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Latinx/Latine Voices of Solidarity with and Love for our Black Family at UMass

The Latinx/Latine community at UMass Amherst is a relatively small number of faculty, staff, and students This statement has been developed through an organic grassroots process and has been embraced by the members of the campus Latinx/Latine community and allies who have signed it. (Note: You can add your signature by going to this link)

We unite in condemning the attacks against our Black family at UMass Amherst - including racist emails, racist verbal assaults, and racist graffiti.  We wish to emphasize our solidarity with, and love for our Black family.  

The racist email sent before finals was intended to present an illusion of widespread support by the Latinx/Latine community of the messages of white supremacy and anti-Black hatred in the emails. We refuse to allow anti-Black racists to appropriate the voice of our community through yet another white supremacist practice that violently produces community effacement, silencing, and gaslighting. We, members of the Latinx community, extend our love for, and solidarity with, our Black family. We reject racist hate and white supremacy.  

Many Latinx/Latine people come from communities that have Black/African heritage. Deliberate oblivion or unwitting ignorance about this fact is yet another reflection of how the U.S. and, in fact, hemispheric, racialization continues to work in this country and in Latin American nation-states through the minds and actions of white-supremacist perpetrators. African culture has been kept alive, in many Latinx/Latine communities through Cimarrones, Garifunas, and Quilombos – centuries-old communities of Black people who overthrew the bonds of slavery and established liberated African-based societies throughout the Caribbean, Central, and South America. African culture is alive, vibrant, and lovingly embraced throughout Latin America and can be found in our art, dance, food, journalism, music, literature, medicine, pedagogical practices, political organizations, science, story telling, theater, and more

As we express our solidarity with and love for our Black family, we recognize that one of the organized manifestations of the social disease of white supremacy is to sew divisiveness across the non-white communities affected by it alike. The best way for us to eradicate white supremacy in our Latinx/Latine communities is through our own reeducation and through vocal and proud affirmation of love for the Black presence in many of us, as well as in our communities, for our Black heritage, and for the African culture infused throughout our communities. Finally, we affirm the stance and steps toward change as outlined in the statement published by our fellow community members from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

Native Advisory Council Statement of Solidarity with the UMass Black Community

May 5, 2022

The root struggles of Native American and Black people are and always have been deeply intertwined. The very foundations of this country were built by stolen people on stolen land. At times our communities and peoples have been put in opposition to each other to serve divisive colonial interests of supremacy, domination, and extraction of ‘resources’. The Native Advisory Council unequivocally rejects this false division and pledges to continue to build relationship and solidarity with the Black Advisory Council and the UMass Black community. This does not mean that Indigenous struggles are less important, rather it is a recognition that our histories past and present are and always have been inextricably connected by centuries of continued resistance against the same forces of systemic racism, imperialism, and extractive economies. Together we work to dismantle these systems for the benefit of all our relations and the living lands and waters that sustain us. 

 
We acknowledge the need to confront and work to address anti-Blackness within Native communities, in our families, and within ourselves. We recognize that doing this work is a critical part of our own healing, as is embracing the ways that our histories, clans, and families are forever linked by blood, struggle, and love. We particularly recognize that love is a critical part of decolonization.  
 
To our Black students, our message is simple because it does not take many words to speak the truth. We love you. We support you. You are precious to us. You are important to us. You matter beyond words. Many of you carry Native ancestors along with your Black ancestors. You are the living embodiment of a deep and longstanding love between our communities and we embrace you as beloved kin. 
 
As a Council, we pray for the safety and wellbeing of the UMass Black community and beyond. With strong hearts, good minds, and collective actions, we stand for and uplift our love for you. 
 
– The UMass Native Advisory Council

Wellness/UNIV 203 (1 Credit Course)

Wellness/UNIV 203 (One credit course)Looking for that one class to complete your Fall 2022 class schedule? The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success is offering a CMASS section of a new course this fall:  Wellness/UNIV 203. This 1 credit course is open to students looking to enhance their personal development skills. It will focus on strength building, develop sense of belonging, community, mindfulness and resilience.

Course Credit:   1  
Dates:  Class meets Tuesdays
Time:    2:30pm – 3:45pm        
Location:   Skinner Hall room 201
Instructors:  CMASS Staff - Wilie Pope, Michelle Youngblood, Doris Clemmons

FAFSA Help Days at CMASS

FAFSA  Help Days @ CMASS, Thursdays | 2:15-4:30
Rm.005, Wilder Hall

Come and meet with a Financial Aid Counselor and get answers to questions that you might have about your FAFSA.  The FAFSA personnel is at CMASS every Thursday to assist you.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!

FAFSA Extra Hours,  First Thursdays of each month | 4:30-7:00pm
April 7 and May 5

Learn the History of Our Cultural Centers

See the timeline of historical events that contributed to the creation of cultural centers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst beginning in 1968.

The project, which began in 2018, seeks to equip interested undergraduate students with the skills to research primary and secondary sources of information, analyze and present data while also documenting and sharing the history of these centers and their work to support students. Alumni and current members of the UMass community are encouraged to participate and contribute to the expansion of this project by sharing photos and anecdotes of their experiences connected to the cultural centers. Guidelines for contributions are on the last slide.