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Cultural Connections Fall 2015

Cultural Connections

Posted: 08/13/2015

Cultural Connections Fall 2015
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Campus Center Auditorium

This annual UMass Welcome event is designed to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus. Free and open to the campus and general public, Cultural Connections is a celebration of our campus’ cultural plurality.

Cultural Connections is an opportunity to connect with students, faculty and staff from across campus. Come and learn about the four Cultural Centers on campus, connect with the cultural Registered Student Organizations (RSO) and Multicultural Greek organizations.

Our featured headliner is Thundervoice Halfkenny, a Native American Hip Hop and R & B Artist. Our local talents will also be performing. Come and enjoy the performances, sample diverse cultural appetizers from around the world while networking with members of our community. Cultural Connections also features diverse cultural performers who often have UMass alumni as members.

This event is a highlight of UMass Welcome and is well attended by students, faculty, staff, administrators and the local surrounding campus community.

Latin@ Heritage Month

September 15-October 15, 2015

Posted: 08/13/2015

Each year, in the United States, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

CMASS collaborated with Latinos Unidos, Anthropology Department, UMass Dining Services, W. E. B Dubois Library and the Stonewall Center to celebrate the beauty and richness of the Latin@ Heritage.

Some highlights of this celebratory heritage month include lunch and learn conversations on topics overing religioin, language, musical traditions, identities as well as societal intersections.
Open the poster for more details.
Everyone is welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you at these events!

CMASS Cultural Centers-Open Houses

Posted: 08/13/2015

Each cultural center welcomes first year students and returning students to meet our staff, learn about the activities that they will prepare for the academic year, get acquainted with the various registered student organizations, meet new friends and renew acquaintances.

Here is the schedule for each open house:

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Monday, September 14, 2015
YKCC, Worcester DC, Under Oakroom
Northeast Residential Area

Latin American Cultural Center
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
LACC, Hampden DC, 2nd Floor
Southwest Residential Area

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Chadbourne Hall, Lower Level
Central Residential Area

Malcolm X Cultural Center
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Berkshire DC, Lower Level
Southwest Residential Area

Case Study Competition Fall 2015

Posted: 08/21/2015

"This competition increased our self-esteem and confidence, as well as our knowledge of social justice. It brought us together, and we learned to listen to each other's opinions."
- International Students Club

Fall 2015 Case Study Competition Information

How to participate:
Revenue-generating student groups are invited to participate in the Case Study Competition. Three-person teams analyze and identify issues, and propose their best possible solution to a social justice case study in order to effect positive change.

Teams will have several opportunities to receive coaching in preparing a PowerPoint presentation and a 15-minute oral presentation. These presentations are made in front of a panel of five judges during a live broadcast of the competition in the UVC TV19 studio.
Benefits for participation:

• An opportunity to practice application of social justice framework to problem solving
• An opportunity to develop and practice critical thinking skills by synthesizing a case study that identifies issues and a best possible solution
• A positive team-building experience and an opportunity to strengthen campus-wide camaraderie for your group
• A chance to win up to $1000 for your organization to use in support of collaborative, educational or cultural programming
To learn more contact Wilma Crespo Nieves at

To get started on your Case Study Competition, you will need to fill out this form on Campus Pulse. Log in with your UMass Net ID and password.


New Bedford Woman to Intern at Bronx Museum

Posted May. 31, 2015 at 2:01 AM

Zulay Holland, a New Bedford woman who studies at UMass Amherst, will be a summer intern at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

The Arts & Business Council of New York, a non-profit division of Americans for the Arts, has announced the 12 students who will intern at host arts organizations throughout New York City.

One of the dozen is Zulay Holland, a New Bedford woman who attends UMass Amherst. She has been assigned to The Bronx Museum of the Arts, according to a press release.

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program, formerly called the Multicultural Arts Management Internship, Diversity in Arts Leadership was created in 1988. ABC/NY matches students with host arts organizations and business mentors who guide the students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. Students participate in cultural activities, professional development, and site visits, and stay connected through the program’s alumni network. Arts organizations serving as intern hosts represent a range of disciplines, including music, dance, theater, visual arts, museums, and arts services.

