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Jennifer Lee Felix

Interviewed by: Angela Velosa Hernandez
Posted: 11/19/2013

Jennifer Lee Felix calls CMASS her second home. She was born in Haiti but her first home is Boston Massachusetts where she grew up since the age of one, in a single parent household alongside her two younger sisters and older brother.

Her academic experiences has been very diverse. She attended private school for elementary and middle school and completed her secondary education in a public school. Financial challenges led her to start her post secondary education in a community college. “I hated that I had to go to community college, I knew I was smarter than that and did not feel a sense of belonging.”

However, she realized this was the card she was dealt and made this a productive experience by using resources available to her and joining student organizations such as the Student Senate and the school’s TV station. When she finally reached the point to choose another school to continue her college education she was “more than elated”. Though UMASS was not her destination of choice the financial aid package was appealing.

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Tyson Rose

by Angela Hernandez Velosa
Edited by: S. Margelony-Lajoie
Posted: 11/12/2013

The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) has an amazing staff that is passionate and committed to UMass’ thousands of students. One of these passionate staff members is Tyson Rose, an admirable individual whose mission is to help students of color break barriers in a modern world where racism is very much still an issue. Tyson is from New Bedford, Massachusetts and a third generation Cape Verdean, whose grandparents were immigrants. He has three older brothers and although his parents are separated, he is still close with both of them. His parents’ work ethic was something that inspired Tyson and helped foster his own self-discipline.

Growing up with a diverse group of people composed of Cape Verdeans, Irish, Portuguese and Puerto Ricans, Tyson’s life has never lacked any sense of culture. His first elementary school was Carney Academy, a great school for him with decent resources and the opportunity to be in “gifted” courses. Although his principal was very stern, his message that you can be whatever you want as long as you work hard resonated with Tyson at a young age.


Emahunn Campbell

Written by: Angela Veloza Hernandez
Edited by: Stephen Margelony-Lajoie
Posted: 10/17/2013

On a campus as large as UMass Amherst, it’s hard to stand out amongst your peers. But Emahunn Campbell, a current PhD Candidate and lecturer here at UMass, easily stands out from his 27,000 peers as a force for change in our community. Campbell has proven himself a worthy advocate for social justice not only in our community, but throughout the United States. He is passionate about promoting awareness of racial hatred in our nation’s system and making a difference in society.

Emahunn, whose name is Islam for “faith,” hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia. As a high school student, his passion for social activism was awakened when he and his friends were detained by police for two hours after his friend was accused of stealing money even though there wasn’t any evidence supporting the accusation. This incident, along with his father’s and brother’s incarcerations, sparked his interest in learning more about mass incarceration in the United States, which later became useful knowledge to help his advocacy work.
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