Initiatives

Led by Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Anna Branch, the Office of Inclusion and Equity was launched in fall 2017 as a way to guide the institution's efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here are some of its most recent initiatives. 

Building a Community of Dignity and Respect

The Building a Community of Dignity and Respect campaign promotes a community that honors differences, where interactions are thoughtful, and the humanity of everyone is seen..  

Building Bridges

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

The Campus Climate Survey reflects perceptions about inclusiveness of the campus community. Read the overview, explore unit reports, or dive into our Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Climate Ambassadors

Campus Climate Ambassadors were a core group of faculty, staff, and students who engaged with their peers in purposeful conversations about where we are and how to get where we want to be. Learn more.

Campus Climate Conversations

Participate in a climate conversation, which is a one-hour peer group discussion intended to inspire discourse about the climate data, and ultimately help identify what needs to happen at the unit level to move the university toward its aspirational climate. Learn more

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 more

Hate Has No Home at UMass

The Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign seeks to unite the campus in defense of diversity and inclusion. 

International Education Week

UMass Amherst celebrated International Education Week, which included joining the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. Learn more or watch the video.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Membership

As part of the university’s commitment to improving the campus climate, an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is now available to all faculty, postdoctoral workers and graduate students at no cost. Learn more.