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Karen Y. Morrison

UMass Amherst Historian Karen Y. Morrison Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Conduct Research in Brazil

AMHERST, Mass. – Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship to Brazil for the fall 2015 semester.

She will travel to the South American nation in August to begin work on her project titled  “The Family Transformations of Race in Post-Abolition Rio de Janeiro, 1888-1930.”

Using archival and oral...

Kym Morrison

Amherst Books Celebrates New Book by Kym Morrison

Amherst Books is celebrating the publication of “Cuba’s Racial Crucible: The Sexual Economy of Social Identities, 1750-2000” by Kym Morrison, assistant professor of Afro-American studies, on Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. Morrison is a social historian of the African diaspora. Her research explores the interactions between global and local racial-formation processes as they relate to African descendent people and communities. She has published in Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos, the Journal of Social...
AnnMarie Duchon, Ben Ostiguy and Madeline L. Peters

Disability Services Team Assesses Access Services at UVM

Madeline L. Peters, director of Disability Services, and associate directors AnnMarie Duchon and Ben Ostiguy, associate directors of Disability Services, were recently contracted to assess and consult the Access Services Office at the University of Vermont. Peters, Duchon and Ostiguy spent May 13-14 on the Burlington campus meeting with faculty, staff and students in an effort to assist UVM in reviewing policies and procedures to streamline the accommodations process for people with...

UMass Creates ‘Honors-to-Honors’ Scholarships to Support Top Community College Students in the Commonwealth Honors College

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship awards are expected to nearly eliminate their loan obligations. The program provides a special $6,000 annual scholarship in addition...
Amilcar Shabazz

Shabazz Discusses Topical Issues on ‘Difficult Dialogues’

Amilcar Shabazz, professor of Afro-American studies and faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence, was a guest on Amherst Media’s “Difficult Dialogues” on May 6, discussing the Black Lives Matter movement and issues surrounding law enforcement, communities of color, and social and economic justice. Joining Shabazz on the program was Christopher Tinson, assistant professor of African American studies at Hampshire College, who received his Ph.D. at UMass Amherst. Mount...
Consultant Saundra Schuster discusses recent national media coverage of Title IX issues.

Revision of Title IX Policies Continues

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EO&D) is accepting comments until Friday, May 8 on the revised draft of its policies and procedures for Title IX/civil rights grievance resolution. The draft can be viewed by clicking on the link below. All comments, questions and suggestions should be emailed to eod@admin.umass.edu. Education consultant Saundra Schuster oversaw a five-hour meeting conducted by EO&D onMay 1 for faculty, staff and students that included a review of the draft...
Ron Welburn

Welburn Publishes Study of 19th-Century Hartford Writer Ann Plato

“Hartford’s Ann Plato and the Native Borders of Identity” by English professor Ron Welburn, published this month by SUNY Press, reexamines the life and writing of the 19th-century essayist from an American Indian perspective. Combining ethnohistory, literary criticism and social history, Welburn theorizes that the enigmatic adolescent author of “Essays; with Biographies and Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose and Poetry” was part of Hartford’s urban Indian community worshipping at the Colored...
Maxene Anderson and Nina Brand

CWC Staff Recognized by Mass. Office of Victim Assistance

Crisis intervention specialist Maxene Anderson and teen crisis intervention specialist Nina Brand of the Center for Women and Community were recognized April 24 for their length of service by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA). Anderson was one of 16 staff from across the state who were honored for 10 years of service as community-based advocates, while Brand was among 14 staff recognized for 15 years of service. The awards were presented at the MOVA Victim Rights Conference...
Robert Feldman

Feldman to Discuss Action Steps on Diversity Plan at Faculty Senate

Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, who chaired the Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee, will speak about “Action Steps Flowing from the Diversity Strategic Plan” at the Faculty Senate session on Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. in S331 Integrative Learning Center. The Diversity Strategic Plan was released April 1 following its approval by the chancellor. In other business, the Faculty Senate is scheduled to elect a presiding officer and a delegate to the Board of Trustees. Richard...
Leykia Brill

Leykia Brill Named Assistant Provost for Diversity at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Leykia D. Brill has been named to the newly created post of assistant provost for diversity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective May 6. Brill will play a leadership role in the university’s ongoing efforts to make the undergraduate student body more diverse and to help foster an inclusive campus community that attracts and supports diversity in many forms. Currently, she works at Amherst College as associate director for student activities and the Keefe Campus...

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