The UMass Alliance for Community Transformation

UACT's collaborations with communities are built around curricular Alternative Breaks designed with a focus on community organizing and social justice. UACT is coordinated by student leaders, all of whom are alumni of UACT. These leaders work with a faculty and staff advisor to manage all aspects of UACT programs: curriculum design, leadership training, classroom facilitation, and fundraising. UACT is a unique partnership of UMass students, faculty and members of grassroots community organizations working together to design programs that build community and promote justice.

Program Type: 

Course Name and Number: 

Anthropology 397H: Grassroots Community Organizing; Anthro; 397W: Critical Pedagogy; Anthro 397L: Leadership & Activism

Impact Area: 

Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

November 30, 2012


Alliance to Develop Power
Springfield, MA 01105
United States
Maine People's Alliance
Lewiston, ME 04240
United States
Worcester Roots and Stone Soup Collective
Worcester, MA 01610
United States

Program Director: 

Jen Sandler

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

Jen Sandler

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

Provost's Office/Civic Engagement and Service-Learning

Assessment Mechanism: