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Cultural Enrichment Centers

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 Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) provides a warm and welcoming gathering place for Native American students, staff, and faculty at the university. Native American students from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the surrounding indigenous community also use the Center. JWECC student staff organizes public lecture events for the campus, student social events, community trips, and community night potluck suppers (with community guest speakers or presenters). They also host health awareness workshops, study nights, craft nights, movie and discussion nights and schedule community meetings.

The Center includes a computer lab and the Kitty Wagner Cultural Resource Library, providing books, magazines, newspapers and videos. JWECC also provides a space for students to explore their creativity to empower themselves and each other for the taking on new interests and engagements in other sectors of the campus.

The Center also acts as a learning resource space for Kanonhsehsne residential learning community and other students wishing to participate in JWECC events.

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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Established in 1989 the LACC serves as a place for Latino students to celebrate their cultural identity and share it with the larger UMass Amherst community. Social and cultural events organized by the students are open to the public.

The Center is equipped with computers, couches, TV and radio.

Typical events hosted by the Center in the past include: Latino Comedy Night, Salsa Workshops, Pina Colada and Carnaval Latino.

“Los esperamos!”

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 is a multifunctional site that provides space and opportunity for students to develop educational and social activities that enhance and broaden the awareness of the UMass Amherst campus, fellow students and the Five College area community with regards to issues that focus on the African Diaspora.

The Malcolm X Cultural Center’s goal is to promote community involvement in relation to these issues.

The Malcolm X Cultural Center is a vehicle for students to gain experience in community building and to get involved. Through providing resources, community service programming and collaborating with cultural registered student organizations and other agencies the Malcolm X Cultural Center seeks to foster an environment consistent with the values of its namesake. It is a place where self-respect, self-dignity, self–sufficiency and personal agency are modeled.

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 aka "the YKCC" is the cultural center on campus that serves the APIDAA population. This population includes Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, and Arab American students. The cultural center was named in honor of Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese American activist, for her dedication and tireless work to address social justice issues, build bridges of communication between communities of color and her dedication to the civil rights movement. The YKCC was organized by a group of pro-active undergraduate students in 1989.

The YKCC recognizes that university life is not all books, exams, and papers. Therefore, the cultural center provides a safe place for students to come hang out. Also, our center sponsors and organizes cultural and social events throughout the year. Our events create a sense of community for Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, and Arab American students while also educating the UMass Amherst campus about the culture of the APIDAA population.

The YKCC has an office and activities room underneath the Oak Room in the Worcester Dining Commons. The cultural center is used by the YKCC and the various APIDAA student organizations for meetings and events. The YKCC presents many events throughout the school year and coordinates the annual Asian Awareness Month in April.

The YKCC encourages all students interested in the people and cultures of APIDAA to become involved in our events. To learn more stop by, email us, or join our Facebook page to know what events are coming up!

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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