An Update into the Investigation of Racist Emails
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in a message to the campus community reported that the investigation by a leading cyber security firm into the source of racist emails is under way and in its initial stages. Any evidence gathered through the investigation leading to the person or group responsible for the hateful, racist emails will be shared with law enforcement officials for potential criminal prosecution.
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.
Podcast Highlight: Stepping Outside the Diversity Box with Dr. Micere Keels
Dr. Micere Keels, Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, and Nef discuss the power students can have in creating "counterspaces", shifting culture and creating change on a college campus, the struggles some have faced in grappling with their multifaceted identities, and how we can create support systems for students grappling with racial trauma.
UMass Black Presence Project
The UMass Black Presence website serves as a living history of the experiences, contributions, and stories of Black students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Through oral history interviews and research on historical figures, we've captured these stories to provide an authentic and in-depth understanding of these lived experiences.
Black Advisory Council Launched November 2021
The BAC is being launched in close coordination with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Serving as co-chairs are Whitney Battle-Baptiste, professor and director for the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, and Wilmore Webley, associate professor and associate dean of the Graduate School’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement.
NEW! International Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group Website
Please visit the new International Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group website to see upcoming events, learn about their mission and how they can support you, and to sign up to join the mailing list.
Sid and Isabel Ferreira Recognized by Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce with Community Service Award
From 2016 to 2021, the Ferreiras served as the co-resident directors at the Amherst ABC, which is a national residential high school program serving BIPOC males from underserved and underfunded school districts. Sid and Isabel were presented the award at the chamber’s “A+ Awards Mask-erade Dinner” on Nov. 10