Community Relations at UMass Amherst

The Office of External Relations and University Events is responsible for community relations and serves as the primary liaison between UMass Amherst and the community.

We connect faculty, staff, and students with a wide range of opportunities in our host communities. We work with student organizations on community-service and volunteer opportunities and engage in community-relations initiatives. 

The office builds and maintains relationships with the community by responding to inquiries and connecting university programs, resources, and expertise to meet community needs. We offer to the public and promote such university events as lectures, performances, concerts, and athletic events, and work jointly on economic development and planning projects with the town governments of our host communities in Amherst and Hadley. We are actively engaged with and provide support, guidance, and leadership to a number of local non-profits and organizations. 

We oversee four important initiatives that guide our community relations efforts: the University-Town of Amherst Collaborative (UTAC), the University of Massachusetts Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC), the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking (CCC), and our Neighborhood Liaison program. Our staff ably handles these acronym-heavy projects while seeking to create greater engagement with our local community.