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    Commemorate Juneteenth

    Learn about Juneteenth and how you can participate in celebratory and commemorative events near you.

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    June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

    June is Pride month, and although we may not be able to march together, we can still honor the LGBTQ+ Community and the History of the Stonewall Uprising.

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    Learning Resources

    A curated and growing list of anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion resources for reading, listening, and watching.

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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.

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Podcast Highlight: Genny Beemyn on Gender Diversity and Allyship

Back in March, we took a take a deep dive into Gender Diversity on campus here at UMass, and in the broader community and academia. In this episode, we welcomed the Director of the Stonewall Center and the Trans Policy Clearinghouse Coordinator for Campus Pride, Dr. Genny Beemyn.

Ocean Vuong on How Queerness Made Him a Better Person

Ocean Vuong from the UMass MFA for poets and writers talks about writing, identity, growth, and his life in this profile from a TODAY series on LGBTQ trailblazers. "On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous" is his semi-autographical novel that touches on themes Vuong wishes he had seen growing up, including queer love in a small town. 

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Living Through the All-Too-Common Assault Against Communities of Color

A statement from Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion, Nefertiti Walker on April 16, 2021. "The accumulation of anti-Asian violence, anti-Black violence, and broader violence against communities of color has proven to be taxing to some and a debilitating weight to carry for others." 

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Clemente Recounts Experience as Associate Producer on ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

“Judas and the Black Messiah,” a historical drama about the betrayal of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party in the late 1960s, has a UMass connection. Doctoral student Rosa Clemente helped produce the film, earning an associate producer credit.

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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.

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NEW! International Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group Website

Please visit the new International Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group website to see upcoming events, learn about their mission and how they can support you, and to sign up to join the mailing list.

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.