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.


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


Digital and Social Media Toolkit

Get involved with the campaign by downloading profile photos, cover photos, and more

Interested in getting your own campaign materials, such as buttons, stickers, or posters? Contact us.

Join a Learning Community

Read the book, What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Vernā Myers. Watch her speech to learn, How to Build Authentic Relationships Across DifferenceReceive a free copy of the book when you join the conversation.

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 resources available externally through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, of which UMass Amherst is an institutional member. 

Take Action, Engage Others

Think about becoming a Climate Ambassador, which is open to students, staff, and faculty. Applications will open October 1. Help move the campus toward our aspirational climate where everyone feels respected and valued. Join to engage your peers in meaningful conversation about where we are and how to get where we want to be.

Watch. Learn. Grow. Documentary Series

Come for the movie, stay for the interactive panel conversation featuring your peers. Movies being screened this fall include A Dream in Doubt (Sikhism, American Identity, hate crime); Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower (racism); Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (gender fluidity); and Deej (on autism, inclusion & neurodiversity). See the full schedule for fall 2018.

Our Values and Progress

UMass Amherst has a long-standing commitment to social progress and social justice, and our community members seek to uphold our values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We've put actions behind our words and we’re working to follow through on the findings of our campus climate survey.

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 photos from the April showcase and opening reception. Attend the Fall Building Bridges Opening Reception and come see the creativity of worker/artists.

Get Involved, Build Community

Actively participate in creating an inclusive campus climate.