During your orientation or transfer students registration session, you will have a chance to learn your way around campus, explore the vast array of UMass resources, and discover how and when you can get involved in student life.
Leadership. It’s a word you’ll hear often around here because it's as important as your GPA, your relationship with your advisor, your ability to write a respectable essay, and your knowledge of the best thing to do at 10:00 PM on a Saturday. The leadership skills you build during your time at UMass Amherst will help you make the most of your education, lead you to your first job and help assure a successful career no matter your field, and engage you as a local and global citizen into the future.
Take the time during orientation and again during your first couple of weeks on campus to learn more about your opportunities to cultivate lifelong leadership skills.
How do you do this?
Explore the myriad of organizations on and off campus that allow students to participate actively as leaders and hone their skills.
Check out student government, a cultural or religious group, a choir or improv group, or the campus radio station.
Lead a group in your political science class or organize a flag football team. Work for a student business, volunteer at Center for Women and Community, or work for the America Reads literacy program.
Develop a community service project or an internship at a Fortune 500 company. Join a sorority, an honor society, or the Women of Color Leadership Network.
Learn what it takes to be a resident assistant, an orientation counselor, or a campus tour guide. Or, if you can’t find what you are looking for, create your experience.
It’s all waiting for you.
A SAMPLE OF CIVICALLY ENGAGED ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS
BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER AT UMASS
CEPA- THE UMASS CENTER FOR EDUCATION POLICY AND ADVOCACY
CITIZEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
CIV-X – The Major Track in Public Service and Civic Engagement
ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
PHENOM (public higher education network of MA)
STAND(students against genocide):
STUDENT BRIDGES PROGRAM
UMASS CERTIFICATE IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE
UMASS MINOR IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
UMASS STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSSOCIATION
WOMEN OF COLOR LEADERSHIP NETWORK