Our Events

annual events workshops trainings

We organize, sponsor, and co-sponsor a wide variety of events for the Five-College community, typically during the academic year.   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.

Fall 2018

Central Area Block Party!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:30pm-6pm
Co -sponsors:  CWC, CMASS, IPO, UMPD, CHP, Afro Am Studies Dept, CCPH, Residential Education
Open To: Public
Location: New Africa House
Join us for our annual Central Area Block Party! Free carnival food, DJ, crafts and activities! Free activities include:  temporary tattoos; face painting; pumpkin painting; and a photo booth! Free raffle prizes!
 
 

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018,  5pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: UMass Amherst studentsPROPS Poster
P.R.O.P.S is a program/platform which offers students the opportunity to share inspiring stories & innovative discoveries. Selected students will present a 5-12 minute-talk in a live showcase which will be recorded and made available to larger audiences. Talks can explore a range of topics addressing personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. This can result in shared learning, inspiration, and motivation to make a positive change. Participating students will attend workshops and receive support to prepare them for the showcase. Students can learn more about participating in P.R.O.P.S by attending this info session. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions about the program, please email.   
 

First Generation College Student Drop-In Q&A Session

Friday September 21, 12-1:30pm & Tuesday September 25, 3:30-5pm
Co-sponsors: CCPH
Location: Middlesex House (CCPH new location)
This is an informal drop-in Q & A session about connecting with other first gen students, decreasing stress, learning about when to reach out for help, and exploring campus resources for mental wellness. Students may attend either or both sessions.
 

Spring 2018

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

Wednesday, April 18, 2018,  6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Join us for a workshop designed to introduce principles to giving and receiving feedback, taking into consideration the various cross-cultural communication styles! Featuring: Momina Sims, Doctoral student in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Women and nonbinary people of color are highly encouraged to attend.
Pizza, salad and light refreshments will be served!
Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!
 

Men & #MeToo: Possibilites & Perils in a Time of Change IWD Poster

Tuesday April 17, 2018, 5.00pm-7.00pm 
Location: Campus Center Auditorium
Open To: All
Co-sponsors: SACL: Advocacy, Inclusuion & Support Programs; Men & Masculinity Center; UMass Athletics; WGSS; Center for Women and Community (CWC)
UMASS Alum and internationally renowned scholar activist Jackson Katz will be engaging our UMASS Community in a conversation on Men & #MeToo: Possibilities & Perils in a Time of Change on April 17 from 5-7pm in the Campus Center. Light refreshments will be provided.
 

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Body Politics Storytelling Workshop

Saturday, April 07, 2018 & Sunday, April 08, 2018  9.30am-5.00pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Open To: UMass and Five-College Community
We would like to offer the opportunity to students at UMass and the Five-College community to experience Body Politics and the power of storytelling through a weekend workshop. As a concise and focused format, the workshop is designed for students to draw on their experiences, multiple identities, and cultural backgrounds through their stories. Students may consider taking the workshop for class/homework credit upon approval from their instructors. In that case, students must comply with the minimum requirements (detailed in the application).
For more information on Body Politics workshop and to apply, visit our website at: https://www.umass.edu/cwc/wocln-body-politics
 
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Information on International Scholarships

Tuesday, April 03, 2018,  12.30pm-2.00pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Join us for an informational session on Fulbright and other nationally competitive scholarships to learn how you can apply for these prestigious scholarships! Featuring: Dr. Madalina Akli,
Director of Office of National Scholarship Advisement and the International Scholars Programs at the UMass Commonwealth Honors College.
Bring a friend and your curiosity, and enjoy some pizza and salad. The presentation will be engaging and informative. Q & A to follow presentation.
 

 

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Conflict Resolution Skills, Concepts, and Challenges

Wednesday, March 28, 2018,  6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Professors Deepika Marya and Leah Wing will provide an introduction to key conflict resolution concepts and skills useful in the face of challenges frequently faced by leaders.  In particular, issues of power imbalances and identity will be explored in relation to the handling of conflict.  The workshop will include interactive activities, skills practice, and brief presentations connecting theory to practice.  Participants will leave with knowledge of a set of concepts, skills and strategies they can employ when faced with conflict. 
 

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Interview Skills: Info Session and Practice

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 & April 03, 2018  6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Open To: All
Are you applying for jobs and internships? Would you like to effectively prepare for your interview and build your confidence? Join us for this two-part, interactive workshop. You will get helpful information on how to conduct a successful interview, as well as helpful tips on answering interview questions at the first session. During the second session, we will provide you with opportunities to practice mock interviews and get feedback on your performance.
*Attendance at both sessions is required. Please register here: http://bit.ly/2pbGF2r We look forward to sharing this information with you and helping you prepare for a successful interview!
Women and non-binary people of color are highly encouraged to attend.
 

International Women's Day Event: Press for ProgressIWD Poster

Thursday March 8, 2018, 4.00pm-7.00pm 
Location: Student Union
Open To: All
Co-sponsors: Women Gender Sexuality Studies; Afro-American Studies Departments; International Programs Office; Graduate Student Senate and Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success; Auxiliary Enterprises; UMass Arts Council
CWC will host its annual free celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th from 4-7pm. This year’s theme is “Press For Progress.” Rosa Clemente will speak and kick off the celebration at 4pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Ms Clemente is an internationally recognized community activist addressing issues such as Puerto Rican independence; Hip-Hop activism; media justice; voter engagement among youth of color; third party politics; intercultural relations between Black and Latinx; immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights; and universal healthcare. Following Ms Clemente's speech there will be a reception in the Cape Cod Lounge with international food. From 5:30-7 there will be a Spoken Word Performance in the Cape Cod Lounge featuring members of Voices From Inside. Voices from Inside (VFI) runs writing groups for currently or formerly incarcerated women. To participate in the Spoken Word Performance or for more information contact wocln@umass.edu.
This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.
 

