Campus Celebrates Black History Month with Series of Events

The university will celebrate Black History Month, also known as Black Heritage Month, during February with a series of art performances and activities, lectures, films and more.

Events include:

Film: “Talking Black in America”
Monday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Integrative Learning Center, N151
Linguistics scholar Walt Wolfram will be screening “Talking Black in America,” a new...

Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Battle-Baptiste Named Spotlight Scholar

As a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas, Whitney Battle-Baptiste walked into her advisor’s office one day brandishing a hefty folder of anthropological research on captive Africans. Her advisor’s reaction? “How is this going to help the liberation of black people?”

“That question really threw me,” says Battle-Batiste, a professor in the department of anthropology and director of the university library’s W.E.B. Du Bois Center. It also helped spark her interest in engaged...

Sangeeta Kamat

UMass Amherst Professor of Education Shares Research on Inclusive Universities at International Symposium in India

NEW DELHI – Sangeeta Kamat, an education professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, presented research on creating diverse and equitable campuses at Inclusive Universities: Linking Equity, Diversity and Excellence for the 21st Century, an international symposium and report launch held in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12. Kamat was the principal investigator on the joint research project between UMass Amherst and the KSP Women’s Studies Center at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU...

Hate Has No Home Campaign Earns CASE Communications Award

The Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign launched last fall has garnered a bronze award for best practices in communications and marketing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I.

The award recognizes University Relations staff, under the direction of Vice Chancellor John Kennedy, who were involved in developing and implementing the campaign. They are Crystal Maldonado, diversity communications manager; Matt Jasiorkowski, director of design; Elizabeth...

Israeli actor and former Israeli Defense Force soldier Dean Miroshnikov speaks at UMass Amherst

UMass Hillel Hosts Israeli Actor Dean Miroshnikov Who Spoke of Immigration, Encouraged Uniqueness

By Marla Friedson

On Feb. 7, UMass Hillel hosted Israeli actor and former Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldier Dean Miroshnikov. Despite the snow storm, a group of over 30 students attended his presentation. After talking about a few of the big moments of his life in the army and on the movie screen, Miroshnikov went on to discuss his childhood in Ukraine.

Miroshnikov spoke of how he grew up believing he was Christian. This was because his mother hid his Jewish...

Dorothy Roberts. Photo by Chris Crisman

Dorothy Roberts to Present ‘Fatal Invention: Re-creating Race in the Genomic Era’

Dorothy Roberts, an internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual and social justice advocate, will present "Fatal Invention: Re-creating Race in the Genomic Era" on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union.

The talk is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ “Social Science Matters” lecture series.

Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the...

Applications Open for Campus Climate Ambassadors

The university is seeking applications and nominations of students, staff and faculty to serve as campus climate ambassadors who will help lead conversations about steps the institution can take to improve its overall campus climate through the attitudes, perceptions and standards of the UMass Amherst community.

“We’d like to build a core team of students, staff and faculty who are interested in engaging their peers in purposeful conversation about where we are and how to get to where...

Stacey Lopez and Courtney Tucker

Diversity Fellowship Offers Students Support, Resources and Connection

How do you make the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) feel accessible to all? How do you successfully create and open up a multitude of resources for wellness, particularly for students who’ve traditionally shied away from clinical care?

At UMass Amherst, one of the ways that work is happening through the CCPH W.E.B. Du Bois Diversity Fellowship. Now in its second year, the fellowship allows one to two post-graduate fellows to focus their counseling work on issues...

Kirsten Britton

Kirsten Britton Named Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Kirsten Britton, an experienced athletics administrator at New England colleges, has been appointed senior associate director of athletics for sport administration. She will also serve as the athletics department’s senior woman administrator.

Britton begins her new duties on Feb. 20.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kirsten Britton to our athletics leadership team,” said Ryan Bamford, director of athletics. “Kirsten has a wonderful background in college athletics at...

Gabriela Weaver

Weaver Awarded Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship to HERS Institute

Gabriela Weaver, vice provost for faculty development and director of the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), has been selected to attend the 2018 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Bryn Mawr College July 9-21.

She was also awarded a CBL (Clare Booth Luce) Scholarship that provides full tuition, accommodations, meals and travel. A professor of chemistry, Weaver will be part of the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership.