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Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate World Usability Day

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) is sponsoring a campus-wide scavenger hunt on social media to celebrate World Usability Day, Nov. 8.

The hunt, which is open to all students, staff and faculty, runs Nov. 5-14. Use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to have fun, win prizes, and learn more about the importance of designing an accessible and usable world that includes individuals with disabilities.

To participate:

  • Choose one social media platform (Instagram,
  • ...
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Public Radio Series ‘Selected Shorts’ on Stage Live at Fine Arts Center

The hit public radio series Selected Shorts comes to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. with a night of funny, surreal, moving and romantic tales about the LGBTQIA+ community.

The evening is hosted by Valorie Curry (“The Tick”), with performances by Becca Blackwell (“They, Themself and Schmerm”) and Sam Underwood (“Fear the Walking Dead”).

First broadcast in 1985, Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast...

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Trivedi Named to NAFSA Leadership Post

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost for international programs, has been appointed to serve as a member of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Trivedi’s two-year term will focus on NAFSA’s conference and symposium planning team.

He will assume the post in January and at the organization’s leadership meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.

NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated...

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UMass Amherst to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 5-9

As part of International Education Week, the university will host events Nov. 5-9 that celebrate international exchange, the richness of cultures from around the world, education and community.

Highlights include the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture to be delivered by author and scholar of racism Ibram X. Kendi at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. His talk will be based in part on his forthcoming book “How to Be an Antiracist.” The event is free and open...

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A Message from the Chancellor on the Pittsburgh Shootings

Dear Campus Community - Our hearts go out to the loved ones and the victims of this weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation. Although this violent, anti-Semitic act appears to have been carried out by one individual, it is abundantly clear that there is an alarmingly large segment of our society that has been emboldened in recent years to openly espouse a hateful, intolerant worldview. Sadly, the violence resulting from this extremism has...

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UWN Speaker Nancy Hunter Denney to Address Dealing with Difficult People

The University Women’s Network (UWN) invites all UMass Amherst women employees to hear Nancy Hunter Denney present “Believe Me, It’s YOU: Dealing with Difficult People” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at noon in the Hadley Room, 10th Floor Campus Center. 

An author, keynote speaker and leadership trainer, Denney has earned nationwide recognition for excellence at the podium at more than 900 college campuses and at hundreds of conferences and has appeared on the national stage with financial...

UMass Leadership Statement on Massachusetts Ballot Question 3

BOSTON – UMass President Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the five UMass campuses – UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline F. Moloney, and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins – have issued a statement regarding Massachusetts Ballot...

Chancellor’s Statement on Shooting at Pennsylvania Synagogue

The following statement was sent to the campus community Oct. 28.

Our hearts go out to the loved ones and the victims of this weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation. Although this violent, anti-Semitic act appears to have been carried out by one individual, it is abundantly clear that there is an alarmingly large segment of our society that has been emboldened in recent years to openly espouse a hateful, intolerant worldview....

Chancellor’s Statement on University’s Commitment to Civil Rights Protections for Transgender Individuals

The following statement was sent to the campus community Oct. 24.

According to a recent New York Times report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) has proposed a reinterpretation of federal civil rights law that rescinds recognition and protection of transgender people. The Times report, which is based on a leaked internal memo, states that the move would define gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”

Although...

Ibram X. Kendi to Speak on ‘How to Be an Antiracist’

AMHERST, Mass.—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and a leading scholar of racism and discriminatory policy in America, will speak on “How to Be an Antiracist” on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

 “Many people are craving a concise message on how to be an antiracist at this time, in this very moment,” Kendi says. “People are searching for candid directions about how to pour their passion into building an antiracist society.”...

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