Our Work

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Led by Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Anna Branch, the Office of Inclusion and Equity was launched in fall 2017 as a way to guide the institution's efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about our ongoing work below.

ADVANCE Program

UMass Amherst was just awarded a 5-year $3 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant to support our efforts at advancing gender equity. Learn More.

Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

The Building a Community of Dignity and Respect campaign promotes a community that honors differences, where interactions are thoughtful, and the humanity of everyone is seen.

Campus Climate

The Campus Climate Survey reflects perceptions about inclusiveness of the campus community. Read the overview, explore unit reports, or dive into our Frequently Asked Questions.

Hate Has No Home at UMass

The Hate Has No Home at UMass initiative seeks to unite the campus in defense of diversity and inclusion.

International Education Week

In partnership with the International Programs Office and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, UMass observes International Education Week to celebrate international exchange, the richness of cultures from around the world, education and community. Learn more or watch the video.

University Tribal Liaison and Fostering Native American Community

Through the position of University Tribal Liaison created in 2017, UMass Amherst is expanding its commitment to developing stronger relationships with tribes throughout Massachusetts and the region. The Tribal Liaison leads the University Native American Advisory Council (comprised of Massachusetts tribal representatives), which provides guidance on undertakings, collaborations and partnerships between tribes and UMass Amherst. The Liaison also oversees compliance with and University policies regarding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA. An internal Working Group has also been created, focused on the intersections of campus life related to Native American students and studies, including student life (such as recruitment, retention and success), resources for Native undergraduate and graduate students, and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Diversity Mission Statement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a public land-grant institution, has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, while demonstrating our commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence and that our students, faculty, and staff should reflect the diverse world in which we live.

The university recognizes and values the wide range of voices and perspectives in all spheres of the academic enterprise. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to policies that promote inclusiveness, social justice, and respect for all, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, political belief or affiliation, marital status, veteran status, immigration status, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by state or federal laws.