Spring 2019

Cultural Appreciation Series @ the Cultural Centers

Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC) Cultural Appreciatiion Series:  Black Culture & Musicblack culture

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
MXCC, Lower Level, Berkshire Dining Commons, Southwest Residential Area

From blues and jazz to rock and roll and on to hip hop, when it comes to understanding the power of black artists in the American musical landscape, there is certainly no shortage of icons from which to choose from. In fact, it is impossible to discuss the history of American music without examining the origins and impact of black music. For consumers of music today, the overarching influence of black music is palpable in every chord and lyric. MXCC will be hosting their Cultural Appreciation event  featuring Black Culture and Music and invites you to  come, learn and listen about the true pioneers of today’s music and engage in discussion and  activities.

pupusas thumbLatinx American Cultural Center Cultural Appreciation Series: Handmade Pupusas
April 4, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m. (New Location and Time!)
Hampshire Dining Commons Lobby, Southwest Residential Area 

Come and join us learn how to make handmade pupusas! Pupusas, originally associated with El Salvador, have been adapted by everyone in Central America.  We have invited 1 chef from El Salvador and 1 chef from Honduras (both from the UMass Dining Services) to demonstrate how to prepare this delicious dish. Students will take part in hand forming and cooking pupusas and enjoying them later with some authentic sauces and side dish of pico de gallo and guacamole.

Everyone's welcome! Materials provided!



Significance of the Lei in Hawaiian Culture @ the YKCC
Thursday, April 4, 2019
YKCC, Worcester DC, Lower Level (below Oak Room), Northeast Residential Area

Come and join us in celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage month as we teach the significance of the lein in Hawaiian Culture. We will also be teaching how to make them. All are welcome to come and learn and create your own gorgeous, fragrant and lovely lei.  Materials provbided. Another perk: Refreshments provided!

Cultural Appreciation Series @ the Cultural Centers


Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) Appreciation Series: Moccasin [POSTPONED]
Monday, March 25, 2019
JWECC - Chadbourne Hall, B-3, Central Residential Area

Update: This event has been postponed. A moccasin is a shoe made of deerskin or other soft leather consisting of a sole and sides made with one piece of leather, stitched together at the top and sometimes with an additional panel of leather.  Historically, it is the footwear of many indigenous people of North America.

For their Cultural Appreciation series, JWECC will demonstrate how to create a moccasin.  Come and learn the significance of traditional moccasins and learn how to make your own pair!


Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center  (YKCC) Cultural Appreciaiton Series:  Vietnamese Banh Mi
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (New Date!)
Time: 7-9 p.m.
YKCC - Worcester DC (below Oak Room), Northeast Residential Area


Banh Mi is the term for a Vietnamese baguette made with a combination of wheat and rice flours. A Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich is stuffed with various marinated meats, cucumbers, herbs, and pickled veggies. Most Banh Mi sandwiches are also spread with pate’. The bread and pate’ are no surprise to historians, as Vietnam was a french colony in the 1800s. The marinated meats and the pickled veggies are the standout items on this sandwich. 

As part of YKCC's Cultural Appreciation event, specail guest Chef from UMASS Dining will demonstrate  the proper way to prepare this vibrant cultural street food. 

Come and join us and make your own, first, 'authentic' Banh Mi sandwich complete with all the trimmings!


La Borinqueña
Campus Center Rooms 804-08
March 1, 2019
4:30-8 p.m.
Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC) hosts Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, graphic novelist and creator of La Borinqueña, a new and exciting comic book series featuring the first Afro-Latina superhero, Marisol Rios De La Luz. Miranda-Rodriguez will be discussing diversity in comic books, current socio-political issues related to Puerto Rico, and so much more! Attend the event and get a free copy of Ricanstruction: where La Borinqueña teams up with DC comic book heroes to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Comic books on a first come, first serve basis. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact: LACC at lacc@sacl.umass.edu or Grace Baker at gjbaker@umass.edu

¿Cómo se Dice?
Latinx American Cultural Center
Feb. 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17

5-6 p.m.
¿Cómo se dice? is a student development program that seeks to examine Spanish idioms in relation to cultural of origin and current experiences within the Diaspora. Practice Spanish idioms and cultural expressions while preparing quick snacks. 


