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    Apply for a Climate Improvement Grant

    These grants, ranging from $250 to $2,500, are intended to support projects that help build community and create a more inclusive campus.

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    Antiracism Learning Resources

    A curated and growing list of antiracism resources for reading, listening, and watching.

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    Taking Action at UMass Amherst to Combat Racism

    A Message from Nefertiti Walker, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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    Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

    We reaffirm UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning-working environment for every member of our community.

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    Staying Connected with OEI

    We remain hard at work to serve our campus and hope to connect with our community safely and responsibly. See our office hours, events, and more.

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    Faculty of Color Community Events & Resources

    Join us for our virtual faculty of color community events to stay connected while practicing social distancing. Virtual Brown Bag Lunches: Wednesdays 12pm-1pm. Virtual "Write-on-Site" writing collaboratives: Fridays 9am-12pm.

Shirley Malcom

Science in the Time of COVID and America’s Reckoning with Race

Please join UMass ADVANCE and Dr. Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a talk on re-imagining higher education to lead to greater diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Our Progress

We have continued our forward momentum and consistent investment in efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across the campus community. Our institutional goal is to establish UMass Amherst as a community of choice for students, staff, and faculty that exemplifies the power of diverse perspectives and mutual respect.

Since OEI's inception in 2017, we have launched a number of major initiatives, and we welcome you to join us in our mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Guidance on Preventing "Zoombombings"

The transition to online teaching and learning, and remote work in general, has highlighted new cybersecurity challenges and concerns. UMass IT recommends that students, faculty and staff secure their online meetings, class sessions, recordings or webinars to prevent potential disruptions using the following guidance.

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Living the Truth

Meredith Aleigha Wells ’17, has discovered that limitation breeds creativity. Since graduating from UMass Amherst with a BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration) in musical theater, Wells has found many ways to work in the field, despite a scarcity of roles for performers with disabilities and the constraints of COVID-19.

Upcoming Events


Being Trans and a Person of Faith

6:00pm to 7:00pm
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UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update on the preparations for the start of Spring semester to ensure the health and wellbeing of every member of our campus community, information on testing, guidance on events, our COVID incident dashboard, and more

A Message from Chancellor Subbaswamy about Developments in Washington, D.C.

"Let us not lose our optimism and our faith that together we can make the world a better place. Despite the efforts of those who tried and failed to overrun our democracy yesterday, there is ample reason for hope..."

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VIDEO: UMass Amherst Joins Think Tank Dedicated to Advancing Women In Sports

First-of-its-kind initiative partners academic institutions, brands, properties and media companies to share data, insights and information, driving real action toward a world of parity.

Race, Gender, Class, and COVID-19

COVID-19 has exposed deep inequities in our society. This faculty panel discussed the structural inequalities laid bare by a pandemic that disproportionately affects so many along divisions of race, gender, and class.