Building Bridges Across Difference: Make a Connection

March 20, 2018

To the campus community,

I’d like to invite you to get involved with Building Bridges, an initiative designed to foster new connections among UMass community members who come from a myriad of backgrounds and hold differing perspectives. Activities will begin this week in locations around campus and will culminate in the Building Bridges Showcase and Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center atrium. At this one-day event, you can connect with others on campus and celebrate creative work done by members of our campus community.

Building Bridges, which supports both the Campus Climate Study and the Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign, includes high-profile art installations, enrichment courses for staff, events and more. Together, these opportunities are intended to invite people to come together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability and nationality to connect and strengthen community.

Here are some of the key ways in which you can get involved.

  • Fill out a Building Bridges card: All are invited to contribute to the Building Bridges Art Exhibit. To get a card, email Building Bridges Project Coordinator Jacob Carter at
  • Visit a Pop-Up Session: The Building Bridges installations will be on view in several locations prior to its opening reception.
  • Attend an event: There will be several engagement opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Please share these events and opportunities with your peers, friends and colleagues. We hope this initiative helps us each to thoughtfully answer the question: What can I do to make a difference on campus?


Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch, Ph.D.
Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer