Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

jweccThe Josephine 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. 

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

Hours of Operation:
The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center is open from 1:00-9:00pm Monday through Thursday.  It is located in Chadbourne Residential Hall.  Sign in at registration desk with student ID.

Parking available on lot 49 after 5:00 pm.   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 8:00pm-9:00pm 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.


Spring 2019 Calendar of Activities

Study Hours During Finals Week:
May 2, Thursday -11am-9pm
May 3,  Friday-11am-9pm
May 6,  Monday,11am-9pm
May 7,  Tuesday-11am-9pm
May 8, , Wednesday - 11am-9:pm
May 9, , Thursday-11am-9pm

Success Coaching
Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
Walki-in to plan your  academic success. 


1Cultural Appreciation:  JWECC Moccasins
March 25, 2019
6-9 p.m.

Moccasins have been worn by Indigenous people far thousands of years. This traditional style of footwear has more recently become appropriated by many non-native companies.

A moccasin is a shoe made of deerskin or other soft leather consisting of a sole and sides made with one piece of leather, stitched together at the top and sometimes with an additional panel of leather.  Historically, it is the footwear of many indigenous people of North America.

For their Cultural Appreciation series, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center will demonstrate how to create a moccasin.  Come and learn the significance of traditional moccasins and learn how to make your own pair!

Free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages.


murdered native womenMissing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and the United States Conference
Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor
February 22, 2019

5-10 p.m.
The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and UMass Native American Student Association have joined forces to bring Annita Lucchesi, creator of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database,  who will talk about missing and murdered Indigenous women -  an underreported problem happening in Canada, the U.S. and across the world. Join us in bringing light to this issue, spread awareness about this problem and let the voices of underrepresented women's voices be heard. As part of the conference, organizers and participants will engage in creating little red dress pins to be led by Susan McCarville, Native American artist,  to symbolize the missing and murdered Indigenous women. Share to spread this important message and let's create a conversation so that they can become noticed and heard.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the U.S. and across the world is an underreported issue in today's news. According to articles written about ths issue, "more than four out of five Native American women are expected to experience violence within their lifetime."

Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March, 5, 19, 26
April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Tap into into your inner creativity. Create pieces of jewelry using vibrantly colored beads. No RSVP required! Everyone's welcome! Materials and refreshments provided!







Fall 2018 Calendar of Activities

naive heritage monthNative American Heritage Month Dinner
November 15, 2018
5;30-7:30 pm
Amherst Room, 10th floor, Campus Center

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to the Native Heritage Month Dinner to celebrate identitites, identify common values and strengthen community over table conversations.


jwecc open house thumbnailOpen House
Wednesday, September 12
Fun, munch and mingle.

Come and meet the staff and learn the programming they prepared for the fall semester.  Everyone's welcome!


Success Coaching

Wednesdays starting September 12
Walk in to plan for your student success.

Study Hours
Wednesdays & Finals Week
Bring your books; we provide snacks and motivation.


Beading Project
Every other Tuesday starting September 18
6-8 PM
Make earrings, for any skill level.
Dates:  September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 5

Native Voices
One Monday per month starting September 24
Invited guests share experiences and cultural knowledge.
Dates:  October 22, November 5 and December 3

Rock your Mocs Unity Day
Stay tuned!  Coming to you sometime in November!


Wednesday, December 12
This is an annual winter gathering celebrated by some southern New England tribes.  It originates from a traditional Narragansett give-away celebration. This community-union involves gift giving so this year, we are inviting our community to donate items for the Student Care Supply Closets.