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Community Building Day: Masks of Oppression and Liberation

Posted 10/21/2014

CMASS will be hosting Community Building Day: Masks of Oppression and Liberation.

Participants in the workshop will engage in artistic expression and dialogue around combating racism & cultural appropriation.

Masks, art materials and light refrehsments will be provied.

The Community Building Day will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 in 201 Wilder Hall from 1-3pm.

Everyone is welcome.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

Facilitated by Dr. Shakti Butler

Posted: 10/29/2014

Cracking the Codes: A Film Screening & Dialogue Event

Dr. Shakti Butler is coming to UMass Amherst to facilitate her film-Cracking The Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. the film screening and dialogue event will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall. Screening time: 4:00-6:30PM - Reception to follow.

Dr. Butler, a known filmmaker and racial equity educator, has decades of experience as a strong moving force for racial equity.

Dr. Butler reveals how self-perpetuating systems reinforce disparities in institutions.

Everyone is welcome!

The venue is handicap accessible.



UMass Rally Against Racism

By: Nicole Dotzenrod
Posted 10/21/2014


On Tuesday night, students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst received an email from the Chancellor’s office stating that this weekend, two UMass students were the targets of blatantly racist hate-speech in their residence halls.
“As a community, it is imperative we work together to reaffirm our values of inclusion and respect for all. We must acknowledge the power of language and use it to advance social justice, inclusion and access. We must ensure that all members of our community experience a welcoming and safe environment in which to live, learn and work,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.
Following the news about these acts, members of the UMass community gathered for an emergency meeting in the Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to foster conversation about racism on campus and steps we can take to prevent further hate crimes.

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The New Black: A Film Screening

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue
in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

The film screening will be facilitated by Yoruba Richen, an award winning documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the US and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

The New Black is sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College, Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success, Stonewall Center and Office of Religion and Spiritual Life.

Film screening will be held on Monday, October 27th in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Room. Film screening will start at 6:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome. The venue is handicap accessible.

Stand Against Racism Exhibit: Representations of Oppression & Liberation

Posted: 10/20/2014

The Stand Against Racism Exhibit: Representations of Oppression & Liberation is a collaborative community exhibit calling on individuals to LEND ITEMS that raise awareness on the various forms of racism and oppression impacting our communities or items that may foster recoverry and healing from oppression.

The exhibit will be held at the Student Union Art Gallery from November 3-14, 2014.

Mon-Thurs - 10am-5pm
fri-10am-3pm

Items can be dropped off in Wilder Hall prior to the exhibit, or brought to the exhibit on opening day. These can take the form of music, books, quotes, pictures or a mask from the workshop on Friday, October 31, at 1-3pm in 102 Wilder Hall.

All items will be tagged to identify contact information for pick up.

Resources to Rally Against Racism

Resources to Rally Against Racism

“As a community, it is imperative that we work together to reaffirm our values of inclusion and respect for all. We must acknowledge the power of language and use it to advance social justice, inclusion and access. We must ensure that all members of our community experience a welcoming and safe environment in which to live, learn and work,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in response to the acts of racism that have impacted our campus this week.

The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success staff is committed to all community members and is available to connect and support you. We are committed to having staff members available during our hours of operation for you to meet with to discuss ways to engage as a community member to combat the impact of racism in our community.

There are events planned this month to foster further dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Below are highlights of upcoming events:

• Flashpoint: Ferguson – Police Brutality, Community Organizing, and Strategic Resistance in the Age of the New Jim Crow
A Panel Discussion and Q & A Session featuring John A. Bracey, Jr., Manisha Shinha and William Strickland of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and moderated by Donald W. Geesling
Date: Thursday – October 23, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
Venue: Malcolm X Cultural Center

• “Masks of Oppression and Liberation: Community Building Event to engage in artistic expression and dialogue around combatting racism & cultural appropriation.”
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 1:00- 3:00 PM
Venue: 201 Wilder Hall

• Stand Against Racism Exhibit: Representations of Oppression & Liberation
This is a collaborative community exhibit to spark conversations and raise awareness on the various forms of racism and oppression impacting our communities or items that may foster recovery and healing from oppression.
Date: November 3-14, 2014
Mon-Thurs – 10am-5pm
Fri-10am-3pm


Additionally, if you have been impacted by a hate/bias incident or know of a community member who has, we encourage you to review the resources available on the UMatter website: http://www.umass.edu/umatter/ for ways to receive support in addressing such incidences.

