There are endless opportunities to learn, engage, and grow. Get involved and help build the community of our aspirations that is respectful and inclusive for all.
Building Bridges is a campus initiative that seeks to draw on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, nationality and more.
Campus Climate Ambassadors
Campus Climate Ambassadors are a core group of faculty, staff, and students who engage with others across campus in purposeful conversations about how we can work to create a campus environment that rejects hate and embraces our ideals of respect, dignity, and inclusion as part of the Dignity and Respect in Action: Community Conversations initiative.
Campus Climate Improvement Grants
Campus Climate Improvement Grants encourage faculty, staff, and students to play an active role and bring their creativity to the work of improving our campus climate. We fund projects and activities that promote understanding and learning, as well as invest in relationship-building across difference in the campus community. Learn about Climate Grants.
The DEI Student Council
This will be co-chaired by the Senior Director of DEI and the Assistant Chancellor of Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Programs. This group will meet with student DEI representatives to discuss and advance the most pressing student DEI issues. Use the link above to express interest in participating.
Dignity and Respect in Action: Community Conversations
These conversations explore ideas around dignity and respect, the challenges and fears we face when having difficult or sensitive conversations, what this means for us individually and collectively, and how we can work to create a campus environment that rejects hate and embraces our ideals of respect, dignity, and inclusion. Learn about Community Conversations.
Faculty of Color Programming and Events
Every semester, UMass hosts a variety of dinners, workshops, and retreats for faculty of color. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion. Learn more about Faculty of Color programming.
If you have ever found yourself wondering if you’ve said the wrong thing or been culturally insensitive, or if you want to connect more effectively and be more inclusive to those around you, then join us for our Fall 2020 Learning Communities. We will be reading and discussing “What if I Say the Wrong Thing?” by Vernā Myers, "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X Kendi, and "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene Brown. Learn about Learning Communities.
The Task Force for Anti-racism
In response to the most recent anti-Black violence as well as the increase of other types of racism nationally, this group will be a collection of faculty, staff and students who will work to undo institutional racism in our community. They will be chaired or co-chaired by a combination of faculty, staff and students. Use the link above to express interest in participating.
Watch. Learn. Grow.
This documentary series is geared towards learning about differences, seeing the humanity in everyone, and fostering opportunities for respectful dialogue. This year, we focused on worker rights, showing I AM SOMEBODY in the fall and THE HAND THAT FEEDS in spring, followed by a group discussion on the themes explored in the films. Learn about Watch Learn Grow