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. 

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 - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is located in Chadbourne Residential Hall. Sign in at registration desk with student ID.

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

Access:
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 2019 Calendar of Events

Success Coaching
Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21; November 4, 11, 18; December 9
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Come and plan your steps for a successful academic year!

Study Hours
Mondays, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 25; November 4, 11, 18; December 9
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Drop by the center, bring your books and your enthusiasm, we supply the rest! We will provide snacks and great company!

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

Nikkomot 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
https://www.umass.edu/events/native-voices

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.

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 refered 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.

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

 

beadingBeading
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!

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

Special Guest Performer: La Marea Vuelve

 

Native Voices
First Wednesday of Every Month
October 2, 2019; November 4, 2019; December 6, 2019
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 one-minute essay at the end of the presentation.
 

Nikkomo Potluck
Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Cente

This 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 in the form of potluck. This year, giving away to others will be celebrated as well by encouraging participants to bring toiletries to stock a supply closet. 

Open House: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Have some fun, munch and mingle; come and meet our staff and learn about the programming they have prepared for the academic year.