Sincerely,

CMASS Staff


Empowering Youth through Education and Interconnectivity:

A Talk With Ndaba Mandela - Grandson of Nelson Mandela

Posted: 10/15/2014

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 , in the Johnson Chapel at Amherst College, 7:00pm, Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela will talk about "Empowering Yourth Through Education and Interconnectivity". Ndaba will discuss how to literally apply the tools it takes to realize his grandfather's eternal message of the importance of eduction in one's life, and how to create the necessary support system for teahers, civic leaders and mentors that it takes to succeed.

This event is sponsored by the MRC, BSU, ACSU, the Black Studies Dept., the ORC, WGC, CCE, Student Activities, Amherst Careers in Education Professions and the the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success at UMass Amherst.





CMASS Electronic Affiliation form


NEWYou can now become an affiliate/member of CMASS by filling out our electronic affiliation form.

When you click the link - it will bring you to Campus Pulse where you need to sign in. Use your university net ID and password to get into our CMASS affiliation form.

CMASS & Career Service Mock Interview Program

October 27th-30th, 2014

Posted: 10/08/2014

Students: You need to register now for the Mock Interviews in two weeks

CMASS and Career Services are offering students the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills in preparation for entering their chosen career field(s).

With the current increase competition in today's job market making a lasting impression during the interview process is even more important in securing a fulltime career position or internship.

Read more about Mock Interviews


An Evening with Raquel Cepeda

In celebration of Latin@ Heritage Month, the Latin American Cultural Center and the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success will present "An Evening With Raquel Cepeda" on Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00-7:30 PM, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Raquel Cepeda will share her story of integrating Dominican cultural identity with racial Latina identity in the USA as a cultural activist, award winning journalist, and recognized author.

She will talk about her book, "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina" - her story of redemption.

The event is free and open to the public.

The venue is handicap accessible.

Amazing Race Fall 2014

The Amazing Race is back for Fall 2014.

Everyone on campus is invited to register and compete in the highly successful Amazing Race this Fall 2014.

To register you need to do only the following:

1. Organize a team of 3 people.
2. Create a unique name for your team
2. Get basic info of team members (name, email, phone)
3. Send team name and team info to chonal@umass.edu.

You will receive an email to confirm your registration.

Registration is now going on!!!!

CMASS Fall Open House: October 2nd, 2014

Posted: 8/22/2014

You are warmly invited to the CMASS Open House on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 4-6 PM – 201 Wilder Hall.

We are excited for you to join us in welcoming our incoming first-year, transfer and returning students. Shall we dare assume that they will be excited to make your acquaintance, in return?

Come and check out our activities and events for the whole academic year.

We are planning on having games, prizes and surprises.
Light refreshments will be provided –


2014 Case Study Competition

Are you ready for another round of Case Study Competition?

The Fall 2014 Case Study Competition is an opportunity to provide solutions to a social justice issue, experience public speaking in a live studio and earn up to $1000 for your student organization.

To register, open this link:
Registration Form

Use your Net ID and your password to access the Registration Form/

Action required before Monday, September 15. To learn more click HERE…



It’s going to be great! Thank you!

Cultural Connections Fall 2014:

Sharing Stories Across Diasporas

Posted July 2014

Cultural Connections is back!!!
The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) will host the 6th Annual “Cultural Connections” on Thursday, September4th, 2014 in the Campus Center Auditorium from 6 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

This annual First Week event is a collaborative effort between current students, staff and alumni to highlight and support cultural diversity through student artistic expressions (music, song, dance, art work and poetry).

Our headliner is Aisha Fukushima, a self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist), a singer, public speaker, & educator. As leader of the ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project, Aisha raises social awareness through connections between global hip hop & social justice.She has engaged in hip hop communities from France to Morocco, Kazakhstan, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India and Denmark.

This vibrant event is free and open to the campus and general public as a celebration of our campus cultural plurality, our energetic connection to the community and as a means of welcoming new students.

Cultural Connections is one that is looked forward to during the First Week of the academic year by students, faculty, staff, administrators and the local surrounding campus community.

We look forward to meeting you at the 4th Annual Cultural Connections!


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