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Spring 2014 Events

Stand Against Racism Spring 2014

NEW! For Stand Against Racism info please click on this link.

Asian Heritage Month

Congress passed Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May In 1990 Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month long celebration; In May 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”

At UMass, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in April. During APAHM, YKCC organizes several events highlighting the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific American with cultural nights, educational activities for students, faculty and administration.

China in our Future

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center with assistance from CMASS will be hosting a Five-College Panel Discussion on the rise of China. Join us as we discuss China's changing role as an emerging international leader. Our panelists from the 5 colleges will share their insights on critical issues facing the future of China and its impact on the world.

Share your voice during the Q&A.

Free admission.

Event: China in our Future
Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 2-5:00 PM
Venue: Student Union Ballroom

Everyone is welcome.

Poetry Slam

As part of the celebration of Asian Heritae Month, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center will be hosting Poetry Slam featuring Frannie Choi and Yevin Roh. TEDx performer Franny Choi will perform Spoken Word about her experiences as a Korean American Woman within the LGBTQW community. Our very own UMass alum, Yevin Roh will also perform spoken word. Franny Choi will lead a workshop after the performance.

Refreshments provided sponsored by UMass Dining.

Annual POWWOW 2014

UMASS Amherst Annual Powwow
Saturday April 19th, 2014

The Center for Multicultural Advancement for Student Success (CMASS), Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and the UMASS Native American Community invite all to attend their Annual Powwow on Saturday April 19th in the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMASS Amherst campus.

The UMASS Annual Powwow brings people together to reflect on the importance of family, friends, community and community partners. It provides an opportunity to give thanks and to honor the traditions of our ancestors. Please join us in this celebration.

The Powwow will feature Native American drum groups Urban Thunder, Eastern Sons and Rez Dogs, Storytelling with Larry “Spotted Crow” Mann, member of the Nipmuck tribe, Intertribal and Eastern Social Songs with Daryl Wixon, member of the Wampanoag tribe, and Native American artisans offering a wide variety of handcrafted wares - from beading, leatherwork, moccasins, jewelry and indigenous food.

Doors Open at 10am and close at 6pm. Admission is free.


This event will present largely unrecognized, underdeveloped, and unheard intersections between Native and African American music with a focus on the music of Jimi Hendrix. Scholars and musicians will explore a broad range of traditional Native and African American musics, the histories of cultural exchange and collaboration in these communities, and how they manifest in contemporary contexts. The program will include presentations and live musical performances.

Participants include:

Award winning recording artist Martha Redbone (Cherokee/Choctaw/African-American), guitarist and Indigenous studies scholar Jon Hill (Cherokee/Saponi), multi-insturmentalist and Afro-American studies scholar Donald Geesling, Indigenous vocalist and scholar Caren Brendor, Poet and professor Ronald Welburn (Ginkasin/Cherokee/African-American), and special guests.

Wednesday, April 23rd @ 7:00 PM
UMass Campus Center Auditorium

Stand Against Racism

Its back! CMASS is proud to host Stand Against Racism once again. This time we are bringing you a week of events including movie screening, silent walk, case study competition, and workshops. Don't miss out!

Tuesday, April 23rd - Friday, April 25th

Case Study Competition

CMASS is excited to announce the first case study competition. Our purpose in doing this is to:
- Engage students in transformative learning through personal growth, inclusive, intentional and innovative co-curricular experiences.
- Promote cultural, social, academic and creative expressions where students gain a deeper understanding of their own skills, capacities and competencies, especially the development of critical thinking skills.

In this competition, RSO and Greek organizations can submit a team of three students to analyze an undisclosed scenario and formulate the best possible solution to the issue presented. They will have to prepare a poster as well as a 15 minute oral presentation on Stand Against Racism Day, April 25. A panel of judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Prizes include trophies as well as donation of $500, 250 and 150, respectively. Teams will have two coaching opportunities before the competition.

Deadline to enter Case Study Competition is Thursday, January 30, 2014
Case Study is disclosed on Friday, January 31

1st coaching session is on Monday, February 3
2nd coaching session is on Monday, April 7
Poster presentation is on Friday, April 25

1st Prize - trophy and $500 transfer to revenue account
2nd Prize- trophy and $250 transfer to revenue account

3rd Prize - trophy and $150 transfer to revenue account


The Amazing Race Spring 2014!!!

The Amazing Race is back!!!

Date: Friday, April 4th, 2014
Time: 7:00 -10:30 PM
Venue - Wilder Hall and all over campus


You can register by email:
^Form your team of 3.
^Name your team
^Get basic info of team members (name, email, cellphone number)
^Email all the above to:

Registration deadline: April 3rd, 2014

We will be in the Concourse - stop by our table and REGISTER!!!

Talk to your friends, colleagues, peers - THIS IS FUN!!!

Upward Bound Summer Institute Residential Positions

UMass Amherst Upward Bound Program is preparing for its annual Summer Institute here on campus July 6th – August 15th, 2014.

The goal of Upward Bound is to support students who are potential first generation college students and those from low income backgrounds to prepare for, attain and succeed in higher education.

We will be looking for committed individuals to help support the academic, emotional and social growth of high schools students from Springfield, MA as they engage with program activities such as academic class work, experience what college life could look like, development key life skills and the development of critical thinking skills and other academic and educational competencies focused on creating the foundations for lifelong learning and success.

