Spring 2024



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage MomthAsian American  Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian AmericansNative Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. 

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Asian American Pacific Islander  Heritage Month is celebrated in April to accommodate the campus's academic calendar.

AAPI Heritage Month was first established in 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta and Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced resolutions asking the President to declare the first ten days of May (the month when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. in 1843) as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In 1978, President Carter made it an annual event, and in 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the entire month of May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.



VSA By Night
Friday, April 12 | 6:00pm
Campus Center Auditorium


VSA By NightWe invite you to join us on April 12th for VSA By Night: Vòng Đạp Vòng Đời as we take you through cycles of life. This year's theme, Vòng Đạp Vòng Đời, highlights how, in the bustling cities of Vietnam, bikes are a central part of everyday life. They serve as the threads weaving communities together, taking those from every walk of life to their destination. With every cycle, bikes stitch together stories of perseverance, solidarity, and the enduring spirit of our people. Allow us to showcase Vietnamese culture through a medley of stellar performances, delicious food, amazing prizes, and a special guest artist. We can't wait to see you there!






Asian Night 2024:  Every Fiber of Our Being
Saturday, April 13 | 6-9:30pm
Fine Arts Center


  Every Fiber of Our BeingAASA's 40th Annual Asian Night: Every Fiber of Our Being celebrates the talent in our community and others. We celebrate student performers, as well as featured guests and guest artists. Our annual event is entirely FREE for all, whether you are a student or not










AAPI Month:  Hues of Heritage
Tuesday, April 16 | 5-9pm
Campus Center 163 C


We will be hosting a paint night in collaboration with a few cultural organizations on campus to celebrate the richness of the art and culture of our Asian American Pacific Islander students. We will also have traditional packaged snacks from the AAPI cultural organizations.

YKCC Fan PaintingYKCC Fan Painting
Tuesday, April 23| 7pm
Bartlett 202


Come and join us in creating art by painting some Asian fans.  No experience required.  Snacks provided!  Everyone's welcome!










February is Black History Month. It was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It is an opportune time to acknowledge, spotlight and celebrate the achievements that African Americans have accomplished in this country. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to Afric

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an Americans living in the United States today.

View the full calendar of Black History Month events at UMass.



People's Supper - Black History Month
February 14, 2024 | 6:30-8:30pm
Augusta Savage Gallery and Theater Room
New Africa House

People's Supper- Black History MonthThe People’s Supper is an opportunity to come together with other students over a family-style dinner as we build community and bridge differences through conversation. All UMass students are welcome.

Join us as explore As We Move Forward, an art exhibition that champions the artistic and social practices of BIPOC women.

Held during Black History Month, this exhibition honors Augusta Savage’s work and influence to construct a space for artists to create, move, and become. Savage was a catalyst in the arts who paved the way for future generations of Black artists. She forged a legacy that serves as a reminder of the importance of perseverance, advocacy, and mentorship in sustaining an equitable and inclusive art world. Her artistic legacy is also testament to the significance of critical arts education and visibility for black artists early in their careers.

Share a meal, share your perspective/stories and build community while discovering the work of these seventeen Black, Latinx, and Afro-Indigenous women artists from Savage’s home state of Florida.

6:30 p.m. viewing of As We Move Forward at Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House
7 p.m. People’s Supper and community conversation Theater Room, lower level, New Africa House

No cost.  Reserve your spot by completing this form.


Poetry Workshop:  Margareth Ngueza Antonio
Monday, February 26, 2024 | 6-8pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center

  Margareth Ngueza AntonioCMASS is hosting a writing poetry workshop with Margareth Ngueza Antonio who wrote poetry to find her sense of belonging at a predominantly white institution. Margareth will lead a workshop for our students helping them to tap into their sense of belonging at UMass.

Margareth Ngueza, commonly known as Marg, is the self-published author of the book Training Arc(hives) who uses poetry to navigate through the sensitive themes in her life.  Her Poetry Workshop serves as an anecdotal guide for using therapy to help better create a sense of belonging during college. 














What is success coaching?

Success coaching is a personalized service to promote progression towards your desired outcomes.

CMASS Coaches use a holistic, intersectional and strength based approach in supporting undergraduate Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), first-generation, low- income students, foster youth, and any student seeking to thrive in their college experience (i.e. personal, social, co-curricular and academic interests). 

What are the benefits of partnering with a coach?

  • Advocacy
  • Develop goal setting techniques
  • Develop organizational and time management skills
  • Promote success in college
  • Learn about cultural programs
  • Connection to campus resources
  • Motivational support
  • Identify your strengths
  • Support during transition to/from the university

What do students say about success coaching?

“A success coach is there to aid you and check in with your regular about goal and help prioritize so you can manage your goals (homework, projects, overall grade, on campus engagement).

Success coaches help students find the resources that they need, they are also someone who can hold a student accountable for the goals that they set.”

[Coaches] have the role to ask questions that make the student assess themselves …”

How can I partner with a success coach?

Your success coach is a member of your Success Team on NAVIGATE. Follow this link for step by step scheduling instructions. If you don’t have a success coach and would like to work with one, ask your academic advisor for a referral or make the request yourself by emailing cmass@umass.edu.