What's New at CMASS

harvardHarvard Biomedical  Science Conference
Saturday, Aapril  4, 2020
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020.  See application form here.

The Harvard Biomedical Science Career Conference is open to students from underrepresented populations who are seriously interested in the STEM fields or currently studying biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, pre-medicine, biomedical engineering, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science. The conference provides students with opportunities to network with industry advisors/mentors from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, National Institute of Health, public health, academia and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries.

Free transportation will be provided and space is limited with only 36 seats available.

To attend, please submit/email a completed application and resume to CMASS Asst. Director Willie Pope at wjp@umass.edu or room 203 Wilder no later than Friday, January 31, 2020.


Finals Week Self Care
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4-6:30pm
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Worcester DC, Lower Leverl (below Oak Room)

These are hectic days but let us help you reduce the impact of stress in your lives.  Step out of your dorm, leave your stress at your door and join us in some de-stressing activities such as painting and coloring pages!  We have facemasks, too!

All materials provided. Snacks, tea and hot coco for everyone!


Nikkomo Celebration 
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6-9pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hill, B-3

Nikkomo is an annual winter gathering celebrated by some southern New England tribes. It originates from a traditional Narragansett give-away celebration.

The JWECC has traditionally celebrated Nikkomo by bringing together students, staff, faculty,and their families, and sharing food.. Food has been a central part of this event. This year giving away to others will be celebrated as well by encouraging participants to bring toiletries to stock a supply closet.

native voicesNative Voices
Friday, December. 6, 2019, 7-9pm 
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall, B-3

This program validates cultural knowledge and identity by providing a space for faculty and staff, who identify as Native/Indigenous, to share their stories with undergraduate students of similar background. Students are encouraged to ask questions at the Q&A portion of the event. Guest Speaker:  Lisa Brook

TainoExamining and Reclaiming our Taino Heritage and Spiritualty in the Puerto Rican and Caribbean Diaspora.
Monday, November 18th, 7:15 - 8:30pm
JWECC- Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (Chadbourne Hall)

Join us for an intracommunity conversation about how we are connected or disconnected to our Taino heritage across the Puerto Rican and Caribbean Diaspora. This is an opportunity and space to discuss your experiences, desires, needs, difficulties, or anxieties around claiming or re-discovering our relationships with Taino ancestry.

Job Openings:  Call for Applications

A. Web Writer for Spring 2020
Marketing and Publicity (work-study preferred)

The Web Writer will work with the Assistant Director for Administration, Publicity and Marketing to write content for the website (www.umass.edu/cmass), assist with building and maintaining social/digital presences as well as clerical duties as necessary. S/he will engage in producing content for the website as well as uphold the mission and vision of CMASS. This position offers opportunities to: practice multitasking, network with stakeholders across campus in accomplishing marketing goals, provide satisfactory customer service, practice interviewing, apply marketing skills and write multiple articles. Reappointment is dependent on department need, satisfactory performance evaluation, experience, academic standing and funding availability.

Interested stjudents shoujld submit a cover letter/resume to Chona Lauyan: chonal@umass.edu by December 2nd, 2019 @ 11:59pm.

For application process and more info, read more:

B.  CMASS Creative IT for Fall 2020
Marketing and Publicity
(Work-study preferred)

The Creative IT will work with the Assistant Director for Administration, Publicity and Marketing to support the publicity and marketing activities of CMASS.  S/he will engage in graphic design for posters and website; this individual will also produce, edit and launch videos, as well as uphold the mission and vision of CMASS. This position offers opportunities to: be creative, create content that can serve as portfolio pieces, gain understanding of building and maintain a brand from a technical perspective, manage deadlines and work in a team setting.  Reappointment is dependent on department need, satisfactory performance evaluation, experience, academic standing and funding availability.

Interested students should submit a cover letter/resume to Chona Lauyan:  chonal@umass.edu  by December 2nd, 2019 @ 11:59pm. 

For application process and more info:  read more

C.  Social Media Content Developer for Spring 2020
Marketing and Publicity (Work-study preferred)

The Social Media Content Developer  will work with the Marketing, Publicity and Administration area of CMASS to:
1. Generate content on social media that is culturally relevant, educational and respectful of different perspectives.
2. Promote active two-way participation and maintain consistent presence of the four cultural centers on social media.
3. Assist in publicizing all events and information about the cultural centers (CC) on social media and day-to-day activities inclusive of creating, curating and managing all published content (images, video and written articles).

Interested students should submit a cover letter/resume to Chona Lauyan: chonal@umass.edu by December 2nd, 2019 @11:59pm.

For application process and more info, read more

Latinx Heritage Month Dinner

 Fall 2019

halloween craft

Craft Night: Halloween Edition
October 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Worcester DC, Lower Level 
Northeast Residential Area

Hosted by: YKCC & JWECC

Celebrate the spooky season with the YKCC and JWECC for our second annual Halloween Craft Night! This year participants will be creating DIY garlands and reefs to decorate their dorms- just in time for the holiday! All materials and snacks will be provided. 

asian am film festYKCC Asian American Film Festival

November 6, 7 and 8, 2019
(please check schedule below for locations)

The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center is hosting Asian American Film Fest on campus for the 2nd year. Asian American filmmakers and an actor are invited to show their films and be on campus to discuss how they use their platforms to spread knowledge and awareness of different social and historical issues. 

