Stand Against Racism Week

Event date/time: 
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Stand Against Racism Schedule


Tuesday, April 22
Stand Against Racism Week Kicks off at Earth Day Festival
SAR and Earth Day join forces to highlight the interconnection of environmental justice and racism. This year’s Earth Day theme at UMass Amherst is "Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.”

Visit the Stand Against Racism Table at the Earth Day Fair to learn more about our events.
Location: Goodell Lawn
Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM

Learn more about Environmental Jusice by attending the
Earth Day Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice
Location: Mahar Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Wednesday, April 23

White Privilege
Viewing of the film White like Me and discussion by Sut Jhally, acclaimed scholar and Professor of Communications at UMass Amherst. White Like Me is a memoir by Tim Wise which examines what it means to be white in a nation created for the benefit of those who are ‘white like him,’ and how privilege seeps into every institutional arrangement, from education to employment to the justice system.

Location: Commonwealth College-Events Room
Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Red, Black and Blues
This event will present largely unrecognized, underdeveloped, and unheard intersections between Native and African American music with a focus on the music of Jimi Hendrix. The program will include presentations and live musical performances.

Participants include:
Award winning recording artist Martha Redbone (Cherokee/Choctaw/African-American), guitarist and Indigenous studies scholar Jon Hill (Cherokee/Saponi), multi-instrumentalist and Afro-American studies scholar Donald Geesling, Indigenous vocalist and scholar Caren Brendor, Poet and professor Ronald Welburn (Ginkasin/Cherokee/African-American), and special guests.

Location: UMass Campus Center Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 24

Identity Bias Workshop
Facilitators from NAACP Amherst Chapter will lead participants in an interactive exercise that focuses on self reflection to build coalitions that will contribute to a stronger and more socially just society.

Location: 201 Wilder Hall
Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Banner Making
Everyone is welcome to participate in designing a banner for the Silent Walk taking place on SAR Day. Art supplies and refreshments provided.

Location: 102 Wilder Hall
Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

Friday, April 25, 2014

Silent Walk
Join this silent walk; bring your banners from the night before as we unify the campus to SAR. The opening ceremony will be led by Mary Reardon Johnson, Executive Director of YWCA Western Mass who will share the history of the SAR movement spearheaded by the YWCA. Peer Health Educators and student organizations within Student Activities and Involvement will lead the group in the Silent Walk around sections of campus and end in Wilder Hall where the rest of the events will be held.

Location: Haigis Mall
Time: 11:45AM

Concurrent Workshops held in Wilder Hall


How to Interrupt and Address Microaggressions
Room 201
This interactive workshop invites participants to explore how microaggressions affect individual and community experiences. Special focus will be given to identifying, interrupting and addressing forms of racial and gender microaggressions whether they impact the individual or group. Participants will learn to be engaged leaders in addressing microaggressions on campus and in their home communities.

Facilitators: Oscar Collins, CMASS Associate Director for Academic Support, and Valerie Jiggetts, CMASS Graduate Assistant and M.Ed candidate, Social Justice Education

Discrimination: Your Rights
Room 102
Participants will learn about rights regarding discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public places and the process of redressing discrimination at the MA Commission Against Discrimination.

Facilitator: Maryann K. Brunton, Compliance Officer III, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Case Study Competition:
Room 005
A Hostile and Unequal Climate for Ethnic Minority Student Scholarly and Financial Support
Kappa Phi Lambda, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Latinos Unidos and Pi Delta Psi present their best solution to the case study. A panel of judges will award first, second and third prize on their poster and 15 minute presentation.

Jody Goodman, Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Service
Shelly Perdomo, Director, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success
Kregg C Strehorn, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising
Jonathan G. Hill, Ph.D. candidate-Anthropology
Hillary Montague-Asp, M. Ed candidate-Social Justice Education


That’s Messed Up! Intervening When It’s Not Right
Room 201
Have you ever witnessed or heard something like a joke or behavior that was offensive but you were not sure what to do about it? In this workshop we will discuss such scenarios and brainstorm effective ways to respond.

Facilitator: Hind Mari, Director Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC

Why Racism Harms White Americans
Room 102
This film and lecture examines how racism and white entitlement have economic costs for all Americans. Short video and discussion will follow.
Facilitator: Professor John H. Bracey Jr.


Closing Ceremony
Room 201
Reconvene to learn the results of the Case Study Competition, enjoy an original performance by Phallacies, a group reading of the Stand Against Racism Pledge and group picture for YWCA website. Wear your Stand Against Racism t-shirt!

Other ways to Get Involved!
• Tweet why you stand against racism using the hashtag #StandAgainstRacism
• Post the Stand Against Racism Pledge in your office on Friday, April 25, 2014 (it can be found here)
• Attend as many events as possible and bring friends!
• If you teach or sponsor courses, considering offering extra credit to students who attend events

For background detail on SAR visit

Contact's name: 
Wilma Crespo
Contact's email: 
UMass Amherst Campus
United States