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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. 

Join Our Newsletter

Starting in August 2020, our biweekly newsletter will deliver information to help community members better stay connected with OEI and keep readers informed of opportunities to thoughtfully and effectively engage in the work we are doing collectively to make UMass a more inclusive and equitable place

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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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Learn About our Upcoming Offerings

The Office of Equity Inclusion would like to provide you with an update of our current offerings, as well as a tentative schedule for our fall initiatives and events. Throughout this document, there are opportunities for you to become involved. So, please do use this moment to peruse our plans for Fall 2020 and become more engaged with diversity, equity, and inclusion at UMass. Here, you will find opportunities to sign up for our upcoming initiatives.

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Watch. Learn. Grow. (Documentary Series)

Watch. Learn. Grow. is an OEI sponsored documentary series geared towards learning about differences, seeing the humanity in everyone, understanding issues in diversity and inclusion, and fostering opportunities for respectful dialogue. Each film will be followed by an opportunity to learn and engage together in discussion. We welcome opportunities to collaborate and co-sponsor WLG events with groups across campus. 

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