The UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT) is a participatory organization of the UMass Department of Anthropology. UACT builds the capacity for diverse, solidaristic, deeply relational, community-based social justice work.
UACT cultivates partnerships with diverse programs and organizations working toward social, economic, racial, and environmental justice on the UMass campus, throughout Massachusetts, and in several other areas of the United States. UACT engages diverse social justice organizers as educators and partners in building a new generation of diverse, knowledgeable, sensitive, community-oriented, and highly skilled social justice activists. UACT’s work is a form of public/engaged anthropology.
UACT is coordinated by student leaders, all of whom are alumni of UACT’s curricular programs. These leaders work together with the faculty Director to manage all aspects of UACT’s programs, including classroom facilitation, curriculum design, alternative spring breaks, facilitation training, community, and activist engagement curriculum, and new community partnerships. UACT’s core course is Grassroots Community Organizing (GCO).