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‘Stand Against Racism’ Events Planned at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – A series of events and programs are planned at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of the YWCA’s national Stand Against Racism awareness campaign, which aspires to eliminate racism by bringing together like-minded organizations, holding educational workshops, and engaging participants in awareness campaigns through social media outlets. The events include: Earth Day Festival, Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Goodell lawn. More than 30 campus and community...

Women of Color Share Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in ‘Body Politics 2015’ April 16-17 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – “Body Politics,” an award-winning original production by and about women of color will be presented April 16-17 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For the first time, “Body Politics” has been produced in a digital format to increase the project’s outreach. “Body Politics”explores a range of contemporary issues including the intersectionality of social identities, cultural appropriation, discrimination and racism, manifestations of internalized oppression, sexuality and...
Hari Balasubramanian

Balasubramanian to Discuss Learning from Alternative Methods of Delivering Healthcare

Hari Balasubramanian, associate professor of industrial engineering, will speak on “A mobile surgical unit and a rural health center in Ecuador: Learning from alternative methods of delivering healthcare” on Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. in 911 Campus Center. The talk is part of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ Diersity Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow the lecture.    
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Demetria Shabazz

Battle-Baptiste, Shabazz Recognized as ‘Women Who Lead by Example’

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology, and Demetria Shabazz, assistant professor of communication, have been recognized as Women Who Lead by Example in Massachusetts by UnityFirst.com, a Springfield-based distributor of diversity-related e-news to corporations and diverse communities. Battle-Baptiste, Shabazz and other honorees from business, education, arts, government and other fields are featured in a special issue released March 28. According to Janine Fondon,...
Jean Swinney

State Senate Salutes Swinney for Promoting Access, Diversity in Nursing Profession

Nursing professor Jean Swinney was recognized March 27 with a citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her “lifelong work toward issues of diversity, equity, access and representation in the nursing profession.” The citation, which was requested by Senate President Stan Rosenberg, was presented to Swinney during the College of Nursing Achieving Diversity Initiative third annual Nursing Celebration and Orientation Conference at the Campus Center Auditorium. More than 300 students from Chicopee...
Campus Delegates to Leading for Change Summit

Campus Delegation Participates in Leading for Change Summit

Fourteen faculty, staff, administrators and students participated in the Leading for Change Consortium’s spring summit on “Supporting the Success of Males of Color” held March 30 at Bridgewater State University. More than 300 attendees from more than 20 institutions throughout Massachusetts took part in the summit and over half of the attendees were male students of color, according to Debora Ferreira, executive director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD), who led the UMass Amherst...

University Adopts Diversity Strategic Plan

A strategic plan that details actions for improving the university’s climate of inclusion and enhancing the diversity of the student body and campus workforce was released this week, following its approval by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. The 41-page strategic plan, developed by a 16-member Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee, is organized around five themes: Establish UMass Amherst as a destination of choice for students of color and other underrepresented groups...

UMass Amherst Hosts Annual Native American Powwow April 18

AMHERST, Mass. – Native American music, dance and culture will be the focus of the Annual Powwow on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Curry Hicks Cage at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Powwow brings people together to reflect on the importance of family, friends, community and community partners, and provides an opportunity to give thanks and honor the traditions of their ancestors.  The Powwow will feature Native American drum groups Urban Thunder, Eastern Sons and...

Annual Freedom Seder Set for April 16

The 17th annual Freedom Seder will be held Thursday, April 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge. The multicultural and interfaith celebration is based on the Exodus themes of the Jewish Passover Seder, but commemorates the civil rights movement and other modern liberation struggles. It is not a Passover Seder. Through ritual, stories, poetry and music, participants learn about each other’s cultures and express their yearning for the liberation of all people. After the formal program...
Kiki Petrosino

Reading by Poet Kiki Petrosino Scheduled for April 2

A reading by poet Kiki Petrosino will be presented Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall as part of the MFA for Poets and Writers’ Visiting Writer Series.   Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry, “Hymn for the Black Terrific”(2013) and “Fort Red Border” (2009), both from Sarabande Books. “Fort Red Border”—the title is an anagram of Robert Redford—addresses love, intimacy, food, race and contemporary culture. The first section of the book is a series of imaginative lyrics spoken...

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