Events and Announcements
5th Annual Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference
March 23-24, Campus Center Auditorium, UMass
Rapid HIV and STI Testing
Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 163 UMass Campus Center
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (UHS). There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing (bring your insurance card). STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia (don't urinate for 1-2 hours before the test). HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Sponsored by UHS and the Stonewall Center. For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs
Bi/Pan/Queer Collective Weekly Gathering
Tuesday, March 27 (and every Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The group provides a space for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and all around fluid identifying folks to feel valid, supported, and heard.
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesday, March 27 (and every Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m., 302 University Health Services
This is a weekly drop-in group for UMass students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 28 (and every Wednesday), 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall
This is a weekly drop-in group for students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual and for students who are already out and looking for a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
Christopher Schmitt, "On Being A Queer Primatologist: Challenges and Progress in Field-Based STEM Research"
Wednesday, March 28, 4 p.m., Old Chapel (2nd floor), UMass
Christopher Schmitt is an assistant professor of anthropology at Boston University.
Graduate Queers and Allies Game Night
Wednesday, March 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group Meeting
Thursday, April 5, 7-8 p.m., 903 UMass Campus Center
Hot Pot with QTPOC
Wednesday, April 11, 6-8:30 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Student and Alumni Mixer, Including LGBTQIA+ Students and Alumni
Saturday, April 21, 4-5:30 p.m., The Hatch, UMass Student Union
Free. Light refreshments provided. More information here.
Take Advantage of Support Services at UMass
Need academic help? You can check out the many resources available here and contact the Dean of Students Office at 545-2684 for academic problems
Need financial aid help? Contact the LGBTQIA+ community liaison TearNee Sodders
Need career services help? Contact the LGBTQIA+ community liaison Caedyn Busche
Free Peer Wellness Coaching Sessions Are Now Available to UMass Students
A Peer Wellness Coach is a trained UMass undergraduate intern (not a therapist, mental health counselor, Peer Mentor, or advisor). Peer Wellness Coaching can help increase resiliency, build on your strengths, improve your self-confidence, manage stress, develop a sense of belonging, and improve social relationships. Sign up for a session here.
Option to Indicate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Now Available
Undergrad and graduate students can now indicate their sexual orientation and gender identity privately in SPIRE. Students are encouraged to provide this information so that UMass Amherst can better tailor programs and services to meet the needs of individuals of different sexual orientations and gender identities and to better track the retention of LGBTQ+ students. To add this information, go to “My Personal Information” and then to “Gender and Sexual Identity” in SPIRE.
The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments and offices and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership; promote academic excellence; build LGBTQIA communities; and enhance the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.