Current Students

Senior Spotlight: Dianna Bronchuk Embraces Leadership at UMass

“One of the things SBS promotes is cultivating diverse and open-minded students. Because of SBS, I’ve had successful interviews that landed me two internships, I have a global perspective on world issues, I’m able to open dialogue without misrepresenting cultures or ethnicities that aren’t my own, and I’ve grown into someone who knows how to interpret situations in a mature way."

Get To Know Your SBS Peer Advisor, Skylar Cowley

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Advising Resources Center is home to 29 Peer Advisors. These exemplary students work in 128 Thompson greeting students, answering their questions, scheduling appointments, and helping students navigate life in the College. SBS is sitting down for Q&A sessions with the Peer Advisors to help you get to know them!

Get to Know Your SBS Peer Advisor, Tyler Cotta

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Advising Resources Center is home to 29 Peer Advisors. These exemplary students work in 128 Thompson greeting students, answering their questions, scheduling appointments, and helping students navigate life in the College. SBS is sitting down for Q&A sessions with the Peer Advisors to help you get to know them

Senior Spotlight: Stephanie Ramirez on her UMass Experience and Future Ambitions

“I’m seeing the world with different eyes now, and it’s all due to the fact that I’ve been educated within SBS. I’m constantly thinking about the bigger picture, having intelligent conversations in my classes and with friends, and learning how to view the world more globally. Being an SBS student has given me that opportunity. I’m not sitting in a classroom trying to memorize facts to rehash later on an exam. I’m having valuable conversations that I take with me outside the classroom.”

Perspectives from a Recent Graduate: Christopher A. Lukasik '15

Christopher Lukasik graduated this past December after building an impressive academic career during his time at UMass. Lukasik, a Legal Studies and Public Health double major, currently works at the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition as the Youth Outreach Liaison. He has already begun directly applying his educational background to the work he is doing at the coalition, and says "One of the most exciting [parts of the job] is working with student groups to integrate health promotion into their operations". 

State Leaders Welcome UMass Women to the State House

Public leaders from across the state welcomed UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) to the State House to learn more about public service and leadership in the Commonwealth.

Student Profile: Mentewab Kebede

Mentewab Kebede ’16 (legal studies/political science) has certainly made her mark on the UMass campus over the last four years, and plans to continue to make a mark on the world after graduation.  

Behind the Leader: Jessica Williams

Communication and philosophy double major, Jessica Williams, is an integral member of the ALFP. She appreciates how easily accessible the program has made faculty members, through faculty presentations and engagements with members of the program. “The program has also taught me that our professors and instructors are more than happy to talk to students, so it never hurts to send an email or drop by their office hours,” says Williams.

Behind the Leader: Arjun Chawla

“So far, I have been greatly impacted by the ALFP,” says Arjun Chawla '16, SBS Academic Leadership Fellow and Communication major. “Being a member of this group of future world leaders has enhanced my leadership skills substantially.”

Behind the Leader: Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan ’17 (political science) joined the SBS Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) last fall and has been an active member ever since. She has been able to make connections beyond her major and has been afforded many opportunities, such as hearing Rais Bhuiyan, Founder and President of World Without Hate, speak about his experiences and activist work.

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