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

Partner(s): 

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: 

No