Israel Rivera, left, with state Rep. Aaron Vega.

School of Public Policy Student Honored by Legislative Caucus

Israel (Izzy) Rivera, a graduate student in the School of Public Policy, was recently honored by the Black and Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature for his community work and leadership.

The award was given in conjunction with a recent LatinX Excellence on the Hill day hosted by the caucus. Rivera received a citation from the group in recognition of “his unyielding commitment to his community and its youth through grassroots efforts, his work with OneHolyoke CDC, and the...

Fall 2018 Rising Researchers, from left: Olivia Ringham, Nicholas Fragola, Bianca Edozie, Sean Sanford, Taylor Guertin, Jun-Goo Kwak, Mark Leon-Duque, Aazam Najeebi.

Fall 2018 Rising Researchers Announced

Eight students from across campus have received the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Award in recognition of their demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen field of study.

Learn more about these Rising Researchers here.


Tenzin Dawa Thargay

Alumnus Tenzin Dawa Thargay Wins Rangel Fellowship

Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a 2018 graduate and the student commencement speaker, has been awarded a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellowships are awarded in a highly competitive nationwide contest.

The Rangel fellowship will support Thargay through a two-year master’s degree...

Herter Hall

Herter Hall Graduate Students, Faculty Take Stand for ‘Tolerance for Diversity’

After posters linked to white supremacism were placed outside Herter Hall earlier this month, graduate students and faculty from various departments in the building began a “tolerance for diversity” initiative that includes a 500-word statement of principle and a call for responsible civic engagement.

The posters have been linked to a group identified as a white supremacist organization by the Anti-Defamation League and designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center....

UMass Women into Leadership Announces 2019 Fellows

Twenty-five undergraduate students have been selected from a pool of more than 100 applications to be 2019 UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) fellows.

The fellows represent a variety of schools and colleges at UMass Amherst including the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Engineering. Together, the students are enrolled in 17 majors and cover all class...

Volunteers Sought for Campus Climate Ambassador Team

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the second Campus Climate Ambassador team, which will continue the important work of facilitating climate conversations across campus.

Last spring, the first Campus Climate Ambassador team developed purposeful conversations within the campus community, with questions informed by the results of the 2016 Campus Climate Survey.

This spring, the climate ambassador and climate conversation initiative continues in support of the...

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi Delivers Talk on "How to be an Antiracist​" for the Inaugural "Stand United. Fight Hate" Lecure

New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi delivered the inaugural ‘Stand United, Fight Hate’ Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on November 7, 2018 at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall from 6:00-7:30pm.

His talk was based in part on his forthcoming book How to Be an Antiracist. “Many people are craving a concise message on how to be an antiracist at this time, in this very moment,” Kendi...

New Pass It On Book Circle Forming

Calling all readers: Have you ever wondered what the phrase “hidden bias” means? Or how such biases might affect your everyday life? Join a new book circle for faculty and staff to read “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzari R Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. This is the second book circle of the year; another formed last fall.

In the book, Banaji and Greenwald explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender,...

Message from the Chancellor: United Against Acts of Hate

Dear Campus Community,

It saddens me to inform you that once again our community has been victimized by a cowardly act of bigotry and hate. Earlier today, a student in John Quincy Adams residence hall was targeted when the door to the student’s room was defaced with homophobic and transphobic slurs and a swastika. Residence hall staff have reached out to the victim, who was not present when the hateful images were discovered, and offered support. Resources will also be provided to...

Krupczynski, Branch to Host Discussion on Building Bridges Initiative

As part of the Building Bridges initiative, Enobong (Anna) Branch and Joseph Krupczynski will hold a discussion on the origins and impact of the project on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in the Fine Arts Center.

Branch is associate chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer. Krupczynski is director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL), associate professor of architecture and lead organizer of Building Bridges.