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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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180 Days in Springfield

180 Days in Springfield, now in its second decade, is a program for beginning teachers interested in teaching in urban settings. It consists of graduate coursework combined with a yearlong teaching assignment in Springfield Public Schools. As a part of their coursework, master’s students create service-learning projects that provide opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in programs ranging from school tutoring to sports clubs, school and community beautification projects and arts-related activities.

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4-coach Mathematics Active Learning Intelligent Tutoring System

4mality is a web-based tutoring system, designed to teach mathematical problem solving and test-taking to third, fourth and fifth grade public school students. Housed on the University server, 4mality is available free of charge to schools and families. 4mality contains mathematical word problems, annotated with hints and feedback to teach a wide range of problem solving strategies to students of various levels of knowledge. 4mality's grade level content is aligned to the Massachusetts Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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4-H Youth Program

The 4-H Program provides support for adult volunteers to administer youth programs across the state and nationwide. Programs are developed in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and many more. 4-H offers 5 summer camp programs that attract youth from across the state. The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project will engages young people in Springfield in out of school hours to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. A regional Operation Military Kids team is also coordinated by 4-H Program as part of UMass Outreach.

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A Student-led Program in Research and Education

ASPIRE (A Student-­‐led Program in Research and Education) provides 20-­‐25 high school students with hands-­‐on lab experiences in polymer science ranging in focus from synthesis to mechanical testing through a series of half-­‐day activities over five consecutive Saturdays each winter. ASPIRE gives high school students a unique opportunity to gain experience in chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers, areas of study rarely taught in traditional high school science classes.

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ABLE4STEM

ABLE4STEM is a dynamic program designed to double the number of Massachusetts students who earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This collaboration among the University of Massachusetts, the 15 State Community Colleges, Mass Competitive Partnership and the Governors STEM Advisory Council draws on educators, policy makers, higher education administrators and industry leaders to recruit and prepare students for STEM careers. ABLE4STEM establishes pathways for associate’s degree graduates from community colleges to enter STEM majors at UMass campuses.

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Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

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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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Agricultural Learning Center

In 2013, UMass started the Agricultural Learning Center (“ALC”) as a hands-on living “classroom” or field laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students and residents of Massachusetts to pursue active learning about all forms of agriculture. The ALC will provide experiential learning opportunities in a wide variety of farming, horticultural, nursery and landscape industries. With small areas devoted to livestock, fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape crops, the ALC will offer a broad array of agricultural topics to both UMass students and the general public.

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