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...

Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta

Institute for Diversity Sciences Awards 2019 Seed Grants to Three Teams

The campus’s Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) recently awarded three multi-disciplinary research teams that include faculty and graduate students from four schools and colleges, six departments and the UMass Medical School at Baystate.

Winning teams are Networks of Organizational Leadership: Measuring Race, Gender, and Color among Elites...

CNS Outstanding Achievement Awards Honor Inclusion, Excellence

College of Natural Sciences Dean Tricia Serio has announced this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Awards for the college. The awards recognize faculty, staff and students who have made important contributions to their discipline, department, college and university. 

The 2019 honorees are:

  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta, professor, psychological and brain
  • ...

Twelve Faculty Selected as 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors

The UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) has named 12 winners of the 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity) faculty fellowship award.

Throughout the program year, participants will explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social and learning differences by adopting a strength-based,...

Building Bridges Showcase Event Featured Art, Discussion and Workshops

The Building Bridges Showcase Event was attended by faculy, staff and students on Tuesday, April 9 in the Fine Arts Center atrium.

The event featured visual arts, music, poetry, creative workshops, demonstrations and more.

In spring 2018, the university launched Building Bridges, an initiative designed to foster connections among UMass community members who come from myriad backgrounds and hold differing perspectives. Activities under the umbrella of Building Bridges include...

Theater Presents “Baltimore” in Collaboration with the Office for Equity and Inclusion

The theater department is collaborating with the Office for Equity and Inclusion to present “Baltimore.”

In the play, a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the issue mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and...