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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.

Perspectives on COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Bias and Xenophobia

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in harassment, bullying, verbal assaults, and violence directed at Asian Americans and those within the Asian diaspora. This panel discussion presents perspectives from a diverse groups of UMass Amherst faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members. 

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 such as the campus climate survey, climate improvement grants, learning communities, community conversations, resources to forward the success of our underrepresented communities, enhancing diversity education in the classroom, and more.

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.

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. Co-sponsored by the Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Office of the Provost; organized in collaboration with Critical Political Studies, UMass.

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UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has announced that worsening national conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the university to make a major reduction in the size of the campus population for the fall semester. 

CEE Launches Case Study Series Examining Diversity and Inclusion Policies

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity (CEE) has launched a new series of case studies designed to explore the business rationale and goals of companies when adopting inclusive policies and practices.

Amilcar Shabazz Leads Push to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday

Juneteenth is a significant part of American history, but many people are only now becoming aware of the importance of the day.  In Massachusetts, the day has been recognized with an annual proclamation, but it was not a legal holiday. 

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A Message from the Office of Equity and Inclusion: We are Here to Support You

Offering words of support to the campus community in Amherst and beyond, the Office of Equity and Inclusion sends the following message, with information on resources for those experiencing bias or discrimination in matters related to the coronavirus.

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