Conferences and Community Events

UMass Amherst Earth Day Keynote Address: Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice

Tue, 2014-04-22 19:00 to 21:30
UMass Amherst, Mahar Auditorium

Join the UMass Amherst Community as we celebrate the 44th Earth Day.  This year's Earth Day theme at UMass Amherst is "Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.”  The campus community will be engaging in meaningful campus reflection and action toward building more diversity and inclusivity into the sustainability community here and more broadly.

The event is free and open to the public, with a book signing by Dr. Bullard to follow his address.

Robert D. Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA).

For complete Earth Day 2014 Schedule click here

For more information contact Ezra Small:, 413-545-0799


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Free Advocacy Training

Tue, 2014-04-15 11:00 to 14:00
UMass Amherst, Campus Center, 10th Floor, Hadley Room

MPHA is partnering with the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs and several other allies to offer six regional advocacy trainings to help concerned residents learn how to motivate elected officials to pass policies to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, decrease tobacco use, and prevent chronic diseases.

The trainings are open to anyone who wants to improve health in their community – no experience is necessary!

Participants will gain an understanding of policy advocacy, including how to communicate with decision-makers, how to work in partnership with others who care about similar public health issues, and how your voice can make a difference in improving the health of your family and neighbors.

The Amherst training features Representative Ellen Story as a guest speaker to talk about effective ways to influence policy and to answer participants’ questions.

The first two trainings have been held in Boston and Worcester, and the feedback has been terrific. At both workshops, 100% of the participants said in their evaluations that they learned new information/skills about how they–as grassroots advocates–can effectively influence lawmakers. If you are looking for an inspiring way to bolster your advocacy skills and/or confidence (or just to network with other advocates) you have the chance at this event.

The training is free of change and includes a light lunch.

Questions? Contact Susan Morin at (781)569-5866,

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Pre-Veterinarian Talk at Smith College

Wed, 2014-04-09 19:00 to 20:00
Smith College, McConnell Hall 103, Northampton, MA

Dr. Isabel Jurk will speak about her work as a veterinary ophthalmologist ath this event for undergraduates interested in going into veterinary medicine. Dr. Jurk is the owner of Animal Eye Care of New England

Dr. Jurk's talk will be at 7 p.m. in McConnell Hall 103 on the Smith College Campus (a campus map is available here).

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Reality Medicine: What are the Opportunities, Obstacles, and Keys to Success for a Career in Medicine Today?

Thu, 2014-04-10 18:30 to 20:30
Harvard University Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, Room 209, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

This event, hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine, is a free networking dinner and discussion for medical students, residents, fellows, & new physicians.

6:30 PM Dinner & Networking

- Meet experienced physicians and potential mentors

6:50 PM Panel Presentations

- Physician faculty share their keys to a successful medical career, with a particular focus on minority physicians

7:40 PM Group Discussion and Networking

- Job placement, residency applications, work-life balance — your interests direct the discussion!

8:30 PM Conclusion

There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please visit

If you have questions, please contact or call 781.434.7373.

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2014 Diversity Challenge: Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan

Fri, 2014-10-24 09:00 to Sat, 2014-10-25 15:00
Boston College, Boston, MA

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) invites proposals that reflect some aspect of participant experiences in treating, teaching, studying, or intervening to understand how racial and ethnic discrimination influence the lives of individuals and communities. Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities and activism and/or social justice initiatives as they pertain to racial and ethnic discrimination at some point in the lifespan. Topics may include, but are not limited to applications of theory, community and school initiatives, activism, anti-racism training as well as current research and practice related to:

1.  Understanding the relationships between racial and ethnic discrimination or violence and various mental and physical health and psychosocial outcomes

2.  Improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, families, and elders in schools and communities

3.  Addressing the effects of racial and ethnic discrimination through community and grassroots initiatives

4.  Implementing and evaluating innovative and culturally competent interventions in traditional and nontraditional environments.

Strongest consideration will be given to proposals that focus directly on the 2014 Diversity Challenge theme, Racial or Ethnic Discrimination across the Lifespan.

The call for proposals is due by April 19.

Please submit your proposal using the online proposal submission form.

For more information, visit the ISPRC website or e-mail or call 617-552-2482.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 2014

Sat, 2014-11-15 08:00 to Wed, 2014-11-19 16:00
New Orleans, LA

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

This year's theme is "Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being."

Check the American Public Health Association's website for more information, and registration.

Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit

Thu, 2014-10-02 09:00
UMass Amherst, Campus Center, Amherst, MA

A coalition of public health leaders is organizing the first-ever Western MA Health Equity Summit  for October 2, 2014 to bring western MA practitioners and community leaders together to take steps to achieve more health equity in western MA by working, learning and taking action together. It will be geared toward a wide range of practitioners, professionals, young adults and community leaders.

Organizers are inspired by a vision of health equity in which residents of the four western counties are able to achieve full health because unjust and avoidable obstacles have been replaced with equitable health policies and practices.  Our vision is to chart a path towards more equity in all aspects of health for our residents.  The summit will allow attendees to take back information and work in their own communities, as well as join in a network to address regional issues to make positive and lasting change.

For more information contact the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at (413)-545-2529, email:

UMass Amherst Commencement

Fri, 2014-05-09 09:00
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

Graduate School Ceremony 

- Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
- Mullins Center  

Undergraduate Ceremony

- Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
- McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Check the UMass Amherst official Commencement 2014 webpage for more information.

UMass Amherst Founder's Day

Tue, 2014-04-29 09:00
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

April 29 is Founders Day, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Massachusetts Agricultural College - UMass Amherst. Celebrate the founding of UMass Amherst - the flagship campus of the Commonwealth and a top ranked research university!

National Public Health Week 2014

Mon, 2014-04-07 00:01 to 23:59
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

For more information about events relating to the week, check the NPHW website.

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