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Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

Through the Building a Community of Dignity and Respect campaign, we set expectations for engagement. Now more than ever, we reaffirm UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning-working environment for every member of our community.

Together, we will actively build a community that honors differences, where interactions are thoughtful, and the humanity of everyone is seen.

Join us in creating an environment that is respectful and inclusive for all.

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Building a Respectful Workplace Climate

UMass Amherst is committed to fostering a respectful workplace climate. Utilize resources from Workplace, Learning, & Development or the Ombuds Office to gain tools to support purposeful interaction. Or explore resources available externally at www.dignityandrespect.org.

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Building a Respectful Classroom Climate

Read the Dignity and Respect in the Classroom resource to better understand the challenges and steps you can take to build a classroom culture that promotes learning. Attend a TEFD Diversity Teaching workshop or Lunch Talk. Explore resourcesavailable externally through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, of which UMass Amherst is an institutional member. 

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Hate Has No Home at UMass

Through the Hate Has No Home at UMass initiative, we stand united in defense of diversity and inclusion. Now more than ever, we must show that we reject all forms of bigotry and hatred.

Together, we reaffirm UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning environment for every member of our community.

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a campus engagement initiative that draws on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together across difference. Watch the video to learn about worker/artists and immigrant members of our community. View photosfrom the April showcase and opening reception. Learn more about the Building Bridges initiatives and sign up for a class. 

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Take Action, Engage Others

Become a Climate Ambassador, which is open to students, staff, and faculty. Help move the campus toward our aspirational climate where everyone feels respected and valued.

Check out the 2018-2019 Campus Climate Improvement Grants, creative initiatives led by your peers.

Volunteer in the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

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Watch. Learn. Grow. (Documentary Series)

Come for the movie, stay for the interactive panel conversation featuring your peers. Movies being screened this fall include 'Abrazos' (immigration), 'Ashes to Ashes' (terror and violence during the Jim Crow era), and 'At the River I Stand' (civil rights movement). Learn more about our documentary screenings.