This year, the AAFF is exploring the intersections of Asian/Asian Am identity with the complexity of gender identities and orientations; there will be dialogue on the societal expectations with these identities..

The film fest will be a three-day production showcasing the efforts of students and filmmakers as follows:

  • Day 1 — Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Katytarika Bartel, Filmmaker and co-founder of the ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS 

    Topic: Asian American Feminism
    6:30-9:00 pm
    Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Cen

  • Day 2 — Thursday, November 7, 2019
    Patrick G Lee, Filmmaker

    Topic: LGBTQ Asian American Experience
    Rm. 165, Campus Center
  • Day 3 — Friday, November 8, 2019 
    Mike Bow, Actor and Youtuber

    Topic: Unpacking Asian American Masculinity

    Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center

Read more: 

lamareaNative Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Saturday, November 16, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, UMass Campus Center 

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges..

At UMass Amherst, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center celebrates Native Heritage Month by inviting students, staff, faculty and community members to come together and partake in a Community Building Dinner to celebrate identitties, identify common values and strengthen community.  Come, watch and listen to La Marea Vuelve, ouir guest performer.

RSVP to jwecc@sacl.umass.edu by November 9th, 2019.

Read more:  https://www.umass.edu/events/native-heritage-month-1






Paint Party

Friday, October . 18, 2019
Malcolm X Cultural Center

The Paint Party is a celebration of an aspect of African American culture. Students will take part in a paint party that focuses on the expression of their culture in a creative way. This event brings joy and unity to our community through cultural expression.

Latinx Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
October 15, 2019
Amherst room, Campus Center, 10th Floor

The National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history, heritage and culture.
At UMass Amherst,  the Latinx American Cultural Center celebrates this occasion by inviting students, faculty, staff and the community to its annual Latinx Heritage Month Dinner to identify common values that promote collaboration and strengthen community.

RSVP to lacc@sacl.umass.edu by October 10, 2019.  We look forward to celebrating this significant occasion with you


Native Voices
November 6 and December 4
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

This program validates cultural knowledge and identity by providing a space for faculty and staff who identify as Native/Indigenous to share their stories with undergraduate students of similar backgrounds.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and complete a 1-minute essay at the end of the presentation. 


amazing raceUMass Amazing Race Fall 2019
Registration Opened August 26

nterested? Here are the details:
The Amazing Race Fall 2019
Friday, October 4th
7-11 p.m.
Wilder Hall and other pit stops around campus.

After a hiatus last spring, the UMass Amazing Race is back. Registration begins August 26. A maximum of 45 teams will be confirmed to participate. Registration will remain open until capacity is reached.

 Here's how to join:

1. Form your teams of three
2. Create a name for your team
3. Collect information about your team (names, emails, phone numbers, and t-shirt sizes)
4. Send all info to chonal@umass.edu to registeIt is always fun to play with friends, so invite them to join you. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis!

Questions? Contact: chonal@umass.edu


Thursdays of Each Week, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 21; December 5
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Awaken your inner creativity and learn to create Native art using beads. Materials and tools will be supplied. All are welcome; stop by and enjoy the fun!


self careSelf-Care 101 for Latinx Community
September 26; October 30; November 20; December 5
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Latinx American Cultural Center

First activity:  Septemer 26:  Salsa Zumba

The Stress in America survey identified Hispanic and Latin Americans are negatively affected by highest levels of physical and mental stress (APA, 2016a).  This program aims to promote skills and activities designed to better one’s own health and reduce stress. Suggested events include: (1) 1-2 Salsa workshops to promote physical activity, (2) Craft/Paint night, (3) Poetry workshop/reading 4) Mindfulness

craft nightCraft Nights
Wednesdays in Fall 2019
October 2, 16, and 30

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

Copy:  This cultural engagement programs seeks to cultivate, sustain and increase knowledge of own/other cultures through arts and crafts.  Participants will engage in making arts representative of Asian culture while learning its significance in a nonjudgmental environment.


Cultural Movie Nights
 November 15; December 6
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Malcom X Cultural Center

Series of movies popular with the Black community that could be old or new so long as they depict a piece or pieces of our history and students can learn and enjoy them. This event will bring people of our diaspora together in a safe space to share memories and moments that are common to us.


Cultural Connections

Thursday, September 5, 2019
6-8:30 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium

Cultural Connections is a staple of Welcome Week to introduce new students to CMASS and promote connections to programs that support diversity on campus. Cultural Connections features music, performances, resource fair, networking, appetizers, prizes and first-year students receive the "i am CMASS" t-shirt! All are welcome!

Special Guest Performer: SUPAMAN, a member of the "Apsaalooke Nation", is a Native American dancer and innovative hip-hop artist committed to empowering and spreading the message of hope, pride, and resilience thorugh his original art form.

Mark your calendars on Thursday, September 5, 2019! This vibrant event is free and open to the campus as a celebration of our campus cultural plurality and our energetic connection to the community.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Cultural Center Open Houses

Visit our Cultural Centers across campus as they host  their open houses! Learn about the programming/events they have planned for this year as well as resources available to you. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • Latinx American Cultural Center, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 , 5pm,  Hampden DC, 2nd Floor
  • Malcolm X Cultural Center, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, 5pm,  Berkshire DC, Lower Level
  • Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019  6-9 p.m., Chadbourne Hall, Lower Level
  • Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 7-9 p.m., Worcester DC, Underneath Oak Room