Nefertiti Walker

Nefertiti Walker Named Interim Associate Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Nefertiti Walker, a faculty member in the Isenberg School of Management who also serves as its associate dean for an inclusive organization, has been named interim associate chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy.

Walker will begin her new role effective July 1. She succeeds Enobong “Anna” Branch, who recently became the vice chancellor for...

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Announces Reading Series June 16-21

AMHERST, Mass. — The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts readings of prose and poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst June 16-21. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free, accessible and open to the public. Sunday through Thursday readings will take place at Old Chapel. Friday’s reading will be held at the Bezanson Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center. Books will be available for sale and the authors available for signings.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute,...

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Third Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue to Feature Beverly Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College and a clinical psychologist widely known for her expertise on race relations, will headline a special event on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. as part of the Third Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue. Intergroup dialogue scholar and professor of social justice education at UMass Amherst, Ximena Zúñiga, will engage in conversation with Tatum at the Hooker Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College at this free public event. Conference co...

UMass Amherst Hosting 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue June 7-9

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will host the 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue June 7-9 to share knowledge, skills, stories and practices that illustrate how dialogue can be a catalyst for envisioning new possibilities for collaboration and solidarity across differences.

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a facilitated and sustained critical-dialogic practice that encourages listening and voicing across difference,...

Michelle Budig

Five Campus Leaders from University of Massachusetts Amherst Complete Leadership Program at 2019 HERS Institute at Wellesley College

Sponsored by the University of Massachuetts Amherst, five campus leaders successfully completed an intensive residential leadership program at Wellesley College. HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), a leadership development and research organization dedicated to women in higher education, selected 68 women from across the United States and Canada, who all participated in the 2019 HERS Institute at Wellesley College.

The five UMass representatives include:

  • Michelle
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ADVANCE Announces New Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program

ADVANCE is launching a new seed grant program to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among faculty. These grants will contribute to the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program to advance women faculty, including women faculty of color, in science and engineering. The deadline to apply is Sept. 17.

Proposals will be evaluated based on scientific merit, contributions to faculty equity and collaborative research...

Laurel Smith-Doerr

Smith-Doerr Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant to Germany

Laurel Smith-Doerr, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Germany. In the spring 2020 semester, Smith-Doerr will be hosted at the Centre for Globalisation and Governance of the University of Hamburg where she will conducting research on her project, “Automating Privilege: Reproducing Inequalities in Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Production Processes in the U.S. and Germany.” The project will contribute to social science theory on organizational...

Ashley Carpenter (left) and Mari Castañeda

Graduate School Presents Inaugural Commitment to Diversity Awards

The Graduate School recently selected two members of the university community as recipients of its inaugural Commitment to Diversity Award. Honoring individuals who have significantly enhanced diversity and inclusion in graduate education at UMass, the awards were presented during an April 24 recognition dinner jointly hosted by the Graduate Students of Color Association and the Graduate School.

“Improving the campus climate through initiatives that augment the recruitment, retention...

“Pass It On” Faculty and Staff Book Circle Forming

The Pass It On Book Circle invites faculty and staff to participate in its fourth session of reading and discussing “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzari R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. This book circle, which will have five sessions in all, is supported by a Campus Climate Improvement Grant awarded to the Office of Research and Engagement.

In the book, Banaji and Greenwald explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes...

Andrea Craft

Graduate Student Craft Awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Andrea Craft, graduate student in clinical psychology, has been awarded a three-year Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The foundation's mission states, “Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the...