News and Events

Misra Awarded Chancellor's Leadership Fellowship

The goal of her fellowship, which will begin in September of 2016, is to understand which university programs have been recruiting, retaining, and successfully placing students of color. “We want to build on those successes to create programs that support all students at UMass,” Misra explains.  She will work to develop programming that fits the needs of UMass graduate students.

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.  

Badgett Featured Speaker at United Nations Celebration of Human Rights Day

As part of the United Nation's commemoration this year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lee Badgett will speak about the effects of discrimination not only on the human rights of LGBT people, but also on the effects of such discrimination for international economic development

BCT Program Receives Green Giant Award

The Building and Construction Technology program has been honored with a 2015 Green Giant award in the education category for its efforts in educating future leaders in green building and sustainability.

Faculty Profile: Joshua Braun, Assistant Professor of Journalism

“From where I sit in this lovely new building, being able to apply for grants to bring guest speakers into my classrooms, it definitely feels like I have room to breathe and stretch in ways I didn’t previously. I’m thrilled to be here and I can’t say enough about all my points of contact both within the department and in SBS.”

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.”

CRF Announces Fall Travel Award Winners

The Center for Research on Families is proud to announce the winners for this Fall’s Student Travel Award. Every semester the Center provides funding for students to present their family research at an academic conference. The award helps offset the costs of travel, and allows students the opportunity to meet and present with other researchers in their field. This semester, CRF has awarded a $300 travel award to Sarah Reedy, a PhD student in the Anthropology department, and a $300 travel award to PhD student Amy Newberg of the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department.

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.

Feel Good Friday: LARP Sponsors College Matters For U Program

This fall, the Department of Landscape Architecture partnered with Career Services, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Nursing, along with other outside institutions, to launch the first annual College Matters for U program at the UMass Center at Springfield. This program encourages K-12 students in the Springfield area to consider their future, explore career paths, and network with leaders and faculty. Frank Sleegers, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, taught courses at the event.