Fall, 2015 Events


If you will be in the Boston area over winter break we hope you will join us for the UMASS Student/Alumni Networking Night!
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 6:30pm
Location: City Year Boston Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116.

There is no cost to attend and this is an event you cannot afford to miss. Refreshments will be provided.Networking Night is open to all majors and class levels. Students must REGISTER in advance at:  http://goo.gl/forms/jJmcN8Hyeh  and provide their own transportation to and from the event.Registration Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2016. Space is limited so don’t delay. Register Today! Read more ...

Community Building Day:  The Blanket

A discussion about Indigenous Peoples and Diversity

By Nicole Dotzenrod  Read more ...

The Amazing Race Fall 2015

By Nicole Dotzenrod

On November 6, 36 teams of three gathered in Wilder Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the Amazing Race, sponsored by CMASS and the UMPD.  Read more ...

Opposing Views on Israel & Palestine

By Olivia Laramie

Rising tensions between Palestine and their occupier, Israel, has caught the attention of many media outlets in recent months. On Oct. 27, The University Union, a campus student organization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hosted a debate, “Opposing Views on Israel and Palestine.” The event was co-sponsored by the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Student Alliance for Israel. Read more...

Community Building Day: Honoring Our Ancestors

By Olivia Laramie

On Oct. 30, writer and dramaturg Priscilla Page joined students at CMASS for a Community Building Day to engage participants in writing about their family traditions and cultural practices. Page is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst theater department. Read more...

The Road Ahead: A Tibet Without The Dalai Lama?Panelists at talk about Tibet and the Dalai Lama

By Nicole Dotzenrod and Olivia Laramie

A Five College panel discussion on the future of Tibet without the Dalai Lama was held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College events hall on October 13.
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, has stated that he may be the last Dalai Lama due to rising tensions between Tibet and their occupier, China.

Tenzin Thargay, UMass sophomore political science and Chinese double major, planned the panel discussion in accordance with the Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, which has been cancelled due to the declining health of His Holiness  Thargay, a first-generation Tibetan-American, moderated the event. Read more...

CMASS Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

by Olivia Laramie

On Thursday, October 1, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated its fifth anniversary as an organization. CMASS staff, students and members of the UMass community gathered in the Durfee Conservatory garden across from Wilder Hall to recognize the efforts of CMASS over the past five years. Read more...

CMASS Staff Training:  Challenging Oppression

By Nicole Dotzenrod

On Saturday,  September 26, the CMASS student staff members participated in the annual training session in Wilder. This year, the focus of the training was on challenging oppression and understanding privilege. The training was facilitated by Wilma Crespo Nieves, interim co-director of CMASS, Michelle Youngblood, assistant director of academic support, and Willie Pope, assistant director of student development. Read more...

Walk for Justice

By Olivia LaramieGroup gathers at Justice Walk 2015

Members of the Pioneer Valley community and students from the Five Colleges met at Haigis Mall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Saturday, Sept. 19 for the Walk for Justice. This rally was run to demonstrate solidarity and demand legislative changes in policies and practices within police law enforcement to work towards eliminating race-based policing and discrimination. Read more...

Direct Action Panel at UMass

By Olivia Laramie

The Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted a panel on the “Theory and Practice of Direct Action” at the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union on Thursday, September 17. Five activists and organizers from the area sat on the panel to talk of their personal experience with direct action. Read more...

Cultural Connections 2015Students sign in at Cultural Connections 2015

By Olivia Laramie and Nicole Dotzenrod

The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst kicked off the semester with its fifth annual Cultural Connections event September 10, 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

Both new and returning students filled the auditorium, where a variety of food was served and students were given the opportunity to mingle with staff from each cultural center on campus, as well as representatives from RSOs. Read more...