Spring 2019

Photo Story: Significance of the Lei in Hawaiian Culture (APIA Heritage Month) By: Wei Cai

Significance of the Lei in Hawaiian Culture
 

History of the Cultural Centers
April 25, 2019
4-5:30pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center

Have you ever wondered how your favorite Cultural Center came to be? Join CMASS and our Cultural Center Fellows as they present their findings to the community on the history of UMass' Cultural Centers. Cultural Center fellows are undergraduate students researching the inception and history of the cultural centers on campus. This program was launched last year with a cohort of four students. They receive a stipend and guidance from several campus resources. Join us to learn about the timeline of events and individuals involved in the establishment of the Cultural Centers and interact with rich history.

#RaceAnd... @UMass Video Showcase
April 22, 2019
5-8:30pm
Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

We invite the campus community to join the conversation and support your peers through listening to their stories about race and other intersecting identities.

This video showcase seeks to identify ways to promote intentional conversations about race to improve our campus climate. The keynote speaker is Rinku Sen who was the former President and Executive Director of Race Forward, which oversees The Center for Rcial Justice Innovation and publishes the award-winning news site, Colorlines. A visionary and pragmatist, Sen is one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement -- building upon the legacy of civil rights by transforming the way we talk about race, from something that is individual, intentional, and overt to something that is systemic, unconscious, and hidden. 

 

Week of Action:  Battling Southeast Asian Deportations
April 22, 23, 24
6-7pm
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

The YKCC is hosting a week of action to address and discuss the deportation of Southeast Asians in the United States. This 3-day event will allow participants and community members to learn about the forces that target Southeast Asian communities to unjust deportations. This week starts off on Monday, April 22 with a teach in, followied by a story sharing on April 23, and concluding with a day of solidarity on April 24. By learning about the issue through historical resources, individual narratives and national campaigns, we will work to bridge the divide that is terrorizing communities of Southeast Asian descent.

https://www.umass.edu/cmass/cultural-centers/yuri-kochiyama-cultural-cen...

 

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
April 25, 2019, Amherst Room (Campus Center, 10th Floor)
6:30-9 p.m.

Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month takes place in May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. At UMass Amherst, the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center will be celebrating this momentous occasion with a semi-formal dinner! 

This year, they have invited Prof. Caroline Yang, an assistant professor of English at UMass, to speak about the history of Asian American activism and advocacy.  The event will also feature the ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, who will be hosting a workshop about the importance of community building and organizing. The AAG is a group of activists and artists, poets and politicians, community builders and change makers whose fervent desire is to change the way Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) perceive and understand the world through representation. 
Added perks of the occasion: raffling off of giveaways, other prizes, and an Amazon Echo Dot; plus, an authentic Asian dinner!
 

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Latinx 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!

 

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Significance of the Lei in Hawaiian Culture @ the YKCC
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6-8pm
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 provided. Another perk: Refreshments provided!

arAnnouncement: The Amazing Race for this spring has been postponed for Fall 2019 due to unforeseen circumstances. To Teams who have registered for the competition, please keep your teams and be on the lookout for return of The Amnazing Race next fall.

Program Coordinator, Cultural Centers, CMASS (2 positions)
Job no: 498270
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: AISP Administration
Union: PSU
Categories: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Theater/Performing ArtsAbout UMass Amherst:

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary:
Under direction of the Director of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), the Program Coordinator for Cultural Centers will provide direction and leadership for campus-based cultural centers. For more information, read more..

Summer 2019 Upward Bound Positions Now Live!

Upward Bound is now fielding applications for their Summer 2019 positions. Click here to view the positions and for more information.

Cultural Appreciation Series @ the Cultural Centers

Moccasins

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) Appreciation Series: Moccasin [POSTPONED]
Monday, March 25, 2019
6-9pm
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!

 

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7-8:30pm
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.

 

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 Indigenous 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.

 

Walking Tour of Slavery Flyer

Walking Tour of Slavery in Florence
Haigis Mall - Florence, Mass.
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. Read more and view itinerary

 

Walking Tour of Slavery Flyer

Beading Workshop 2019
Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center
Dates: Feb. 12, 19, 26; March 5, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6-8 p.m.

Awaken your innter creativity and learn to create Native art using beads. Materials and tools will be supplied! Stop by and enjoy the fun.

 

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Superbowl Watch Party at MXCC
Sunday, February 3
6-10pm
Malcolm X Cultural Center

 

Patriots VS. RAMS!
The Malcolm X Cultural Center will be hosting the 9th Superbowl Watch Party on  Sunday, February 3, 6-10pm in the MXCC!\
Bring good energy for the most exciting and best game of the season!

Refreshments provided!  Capacity only, please!    Doors will open at 6pm.  See you at the MXCC this Sunday!

 

lunar new yearLunar New Year @ the YKCC
Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:30-9:00pm
Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center
Worcester DC (below Oak Room)

Northeast Residential Area

The Lunar New Year is celebrated in various Asian countries such as China (Chunjie) , Vietnam (Tet), Korea  (Solnal) and Tibet (Losar)  It is  also called Spring Festivall typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries, that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar,

At UMass, YKCC will host  the  Year of the Pig Lunar New Year celebration  and  will kick off the New Year with games and fun activities.Refreshments provided.     

fellowsCall for Applications - Cultural Center Undergraduate Fellows
Deadline has been extended to   Friday, February 8th, 2019

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.  Read more...

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Black Heritage Month Community-Building Dinner
Thursday, February 21,2019
5:30-8:00pm
Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center

In celebration of Black History Month, students, faculty and staff are invited to dine together and participate in round table facilitated conversations with the purpose of identifying values that strengthen community.  Values identified will assist staff in guiding future programming.

Please RSVP to Trinity Monteiro at tlmonteiro@umass.edu before February 15, 2019

Haskell

The 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
Read more...

 

supply closet 2UMass 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. Read more

 

 

Cultural Appreciation Series @ the Cultural Centers

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7-8:30pm
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!

 

lei

Significance of the Lei in Hawaiian Culture @ the YKCC
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6-8pm
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

Moccasins

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) Appreciation Series: Moccasin [POSTPONED]
Monday, March 25, 2019
6-9pm
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.

 

Walking Tour of Slavery Flyer

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.

Itinerary
- 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.