Spring 2017

Olivia Laramie:  Recipient of the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award 2017

olivia laramieOur Web Writer, Olivia Laramie, was selected as one of only ten recipients for the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year award for the 2016-2017 school year. Laramie is a rising senior double majoring in Journalism and Anthropology. Her work for us at the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) include writing articles about various cultural events in the five college area, creating spotlight videos highlighting successful students on the UMass Amherst campus, and writing "Thoughts by Olivia Laramie" for our CMASS Weekly Bulletin.  Read more ...

To view her nomination video, click here


Survival is the Least of My Desires: An Evening of Resistance with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

May 2, 2017
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Berkshire Dining Commons
Malcolm X Cultural Center
UMass Amherst Campus


The Racial Justice Coalition Presents: Survival is the Least of My Desires: An Evening of Resistance with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.  Read more...


her storyHerStory
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
New A
frica House  Theater (Basement)

4 different women from 4 different backgrounds, get together to have 4 voices heard  and one story told.  Read more...




apiaAsian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
April 1st-May 2nd, 2017
All Campus


Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA)
April 1st-May 2nd, 2017

May is Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIA)– a tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental Read more

artReimagining the Asian American Diaspora Through Art
April 4th

6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Exhibit will be on view until April 7th.


The YKCC  organized an event to showcase art created by Jerome Tiunayan. His more recent work focuses on Filipino familial relations and ingrained sexual repression. Jerome will talk about his work. Read more...


Beading workshop2017 JWECC Beading Workshops
Tuesdays @ 7 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall, B-3, Lower Level
Central Residential Area

Have you ever tried to create your own earring or an earring for a friend or a beloved family member?

Awaken your inner creativity.  Join us and learn how to create Native art using beads.

Materials and tools will be supplied.

For more information call 413-545-4932. Everyone's welcome!

WPWater Protector Series Part 3:  With Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Thursday, March 23, 2017
6-8 pm
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Chadbourne Hall, B-3, Lower Level
Central Residential Area

A Nimpuc perspective on what it means to be a Water Protector, past, present and future.  The featured speaker is Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuc Cultural Keeper, author and musician.
Refereshments provided!

amazing raceThe Amazing Race Spring 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
6:30-11:00 PM
Wilder Hall and All Campus

REGISTRATION will close on March 24.
You still have time to send in your registration. Email chonal@umass.edu for your concerns!

45 Teams will be confirmed to compete – first come, first served.  Register ASAP

Registration started March 8, 2017. Deadline: March 24, 2017

If you want to join, do the following:

1. Form a team of three
2. Give your team a name
3. Provide t-shirt sizes
4. Gather information about your team members (name, email, phone number, and student IDs)
5. Send this info to chonal@umass.edu and you will be registered.

Teams will receive an email confirming registration and participation in the Amazing Race Spring 2017

Free food, prizes, fun - bring your stamina and team spirit



Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Confront Hate and Discrimination

March 22, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Student Union
Room: Cape Cod Lounge
UMass Amherst Campus
Amer F. Ahmed, Director of International Teaching and Faculty Development at UMass,  will be the featured speaker in “Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Confront Hate and Discrimination.”  
The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people.  This climate has resulted in a spike in hate crimes directed towards Muslims.  Meanwhile, there continues to be widespread growth of racial profiling and bullying throughout the country.  This program will benefit participants interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia while highlighting what we can do to confront challenges we face in the months and years ahead.
Q&A to follow.
The event is free and open to the public.  Wheel chair accessible.

Taiwanese Chinese Student Association Annual Cultural Night Market


Welcome to TCSA’s 10th  Annual Cultural Night Market!

Here we recreate Asian night markets and bring these cultural festivities to UMass and its surrounding communities. The event will be presented in a carnival atmosphere with Asian food, music, performances, and activities tabled by student groups where each activity costs 1 ticket.

The Amazing Race Spring 2017

April 7, 2017
6:30 pm-11:00 pm
All Campus
Teams, consisting of three members, strive to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race. Clues are provided in each leg that will lead them to the next destination where they will perform a task, either together or by a single member. Read More...

Talk: Protecting Me & We: Ending Gender Discrimination & Sexual Violence: Wade Davis

By Olivia Laramie

As one of the of the highlights of Black Heritage Month,  former pro-football player Wade Davis spoke at the University of Massachusetts Amherst about ending gender discrimination and sexual violence on February 2. . Davis is now a writer, educator and speaker dedicated to eradicating homophobia and sexism in athletics and engaging men in conversations around feminism and masculinity. Read More...

Be Heard - Black Heritage Month Spring 2017


Celebrating Culture Throughout the African Diaspora