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An Update into the Investigation of Racist Emails

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in a message to the campus community reported that the investigation by a leading cyber security firm into the source of racist emails is under way and in its initial stages. Any evidence gathered through the investigation leading to the person or group responsible for the hateful, racist emails will be shared with law enforcement officials for potential criminal prosecution. 

The UMass Land Acknowledgement

In a year-long consultative and deeply collaborative process with respected advisors from local Tribal Nations, the UMass Native Advisory Council co-developed this campus Land Acknowledgement.

This Acknowledgement affirms our campus connection and relationship to the land the campus is built upon and our continued connection to the Nations who were the original inhabitants and caretakers of this land. 

The Land Acknowledgement also affirms our connection and responsibility to the 82 Native nations west of the Mississippi whose homelands were sold through the Morrill Act of 1862.

Podcast Highlight: UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access

Dr. Nefertiti Walker interviews Melinda LeLacheur, Michele Cooke, and Samm Delorey from the UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access (UMAIDA) Network. In addition to discussing the work of UMAIDA, they discuss the living/learning/working challenges on-campus, the effects of returning to in-person work after a period of remote work, and their personal stories and experiences. 

Upcoming Events

October
15

Superfest Disability Film Festival

Online - Get a free ticket from OEI by Oct 13
October
20

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts Presents the Fall 2021 Dean's Distinguished Lecture

The UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts welcomes acclaimed architect, designer and scholar Mabel O. Wilson as the second speaker in the 2021 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. Wilson will give her talk “Studio&: A Black Study” on Friday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Olver Design Building atrium.

Mellon Foundation Awards UMass Amherst $500,000 for Graduate Certificate Program in Decolonial Global Studies

Drawing on recent historical research about diverse world regions, the program will unpack the assumptions that impede global studies and still pervade both university curricula and public narratives, especially those that implicitly equate white European identities and cultures and heteronormative practices with modernity, originality and progress.

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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.

UMass Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing Receives $2 Million Gift to Create Program to Boost Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

This $2 million gift will create a new comprehensive mentoring and scholarship program to enhance diversity and inclusion within the college. The gift will create a new program called the Seedworks Equity in Nursing Fund, which will provide scholarships, mentoring and peer-to-peer support for aspiring nursing students from diverse backgrounds.

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