Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

jweccJosephine White Eagle Cultural Center is named in honor of Dr. Josephine White Eagle for her involvement in advocacy and mentorship of Native students on campus and someone who was involved in the early developments of a culture center for Native students. Its first home was in Knowlton Residence Hall and in 1993 was relocated to Chadbourne Residence Hall. 

Adapted from History of the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center by Paul Oberheim, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Parking available in Lot 49 after 5:00 p.m. Transportation Services offers additional information for parking on campus.

To access the center please call (413) 545-4932 to ask a staff to meet you at the main entrance of Chadbourne Hall and open the door for you. During the hours of 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., you will be asked to sign in and show identification at the security desk and confirm a visit to the center, and to sign out before leaving the building. 
For additional information visitors are encouraged to review the Security and Safety Guidelines for Residential Hall Access.


Fall 2020 Calendar of  Events 

For the month of November the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center would love to highlight community photos and videos on our social media showcasing Native/Indigenous culture. Please send us your photos and videos by emailing, tagging/messaging JWECC on Instagram at umass_jwecc, or messaging us on Facebook.

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Still Here Still Strong
Thursday, November 5, 2020 |6:00-7:00pm
Identify as Native/Indigenous and want to get to know others in the community? Stop by for an hour of sharing stories, learning about one another's culture, and exploring your identity/identities. Remember we are "Still Here and Still Strong

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Virtual BeadingFriday, November 6. 2020 |  6:00pm

Interested in learning how to bead? Limited kits will be available from Residential Life on a first come first served basis. Pickup locations will include Crabtree and CHC/Roots service desks during normal business hours on Thursday, November 5, and Friday before the event. Join us on Zoom for a beading demonstration and walkthrough.



Netflix Party “Indian Horse”
Tuesday,  November 10, 2020 |  6:00-8:00pm

Netfix party link:

Join us on Netflix party to watch "Indian Horse" and stop by afterwards on Zoom to share your thoughts. A full discussion about the film will follow next week.


we are not mascotWe are not your Mascot
Thursday, November 19, 2020 |  6:00-7:00pm


A conversation with our speakers about the various effects of using Native/Indigenous culture as Mascots

Rhonda Anderson
is Iñupiaq - Athabascan from Alaska. Her Native enrollment village is Kaktovik. Her life work most importantly is as a Mother, as well as a classically trained Herbalist, Silversmith, and activist. She works as an educator within area schools and the 5 colleges near her home in Massachusetts. Rhonda has sat on several Indigenous panels and roundtables to discuss how to implement the Hyde Amendment within all IHS institutions across the United States, how to better educate Native students in Massachusetts, issues regarding Native teen drug and alcohol use, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and reproductive rights. Her activism ranges from removal of mascots, Water Protector, Indigenous identity, and protecting her traditional homelands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from extractive industry.

Vital. Vibrant. Visible: Indigenous Identity Through Portraiture” is an ongoing collection and exhibit of portraits of Native peoples of New England, curated by Rhonda, to bring awareness to contemporary Indigenous identity.

Rhonda is the Western Massachusetts Commissioner on Indian Affairs, founder and co-director of Ohketeau Cultural Council and the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation.

Joseph P. Gone
is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Anthropology) and the Faculty of Medicine (Global Health and Social Medicine) at Harvard University. He is also the Faculty Director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). As an interdisciplinary social scientist with both theoretical and applied interests, Professor Gone has collaborated for 25 years with American Indian and other Indigenous communities to rethink community-based mental health services and to harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing indigenous well-being. He does so from the perspective of a scholar who is trained in health service psychology, inspired by anthropology-style interpretive analysis, and committed to participatory research strategies. Examples of Professor Gone’s projects include comparisons of Indigenous cultural psychologies with the logics of the mental health professions, critical analysis of the concept of Indigenous historical trauma, collaborative development of the Blackfeet Culture Camp for community-based treatment of addiction, and commissioned formulation of the Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program for orienting urban Indigenous peoples to traditional spiritual practices.

Indian Horse Discussion
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 |  6:00-7:00pm

Please join us for our discussion on "Indian Horse" A powerful film about survival, Residential Schools and its harmful effects on the Native community, and battling stereotypes, as well as racism.




cultual connectionsCultural Connections is a staple of Welcome Week to introduce new students to CMASS and promote positive connections and community with peers and staff.

This vibrant event is open to the campus as a celebration of our cultural plurality.

Zoom in to Join!

Thursday,  August 27, 2020 
Zoom Link:
Time 4:00-5:00pm


coachesSuummer Success with CMASS Success Coaches

CMASS Success Coaches are available to support your success and wellbeing throughout the year.  Join us during drop-in hours M-Th to talk with a coach about stressors or concerns impacting your well-being, your focus on student success, and maintain motivation.

To connect with a Success Coach you will need to log into Navigate to make an appointment and  get Success Coach’s zoom meeting ID.

Remember we are in this together!S