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Cultural Enrichment Centers

We focus on expanding and deepening students' critical thinking learning skills while supporting cultural sustainability and intellectual diversity. We provide opportunities for co-curricular and social engagement with student and faculty initiated collaborations for cultural programming through our four Cultural Centers (The Latin American Cultural Center, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center), Malcolm X Cultural Center, and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center).

We create programming for Cultural Awareness Heritage months in addition to providing a beginning of the academic year welcome event that highlights cultural diversity.

We also collaborate with the Multicultural Theater Program, Cultural Diverse Residential Communities, Various Ethnic Studies departments and Certificate programs, Cultural Registered Student Organizations, the Fine Arts Center, Five Colleges' cultural departments and programs, and local communities to advance the vision of diversity multiculturalism and social justice for UMASS Students.

Our cultural centers are places where you come to learn about or where you bring your unique and distinctive traditions to our campus community.

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Latin American Cultural Center
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

The JWECC is an inter-tribal student centered and run space that provides cultural programming, co-curricular education, collaboration and support for Native and Indigenous students at UMass and in the 5 college community.

The center draws upon the diverse histories and characters of the many nations that comprise Native and Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Our collaborations and programming are centered in the recognizance of multiple diasporas and intersections between populations as a consequence of colonization.

We emphasize innovative forms of expression to bring visibility and respect of Native and Indigenous peoples while prioritizing student support, protection, and respect for their academic success.

Monday-Thursday: 6:00-11:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 PM

Closed during the summer and Wintersession

Location: Chadbourne Hall, Central Residential Area |Detail Map|

Phone: 413-545-1888

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Latin American Cultural Center (LACC)

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The Latin American Cultural Center’s (LACC) mission is to provide support to student’s identifying with the Latin@ Diaspora. Designed as a space that is meant to be a home-away-from-home for students, the center strives to create an environment that encourages students to deconstruct and explore their identities.

We make it a priority to empower students to invest in creating a community with a climate that embraces intellectual diversity, deconstructs stereotypes, and advocates for issues pertinent not only to students within the Latin@ community but across diasporas.

The LACC works to promote awareness and foster understanding of the rich diversity within the Latino/Latina cultures to the grander UMass Amherst community. The center works collaboratively with university departments, faculty and staff, resident student organizations, and community organizations.

Our collaborative and independent efforts aim to provide innovative programs and services that will advance the student body by instilling values of multicultural competency, leadership, advocacy, networking,
and academic success.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 PM-12:00 AM

Closed during the summer and Wintersession

Location: 2nd Floor, Hampden Dining Commons, Southwest Residential Area
(above Southwest Café) |Detail Map|

Phone: 413-545-2073

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Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)

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The Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC) provides a space for students to build a deeper sense of community. Through a comprehensive set of programs and services the MXCC promotes cultural enrichment, community engagement, and develops students to become leaders in their chosen field, while providing serving and advocating for issues that affect the African Diaspora.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00-9:00 PM

Closed during the summer and Wintersession

Location: Berkshire Dining Commons, Lower Level, Southwest Residential Area
(around the corner from Grab ‘N Go) |Detail Map|

Phone: 413-545-3042

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Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)

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The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) aims to empower and advocate for the Asian and Asian American communities at UMass Amherst.

By providing a physical space for students to use as well as innovative programming, it hopes to encourage community engagement, leadership development, and a deeper understanding of Asian culture and history.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closed during the summer and Winter session

Location: Worcester Dining Commons, below Oak Room, Northeast Residential Area |Detail Map|

Phone: 413-545-2228


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