Holland studies Social Justice Education, Art and Community Engagement through the Bachelor’s Degree Individual Concentration (BDIC) program at UMass Amherst. She is involved in multiple multicultural organizations. She is a site coordinator who tutors and mentors high school students.
as a part of the Student Bridges program, an administrative assistant at the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the public relations official for the SAMBA Brazilian cultural organization.

After UMass, she plans to attend graduate school. She is very passionate about the arts, mentorship, and social justice issues, which she expresses through her art.

“I am pleased to welcome this diverse group of bright students from across the country to our 27th summer-long gathering of the Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “This program creates a pipeline of diverse arts leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and businesses, ensuring that participants gain invaluable exposure to the various fields of future employment.”

The program begins Monday with a ceremony at Con Edison, lead sponsor since 2000. Additional support is provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Stand Against Racism 2015

Posted: 4/8/2015

Stand Against Racism

Two weeks of events to Recognize, Educate and Empower the Community to Stand Against Racism. Participate in any, engage with likeminded individual, increase own knowledge and learn ways to challenge systemic racial prejudice.

The SAR campaign dates: April 13-24, 2015. Please refer to flyer for schedule of events - or check out the SAR web page at:

Yuri Kochiyama: Building Unity Across Communities Through Activism

Posted: 4/8/2013

To pay tribute to Yuri Kochiyama and as part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration, the YKCC, CMASS and the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program will host “Yuri Kochiyama: Building Unity Across Communities Through Activism (Panel Discussion)” on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall.

The panel discussion will highlight the principles that Yuri Kochiyama is well known for such as believing in the power of multicultural community building and crossing borders.

The guest panelist s are Phil Tajitsu Nash, a lawyer, author, multi-media practitioner and a lecturer at the University of Maryland, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, director of the W. E. B. DuBois Center and professor of Anthropology at UMass Amherst, Jon G. Hill – a PhD student in Anthropology and graduate supervisor of the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and Yevin Roh – a UMass alumnus and Spoken Word Artist – now a medical student at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

Event is free and open to the public. The venue is handicap accessible.
Refreshments will be served.

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2015

Posted: 4/6/2015

May is Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA Heritage Month)– a tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill in 1977 where the first ten days of May was proclaimed as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

At Umass Amherst, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success celebrates Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in April. During APIAHM, YKCC and the various Asian American RSOs organize several events highlighting the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific American with cultural nights, educational activities for students, faculty and administration.

Join us in celebrating the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month by attending the events we have organized for you.

Yuri Kochiyama: Power of Multicultural Community Building

Posted 3/31/2015

To honor Yuri Kochiyama who passed away last year and in commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (in conjunction with the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst present:

Yuri Kochiyama: Power of Multicultural Community Building

Event Details
April 16, 2015
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Commonwealth Honors College Building
Room: Events Hall, Rm 160 East West
Handicap access available
Free admission

The featured guest is Akemi Kochiyama, scholar, activist, writer, co-coordinator of the Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project, co-editor of "Passing It On: A Memoir by Yuri Kochiyama" and a doctoral candidate in the Cultural Anthropology program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Akemi is Yuri's granddaughter.

Yuri Kochiyama was an incredible civil rights here whose life of dedicated work to social justice inspired a generation of young activists. Being deeply troubled by social iniquity, she believed, first and foremost, in energizing others towards action and activism, finding common ground across any sociopolitical divide. She strongly believed that all of us - including and particularly Asian Americans, had both the power and the duty to uplift ourselves and our fellow men and women towards the goal of racial and gender equality.

Joyce Vincent

UMass Amherst Annual Powwow

Posted: 3/31/2015

UMASS Amherst Annual Powwow
Saturday April 18th, 2015

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 18th 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 Mann, member of the Nipmuck tribe, Intertribal and Eastern Water Drum 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

For more info:
Contact: Joyce Vincent - - 413-545-2517
Jon G. Hill -

MXCC Community Forum

What is your vision for your cultural center? We want to hear from the students who use the Malcolm X Cultural Center!

Facilitated by:
Yedalis Ruiz and Nadia Vargas - graduate students and evaluators.