Our staff also learn greatly from our students, the experience was life changing for me and I have heard that message reflected back to me numerous times.

There are three positions available:
[Please open links to see job descriptions]

Residential Supervisor (1 position)
UB Program Summer Residential Supervisor-Job Description

Assistant Residential Supervisor (2 position)
UB Program Summer Residential Assistant Supervisor - Job Description

Tutor/Mentor (8-10 positions)
UB Program Summer Tutor/Mentor

Additional details are included in the job descriptions themselves.

***NOTE --- The due date for submittal of materials in order to be considered is Friday April 4, 2014****

Careers with the Federal Government: Career Survival Series

Date: Wednesday, March 12 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Wilder Hall room 201

Description: Thinking about a career with one of our nation’s largest employers the Federal Government but unsure how to begin the process? This networking event will cover the basics of how to begin your federal job/internship search including some “must knows” about the industry, benefits, strategies to successfully navigating USAJobs website and how to find open positions, what to expect from the application process and some tips to enhance/tailor your federal resume. Also meet with representatives who can answer all your questions.


Studying Abroad is POSSIBLE!!

Do not miss out on this very important workshop!!!

If you think that Study Abroad is not doable - IT IS POSSIBLE!!!

Studying Abroad is POSSIBLE!!

On Monday, March 3, from 5:30-7:30pm, in 201 Wilder Hall - the International Programs Office and CMASS will host this info workshop where you would learn that you can ACTUALLY study abroad to discuss the following:

^ detailed scholarship information
^Help with your application and essay
^Consult with an IPO Counselor
^Scholarships available from $600-$8000

Refreshments provided!

For more info, email

Free KAPLAN Graduate Practice Exams: GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT

Attention Students!

For those of you who are considering graduate school, Kaplan is offering free practice tests for graduate entrance exams on campus.

What: Free practice test for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT

Where: On campus at UMass, Amherst

When: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Note: The online tests are offered on multiple dates and times throughout February and March. The GRE, LSAT, and MCAT are the tests that will be offered on campus on February 22nd. GRE & MCAT are computer based, so you will need to bring your own laptop and powercord. LSAT is paper & pencil.

Experience the exam under proctored conditions, receive a detailed score analysis, and learn exclusive strategies to improve your score.

Sponsored by: The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success

To register for the practice test at UMass, please click here:

For further information please contact:

Gail Harris | Campus Manager, Western MA/Worcester/Vermont
Kaplan Test Prep | (413) 214-8554

Black History Month 2014

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

The Malcolm X Cultural Center of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success Center (CMASS) University of Massachusetts Amherst and organizations on campus invites the campus community and general public to join us in celebrating Black History Month. This year’s events are hosted by the Malcolm X Cultural Center, with support from CMASS, the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Center for Health Promotion, Stonewall Center and the W. E. B. Du Bois Library.

CMASS Community Building Day

Friday, 2/21/2014
201 Wilder Hall

CMASS is happy to announce that we are hosting our first Community Building Day on Friday, February 21, 2014. Due to the success of the Asian Crafts that we held last fall, we are bringing back calligraphy complemented with creating art rendered in water color.

We are calling it “Chinese Calligraphy and Water Color”.

Experience how art can connect you to your peers and get in touch with your untapped creative inner self.

Build a stronger bond with your CMASS/UMass community.

Join friends, bring friends and make new ones.

Come, join us and have fun.

Refreshments and materials provided.

Black History 101: Mobile Museum

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum (BH101MM) is an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop. The mobile museum is a cost effective approach to present historical artifacts to schools systems, communities, colleges and universities throughout the nation.

In 2011, Khalid el-Hakim, the museum's founder and curator, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the BH101MM.

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – as part of the Black History Celebration – CMASS, through the Malcolm X Cultural Center and in collaboration with other organizations on campus, has arranged to have the Black History 101 Mobile Museum at the Campus Center Auditorium for public viewing. The exhibit will be followed with a lecture by Prof. Griff of Public Enemy at the Campus Center Auditorium. The Exhibit will run from 7:00am-6:00pm, and the lecture will be held from 7:00-9:30pm., same venue.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Being LGBTQ and ________”: A Series on the Intersections of Different Identities

“Being LGBTQ and ________”:
A Series on the Intersections of Different Identities

CMASS and Stonewall Center collaborated to bring the LGBTQ panel as part of the Black History Month. Stonewall Center organized this series of workshops for students, staff and faculty.

Project Unspeakable

On the 49th anniversary of Malcolm X a staged reading of “Project Unspeakable” will be performed with a focus on El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X.

Place: Commonwealth Honors College Event Hall
Time: 7PM

The reading will be directed by Prof. Gilbert McCauley and readers made up of students and faculty members. An audience talkback with cast and director will follow a discussion by the chief scriptwriter and project director, Court Dorsey, and Prof. Bill Strickland (invited), who is a member of the script committee

Sponsors: The Sankofa Interest Group, Malcolm X Cultural Center & Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies

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.

Harvard Biomedical Conference



The Harvard Biomedical Science Career Program will provide students with opportunities to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academic administration and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries.

Students currently studying or planning to study in the areas of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, dentistry, engineering, pre-medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, physics, nursing, public health and environmental science are strongly encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the conference is to provide students from underrepresented populations with concrete advice and information on available resources, professional opportunities and career paths in biomedical and other science-related fields as well as, provide networking opportunities with advisors/mentors to encourage students to complete advanced studies.


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