Diversity and Psychology Club (DPC)


Diversity and Psychology Club (DPC)


This organization focuses on increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding multicultural/diversity/social justice issues. We define diversity broadly to include race, ethnicity, language, gender, social class, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and physical appearance. Through meetings, educational events, bulletin boards, social activities, and guest speakers, DPC strives to create awareness of diversity and to provide support for students who are from diverse backgrounds and/or who are interested in pursuing careers that involve working with diverse populations.

For more information regarding DPC, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Tara Mandalaywala at tmandalaywala@umass.edu or graduate student advisor Krystal Cashen at kcashen@umass.edu.





President: Lily Vesel

Lily Vesel is the President of the Diversity and Psychology Club. She is from Northampton, MA, and is a senior psychology major and philosophy minor interested in social psychology. She transferred to UMass from Fordham University, and is excited to have found a club that not only embraces individual differences, but raises awareness about the barriers in communication that originate from people's different backgrounds. Half of her family is German and, growing up in a multicultural family, she has always been interested in how psychology plays a role in various cultures. In the future, she is interested in studying further how our upbringing affects how we view others and, in turn, the world.  

Vice President: Zofia Tamburini

Zofia Tamburini is the Vice President of the Diversity and Psychology Club. She is a junior at UMass majoring in Psychology and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. She speaks Italian and was adopted from Poland at age three. As a multicultural person, she values the work that the DPC does to raise awareness about issues regarding diversity and social justice enormously. She has lived in Italy and Poland and moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. She has experienced culture shock firsthand, and thus, she believes it is important to recognize and celebrate people from all cultures. 

Treasurer: Megan Yee

Megan Yee is the Treasurer of the Diversity and Psychology Club. She is from Brookline, Massachusetts, and a sophomore nursing major. She enjoys traveling to different places and is greatly interested in learning about other cultures. She believes it is important to acknowledge and accept characteristics that make people unique. In addition to traveling, she also enjoys doing yoga, trying new foods, and spending time with her family and friends.



Public Relations Manager: Sanghamitra Saxena

Sanghamitra Saxena is the Public Relations Manager of the Diversity and Psychology Club. She is a Psychology major in her senior year, has already earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and looks forward to one day obtaining a Master’s degree and a PhD. She has moved up and down the east coast after moving to America in 2006 at the age of 8. With a diverse cultural, educational, and social background, she hopes to one day research and work with other adolescents and college-age students who are struggling with emotional and mental issues due to discrimination, poverty, abuse, drug addictions, or gender identity/sexuality. When she is not pursuing higher education, she enjoys making art, being outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones.


Secretary: Jo-An Colclough

Jo-An Colclough is from Whitman, Massachusetts, and a sophomore psychology major working towards a certificate in Social Work and Social Welfare. In addition to being Secretary of the Diversity and Psychology Club, she is a member of UMass Cares about Cancer and Active Minds. She plans on becoming a therapist.





Volunteer Coordinator: Sitha Ok

Sitha Ok is a first-generation college student from Amherst, MA, working towards his social work certificate. He grew up in a Cambodian-American household, and he thinks its important to teach one another about our cultures because it reduces prejudice and helps us learn from each other. He hopes to become a case worker helping people that are underprivileged. He enjoys cooking Cambodian cuisine and traveling.




Recruitment Advisor: Brittany LeBlanc

Brittany is a junior psychology major with a minor in sociology. She is excited to be a part of the Diversity and Psychology Club because she believes that talking about inequality in society helps us better understand how we can help create a level playing field and a better world for all. Brittany enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, dogs, and being in nature. She plans to continue pursuing her education after receiving her degree from UMass.





Faculty advisor: Professor Bernhard Leidner email

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Graduate student advisor: Hema Preya Selvanathan email




Fall, 2018: General Body meetings will generally be held every two weeks on Monday at 7pm in Tobin Hall, 4th floor, room 423

September 25 at 7 pm, Tobin 423

     General Body Meeting and Elections

October 9 (Tuesday following a Monday schedule) at 7 pm, Tobin 521B

     Game Night: Multicultural Jeopardy! Answer jeopardy-style questions about traditions, foods, and other such categories from different cultures.

     Sign up for volunteer opportunities at the Amherst Survival Center.

October 22 at 7 pm, Tobin 423

     Graduate School Panel and Halloween Party: A panel of graduate students will be discussing graduate school in different fields in psychology. Following the panel will be a Halloween party with cupcakes, candy and snacks. Costumes are encouraged!

November 5 at 7 pm, Tobin 423

     Multicultural Potluck: Students will bring food from their culture to share with each other. We'll be serving food from around the world to learn about how food connects people and what it means to a culture. Everyone is welcome to come and encouraged to bring a dish from their culture or a food that they identify with!

December 3 at 7 pm, Tobin 423


Spring, 2019