UMPD Officers Receive Diversity Training

UMass Police officers on Aug. 24 received six hours of diversity training aimed at improving their interactions with all people through effective communication and respect.

Led by Lee Struble and Steve Grant of WSM Trainers and Consultants of Spencerport, N.Y., the training session touched on a number of topics including the meaning of diversity and racial diversity and offered a historical perspective of racism in the U.S.

The trainers also discussed a number of prominent...

Upward bound

Pathways to Possibility: Upward Bound celebrates its 50th year

College can be an unfamiliar landscape for any new student. But if you are the first one in your family to set foot on that particular terrain, it’s even more so.

UMass Amherst Among Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students ranked by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization.

The listing, released today, highlights the “most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education,” according to Campus Pride, which based its top 25 list on...

Marcus Hall

UMass Amherst Receives Four-Year, $632,369 NSF Grant to Help Community College Students Transfer into Engineering College

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing college degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Sandra Petersen

Award-Winning UMass Amherst Mentor to Lead New Minority Faculty Support Project

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Sandra Petersen, recently honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in the sciences, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a pilot mentoring network for minority faculty women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at 15 Northeast institutions plus the Five Colleges.

Petersen, who received President Barack Obama’s Award for Excellence...

Crosset to Deliver Talk on Racism in Sport to U.N. Committee in Geneva

Todd W. Crosset, associate professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management, is giving a talk on racism in American sports to a United Nations panel on July 20 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is an inter-governmental committee, mandated by the United Nations Human...

Michael Krezmien

College of Education Hosts Conference on Inclusive Education

The College of Education’s Center for Youth Engagement sponsored the Third International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education on June 26-27 at the UMass Center in Springfield.

The conference brought together researchers from Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands and the U.S. to address inclusion research and issues as they relate to education in public schools. At the conference, a special issue of a new international journal on research on inclusion was planned, as well as...

Lee Badgett

Badgett Assesses Economic Impact of SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

Center for Public Policy and Administration director and economics professor M.V. Lee Badgett has been quoted in several news articles in the wake of the June 26 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Research that Badgett has conducted at the Williams Institute at UCLA...

Jennifer Lundquist

New Research from UMass Amherst Sociologists Finds Online Daters Often Prefer Mixed-Race Individuals

AMHERST, Mass. – A new study presented today by scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin, reports that online daters often prefer mixed-race over mono-racial individuals, challenging the common belief that people with a white parent and a parent of a different racial-ethnic group, especially ones with a black parent, are always treated as “minorities.”

In their paper, “Dating Partners Don’t Always Prefer ‘Their Own Kind’: Some...

Project eLEVate to Visit W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries and Du Bois National Historic Site in Great Barrington

AMHERST, Mass. – High school students from Project eLEVate, a program that promotes awareness of African-American heritage and culture, will visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday, June 29.

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology and director of the center, will present a tour of the facility to the students at 11 a.m. at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The tour will introduce eLEVate participants to the national and...