Community / Civic Involvement

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Active Minds

Active Minds is a national organization that serves as liaison between students and the mental health community. The Active Minds student chapter at UMass Amherst provides campus-wide events and national programs to help remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues by providing leadership opportunities, information and advocacy training. The organization works to encourage students to speak openly about mental health and educate others as well as encourage help-seeking.

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Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice

The Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice program promotes education and experiences to undergraduate students to benefit them for future careers in psychology. The program promotes diversity in the field of psychology and is designed for undergraduates who identify as a member of a diverse group or have a strong interest in research of diverse populations. Over the course of two semesters, students are engaged in a research assistantship or internship, and a seminar held at UMass Amherst.

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American Society of Civil Engineers

The goal of the American Society of Civil Engineers is to enhance infrastructure, environment, and the quality of life of the public and to promote engineering excellence through public policy activities. The UMass Amherst Chapter of ASCE is a student run organization which participates in three design competitions including Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Seismic Design projects. The organization holds monthly general body meetings in which guest speakers from the community lecture about the civil engineering profession.

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Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This program combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Arts & Culture in South Africa

In this faculty-led custom course, the performing arts offer us a lens through which to examine questions of social justice, race, class and gender politics, history, language, memory, and the role of the arts in our global world. Focused around the National Arts Festival that takes place over ten days in Grahamstown, South Africa, students experience the second largest theater festival in the world (outside Edinburgh in Scotland) and the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Asian Arts and Culture Program

The Asian Arts and Culture Program was founded in 1993 by the Fine Arts Center to provide an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Asia and Middle Eastern arts, culture and heritage. The program provides a consistent presence to non-western arts on campus and events for K-12 grades, college students and adults and seniors. Performances, festivals and events help showcase traditional, international and contemporary artists on campus for audiences to experience and enjoy.

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Catering & Banquet Management

For their final project, students cater a banquet benefiting a local organization. For example, in Spring 2013, students are working with local farms to organize a fundraiser for the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, where food served on pottery donated by local artists will be auctioned at the fundraiser. Previous projects have included catering the annual UMass Freedom Seder.

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Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment integrates research and outreach education; it is the standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It links with business, policy and public interest sectors in agriculture, commercial horticultural, environment, food systems. It includes UMass Extension, the Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center. Based in the College of Natural Sciences, it also works with the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences and College of Engineering.

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