Advocacy & Human Rights

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Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice

The “Hear Our Stories” program uses digital storytelling to work with young parenting Latinas in Holyoke to reveal the ways in which sexual and reproductive health disparities are embodied and discursively negotiated, and ultimately work to reframe public conversations on young motherhood and sexuality, health, and rights across generations.

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Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

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Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

In the spring of 2013, the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary season. Designed as an annual semester-long series of film offerings for students, faculty, and the interested public, the MMFF presents the best of new fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking by international filmmakers.

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Men of Color Health Awareness

MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.

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National Center for Digital Government

The National Center for Digital Government is a research, teaching and outreach center of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and administratively based at CPPA. It was established with support from the National Science Foundation. NCDG builds global research capacity, advances practice, and strengthens the local, national and global network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology in government.

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New England Learning Center for Women in Transition

Valley Women's History Collaborative (VWHC) is working with NELCWIT to train students to collect the history of the founders of the New England Center for Women in Transition. The resulting oral histories are then made available to the organization for development purposes, fundraising or record keeping. The resulting oral histories, once collected and approved, are also made available through the VWHC records to the general public.

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New Worlds of Adoption conference 2014, "Helping Families Overcome Early Adversity"

Children who have experienced foster care and adoption often have early childhood adversities that impact their development and complicate effective parenting. Keynote speaker Dr. Phil Fisher, of the University of Oregon, will discuss the effects of early stressful experiences on children's neurobiological and psychological development. In addition the conference will include panel discussions, topical concurrent sessions and posters displaying research and programs. Stay updated at: umass.edu/adoptionconference.

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Northern Alaska Wellness Initiative

The collaborative engages tribal, educational, juvenile justice, clergy, behavioral health and youth program representatives from two regions and representing over twenty-six tribes to assess the developing and evaluating behavioral health services and programming. This group formed the Northern Alaska Wellness Initiative (NAWI), which meets annually to collaboratively assess and implement programming within and among the Northwest and Bering Straits Regions in Alaska so that they reflect community, tribal, and participant input.

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Public Engagement Project

The Public Engagement Project supports and trains faculty members to use their research to contribute to social change, inform public policy, and enrich public debate. Scholars learn new skills from experts and from each other to improve their communication and engagement with the media, community groups, policymakers, and practitioners.

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ReGreen Springfield

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.

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