Get Out and Talk it Out
By: Olivia Laramie '18
On Wednesday, January 31st, students gathered to watch the Oscar nominated film, Get Out, with the UMass Racial Justice Coalition. The event, titled “Get Out and Talk It Out” was orchestrated to discuss the impacts of racism on individuals and communities at UMass. Students, faculty, and staff alike came together to watch the film and were treated to pizza, popcorn, and drinks.
Get Out, written and produced by Jordan Peele, was advertised as a horror film and for the first few minutes appears to be just that. Within the first few scenes though, it is apparent that the film is more than just another film and is, in fact, an expose on racism in America. In an interview with National Public Radio, Peele discussed what the social impact of the story. "It was very important to me to just get the entire audience in touch in some way with the fears inherent [in] being black in this country," Peele says. "Part of being black in this country, and I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that […] we're seeing racism where there just isn't racism. Read more...
Cultural Appreciation Series 2018
Following on the mission of the CMASS’ cultural centers of “advancing cultural expression and pride” this program seeks to encourage participants to identify respectful ways to appreciate culture by examining history and participating in the traditional way of making a spiritual symbol, preparing food, styling hair or learning about the history of a holiday.
Monday, February 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) in Chadbourne Hall Room B-3
Wednesday, February 21. Event will be held at Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) in Worcester DC
Tuesday, March 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC) in Berkshire DC (lower level).
Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday, April 4 from 7- Event will be held at Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC) in Hampden DC, 2nd floor.
3rd Annual Afro Hair Braiding & Hair Cutting Contest
Friday, March 23, 2018 5-9 p.m.
Malcolm X Cultural Center (Berkshire DC Lower Level)
The Afro-Braiding and Hair Cutting Contest will take place on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 5-9 PM in the MXCC. This cultural engagement program seeks to celebrate hair braiding and cutting tradition/custom.
Registration deadline: March 2nd, 2018
Register at: email@example.com
Grad School Preparation: Seek help with the Graduate School Application Process!
Wednesdays- Starting February 7, 2018
Wilder Hall 102- Wheel chair accessible
It is never early to start thinking about graduate school. Read more...
Each One Reach One Mentoring Program 2018-19
A cohort of 20 students is supported by a Graduate Assistant Mentor Coordinator through individual and hands-on workshops addressing:
- Graduate application timeline
- Standardized tests
- Personal statements
- Research/internship opportunities
- Identity awareness
Navigating graduate school
Student Care Supply Closets
Student Affairs and Campus Life now operates five Student Care Supply Closets across campus to provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Our hope is that access to these items will help students facing difficult decisions about every day expenses.
Wilder Hall, Rm. 102
When something’s bothering you, talking about it is often the first step toward a solution. Now, there’s an informal, convenient, confidential way to get insight and information – “Let’s Talk.”
The new program offers free, friendly drop-in sessions with counselor consultants from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), at locations around campus. “Let’s Talk” isn’t formal counseling or mental health treatment. It’s a chance to briefly share what’s on your mind, find support, and get recommendations. No topic’s off-limits! Facilitators are Christian Smith and Jennifer Muniz-Rodriguez.
Chat with Student Trustee Derek Dunlea
Mondays, 12:15-1:30 pm
Wilder Hall, Rm. 005
Student Trustee Derek Dunlea, a junior political science and economics major, is at CMASS in Wilder Hall on Mondays to discuss some student concerns, local and national news, sports or just any topic. Find out what a student trustee does!
Ask a Lawyer Anything!
Thursdays - Started February 1st
Wilder Hall 005
Come and talk to one of your lawyers from the Student Legal Services Office and have your questions answered!
FAFSA Help Days @ CMASS
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
Every first Thursday of spring, from February 1 Until April 5, all students, families and the community members can come to consult with a Financial Aid Counselor for assistance and FAFSA help.
Connections in Color
Wilder Hall, Rm. 102
Connections in Color is a group where students of color can find their UMass Voice by participating in discussions regarding academic and social pressures of being a student of color at UMass. Topics vary from mental health and wellness, improving self-esteem and confidence, building and improving relationship and so much more.
Confidentiality is highly observed
Educ202: Intergroup Dialogue - Let's Talk Across Differences
EDUC 202 is a 4-credit Gen. Ed. (SB) (U) course that offers students the opportunity to engage in conversations about issues of difference, identity, and community. In diverse, small groups, students will explore differences and commonalities as well as examine and address contentious issues using dialogic and collaborative methods.
Sections meet on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and also for a one-day class retreat on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The course runs for 11 weeks: beginning on Thursday, February 1st and ending on Thursday, April 19th.
EDUC 202 is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success (CMASS).