Fall 2018

Wednesday, December 12
Josepjhine White Eagle Cultural Center

This is an annual winter gathering celebrated by some southern New England tribes.  It originates from a traditional Narragansett give-away celebration. This community-union involves gift giving so this year, we are inviting our community to donate items for the Student Care Supply Closets.



Are you nterested in applying to graduate school?  Not sure where to start?
CMASS invites you to attend the IRT (Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers) information session which will assist you with your plans to attend Graduate School now or in the near future.

IRT Information Session
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Wilder Hall room 201

Leislie Godo-Solo, Education Programs Specialist/Recruiter,  will present the benefits and resource of the IRT program.  IRT offers mentorship, GRE prep, 1 on 1 coaching and finical support to talented underserved and underrepresented students who wish to attain Master’s and/or Ph.D. degrees. Majors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Computer Science and Mathematics are encouraged to attend.

IRT Interview Sessions
Thursday November 29, 2018
9:30 -1:00 pm
Wilder Hall, room 201

Students who attend the information session will have the opportunity to sign up for an informal one on one screening for the Summer program with Leislie Godo-Solo. Also she will answer questions about the IRT program and the graduate school admission process.  To sign up for a 30min interview email Marwa Amer at: mamer@sacl.umass.edu

For further information about the IRT please visit the IRT website, http://www.andover.edu/irt

UMASS Medical School Information Session
Wednesday November 28, 2018
2:30pm- 4:00pm
Room 201, Wilder Hall

CMASS and the Pre-Med Advising Office are happy to host the UMASS Medical School Information Session with Dr. Debra Hines. This is a perfect opportunity for students who are interested in learning what it takes to apply and gain admission to Medical School as well as, what it takes to pursue a career in medicine.  Students will get information on ABCs of Medical School Admission   inclusive of the application process, medical school requirements, summer research and internship opportunities and what medical schools look for in potential candidates to help students stand out from the crowd. 

For further information please contact:
Willie Pope- CMASS Assistant Director- Student Development- wjp@umass.edu
Catherine Eden-Pre-Health Professions Advisor- ceden@cns.umass.edu

connectionsConnections in Color
Wednesdays (starts Nov. 14, 2018)
Latinx American Cultural Center

CMASS and  the Center for Counseling & Public Health  are hosting an introductory meeting tomorrow evening,  Wednesday, November 14 in the Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC) to work on collaboratively building a safe space for healing and wellness.

Our goal is to hear student voices and offer opportunities to come together in a group space that supports healing for students who are looking for group engagement. This meeting will be the first in a series of future meetings where students and facilitators co-construct an engaging environment that supports students in finding a space to articulate concerns and navigate their own path towards wellness.  Read more: 



asian am fest

Asian American Film Festival Screenings
Nov. 7,8,9
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Rooms 174-176, Campus Center

This three-night film festival showcases Asian American histories and experiences. Learn how producers use various platforms to spread knowledge and awareness. Additionally, the goal is to choose films/filmakers who hold multiple identities (gender, sex, ability, etc.) outside of being API in order to highlight how their intersectional identities impact the work that they do.

Q&A to follow screening; raffle prizes and giveaways; meet and greet with producers, and refreshments will be provided! Read mor



Déjà Vu’ wins UMass Amazing Race Fall 2018

AMHERST, Mass. – With the beginning of a new semester, comes another Amazing Race. Cross campus and between 12 pit-stops, some 100-plus students competed for first place in the Friday night competition based on the television show.  Promoting a responsible night out and community building, the race was organized by the UMass Amherst Police Department (UMPD) and Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS); it was also sponsored by the Men and Masculinities Center.Kicking off the competition, UMPD Lt. Thomas O’Donnell announced that “the same rules as we’ve always done” will apply. Contestants were not allowed to run or sabotage other teams – rules that came as no surprise to veteran participants.

With the race commencing shortly after 7:30 p.m., cheering erupted as participants filed out of Wilder Hall in anticipation of their first clue. Their first clue sent them to the W.E.B. DuBois Library where they had to identify what floor a photograph of a mural painted in the stairwell corresponded with...Read more



Nadine Strossen speaks at UMass Amherst: 'Counter speech is more effective'

By: Wei Cai '20

AMHERST – Nadine Strossen, former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) president, spoke at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, Sept. 27, touching on free speech and her new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship. Read more


cultural connections

Thank you to all students, faculty and staff who celebrated with us at the Fall 2018 Cultural Connections; it fostered connection making,and community building.  Let's do it again.  Till next year!


cultural connectionsCultural Connections Fall 2018

Cultural Connections is an annual welcome event for students affiliated with CMASS held on Thursday of first week in the Campus Center Auditorium from 6:00-8:00 PM. Cultural Connections is a staple of Welcome week to introduce new students to CMASS and promote connections to programs that support diversity on campus. This event features entertainment, cultural food samples and interaction with campus resources that foster cultural sense of belonging and student success. First-year students will 

Receive the "i am CMASS' t-shirt. 

Mark your calendars on Thursday, September  6, 2018!  This vibrant event is free and open to the campus as a celebration of our campus cultural plurality and our energetic connection to the community.

This program happens in collaboration with Student Activities and Involvement and Dining Service


FAFSA  Help Days @ CMASS
Thursdays, 2:15-4:30
05, Wilder Hall

Come and meet with a Financial Aid Counselor and get answers to questions that you might have about your FAFSA.  The FAFSA personnel is at CMASS every Thursday to assist you.  Don't miss out on this opportunity!  First session is Thursday, September 13.