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Tuesday Lunch Conversations: Adulting 101

Tuesday March 06, 2018,  12.30pm-2.00pm
Location: 127 New Africa
This session reviews various conflict styles and what makes them healthy or unhealthy.  Participants will explore their conflict style, learn how to engage in healthy conflict, and recognize early warning signs for relationship violence. 
Bring a friend, your curiosity, and enjoy some pizza and salad. The presentation will be engaging, informative, and a great discussion is sure to follow.
Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!
 

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Call for poets and performers for International Women's Day Spoken Word Event

WOCLN invites you to participate in Spoken Word as part of the International Women's Day Celebrations! Join us as we honor women and non-binary people who have contributed to activism across borders. Perform original spoken word pieces and/or poetry, as  well as those of favorite artists/authors, in relation to power, liberation, oppression, cultural and social identities, resistance, solidarity, and other social justice related topics.  In addition to UMass and Five-College community, Spoken Word will feature members from Voices from Inside who run writing groups for incarcerated women.  All are welcome to be part of this creative, diverse, vibrant, and supportive environment.  If interested, email wocln@umass.edu

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Empowered Voices: Public Speaking for Authenticity

Tuesday February 27, 2018,  6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Open To: All- Women and Non-binary people of color are highly encouraged to attend
Join for us an interactive workshop focused on public speaking and writing for a live audience. We will explore various public speaking opportunities, discuss strategies for engaging audiences effectively, and help you hone an authentic and confident voice. Women and non-binary people of color are highly encouraged to attend. Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!
 

Ragen Chastain presents The Positive Body

Thursday February 22, 2018, 4.00pm-5.00pm
Location: Campus Center, Room 805-809 (8th floor)
Open To: All
Co-sponsors: University Health Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Five College Inc
The Positive Body offers up real strategies for health, happiness and increased self-esteem starting wherever you are right now.  Ragen Chastain is an Ace certified health coach, marathoner, writer, speaker and thought leader in the field of Health at Every Size.
 

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1st Generation Student Gathering

Tuesday February 20, 2018, 6.30pm-8pm
Location: New Africa House 2nd floor library
Open To: All 1st generation students
Co-sponsors: CCPH
1st generation students are invited to come together to meet, eat and share ideas about how we can provide them with additional support.

 

Beyond "Grace" & Aziz Ansari: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Consent, Coercion, Pleasure & SexualityBeyond Grace And Aziz Ansari event poster

Tuesday February 13, 2018,  4.00pm
Location: ILC North N-151
Open To: Public
Co-sponsors: CWC, CBS, Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, English, WGSS
Following the film screening of Flirting with Danger,the film's author and Communications Professor, Lynn Phillips and Jackson Katz, creator of Tough Guise and the Mentors In Violence Prevention program will discuss consent, coercion, pleasure and sexuality. The discussion will be moderated by Sut Jhally, founder of the Media Education Foundation.
 

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Tuesday February 06, 2018,  6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Open To: All
Join us for an interactive workshop facilitated by Courtney Tucker, LCSW. PhD, to develop long and short-term S.M.A.R.T goals that incorporate your top academic/professional accomplishments! Learn to utilize feedback on how your daily activities help you to achieve the goals you create.
Bring a friend! Pizza, salad and light refreshments will be served!
Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!
 

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Tuesday Lunch Conversations: Adulting 101

Tuesday February 06, 2018,  12.30pm-2.00pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: All
Alisha Ross, a Civilian Advocate at the Center for Women & Community, UMass Amherst, will share lessons she has learned as she transitioned from being a student to taking on a professional role on campus. She will speak about managing one's time and money as well as setting career goals and developing essential life skills.
Bring a friend, your curiosity, and enjoy some pizza and salad. The presentation will be engaging, informative and a great discussion is sure to follow.
Free, wheelchair accessible and open to all!
 

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Tuesday December 05, 2017,  6.00pm-8.00pm
Location: 203 New Africa House
Open To: All
Co-Sponsors: Each One Reach One at CMASS
Join us for an interactive workshop on creating a resume or revising an existing one. Whether you are building your first basic resume or tailoring it for a specific job, internship, or a career path, you will learn best practices for content and design principles. Bring a laptop if possible and your existing resume if you have one. Women and non-binary people of color are highly encouraged to attend. Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!

 

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Tuesday December 05, 2017,  12.30pm-2.00pm
Location: 127 New Africa House
Open To: All
We would like to invite you to our themed lunch conversations on the first Tuesday of the month. This workshop will allow participants to explore their personal and collective identities and strengths. We will practice communication skills in the context of enhancing a sense of belonging and deepening cultural understanding within the UMASS community. We will reflect on how identity and language shape community building in multiple contexts. Bring a friend, your curiosity, and enjoy some pizza and salad. The presentation will be engaging, informative, and a great discussion is sure to follow. Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all!