WOCLN

WOCLN remains your supportive community despite our physical distance.

We are here for you. If you need assistance, please contact us: 

wocln@umass.edu

Check CWC's Virtual Events Page for Upcoming Events

Follow @UMASSWOCLN on Twitter & Instagram for updated info and programs


Join Us for a Thursday Check In

Every Thursday, 12 - 1 P.M
Drop in at our weekly check ins. Let us know how you are doing.
Connect with others and get connected to resources!
Zoom Meeting ID: 923 23787329

Contact WOCLNWOCLN Programming

Established in 1993, the Women of the Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) at Center for Women & Community provides advocacy, mentoring, programming, training and a home for women and non-binary people of color as well as workshops and events for the general public. WOCLN connects students at UMass and the Five Colleges to one another and to the larger community. WOCLN works independently and in collaboration with many campus and community groups and organizations.

As a program of the Center for Women & Community at UMass Amherst, WOCLN celebrates and supports the accomplishments and endeavors of all self-identified women and nonbinary people of color in the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts.  Conceptually, the term “person of color” refers to underrepresented identities, such as Black/African American, African, Latina, Caribbean, Latin-American, Chicana, Asian-Pacific Islander, South Asian, Native American/Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Arab/Arab American, Biracial and Multiracial.

Our Mission

The mission of the WOCLN is to promote the success and wellbeing of women and non-binary people of color in our community. 

Our Goals

  • Enhance individuals’ sense of belonging through connections to each other and to the larger community. 
  • Increase leadership capabilities to make a difference in the communities of which students are a part.
  • Provide a comfortable and supportive space to foster self-awareness and authentic expression.
  • Raise public consciousness around issues of social identities, self-care, and self-expression. 

WOCLN Origins

The WOCLN was created through activist efforts of international women to reinstate funds and resources dedicated to supporting and retaining women of color. Originally, the program was named the Women of Color Program (1993-1997).


Justice Series

Here you will find information about some of our upcoming virtual events and programming. All of our events are free and open to the public. Click here for specific information and to see our events calendar and follow us on social media @umasswocln to find out about our updated programming.

 “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” With Robin Wall Kimmerer (co-sponsored)   October Oct 1 - P.R.O.P.S Info Session Oct. 6 - Sexual Health/Reproductive Choice Workshop Oct. 15 - Climate Change and Communities of Color: How Artists are Responding - CWLCA Panel Discussion Oct 19 - P.R.O.P.S Info Session Oct. 21 - Economic Blackout Panel: The Impacts of Race on the Economy  November Nov. 5 - D.I.Y. Personal Care Products Tutorial Nov. 10 - Racism and Black Women's Health (Documentary Screening & Discussion)  February Feb. 10 - Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women Feb. 16 - Imposter Syndrome Forum Spring Leadership Workshop Series  March  Mar. 4 - How Immigrants Keep the Economy Going   April  Apr. 7 - Nuts & Bolts of Starting Your Own Business as a WOC Apr. 13 - Investing in Your Values Apr. - P.R.O.P.S. Showcase

 

2020-2021 Justice Series Events

September

Sept. 22 - P.R.O.P.S Info Session
Sept. 24 - Ditch Fast Fashion & Upcycle Your Look
Sept. 30 - Creative Women Leading Climate Action (CWLCA) Keynote Lecture: “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” With Robin Wall Kimmerer (co-sponsored)
 

October

Oct 1 - P.R.O.P.S Info Session
Oct. 6 - Sexual Health/Reproductive Choice Workshop
Oct. 15 - Climate Change and Communities of Color: How Artists are Responding - CWLCA Panel Discussion
Oct 19 - P.R.O.P.S Info Session

Oct. 21 - Economic Blackout Panel: The Impacts of Race on the Economy

November

Nov. 5 - D.I.Y. Personal Care Products Tutorial

Nov. 10 - Racism and Black Women's Health (Documentary Screening & Discussion)

February

Feb. 10 - Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women

Feb. 16 - Imposter Syndrome Forum Spring Leadership Workshop Series

March 

Mar. 4 - How Immigrants Keep the Economy Going
 

April 

Apr. 7 - Nuts & Bolts of Starting Your Own Business as a WOC
Apr. 13 - Investing in Your Values
Apr. - P.R.O.P.S. Showcase