Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)

Brief History: The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center was created in 1989 to support the  growing population of Asian and Asian American studentts as  United Asia Cultural Center. It was  originally  located in two rooms in the basement of Knowlton Residence Hall.The UACC, after a period of strategic planning, reopened in 1993 with administrative support within  the United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) offices in Knowlton Residence Hall and held activities in its current location. In succeeding years, the UACC was renamed the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center in honor of Yuri Kochiyama for her belief in liberation and social justice.  Currently the YKCC in Worcester DC is the current and only location. 

Adapted from the History of the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center by Lily Tang, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays - 11:00am-4:00pm
Meeting ID- 206 955 9006Note: The center is closed during the summer and winter intersessions. If you need to reach someone during this time, call the main number, (413) 545-2517.

UPDATES:
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SPRING 2021 Calendar of Events

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

we are not invisiableWe are not Invisible
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6:00-7:15pm
Join us for Asia American Pacific Islander Month as this panel of Asian-identifying women discuss how they  have encountered biases, such as the model minority myth, in their everyday lives and careers.

Panelists and Guest Speakers
*Amanda Ekabutr- director of Student-Athlete Development/Diversity and Inclusion Officer
*Maria Gallant - Assistant director of Alumni Affairs at Clark University
*Joy Jarme - Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
*Miliann Kang - Associate Professor and Director of Diversity Advancement
*Hind Mari - Director of the Women of Color Leadership Network
*Kamalani Yuen '19-Western MA Community Outreach Coordinator of the Asian American Commission

Register to join: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pdO6oqzwrGdyFu4uxmTUqaYQ0enx9meYI
In collaboration with UMass Aspires, Women of Color and Leadership Network, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies  and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center


now you see usNow You See Us
Thursday, April 22, 2021
6-7pm  EST

Join us for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month as we play a Kahoot Game to learn more about the importance of Asian representation in media.
Register to join:  https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvf-uuqDorGNH9GfqyxIWvQUVuHuFiitDE
Zoom ID:  972 8766 1125
Hosted by the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

ASR caption will be provided. If you need other accommodations, please do not hesitate to fill out the request form below.
https://www.umass.edu/disability/events

 

Staff Highlight: Conversation with Michael Sakamoto
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 11:00am  on YKCC Instagram Live

 Join us on Instagram Live as we talk with Interim Director of Programming and Director of the Asian Arts and Cultures Program at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center., Michael Sakamoto. Come by to learn more about Michael’s journey as a scholar, educator, artist, and more! This is a start of a new series of conversations with diverse faculty/staff on our campus.

 


#IAMNOTAVIRUS:  Sharing our Stories
Monday, April 19, 2021  |  6:30-8:00pm  EST

As the recent spike of Anti-Asian Violence continues to heavily impact our Asian communities, please join us and the members of the organization #IAMNOTAVIRUS, for an evening of reflection and healing as we share our individual stories during these challenging times.

This event is open for students/faculty/staff to come together to learn more about the local occurrances of Anti-Asian Violence in the New England Area, as well as participate in breakout rooms to get to know others, and share personal feelings.

Remember #IAMNOTAVIRUS and your story is worth telling. Register to join:https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tdOysqjksGdwfTicVyxrMamJbSgVPZ_gj

ASR caption will be provided. If you need other accommodations, please do not hesitate to fill out the request form below.
https://www.umass.edu/disability/events

 

 

 

Relax and Check-In
Monday, April 26, 2021  |   6:00PM

How are you doing this semester now that we are reaching the end of it all? First off, you're doing great & you're almost done! Whether it is your first semester, last, or somewhere in between, you're almost at the end. We are opening a safe & comforting space for students to come together, talk, and advise others about academics or anything non-academic related! Whatever is on your mind please come share. All are welcomed.

Zoom Link to Register: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctfuqsqTotGdG1FvswOCz8-vgxuMsffxvl

ASR caption will be provided. If you need other accommodations, please do not hesitate to fill out the request form below.
https://www.umass.edu/disability/events

YKCC Netflix Party
Thursday, March 18, 2020  | 6:00pm  EST

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we will be having a movie night on March 18,2021 at 6PM. We will be watching “ What happened, Miss Simone?” This biographical documentary introduces the legendary artist, NINA SIMONE’s life and her activism and passion in her music. The link will be posted on the story 5 minutes before the event❗️

 

Let’s Get Organized
Tuesday,  February 16, 2021  | 6pm

Join us for learning about journaling techniques and other tips for getting more organized with personal goals and college work.
Host:  Yuri Kochiyama Cultrual Center

Zoom in to join:  https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99444719789 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Calendar of Event

NOTE:  For more updates on YKCC Virtual Programming, please refer to: https://www.umass.edu/cmass/.

cultural 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: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/98199423523
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!

 

Staff Highlight: Conversation with Michael Sakamoto
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 11:00am  on YKCC Instagram Live

 Join us on Instagram Live as we talk with Interim Director of Programming and Director of the Asian Arts and Cultures Program at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center., Michael Sakamoto. Come by to learn more about Michael’s journey as a scholar, educator, artist, and more! This is a start of a new series of conversations with diverse faculty/staff on our campus.