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.
Coming this September, OEI will be hosting the first "Belonging Week" with speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, music, food, and other opportunities for the campus community to affirm our values as an inclusive university that stands against hate and upholds our ideals of building a community of dignity and respect. To keep up to date on this event, please click the "sign up to get involved" link below.
Black Advisory Council
The BAC will be composed of administrators, faculty, staff and students, who have been asked to meet monthly to discuss issues related to the education, opportunity, access, well-being and success of Black people, and particularly African Americans at UMass Amherst. They will represent a broad network of more than 21 different programs, departments and resources.
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. Note: this program is on haitus
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.
Dignity and Respect in Action Podcast
The Office of Equity and Inclusion launched a podcast focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, both as they pertain to the campus community and as society as a whole, in August of 2020. With 1-2 episodes per week during fall and spring semesters, topics have included the Black experience at UMass and beyond, LGTBQ+ allyship and pronoun usage, student success initiatives for diverse populations, the work of the Racial Justice Coalition, and more. You can listen and subscribe to our podcast here.
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.
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 OEI Newsletter, launched in fall 2020, is released every other Tuesday during the fall and spring semester. It includes information and news from the Office of Equity and Inclusion, DEI events and news across campus, opportunities to engage in initiatives, and promotion of the latest podcast episode. You can subscribe to the newsletter online.
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