Ruth Zambrana

Ruth Zambrana to present “Toxic Ivory Towers: Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Faculty” April 4

The Office of Equity and Inclusion will be hosting Ruth Zambrana for a public talk titled “Toxic Ivory Towers: Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Faculty” Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in S131 Integrated Learning Center (ILC). The event, based on her book of the same name, is free and open to the public.

“Toxic Ivory Towers: Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Faculty” (Rutgers University Press, 2018) takes an in-depth look at the institutional factors impacting...

Teach-in Scheduled for “Islamophobia: Religion, Fear and the Consequences of Dehumanization”

The Office of Equity and Inclusion will host a teach-in titled “Islamophobia: Religion, Fear, and the Consequences of Dehumanization” on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room of Goodell Hall.

This teach-in is in response to the tragic March 15 massacres at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 dead and another 50 injured. Acts of hate motivated by Islamophobia have been rising in recent years, from physical assaults to vandalism and arson of mosques....

Gilda Barabino

National Academy of Engineering Member Gilda Barabino to Deliver Talk on Women of Color in STEM

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Gilda Barabino will deliver a talk titled “A Counternarrative from a Woman of Color in STEM” as part of the ADVANCE program launch event on March 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the  Life Sciences Laboratory South 330-340. Barabino is also dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering and a recently elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is now one of only six African-...

ADVANCE Program to Host Workshops and Fellowships to Support Underrepresented Faculty

A series of free workshops will be held in the spring semester focused on topics of collaborative research, inclusive community and shared decision-making as part of an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is part of an effort to develop systemic and sustainable approaches to advance gender equity, including dynamics at the intersection of race...

VIDEO: Celebrating Black Heritage Dinner 2019

In celebration of Black History Month, on Feb. 21 at the Campus Center, students, faculty and staff dined together and participated in round-table facilitated conversations with the purpose of identifying values that strengthen community. 

You can watch a highlight video of the event here

Sandra Petersen

PREP Program for Diversity in STEM Graduate Programs Awarded $1.7 Million Grant

Now beginning its eleventh year, the campus’s Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), which supports educational activities that enhance biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce diversity, recently was awarded its third grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue funding the program.

It supports students who are exploring the idea of graduate school and seeking research experience to strengthen their applications. The five-year, $1.7 million...

Campus Climate Improvement Grant Proposals Sought

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for 2019-20 Campus Climate Improvement Grants until March 15. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit their creative ideas for fostering connection on campus in the upcoming academic year.

These grants, ranging from $250 to $2,500, are intended to support projects that help build community and create a more inclusive campus. The funded projects include film series, book clubs,...

UMass Symposium Panelists Discuss “The Structures of Polarization”

The Panel Discussion coined “The Structures of Polarization”, featured Associate Professor Amel Ahmed, Professor Anthony Paik, Professor Ray La Raja, and Associate Professor Cedric de Leon. Political Science Professor Ahmed presented “Playing It Safe: Redistricting and the Political Geography of Ideological Polarization”, which covered as to how political geography acts as a force of polarization in the United States; Ahmed focused on the distinct differences between disagreement and...

Lecia Brooks

Director of Southern Poverty Law Center addresses hate crimes in the United States as part of the Symposium on Polarization at UMass Amherst

--by Isha Mahajan

On 5th February 2019, a diverse audience from the UMass community gathered at the Campus Center Auditorium to hear Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, address hate and extremism in the United States.

She started her talk by calling hate as a “constant act” that has been prevalent in the United States for a long time. Throughout her talk, however, she focussed issues that...

Nefertiti Walker

Walker Promoted to New Position; Associate Dean for an Inclusive Organization in Isenberg

The Isenberg School of Management has appointed Nefertiti Walker, professor of sport managerment, to the newly created position of associate dean for an inclusive organization.

In 2017, Walker was appointed the school’s director of diversity and inclusion. Since beginning her new role in January, Walker oversees the school’s human resources department and strategic vision for diversity.

“At Isenberg, we are committed to pursuing inclusion with a capital ‘I,’ involving every...