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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

Our biweekly newsletter delivers 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. 

Dignity and Respect in Action Podcast

The Dignity and Respect in Action (DARIA) podcast is hosted by Vice Chancellor Walker and features diverse members of the University community and experts in the field of equity, and inclusion.Guests have included faculty and staff from the Stonewall Center, the International Programs Office, the Alliance Against Ableism, and more.

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Learning Community Book Groups

Learning Communities are based on carefully chosen books to foster constructive conversations around the topics of inclusion, bias, race, empathy, understanding, and respect. Groups are launched near the beginning of each semester, and participants meet regularly to discuss the issues and themes covered by the authors. You may also start a reading group of your own at any time with the books we provide.