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.
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.