Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC)

Dr. Josephine White Eagle photo 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. 

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.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 3:00-10:00pm

Contact Information:
Chadbourne Hall, Basement
Phone Number:  413-545-4932

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  Garden Making










Find Your Zen:  Garden Making
Tuesday, May 7th  | 6-8pm
JWECC, Chadbourne Hall, (lower level)

Join us for a moment of tranquil creation and a peaceful journey at our garden-making event.  Discover the art of harmony as you arrange stones and rake sand, while finding serenity in the mindful process.


Cap Decorating at the JWECC











Cap Decoratijng
Wednesday, May 15 | 3-6pm
Chadbourne Hall (lower level)
Call to be let in:  412-545-4932

Calling all seniors!  Join us in decorating your cap for your big day!  Supplies and snacks will be available.




Paint Night at the JWECC










Paint Night @ the JWECC
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024  | 6-8pm
Chadbourne Hall Lower  Level
Call 413 545 4992 to be let in

Come put those artistic skills to great use and  create beautiful artwork. Join for the return of paint night a the JWECC, 

Everyone's welcome!


JWECC Study Session











Study Session 
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024
Chadbourne Hall Lower Level (Basement)
Call 413-545-4992 to be let in

Join us for a day of full concentration and snacks to study for your next exams.

  A Film Showing










100 Years After the Indian Citizenship Act
Thursday, March 28 | 6:00-8:00pm
Chadbourne Hall, Lower Level
Film starts at 6:30 and Live

How has Native American life changed? 
Let us watch the journey of Native Americans becoming US Citizens and how it has affected America’s Indigenous life in the last 100 years.

Panelists include UMass professors Kathleen A. Brown-Perez and Rebecca Hamlin,  Kiara M. Vigil of Amherst College and Margaret Bruchac of the University of Pennsylvania.

Beading Night at the JWECC










Beading Night at the JWECC
Wednesday, March 27 | 6-8pm
Chadbourne Hall Lower Level
Call 413-545-4932 to be let in!


Tap into your hidden artistry and join us in making bracelets, keychains and whatever your heart desires.

Food and drinks will be served!

Everyone's welcome!