Refreshments Provided

Prize Raffle

Monday, April 20, 2015
MXCC (Below Berkshire DC)

Careers in the Healthcare Industry: Panel Discussion

Presenters: Professionals from the following fields: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Wilder Hall room 201

Refreshments provided

Healthcare professionals will share information about medical and healthcare careers and answer students' questions plus share information about what they do (career-wise), why they do it, and how they prepared for it. They will also offer tips on deciding on a health career, gaining hands-on experience and graduate school preparation. This is a great opportunity for students to ask any and all questions about these career fields, gain insight to what it is like to work in the health profession as well as, build a strong network to help guide them through the career search process.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Willie Pope
Assistant Director, Student Development
University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success

Or Cathy Eden
Pre-Health Professions Adviser

Sustaining Social Justice Movements & Intersectional Struggle: An Evening with ANGELA DAVIS

Posted: 3=03-10-2015

Internationally known Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Scholar, and Academic Angela Davis will be engaging the UMass Amherst community in a lecture on Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles.

Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Fine Arts Center

Sponsored by: The College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, Sociology Department, College of Education, Political Science Department, UMass Graduate School, History Department, Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, Student Government Association (SGA), Black Mass Communication Project (BMCP), Graduate Student Senate (GSS), Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Social Thought and Political Economy, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, Commonwealth Honors College, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS)

For Tickets contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

Summer/Fall Job Openings @ CMASS

Updated: 3/13/2015
Posted: 3/4/2015

CMASS has various positions available for self-motivated and responsible students. Below are the job descriptions for the positions available this summer and fall.

If interested, submit a cover letter, resume and fill out the attached application (only portions not covered on resume) by April 29th, 2015 to Interviews will be held during April 13, 2015 and onwards.


2 summer positions for Office Assistants:

3 summer positions for Outreach Assistants/Associate) for Institutional Diversity:

2 fall positions for Office Assistants:

1 fall position as Graphic Designer/Creative IT:
*submit sample flyer with your application materials

1 fall position as Outreach Assistant/Association for Student Development:

Additional fall positions within Cultural Enrichment:

1 Administrative Assistant at the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

1 Program Assistant at the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

1 Media Relations at the Latin American Cultural Center

1 Administrative Assistant at the Latin American Cultural Center

1 Administrative Assistant at the Malcolm X Cultural Center

1 Program Assistant at the Malcolm X Cultural Center

Mock Interviews 2015

CMASS & Career Service Spring 2015 Mock Interview Program: March 9th – 12th, 2015

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

Deadline for registration is 2 days before the scheduled interview!

To Register for Interviews:

1. Log into CareerConnect at using your UMASS Net.ID

2. Fill-out Student Profile if you have not done so before

3. Search “UMass Career Services” in the employer search field-(under Employer Name type in UMASS Career Services)

4. Click on the Interview Schedule tab and review the various mock interview employer list

5. Must submit/upload a resume to secure your interview time slot
NOTE: Research the company that you would like to interview with, review the job description and bring a copy of your resume to the interview.

* All Interviews are held in Wilder Hall

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CMASS Community Building Day: "what is love ..."

Posted: 2/19/2015

Friday, February 27, 201
102 Wilder Hall

Explore the many characteristics and forms of love -This is not your typical "love" interactive discussion -

Join the community in understanding this thing called love.

Refreshments provided!

Everyone's welcome!!

See you next Friday!!!

Diversity Career Fair 2015

Posted: 1/30/2015

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: UMASS Student Union Ballroom

Meet employers looking to connect with ALANA students from all majors and class levels for full-time career positions, Co-op and/or Internship opportunities in a friendly and professional atmosphere.

Typically employers attending this event have a commitment to increasing diversity in the workplace and look forward to discussing the various opportunities available within their company with talented students.

All UMASS, Five Colleges, Community Colleges and other four year institutions students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and dress for success in business attire.

Please visit the link below to view registered companies:

Black History Month 2015

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) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite the campus community and general public to join us in celebrating Black History Month 2015.

This year’s events are hosted by the Malcolm X Cultural Center, CMASS, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Commonwealth Honors College, Students of Caribbean Ancestry and the African Student Association.

