News and Events

Badgett Discusses Book on Public Engagement in Higher Ed

Over the past 25 years, Lee Badgett’s own research has helped to shape state and national policies governing the rights of LGBT individuals, including the legalization of same-sex marriage. Badgett draws on her experience, along with the experiences of other public intellectuals, to show how academics can successfully create the professional networks and “voice” that allow their research to be heard before Congress, on public radio, or on the editorial pages of such national newspapers as the New York Times or Washington Post.

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". 

SBS Brings Career Preparation Into the Classroom

SBS is offering an important new course aimed at teaching students fundamental career preparation skills. Strategies for Career-Seeking and Beyond will launch this spring and cover the job search process, how to secure a job offer, and everything in between. This new course is part of SBS's mission to create independent and fearless leaders who are ready for the world beyond UMass.

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.

Paik Leads Report Impacting Women's Reproductive Health

A new study led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst sociologist Anthony Paik finds that sexually active teenage girls who took a pledge of abstinence were at a higher risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV) and having non-marital pregnancies than those who did not take such a pledge.

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.”