Art and Painting
Latinx American Cultural Center
Feb. 20, 21, 27, 28; March 6, 7

7-8:30 p.m.
Win prizes at this exciting activity! Show-off your art and painting skills. Join a team and create a piece of artwork, colalge, quilt, or put together a puzzle (500 pieces or more). Bring your 'A' game and win a prize. Support a team or hang with friends around an exciting game. 

Missing and Murdered Ingienous Women in Canada and the United States Conference

Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor
Feb. 22, 2019

5-10 p.m.

The Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center and UMass Native American Student Association have joined forces to bring Annita Lucchesi who will talk about missing and murdered Indigenous women which is an underreported problem happening in Canada, the U.S. and across the world. Join us in bringing light to this issue, spread awareness about this problem and let the voices of underrepresented women's voices be heard. As part of the conference, organizers and participants will engage in creating little red ress pins to symbolize the missing and murdered Indigenous women. Share to spread this important message and let's create a conversation so that they can become noticed and heard. This conference will feature: Annita Lucchesi, keynote speaker, creator of Missing and Indigenous Women Database and Susan McCarville, Native American artist. She will lead the creation of little red dress pins to symbolize the MMIW movement.


Slavery in the Valley: Presentation by Steve Strimer
Malcolm X Cultural Center
Feb. 20, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join the Malcolm X Cultural Center for "Salvery in the Valley: Impact of Slavery on Western Mass, Florence, Northampton, Mass." A talk and media presentation will be given by Steve Strimer, director of the David Ruggles Center. Learn about: the Underground Railroad, Florence (as a destination for fugitive slaves and the silk industry that employed them), Sojourner Truth (who resided in Florence, Mass.), Florence which during the early 19th century was the center of activity in Florence and area where many Black persons resided and found employment, and Abolitionist David Ruggles.


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Walking Tour of Slavery in Florence
Feb. 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In celebration of Black Heritage Month, the Malcolm X Cultural Center is hosting a guided, walking tour to learn about the history of slavery and its impact locally in Florence (Northampton), Mass.

- 10 a.m.: Pick up students from Haigis Mall to the David Ruggles Center in Florence, MA.
- 11:30 a.m.: The tour will start at the David Ruggles Center and will visit the following: Sojourner Truth Memorial, Old Silk Building, Site David Ruggles' water healing firm, Basil Dorsey's home, Thomas H. Jones' home (Nonotuck Street, Florence was the center of activity in the early 19th century and an area where many blacks resided and found employment), Back to the David Ruggles Center
- 1:00 p.m.: Return to UMass


Cultural Center Undergraduate Fellows

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has four Cultural Centers integral to the sense of belonging of students of color.  Last year fellows engaged in archival research on the origins of each cultural center.  In this second iteration, fellows will continue to expand on that research by identifying a timeline of events and pursue unanswered questions. 

This project seeks to equip interested undergraduate students with the skills to research primary and secondary sources of information and analyze data.  Fellows receive guidance to produce a written report and visual installation for the cultural center object of their research.

One fellow will be selected for each cultural center through application process.  Each fellow will receive $100 at the start of their project and $400 after completion of project in the spring semester.

Interested undergraduate students should forward resume and maximum two page letter addressing the questions below to wcrespo@umass.edu by February 1, 2019.  Read more...


haskellThe Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute’s summer internship application is open for 2019. The HERS program is aimed at preparing American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian undergraduate students for graduate study by assisting them to create a research project related to climate and environmental change in Indigenous communities. Below is a brief summary of the HERS summer internship program, and attached is the HERS 2019 brochure.

Students who  may be interested in graduate school are encouraged  to apply. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the website at http://www.HERSinstitute.org

Summary of the HERS Summer Internship Program

The HERS internship is an eight-week program starting June 3rd and ending on July 26th. Programming occurs at both Haskell Indian Nations University and at the University of Kansas.  Interns receive a $4,000 stipend, paid travel, housing accommodations, and use of a laptop computer.

Interns receive instruction and exposure to the following: GIS training, professional science writing development, air/water quality data collection and analysis, introduction to Indigenous methodologies, professional development, library resources, and preparation for applying to graduate school. In addition, interns spend one week at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, where they receive training in air and water quality field-research techniques. 

Graduate student mentors assist each intern to create a research poster and paper based on their research. Qualifying interns have post-internship opportunities to present at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and/or the Society for Advancing Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conferences. The National Science Foundation has funded this program to provide students with the skills and experience needed to succeed in post-secondary education and graduate school.

For questions, please email Katrina McClure, our Program Coordinator, at hers@ku.edu.