Gilman Scholarship: IPO Study Abroad Program

Posted: 2/13/2015

Students who are interested in the Study Program or is mulling to study abroad - here's your opportunity to get that much needed info:

The IPO Workshop will take place on Wednesday February 25th in room 201 from 6-8pm.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about available scholarships and alternative fund raising and get help with completing the Gilman Scholarship.

Refreshments provided.

All students are welcome!!!

Inaugural Black History Month Celebration:

Scholarship on the African Diaspora

Posted: 2/19/2015

The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community Student Programs, Residential Staff, and Faculty in Residence invite you to our Inaugural Black History Month Event on February 24, 2015 between 4:30 – 7:00 pm in the Honors Events Hall.

Our round table panel on Black Intellectuals in the 21st Century includes Profs. John Bracey (AfroAm), John Higginson (History), Barbara Krauthamer (History), Whitney Battle-Baptiste (Anthropology and Director of the W. E. B. Dubois Center), and TreaAndrea Russworm (English), as the moderator and responder.

Join us for conversations, refreshments, and music by talented students.

This will be an annual event with different themes each year. This year it is fitting to begin with some of our intellectual trailblazers as well as centering the writings of W.E. B Dubois in the 21st Century.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Honors Events Hall

Activism Across the African Diaspora

A Black History Month Event

Posted: 2/18/2015

The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success in Collaboration with the Malcolm X Cultural Center will host “Activism Across the African Diaspora” on Wednesday February 25, 2015 in the Student Union Ballroom from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm.

The event features, Liberation Poetry by local spoken word artist and educator Anika Nailah, student spoken word artists and an engaging inter-disciplinary faculty/staff panel discussion regarding the history of African Diasporic activism/movements, and the impact of their efforts and sacrifices to make positive changes for people of color.

The event is free and open to the campus community with food provided.


Starting January 29, 2015

Posted: 1/28/2015

The UMass priority deadline for filing/renewing FAFSA is March 1st. If you need help in filing/renewing your FAFSA, Financial Aid Services staff will be at Wilder Hall, in the Computer Lab on Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 PM starting tomorrow January 29th, 2015

Drop by CMASS in Wilder Hall!

Financial Aid Office Hours @ CMASS

Need help with financial aid? Having trouble working through the FAFSA or other financial aid processes? Want someone to talk to about paying for school, student loans, and other financial issues?

UMass Financial Aid Services is here to help!

Financial Aid counselors are now available to meet with students in two locations: Thursdays from 9am to noon in Wilder Hall room 005 (the lounge in the basement of CMASS)

and 8:30am to 5pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, and 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays in 243 Whitmore (the Financial Aid Services Office). No appointments necessary in either location!

We hope to see you at CMASS in Wilder Hall!!!

Work Study Position @ CMASS: Creative IT

Needed ASAP

Posted: 1/15/2015


CMASS has a Work Study job opening for a Creative IT for the Marketing, Publicity and Administration area

If interested, complete the application form below, submit a resume and cover letter and list two references. Send your application via email to:

Deadline: January 30th, 2015

CMASS Work Study Position Application Form

For more info about the job, open the link below:

Creative IT Job Description pdf file

Career Blast

Posted: 2/13/2015

After the Diversity Career Fair– here’s another chance to explore career and internship opportunities with various employers.

Do not miss out on this essential resource to secure your summer intership or new career prospect.

Scholarship Opportunities in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Posted: 1/23/2015

There are many scholarship opportunities in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please open the link below to see the I listing of all of the scholarships available this semester.

Scholarships in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Applications and more information about each of these awards is available on the SBS Scholarships page:

Service & Leadership Career Fair

Posted: 2/13/2015

Interested in non-profit industries? Here’s your chance to connect with 50 employers in attendance at the Service and Leadership Career Fair.

Internships, full-time (permanent and summer positions ) are yours for the taking.

Come dressed for success. Bring multiple copies of your reusmes, great attitude and confidence.

Upward Bound Summer Employment Opportunities: Summer 2015

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.

Upward Bound is 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.

There are three positions available:

Residential Supervisor (1 position)
Assistant Residential Supervisor (2 position)
Tutor/Mentor (8-10 positions)

****NOTE --- The priority due date for submittal of materials is Friday April 3, 2015****

Additional details are included in the job descriptions below:

Residential Supervisor

Assistant Residential Supervisor


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