Events and Announcements
The University's statement in response to the Title IX guidance revocation:
UMass Amherst Committed to Supporting Transgender Students
While the newest guidance from the federal government rescinds some previous protections for transgender students, UMass Amherst remains committed to supporting its trans students. Our nondiscrimination policy includes “gender identity and expression,” and the university will continue to seek to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment... for all students, including trans students. We provide access to facilities and respect students’ pronouns and names consistent with their gender identity, even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy emphasizes the campus’ support for transgender individuals, noting, “Our position is simple: We try to provide a supporting and conducive environment for all our students, staff and faculty.“
The university’s commitment reflects related protections in Massachusetts, where lawmakers adopted legislation in 2011 and 2016 that grants anti-discrimination protections to transgender people in the state.Further information on the university’s commitment to improving the living and learning environments for trans students can be found at http://www.umass.edu/gateway/federal-actions/university-providing-support-trans
Nostras Voces Performances
Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., UMass Bowker Auditorium
The show is composed of monologues, spoken word, poetry, and other performances about identity and life narratives around themes of race, gender, sexuality, and ability. Sponsored by UMass Students for Reproductive Justice. Facebook event page.
Rapid HIV & STI Testing
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 163C UMass Campus Center
Most UMass students will have their insurance cover it. STI testing is for gonorrhea & chlamydia. HIV testing involves a finger prick; results are available in 20-30 minutes.
Talia Mae Bettcher, "The Phenomenology of Illusion: On Gender Transitions and Existential Identity"
Wednesday, March 1, 5 p.m., UMass Campus Center 804-808
Talia Mae Bettcher is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently at work on the monograph Personhood as Intimacy: A Trans Feminist Philosophy.
LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Support Group
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30-8 p.m., 803 UMass Campus Center
"Are you an LGBTQIA+ graduate student wondering how to approach faculty about your name and/or gender pronouns? Not sure if you should come out to the class for which you TA? Seeking support for coming out to family or friends? Come to meet other LGBTQIA+ grad students, make friends, receive and provide support, and eat food." The group will also meet on March 22, April 5, and April 19 at the same time in the Campus Center.
Body Politics Storytelling Weekend Workshop
March 4-5, UMass
"The Body Politics Storytelling Weekend Workshop will include storytelling activities, creative writing, and opportunities for self-identified women of color to explore their identities, commonalities and differences through their stories. One of the outcomes we plan to fulfill is to create a booklet with the stories by the participants." Apply by Feb. 25 here.
Queer Conversation: Machismo in LGBTQ Communities
Monday, March 6, 7-9 p.m., UMass Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Come join us to talk about the construction of machismo and how it affects LGBTQIA+ Latinx. We will be watching the documentary Mala Mala and then discussing it afterwards. This will be a closed for people who identify as Latinx and/or LGBTQIA+. Facebook event page.
International Women's Day Celebration at UMass
Tuesday March 7, 4-6 p.m., 203 New Africa House
The celebration will include local performers, presentations on women who are "bold for change," henna, button making, international desserts, children's activities and more. We are collecting donations of menstruation products to for the Survival Center. Please bring donations when you attend.
Trans & Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group
Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., 302 University Health Services
The trans and gender-nonconforming support group is a free, weekly drop-in meeting facilitated by Ethan Suniewick, a trans-identified therapist. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
Wednesdays, 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 this group is for you. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
UMass Pride Alliance
Thursdays, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The Pride Alliance is the oldest and largest LGBTQIA+ group at UMass.
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.