UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst
Photo - inside the Stonewall Center



Events and Announcements

Interested in volunteering at the Stonewall Center? We can use your help with programs, events, and office tasks! To apply, please fill out our volunteer form here.

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UMass undergrad and grad students are being sought for the Stonewall Center advisory board. The center is establishing the board to help shape the priorities and future directions of the center. The board will meet 1-2 times per semester. If you are interested in being on the board, please fill out an application here.

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LGBTQIA Mentorship Program for Incoming and Returning UMass Students

Are you looking for a mentor to support you through navigating the school semester, queer community, or simply an LGBTQIA friend here? The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches first-year and transfer students to a mentor within the UMass queer community to provide academic, social, and emotional support. This program is dedicated to building community among LGBTQIA students on campus by fostering relationships between incoming and returning students. Through peer support, incoming students have the opportunity to grasp queer campus life and have help understanding the complexity of the university.

Incoming students apply here
Returning students apply here

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Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group Starting This Fall
A support group for trans and gender-nonconforming students will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30- 8 p.m. in 905 Campus Center beginning on September 15. The group is free, open to all UMass students who identify on the trans spectrum, and is facilitated by Ethan Suniewick, a trans-identified therapist. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).

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LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
102 Wilder Hall


Are you coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual? Are you already out, but want a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+? Then come to this reception to meet new people and learn about our weekly support and discussion group. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

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Stonewall Center Open House
Thursday, Sept. 10, 4-6 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall


Come to the campus lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, and ace (LGBTQIA+) and ally center to meet new and returning students and to find out about the various campus LGBTQIA+ groups. Vegetarian dinner provided.

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Gayeties: An LGBTQIA+ and Ally Welcome Back ‘80s Dance
Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Student Union Ballroom


To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Stonewall Center will be holding a dance featuring ‘80s tunes, as well as contemporary music, focusing on R&B, hip hop, and Latin music. Tunes by DJ Lady Spindrift. Free and open to all students, with glow bracelets provided.

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Rapid HIV and STD (Gonorrhea and Chlamydia) Testing
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center, Room 174-76


Testing is conducted by UHS. There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing. HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes.







Mission

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.