Cultural Centers FAQs

What are the Cultural Centers of CMASS?

The cultural centers are one of many areas of support on campus that creates a holistic sense of belonging for diverse populations.   During remote learning the cultural centers continue to offer virtual programs and activities that celebrate traditions, deepen understanding of identities, and connection to other campus resources. 

Where can I access the history of the Cultural Centers?

The rich history of the cultural centers is being documented by research fellows and with the assistance of the Public History Department it was launched in October, 2020 for online viewing here

Are these spaces available to the UMASS community for events?

Yes.  Student organizations can reserve any of the cultural centers through Campus Pulse when COVID-19 guidelines are lifted.  Campus departments can contact Cultural Centers directly by email; Jwecc@umass.edu, lacc@umass.edu, mxcc@umass.edu, ykcc@umass.edu

What services are available to students from diverse backgrounds when the cultural centers close for school breaks?

CMASS offers individual support through success coaching to enrolled students during the calendar year.  Students can connect with their coach via NAVIGATE or request to work with a coach by calling 413.545.2517 or emailing cmass@umass.edu.  Programs and activities for student engagement and development resume during the academic semesters.

What is the difference between Cultural Centers and Registered Student Organizations?

Cultural Centers are entities directed by full time staff, guided by standards for assessment and strategic planning to provide holistic programs and services to support the retention and sense of belonging of students from diverse backgrounds.   Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) are composed primarily of undergraduate students, which are democratically directed by their members, and registered by the Student Government Association.

Do the Cultural Centers have employment opportunities for students?

Yes.  Student staff are hired to assist with event creation, group facilitation and promoting authentic connection amongst peers.   They are required to engage in professional development training, participate in semester performance reviews, and contribute to staff meetings as needed. This position was designed to give student staff a sense of work life balance post-graduation. The position is student centered and a great way to engage with the University.

How do I get involved with CMASS and the Cultural Centers?

Meet with a success coach at least three times per semester to receive individual support in your college journey.  Actively participate in the cultural programs to broaden understanding of, and celebrate identities.  Provide feedback on evaluations.  Stay on top of the weekly bulletin as it is a great source of information on these and other ways to get involved with CMASS and the Cultural Centers.

Does the Cultural Centers have social media platforms that I can follow?

Yes.  We have several platforms! Follow us on: Cmass_Umass, Umass_lacc, Umass_Jwecc, Umassykcc, and mxccumass