Center for Student Development
The Center for Student Development (CSD) brings together over 40 areas within Student Affairs and Campus Life to foster intentional, collaborative initiatives, programs, and events. The center provides a structure that connects all programming efforts throughout Student Affairs and increases the likelihood of diverse and inclusive activities. Areas under the center include the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students (OPSAS), the Stonewall Center, Office of Jewish Affairs, Center for Advocacy Policy, Student Bridges, Student Legal Services, Student Media, Craft Center and Art Gallery, University Programming Council, Military Community Resource Center, Center for Student-Run Business, Greek Life, and the staff who work with Registered Student Organizations and agencies.
The CSD provides opportunities for student development with an emphasis on understanding and valuing human diversity. Staff from the CSD work collaboratively with their Academic Affairs counterparts, especially in academic advising, to ensure that students find the right combination of support for their academic and personal success. Focusing on educational and social engagement, and programs that support student development, the CSD fosters the interpersonal, social, and intellectual development that occurs inside and outside the classroom.
The CSD creates a sense of community and shared responsibility by fostering cross-campus collaboration. It provides diverse and interesting opportunities for students to explore choices, make informed decisions, partake in health and wellness programs, and clarify values in preparation for careers as well as for creative citizenship, leadership success, and community responsibility. Programs and events help students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills, apply academic learning and critical thinking, develop self-awareness and self esteem, enhance civic commitment, and increase options for employment after graduation.
ALANA Programs for
Four programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst facilitate the enrollment, retention and graduation of African, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American (ALANA) students. Their services are designed to complement the academic advising students receive from their major departments or school or college advisers.
All of these programs, as an essential service, advocate for their students through personal counseling and by working in conjunction with academic advisers, undergraduate deans, Financial Aid Services, Commonwealth College, the Dean of Students Office, Housing Services, Public Safety, the Registrar’s Office, and other campus offices on issues that may affect students’ academic progress.
Other services offered by each program are described below. In addition, each program oversees the operations of one or more cultural centers on campus; the names and the residential areas in which they are located are noted. Through the cultural centers, students develop educational and social activities to enhance and broaden student awareness of different cultural issues.
Students may affiliate themselves with any of these programs during the admissions process (by so indicating on the application for admission), or any time after they have arrived on campus.
101 Wilder Hall, 545-1968
BCP was established in 1974 to serve Hispanic and other bilingual students by providing academic services and cultural programming to promote their recruitment, retention, and graduation from the University. Fifty-eight percent of students served are Hispanic.
BCP is involved with most of its students from the time of application until they graduate. Each new student is assigned a mentor who is an upper-division student with similar academic interests. BCP also offers private or group tutorials, counseling, independent studies for credit, workshops, an annual job fair, and advocacy with faculty and academic departments. In addition, BCP has a fully equipped computer laboratory and two cultural centers open during evening hours for students to gather for social events or to study.
The Latin American Cultural Center is in the Hampden Dining Commons (Southwest), and the Anacoana Cultural Center is located in Thatcher residence hall (Northeast).
Committee for the
Collegiate Education of Black and Other Minority Students (CCEBMS)
205 New Africa House, 545-0031
The oldest of the campus’s ALANA support programs, CCEBMS was founded in 1968 to help recruit, retain, and graduate students of color. CCEBMS provides a comprehensive peer advising program, tutorial program, and New student orientation help.
The mentoring program for first-year students connects them with upper-division students of high academic achievement, and links them in teams to form a support network for study groups and social interaction. Tutorial services are offered in subjects such as math, writing, foreign languages, and sciences. Tutors are upper-division undergraduates or graduate students who have excelled in the areas in which they tutor.
The Malcolm X Cultural Center is in the Berkshire dining commons (Southwest); Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center is located in Dickinson residence hall (Orchard Hill); and Sylvan Multicultural Center is in Cashin residence hall.
Native American Student Support Services (NASSS)
B-11 Bartlett Hall, 7-0980
NASSS is a Circle of Support for students of the Five Colleges while they explore majors, plan their careers, and learn research techniques in a culturally enriched environment. This circle of support continues throughout students’ academic careers and their lives as alumni, and can include not only University-related issues, but career mentoring and treaty rights advocacy.
As a critical point in the circle, Native American students may seek cultural, spiritual, and emotional support from the Elders Council, a group of campus and community members with a wealth of experience to share, and the other connecting components of the program.
The Dr. Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is located in Chadbourne residence hall (Central).
United Asia Learning
Resource Center (UALRC)
Knowlton Building, 545-1844
Since 1990, the United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) has served the needs of Asian and Asian American students, the largest minority group on campus. The UALRC supports students’ academic achievement by providing culturally sensitive services.
To best serve Asian and Asian American students, the UALRC provides a variety of services designed to ease their transition to university life and help them achieve their academic and degree objectives. These services include personal, career and financial aid counseling, student advocacy, and peer mentoring.
The UALRC also provides free tutorial services to affiliated students. UALRC tutors represent diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and have expertise in a wide array of academic disciplines. Students with limited English proficiency can request a tutor who speaks their native language.
The UALRC works closely with the Asian and Asian American Registered Student Organizations and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center, a student-managed community space that supports cultural and educational events and is located in the lower level of the Worcester Dining Commons (Northeast).
Everywoman’s Center (EWC) is a multicultural women’s center based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, providing a range of services to the diverse cultural and linguistic populations of the University and Hampshire County. EWC’s mission is to provide leadership in promoting educational access and equity for women, to empower women to take control of their lives, and to strengthen the connections among women. EWC works to stop the cycles of all forms of oppression, particularly those based on gender, age, class, ethnicity, race, mental and physical ability, sexual orientation, and spiritual belief.
Major programmatic components include information and referral; 24-hour comprehensive rape crisis services; short-term counseling; workshops, training and community organizing on issues of violence against women; advocacy and cultural, educational, and social programming for women of color; support groups.
Women interested in developing their skills by working with any EWC programs are sponsored and supervised by professional staff-women. Training and practicum or internship credit is offered through the University and other colleges.
Everywoman’s Center, in Wilder Hall, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, from noon to 4 p.m. Wilder Hall is wheelchair accessible. Rape crisis services are located in Nelson House at 513 E. Pleasant St., Amherst. For information and referrals, tel. 545-0883. For 24-hour sexual assault crisis services, tel. 545-0800. EWC has a TTY in operation for both numbers during business hours.