FAFSA Extra Hours

Every first Thursday of each month from Oct. 10, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 28, and Mar. 7), all students, families and the community members  can come to consult with a Financial Aid Counselor for assistance and FAFSA help.

Beading Project
Every other Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm
Dates:  September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29

December 5

Awaken your inner creativity and learn to create  pieces of jewelry and Native  art using beads.  Materials and tools provided!  All are welcome! Stop by and enjoy!  Stop by and ejnjoy the food!

native voicesNative Voices
This bi-weekly program starts on Monday, September 24
Other succeeding dates:  October 22, November 5 and December 3
Josephine White Eagle Cuiltural Center
Chadbourne Hall B-3

This program validates cultural knowledge and identity by providing a space for faculty and staff to share their stories with undergraduate students of similar backgrounds.  Faculty and staff that identify as Native/Indigenous will be invited to participate in this series to share cultural knowledge, their lived experiences about identity or other themes they deemed appropriate to promote understanding of diverse experiences within the Native and Indigenous community.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and complete a 1 minute essay at the end of the presentation. 

Through this program participants will reflect on how the guest’s presentation promotes their college persistence and sense of belonging on campus evidenced by completing a one minute paper at end of each chat.

Bi-Weekly Trivia at the LACC

This bi-weekly program starts on Tuesday, September 25
Other succeeding dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6; Dec. 4
Latin X American Cultural Center (Hampden DC, 2nd Floor)

Enrich your knowledge of Latin American Countries! Each session, trivia questions will focus on the history, customs and traditions of a specific Latin American country. One group will be crowned Trivia @ LACC Champion on the last day.

Yuri Kochiyama: A Passion for Justice Film Screening

Oct. 2, 16, 30

7-9 pm

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

In an era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offers an oustanding example of humanitarian and compassionate multicultural vision. You are invited to screen this film followed by conversation on leadership values for social change.

Nikkomo Celebration (I Give Away)
Wednesday, Dec. 12
7-9 p.m.
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

Nikkomo is an annual Narragansett celebration started by the Nipmuc that is also celebrated by some Southern New England tribes. The gathering involves gift giving signifying the days when those who had the most gave to those who had the least so that the entire community was cared for equally. 


paint partyExpressions:  Paint and Chips
Friday, September 28, 2018
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Berkshire DC - Lower Level

Celebrate culture through painting.  This program is open to all skill levels.

This event will feature a live artist, great music and refreshments.  The event will focus on inclusion and bringing a sense of community to our campus,

Partisipants, please register at tinyurl.com/CM>ASSPaintParty

scholar thumbnailStudent Scholar Series
Sept. 26, Oct. 29,  Nov. 13, 2018
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Berkshire DC, Lower Level

Student Scholar Series encourages students to share their academic work or talent and engage the audience in dialogue  about the ways in which culture informs learning and interests

Students are invited to present their class research project and/or perform a talent. All students (all majors, individual students, RSOs, member of student clubs) are invited to participate.

To participate, please  MXCC at 413-545-3042, or send an email: deroyg@umass.edu

Let's Talk

Every Thursday, 1-2 p.m.
This event will not meet on Oct. 7, Nov. 12, or Nov. 19-23

Speak to a CCPH counselor who can help provide insight, solutions and resources. No topic is off limits. Common concerns include: stress, sadness, loneliness, etc.

This program meets every Monday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Middlesex House, and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. in Wilder Hall room 102.


Craft Night

Wednesdays, Fall 2018

Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov. 7; Dec. 5

This cultural engagement program seeks to cultivate, sustain and increase knowledge of own/other cultures through arts and crafts. Participants will engage in making arts representative of Asian culture while learning its significance in a nonjudgemental enviornment. 
Culture and Leadership 2018
Oct. 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7
6:30-8 p.m.
MalcolmX Cultural Center

Let's dialogue on intersecting values of culture and leadership across the African Diaspora. You are invited to engage in this seven week series of conversations to build stronger communities of peers and leaders. Refreshments provided. 


UMass Medical School

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
2:30-4:00 p.m., Wilder Hall 201

This information session encourages all pre-med and sciences majors to hear guest speaker, Dr. Deborah Hines of UMass Medical School Admissions, discuss topics like: the summer enrichment program, SEP experiences, the admissions process, MCAT exam preparation, and requirements. 

For more information, please contact: wjp@umass.edu or ceden@cns.umass.edu

Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Wilder Hall 102
Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Off Campus Student Center

As a college student, you may be eligible for SNAP and get assistance with groceries. Come and talk with a SNAP associate to learn if your eligible. You might be eligible if you have a job funded through Work-Study, get MASSGrant with your financial aid, have a child under the age of 12, etc. 

UMass Amherst Student Care Supply Closets

Student Affairs and Campus Life now operates five Student Care Supply Closets across campus to provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency. Our hope is that access to these items will be helpful to students who are forced to make difficult decisions about every day expenses. If you are a current student and need items, visit any of the locations and a staff member will be able to assist you.

  • CMASS, 101 Wilder Hall
  • Dean of Students Office, 227 Whitmore Administration Building
  • Off Campus Student Center, 314 Student Union Building
  • Office of Family Resources, 428 Student Union Building
  • Student Veteran Resource Center, 19 Dickinson Hall