University Invests in Institutional Membership in National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

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. 

This investment by the Chancellor’s Office, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School and the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development will help faculty and graduate students engage with diverse...

Ellen Meeropol, Carol Bailey, John Elder Robison

Libraries to Host Author Talk Series

The UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting a new series of author talks beginning Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Science and Engineering Library and W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The goal of the Author Talk Series is to celebrate authors and books with a connection to the university and provide an opportunity to connect the campus community and the public with the libraries. Featured authors will be from the Five Colleges and beyond. The series will include three events in the fall: and three events in...

New CESL Website Launched

The office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) has a new website at a new URL:

Developed by University Communications, the site is designed to provide students, faculty and community members an easier way to learn about CESL’s programs and courses.

The new website is interactive and is particularly geared toward students interested in making service-learning part of their academic experience at UMass...

Parveen Ali

Lecture to Explore Domestic Violence Experiences of Muslim Women

Parveen Ali, lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield, England, will speak on “Domestic Violence and Experiences of Muslim Women” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from noon-1 p.m. in 101 Skinner Hall.

The talk opens the fall seminar series presented by the Office of Research at the College of Nursing.

Ali has been involved in gender-based violence and health care research for more than 10 years. She is especially interested in the exploration of...

Afro-Italian Activist to Screen Her Film on Undocumented Immigrants in Europe

Afro-Italian queer immigration activist Medhin Paolos will screen her film “Asmarina” on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. in E245 South College.

The documentary, directed by Paolos and Alan Maglio, focuses on African and Arab undocumented immigrants in Europe. A talk by Paolos will follow the screening.

Paolos is the co-founder of Rete G2, the largest immigrant rights organization in Italy working on changing the legislation that she says is keeping thousands of Italian-born...

Solidarity Rally Set for Sept. 12 in Response to Charlottesville, DACA

A student-led solidarity rally organized in response to the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., as well as the planned elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Student Union.

At the event, which is called UMass United, students are encouraged to “support one another and cultivate healing relationships across campus,” according to rally organizers....

Students Can Indicate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in SPIRE

For the first time, prospective undergraduates applying to UMass Amherst for fall entry had the option to indicate their sexual orientation and gender identity on their admissions applications.

The information enables UMass Amherst to get a sense of the number and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual- and gender-minority students (LGBTQ+) applying to and attending the university. The responses are kept confidential and appear only on the admitted...

Video: Chancellor’s Welcome to the Academic Year 2017-18

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes the entire UMass Amherst community back to campus, giving news of upcoming events and reaffirming the university's core values.

University Launches ‘Hate Has No Home at UMass’ Campaign

With the beginning of a new academic year, UMass Amherst has launched ‘Hate Has No Home at UMass,’ a campaign reaffirming the university’s core values and its commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning environment for every member of the campus community.

News, events and resources related to the ongoing campaign can be found on the ‘Hate Has No Home at UMass’ website,

Miliann Kang

Libraries Announce New Open Textbook: ‘Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’

Thanks to a grant from the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Open Education Initiative (OEI) and the Libraries’ recent partnership with the Open Textbook Network and Rebus Community, faculty member Miliann Kang and doctoral student Sonny Nordmarken have created an updated version of Kang’s 2012 open textbook, “Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” just in time for the fall semester.