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    Planning for Fall

    Updates of our current offerings, as well as a tentative schedule for our fall initiatives and events, plus opportunities for you to engage in the work towards building an inclusive campus.

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    Taking Action at UMass Amherst to Combat Racism

    A Message from Nefertiti Walker, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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    Antiracism Learning Resources

    A curated and growing list of antiracism resources for reading, listening, and watching.

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    Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

    We reaffirm UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning-working environment for every member of our community.

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    Staying Connected with OEI

    We remain hard at work to serve our campus and hope to connect with our community safely and responsibly. See our office hours, events, and more.

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    Faculty of Color Community Events & Resources

    Join us for our virtual faculty of color community events to stay connected while practicing social distancing. Virtual Brown Bag Lunches: Wednesdays 12pm-1pm. Virtual "Write-on-Site" writing collaboratives: Fridays 9am-12pm.

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A Message to the UMass International Community

An important message from Director of International Student & Scholar Services Kenneth J. Reade to the UMass International Community regarding SEVP guidance: "UMass will do absolutely everything in its power to continue to make our Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses a safe place for you to continue your education, and our support of your well-being is resolute."

Our Progress

We have continued our forward momentum and consistent investment in efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across the campus community. Our institutional goal is to establish UMass Amherst as a community of choice for students, staff, and faculty that exemplifies the power of diverse perspectives and mutual respect.

Since OEI's inception in 2017, we have launched a number of major initiatives such as the campus climate survey, climate improvement grants, learning communities, community conversations, resources to forward the success of our underrepresented communities, enhancing diversity education in the classroom, and more.

Guidance on Preventing "Zoombombings"

The transition to online teaching and learning, and remote work in general, has highlighted new cybersecurity challenges and concerns. UMass IT recommends that students, faculty and staff secure their online meetings, class sessions, recordings or webinars to prevent potential disruptions using the following guidance.

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UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Safer-at-Home advisory is currently in effect in Massachusetts. Residence halls remain closed to all but a small group of students. The university’s previously announced policy that “only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor” will remain in effect until the university examines the Governor’s latest guidance and determines the campus’ approach to next steps.

CEE Launches Case Study Series Examining Diversity and Inclusion Policies

Yhe University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity (CEE) has launched a new series of case studies designed to explore the business rationale and goals of companies when adopting inclusive policies and practices.

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ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grants Announced

Funded seed grant projects will contribute to the mission of the NSF ADVANCE program, which is advancing women faculty, including women faculty of color, in science and engineering. Collaborative teams will receive a one-year grant of up to $15,000 and logistics support from the ADVANCE team.

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A Message from the Office of Equity and Inclusion: We are Here to Support You

Offering words of support to the campus community in Amherst and beyond, the Office of Equity and Inclusion sends the following message, with information on resources for those experiencing bias or discrimination in matters related to the coronavirus.