• Standing Together: A Presentation and Open Discussion

    March 6, 12:00pm. Learn about this grassroots movement mobilizing Jews and Palestinians from all over Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, social and climate justice.
  • Black History Month

    The 2024 theme of Black History Month is "African Americans and the Arts" spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more.
  • Advancing Community, Democracy, and Dialogue

    Learn about ACDD Grant opportunities to promote diverse discourse and open dialogue on critical global and domestic social issues.
  • How to Report a Bias/Climate Incident

    Learn about the climate incident report and how to submit a report to OEI.
  • Building Inclusive Classrooms

    We work to enhance students’ learning experiences and academic success across cultural, social, linguistic, and learning differences, with particular attention to the inclusion of historically underrepresented groups.
  • Campus Climate Survey Report

    Our reports and supplementary materials are available from the fall 2022 campus climate survey.
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    UMass ADVANCE

    Through the power of collaboration UMass ADVANCE transforms the campus by cultivating faculty equity, inclusion and success.
  • 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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Campus Climate Improvement Grants

Every spring, the Office of Equity and Inclusion solicits applications for Campus Climate Improvement Grants, to support projects that foster connection, build community, and help to create a more inclusive campus. Current UMass undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty—as individuals or in teams—are encouraged to submit your creative proposals

Ferreira, Dawson Head Receive Chancellor’s Awards at Racial Healing Brunch

Sidonio (Sid) Ferreira, special assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, received the Transformational Leadership Award, while Erika Dawson Head, executive director of diversity and inclusive community development for the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences, was given the Emerging Leadership Award.

Spring Community, Democracy and Dialogue Initiatives Announced

The CDD’s vision, developed in collaboration with students, faculty and staff, is to provide additional ways in which we can respond to pressing geo-political issues — such as the conflicts taking place in Ukraine, Armenia, Sudan, Israel and Gaza. The CDD exists to promote dialogue, academic inquiry and respect for differences in addressing challenging topics, which will be vitally important as we enter a new election cycle this year.

Upcoming Events

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Anti Racist Pedagogy Workshop

Furcolo Hall W201
9:00am to 3:30pm
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Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) provide staff and faculty with resources for professional development, networking, membership, and building community. ERGs also demonstrate our commitment to supporting our Employees in the recruiting process, and they currently serve our disability and illness community, international staff and faculty, LGBTQIA+ community, and our veterans on campus.

The UMass Land Acknowledgement

In a year-long consultative and deeply collaborative process with respected advisors from local Tribal Nations, the UMass Native Advisory Council co-developed this campus Land Acknowledgement.

This Acknowledgement affirms our campus connection and relationship to the land the campus is built upon and our continued connection to the Nations who were the original inhabitants and caretakers of this land. 

The Land Acknowledgement also affirms our connection and responsibility to the 82 Native nations west of the Mississippi whose homelands were sold through the Morrill Act of 1862.

Disability Justice Education Toolkit: Cultural Awareness

The Disability Justice Education Toolkit series was developed by the Office of Equity & Inclusion in collaboration with campus partners to provide the UMass Amherst community with foundational knowledge and language regarding disability as a social identity. It is intended to provide access points for learning, reflection, and engagement for ALL community members, including people with disabilities, and those who seek to be in active allyship.

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