Events and Announcements
Incoming and Returning UMass Students Needed for LGBTQIA+ Mentorship Program
- Are you an incoming student who would appreciate a mentor to support you in navigating UMass, connect you with the campus LGBTQIA+ community, or simply have an LGBTQIA+ friend here?
- Are you a returning student who wants to give back to the LGBTQIA+ community by supporting another student?
The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches incoming students with returning students to provide academic, social, and emotional support and strengthen the campus LGBTQIA+ community. Incoming students can apply here. Returning students can apply here.
Youth Pride Dance, Saturday, June 15, 6-11 p.m., City Hall Ballroom, 536 Dwight St., Holyoke
21 and under. Facebook event page.
Out! For Reel Lesbian Short Films Fest
Saturday, June 22, 7-9:30 p.m.; Social hour 6-7 p.m., Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton
“Funny, inspiring, poignant, creative, and definitely entertaining – these films capture lesbian life’s joys and challenges: from teenager Heather and her four moms having The Sex Talk to online dating to elders living large and proud – plus time travel through lesbian cinema and activism since the ‘70s told by the inspiring, daring, and often hilarious lesbian filmmakers who made it all happen.” Tickets: $11 Advance / $12 Door / $7 Students with ID. More info. and tickets are available here. (the comedy show originally scheduled for June 22 will be rescheduled for the fall).
Fall Gen Ed Course: Queer Lights (ECE190A, 4 credits)
Meets TuTh 1-2:15 p.m.in the Stonewall Center and the Engineering Maker Space. Taught by Dave McLaughlin and Genny Beemyn. This course combines learning about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with designing and constructing your own electronic light display that speaks to LGBTQIA+ issues. No programming experience is necessary.
The Stonewall Center Is Now Home to a Supply Closet
Sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life, Supply Closets provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Students can access the Stonewall Supply Closet anytime during normal business hours. More information here.
Out of the Closet Trans Clothing Closet
The Stonewall Center has free clothes and accessories available to members of the campus and local trans communities. Individuals can just stop by the center during normal business hours.
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.