Under Represented Minority Groups

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority doctoral students who complete Ph.D. degrees and postdoctoral fellowships to become leaders in biomedical and behavioral science research. The IMSD program provides academic support, specialized multi-stage mentoring, state-of-the-art professional training and awards fellowships to support the recruitment of underrepresented minority students into doctoral programs in STEM, behavior sciences and public health.

Computer Science Education Week

Twelve schools, colleges and community organizations offer workshops, technology showcases, field trips and contests to help raise awareness of the importance of computer science education during CS Ed Week each December. With support from NSF, CAITE and BPC Alliance, students are exposed to an array of activities that encourage computer science education for students K-12 from the Amherst, Holyoke, Greenfield and West Springfield areas.

Center for Women and Community

The Everywoman’s Center changed its name to The Center for Women and Community in September of 2012. CWC supports and encourages women and is a nationally recognized leader in achieving gender equity. The center offers services to people of all genders throughout the campus and the greater community. These services include information, referral, counseling, training, support groups and education in many areas. Individual counseling, crisis intervention and rape crisis services are offered for Hampshire County, the Five Colleges and UMass Amherst.

Association for Women in Science

UMass Amherst is an institutional partner in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country. Its mission is to achieve equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and employment sectors. The organization provides networking, online resources for career opportunities, leadership training and other benefits that will promote women in the STEM fields.

Stand Against Racism

UMass Amherst has joined the YWCA in its national Stand Against Racism (SAR) movement. The YWCA is the largest multicultural women’s organization whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. A series of activities and programs are being held to promote the movement and are free and open to the public. SAR aspires to eliminate racism by holding educational workshops, engaging participants in awareness campaigns through social media outlets and bring together like-minded organizations.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound program is a federally sponsored educational program that serves high school students from the High School of Commerce in Springfield that are potential first generation college students and those from low income backgrounds. The program aims to help students prepare for and succeed in higher education. It provides individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, college workshops, cultural enrichment and more programs that can help develop academic skills and motivation for students.

STEM Diversity Institute

The STEM Diversity Institute works to promote a nurturing environment and sustainable academic & research excellence. SDI provides programs to increase, retain and advance under-represented minorities, particularly women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. SDI provides research experience opportunities and workshops to serve undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education

The Inter-American Network for Integration, Research and Development in Higher Education focuses on improving quality, access, equity and development of education in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The College of Education at UMass Amherst is collaborating with University of Missouri and Universidad de los Andes in Colombia to be the first multinational association that will promote regional and global partnerships and improve the integration of policy and practice across tertiary institutions.

National Society of Black Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers formed to motivate students and enhance the number of culturally responsible black engineers to excel academically, professionally and positively impact the community. The NSBE UMass Amherst student chapter is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit association dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals through mentoring opportunities, career placement services and professional development.

Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars

Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars (HANDS) is a program designed to increase the diversity of students in the nutrition field. HANDS Scholars are able to participate in a 1-credit seminar each semester and are given access to tutoring, mentorship and career counseling. Scholars will also be able to participate in nutrition conferences, workshops, research & education opportunities, self-assessment programs and other programs for professional development.

Multicultural Engineering Program

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) aims to encourage students of African-American, Native-American, Hispanic, and Cape Verdean descent in the engineering field. The program provides support services to assist students in a successful college experience, increase the enrollment, retention, graduation and to attain a professional career in engineering. MEP offers professional development workshops, conferences, summer undergraduate research opportunities and works with ESRO, an outreach program for middle and high school students interested in engineering from the William R.

Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

UMass Amherst is the lead university for the NSF's Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), and one of 26 NSF-funded alliances for Graduate education and the professoriate (AGEP) programs in the US. It sponsors a number of programs to recruit, retain and prepare under-represented minorities for careers in the professoriate. The NEAGEP’s goal is to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

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.

Multicultural Association of Psychology Students

Multicultural Association of Psychology Students (MAPS) is an organization that promotes awareness of diversity, knowledge and skills regarding multicultural, diversity and social justice issues. MAPS, encourages diversity in the field of psychology and provides support for students from diverse backgrounds. MAPS holds meetings, educational events, social activities and guest speakers to help students who wish to pursue careers that involve working with diverse populations.

Society of Women Engineers

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit, educational service organization dedicated to encouraging women to achieve their full potential in the engineering profession and as leaders. SWE holds various meetings and events that help inform undergraduates about industry opportunities, mentor programs and to serve as a center of information for women in engineering. UMass Amherst has a SWE chapter which meets regularly.

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.

Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities

S²TLC is building and supporting a community and pipeline of STEM educators that explore deep content knowledge, inquiry-based and culturally responsive practices, and the integration of technology in grades 6-12 STEM classrooms. Face-to-face and virtual communities of practice are hallmarks of the project that will connect teachers in western Massachusetts during and beyond the project. It is a six-year NSF-funded partnership of UMass Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield public schools, Mahar Regional school district and Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

VAS-Y Fille!

The VAS-Y Fille! Project, which began in the summer of 2013 aims to enroll 5,000 girls in primary and early secondary schools to help increase girls’ access to education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The International Rescue Committee project, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services are working as a consortium to implement evaluation studies throughout VAS-Y Fille! Provinces.

Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a national public engagement project that enables citizens to explore how new technologies are changing their cities. Springfield, MA, was one of six participating cities in 2013. In addition to UMass/CPPA, partners included the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, the Loka Institute, the Springfield Science Museum, Putnam Technical High School, the UMass Design Center, and U.S Congressman Richard Neal’s office, among others.

Massachusetts Native American Trail Project

Native American Trail project is a collaborative effort to develop a website of maps of/for/by multiple Native American communities, where each community will share with the public their historical and contemporary cultural heritage. The Commission of Indian Affairs and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will work directly with Native American communities to develop the content and technology for each group. Each Native American community will be responsible for decisions concerning the content and presentation of the content on their site/link.

Holyoke/ Chicopee Community Shannon Safety Initaitive

This project examines prevention and intervention strategies to prevent youth violence and gang involvement. Dr. Krezmien, the project's research partner, has developed a unique community-based research site and coordinates activities to ensure that programming is driven by empirical evidence. He is currently working on a risk assessment study that will examine the individual, familial, and community-based factors associated with risk for violence, substance abuse. and gang involvement.

Engaging Massachusetts Middle and High School Students in Engineering and Computer Science: After School

College of Engineering undergraduates worked with middle school students at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club and the North Side Community Center in Springfield in an after-school program where they created “e-textiles,” interactive wearable crafts that teach engineering design and programming. The Diversity Programs office received a grant from Google to support this project through its RISE - Roots in Science & Engineering program.

Institute for Cellular Engineering

The Institute for Cellular Engineering is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental research initiative focused on coordinating and expanding cellular engineering educational and scholarly activities on campus and enabling translational research through strategic industry partnerships. Through ICE, engineering, life science, and information science departments collaborate to understand, and ultimately harness, cellular “machinery” in plants, animals, and microorganisms.