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"Video Vixens" in Hip Hop today

Special Event In conjunction with our production of Venus, the Department of Theater will host a free panel discussion and live demonstration examining the relationship between Baartman's image and the image of "Video Vixens" in Hip Hop today. To be held on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Atrium, the event will feature Hip Hop activist Rosa Clemente and DJ Reborn. This special event is made possible in part by Amherst College, the Five College Multicultural Fund, the Lois E. Toko Fund, and the UMass Arts Council.

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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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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 project 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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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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Baystate Children's Hospital Patient, Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council aims to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and positive memorable health care experiences for children and their families at Baystate Children's Hospital. The Family Advisory Council meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas and provide insight into changes that will improve service to children and families.

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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 Educational Assessment

The Center for Educational Assessment provides technical expertise in areas such as test development, item response theory applications, equating, standard setting, test selection and evaluation, and program evaluation. The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make important decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions.

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