Our Events

annual events workshops trainings

We invite you to attend any of the following events offered by the various programs and services of CWC along with our collaborators.  We are happy to tailor a workshop for your group or organization. For information about our events call 413-545-0883Request a training or workshop.


Spring 2020

International Women's Day Annual Celebration

This event has been cancelledInternational Women's Day poster

Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location:  Room 03, New Africa House
Open To: All
In honor of International Women's Day, the Center for Women & Community is celebrating women and nonbinary people from around the world on Wednesday, March 11 from 4 to 6 PM at the New Africa House Theatre, Room 03.
The event includes performances, international hors d'oeuvres, and more. It is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Come join our celebration!
This event is offered in collaboration with the Afro-American Studies Department and the International Programs Office.

Reclaiming Your Creative Self: a three- part series of leadership development workshops WOCLN Reclaiming your creative self poster

Tuesday, February 04, February 11, February 18, 6:30 PM
Location:  203 New Africa House
Open To: Women and non-binary students, faculty, and staff
The series intends to cultivate leadership qualities through identity expression and radical self-care. Through exploration in three artistic disciplines – photography, spoken word, and movement based performance – participants will experiment with new modes of self-expression, identify avenues of self-care, and create a sense of community through dialog and reflection. Sessions are held on the first three Tuesdays in February, 2020. You can attend one or all sessions: February 4th, Reclaiming the Selfie (Photography) with JuPong Lin, Interdisciplinary Artist; February 11th, Spoken Word with Dr. Flávia Santos de Araújo, Scholar and Artist; and February 18th, Evolving Identities (Dance/Theater) with Terre Vandale, Dance Artist & Arts Extension Service. The series is pa  rtially funded by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and a Campus Climate Improvement Grant. Sessions are free and open to women and non-binary students, faculty, and staff.
This event is offered in collaboration with the WOCLN and The Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative.

WOCLN Visions of FreedomWOCLN Visions of Freedom Flyer

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:  127 New Africa House
Open To: All
Join us as we explore together, through creative collage and vision boarding, what freedom means to each of us in the contexts of race, relationships, and more!
Light refreshments will be provided.


WOCLN Friend Speed Dating WOCLN Friend Speed Dating poster

Monday, January 27, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:  Berkshire Room in Berk DC & Malcolm X Cultural Center respectively
Open To: All
Join WOCLN in an evening filled with fun conversations and community building. Share information with peers or learn something new! Come to meet people, make new friends, and enjoy some snacks!

Fall 2019

P.R.O.P.S: Presenting Real, Original, Powerful, Stories  

PROPS Poster

P.R.O.P.S (Presenting Real, Original, Powerful, Stories) offers students the opportunity to share inspiring stories & innovative discoveries. Selected students will present their talks in a showcase used to further educate and inspire UMass and the larger community. Talks can explore a range of topics including personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. Talks aim to motivate, inspire, and promote shared learning. Participating students will attend workshops and receive support to prepare them for the showcase. For more information and to apply or nominate a student for P.R.O.P.S


WOCLN Dip and PaintWOCLN Dip and Paint Event

Thursday, December 12, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:  New Africa House, Room 127
Open To: All
Take a study break with us while we wrap up this semester with painting and snacks! There will be a facilitated painting activity from 12 - 2 PM, but all are welcome from 12-5 PM.




WOCLN Open Mic NightWOCLN Open Mic Night poster

Friday, December 6, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 203 New Africa House, UMass
Open To: All
Showcasing original works of poetry, music, and spoken word by women/nobinary students of color!




WOCLN Artists' WorkshopWOCLN Artist's workshop poster

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: 203 New Africa House, UMass
Open To: Women and nonbinary artists of color
The Women of Color Leadership Network is hosting a workshop for talented musicians, poets, and spoken word artists of color to develop their original pieces and crafts. These pieces could be performed at the Open Mic Night on December 6! Performing is not required by attendance; however, workshop participants will be given priority at Open Mic Night.


Film Screening: “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” 

Friday, November 8, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: W.E.B. DuBois Library Lower Level
Open To: All
WOCLN is co-sponsoring a double film screening honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, introduced and followed by a discussion led by Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History at Amherst College.
This event is offered in collaboration with WOCLN, Stonewall Center and W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

The YKCC Annual Asian American Film Fest

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Amherst Room, 10th Floor, Campus Center, UMass
Open To: All
Katytarika Bartel is the filmmaker and co-founder of the ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS. Katytarika Bartel (they/she) is an artist, educator, and organizer based in Boston, MA. Katytarika is a queer, mixed race Thai-American photographer and award-winning filmmaker interested in shining light on spaces of in-between.
This event is offered in collaboration with the WOCLN and YKCC.

WOCLN Trivia Night WOCLN Trivia Night

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: All
Join us at our monthly Themed Discussion for a Trivia Night! Test your knowledge and learn about the achievements of outstanding People of Color! Gain some helpful campus resources while meeting new people and connecting with others. Invite your friends and others to attend this fun-filled, informative event!
Light refreshments will be served


WOCLN Pizza and Conversation: There is No One Way to be Your Race, Gender, Spirituality!

WOCLN Pizza and Conversation

Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Old Chapel, UMass
Open To: Women and Non-Binary students of color
Please join us for pizza and small-group conversations about the intersections and complexities of these identities, centering the stories and experiences of women and non-binary students of color. This event is sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and the Women of Color Leadership Network at UMass Amherst.
Please note that space is limited and preregistration is required by October 25, 2019 (Registration Link). To ensure a sincere interfaith dialogue, we are requesting some information about your religious/spiritual/worldview background. This will help us design a meaningful interfaith experience for the group.
This event is offered in collaboration with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.


WOCLN Leadership Retreat!WOCLN Leadership Retreat

Saturday, October 19, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location: Shutesbury, MA
Open To: Women and nonbinary students of color
The Women of Color Leadership Network will be taking a group of emerging and dynamic women and nonbinary student of color leaders from our undergraduate UMass Community to share in personal development and community building at our first annual Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) Retreat!
Participants will engage in workshops and team building activities that will foster leadership skills and help build a supportive and engaging community as you pursue your goals and strive for success- whatever that means to you!
This year's retreat will be all day on Saturday October 19, 2019 held at Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA. Transportation will be provided.
To join us, please fill out the application at this link for review: http://bit.ly/2OyIVQoLeadershipRetreat
Space is limited and we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
This application is open to all self-identified women and nonbinary undergraduate students of color. Preference will be given to first and second year students.
If selected to attend you will be notified via email and/or phone and asked to provide more information to confirm your spot.


WOCLN Trick or Treat YourselfWOCLN Trick or Treat yourself poster

Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: New Africa House, Room 127
Open To: All

Join us for a conversation on Time Management and Study Tips in a relaxing atmosphere as we share snacks and paint mini pumpkins.



Central Area Block Party!Central Area Block Party

Thursday, September 26, 3:30-6:00 PM
Location: New Africa House
Open To: Public
Join us for our annual Central Area Block Party! Free carnival food, DJ, crafts and activities! Free activities include: tie-dye; painting your laundry bag; making slime; and more!
Free raffle prizes!
This event is offered in collaboration with CMASS, IPO, UMPD, CHP, Afro Am Studies Dept, CCPH and Residential Education

WOCLN Welcome Social

WOCLN Fall 2019 Welcome Social

Wednesday September 18, 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: New Africa House, Room 127

Come meet other women and nonbinary students of color and make new connections over some snacks and conversation. Meet our staff and volunteers and learn more about our upcoming programs.