals. Based on extensive research and consultation, the Counsel published a report in 1998 entitled A New Approach to Promoting Community, Diversity and Social Justice. In 2003-2004, the University CDSJ Team compiled a report on the campus-wide results of a climate survey administered to faculty, staff and graduate student employees.

In fall 2004, then Chancellor John V. Lombardi—saying that he was "seriously concerned about the effectiveness" of the campus's approach to diversity issues—appointed a special Commission on Campus Diversity. In spring 2005, the 23 member Commission, chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School of Howard University, delivered a comprehensive report titled Diversity and Inclusion at UMass Amherst: a Blueprint for Change. Its recommendations were meant to enhance and sustain an inclusive environment at UMass Amherst. These recommendations underwent a period of public review and comment; the Chancellor then released a follow-up document called On Improving Campus Diversity: An Action Plan. It proposed action in two major areas, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. It reaffirmed that, "the first and most important principle is that the campus is responsible for its actions, its behavior, and its programs in the areas addressed by the Commission... The agenda for diversity and inclusion is a core issue within the mainstream of campus life."

Two years later, in June 2007, the campus released a progress report entitled, Continuing a Focus in Diversity and Positive Climate: An Update of the Actions Indicated in the Campus "Action Plan." This report details the actions taken in response to the spring 2005 Action Plan. Within Academic Affairs, major areas included: Improving Undergraduate Advising; Faculty Recruitment and Retention; Faculty Development; and Re-Thinking General Education. Within Student Affairs, major areas included: Reorganization; Undergraduate Recruitment; and Retention.