September 15, 2017
To the Campus Community,
I am delighted to be writing to you in my new capacity as Associate Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work collaboratively to define and pursue aspirational goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion at UMass Amherst. The results of the 2016 Campus Climate Survey affirm that there is much work to do to cultivate a campus community that is welcoming and inclusive for all. The many voices and perspectives reflected in the survey show our complexity and our promise. We thrive as a community when we live out our campus values to strengthen socially just learning and working environments that foster a culture of inclusion. Our diverse people, ideas, and perspectives contribute to our excellence.
As a brand new office on campus, we are still in the process of setting up shop in the Whitmore Administration Building. I will write to you soon with contact information and resources we can provide to units and individuals to support our efforts to improve the campus climate of inclusion. In the meantime, please feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check the diversity website for regular updates on events and campus initiatives.
I am pleased to invite the campus community to a series of lectures and panels under the theme “Engaging Community, Exchanging Ideas.” Organized by student groups, Student Affairs and Campus Life, university departments and colleges, these events will offer opportunities for dialogues around important topics throughout the fall semester.
Our campaign, “Hate Has No Home at UMass” does not mean that we will always agree and speak with one voice. It does, however, set the expectation that when we disagree the means through which we do so will align with our core value of mutual respect and reject the use of identity-based hate as a means of exclusion or silencing.
I hope you will make time to attend as many of these events as you can and join in the exchange of ideas that makes our community and university experience meaningful.
Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch, Ph.D.
Associate Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer
UMass Engaging Community, Exchanging Ideas
Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., Wendy Red Star, Strength, Unity, Power: Contemporary Practices in Native Arts
Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., Margaret Cerullo, From Below and to the Left: Zapatista Autonomy and Resistance
Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Thomas Suárez, State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel
Sept. 19 at noon, Parveen Ali, Domestic Violence and Experiences of Muslim Women
Sept. 19 at 4 p.m., DACA and the State of Immigration Policy
Sept. 21 at 4 p.m., Kate Fagan, What Made Maddy Run
Sept. 25 at 5 p.m., Screening of The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race and Class in America, Q&A with Tim Wise to follow
Sept. 26 at noon, Charles R. Gallagher, The Nazis of Copley Square
Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform
Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., Michael Meltsner, Degradation Ceremonies: Constitutional & Statutory Limits of the Punishment after Punishment.
Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m., Wes Moore, 7th Annual Common Read lecture
Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center on the State of Hate and Extremism
Oct. 4 at 4 p.m., University Union Panel, Is America Becoming a Fascist State?
Oct. 4 at 4 p.m., Lisa Brooks, Native New England: Resistance, Reclamation, Revitalization.
Oct. 11 at 4 p.m., Julie Posselt, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping
Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., Connie Razza, Seth Ackerman, and Elizabeth Rhodes, Annual Freedman Panel: Universal Basic Income – History and Theory of a Utopian Desire.
Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., Gordon Lafer, The One Percent Solution
Oct. 23 at 4 p.m., Claudia Goldin, Career and Family: Collision or Confluence
Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., Willy Wilkinson, Intersectional Resistance and Resilience: Strategies for Survival
Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., Paul Krugman, Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture
Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., Jennifer Lawless, Why Women Don’t Run for Office, and What Happens when They Do
Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m., Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger, How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice.