Defined Residential Communities

Applications for Spring Defined Residential Communities Open

Applications for living in next year’s Defined Residential Communities are live. Students can apply to live in Nuance: Multicultural Student Community, Asian/Asian American Student Community, Harambee: African Heritage Student Community, Kanonhsesne: Native American Student Community, Spectrum: LGBTQIA+ Community, Wellness Community, or Veterans Community are live! To apply or get more information about Defined Residential Communities, visit their...

John Bryan, Linda Marchesani

Campus Staff Participate in Diversity in Higher Education Conference

Six campus staff members took part in a conference on “Eliminating Opportunity Gaps: Promising Data-Driven Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Higher Education” held Nov. 13 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Organized by the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium, the daylong event focused on strategies that schools can use to broaden educational access, excellence and equity. About 250 people...

CMASS Video Highlights Why "I am CMASS"

The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) has launched a new video highlighting why our campus supports CMASS. In it, community members explain how Wilder Hall is a home-away-from-home for UMass students and how CMASS helps to provide cultural awareness and multicultural programming for students, faculty and staff. 

Watch the full video through CMASS' YouTube Channel and learn more about CMASS at...

“Festival of Light” holiday posters

‘Festival of Light’ Holiday Poster Distribution

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will soon be distributing the “Festival of Light” holiday posters to residence halls, administrative offices and local public schools.

These colorful posters are a longstanding tradition at UMass Amherst, promoting greater awareness and understanding of diverse religious and cultural traditions.

The series was expanded from five posters to seven in 2011, with the addition of Diwali (an autumn festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and...

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Chancellor Reaffirms Commitment to Address Issues of Race, Inclusiveness, Social Justice

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy delivered the following message today in an email to the UMass Amherst campus community.


Dear Campus Community,

This past Friday, I joined members of the university community in a Listening Session focused on campus issues of race, inclusiveness and social justice. At that session, I heard from students who shared anger, hurt, and anxiety related to their campus experiences, sentiments expressed again at today’s Class...

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

Chancellor Hosting Listening Session on Building ‘Caring and Just Community’

A series of “campus listening sessions” is being launched by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to hear student concerns and to solicit suggestions for improving the climate at the university.

The first session is planned for Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium. Subbaswamy and members of the campus administration will be on hand at the community meeting.

In a broadcast email to the students, faculty and staff, the chancellor said issues of race, inclusiveness and social...

UMass Amherst Recognized as Military Friendly School

AMHERST, Mass. – has recognized the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a leader in recruiting and supporting veterans in their post-service education.        

The website, a division of Victory Media, rates colleges and companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the armed forces leaving military service and military spouses. Institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success...

Campus ROTC Units to Mark Veterans Day

The Air Force and Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs will conduct their annual Veterans Day observance on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall.

The guest speaker will be Army veteran Bernd F. Schliemann, a senior lecturer in mechanical and industrial engineering.

The ceremony includes presentation of the colors, the laying of a wreath and a three-volley salute.

Lt. Col. Steven Manger, the Army ROTC commander on campus, and Lt. Col. John Hagen,...

Video: Chinua Achebe and the Image of Africa

Friends, family, colleagues and literary heirs of Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe met Oct. 14-15 at UMass Amherst to honor the iconic 1975 campus talk in which Achebe took Joseph Conrad and his “Heart of Darkness” to task for distorting Africa and its people. 

NEAGEP Welcomes 19 Fellows to STEM Doctoral Programs

Sandra Petersen, director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) reports that the program recently welcomed a record number of new fellows to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral programs at UMass Amherst.

Petersen says that at UMass Amherst, NEAGEP activities have helped to obtain NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) grants totaling over $5...