Travel Grants Available for Graduate Students Presenting Family Research

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) will give three travel awards of up to $300 to selected UMass Amherst graduate students who are presenting original family research at a national research conference before May 30, 2019.

The student must be the first author on an accepted paper or poster presentation at the conference. The award money must be used exclusively for travel expenses associated with the conference.

Completed applications for the fall travel awards, including...

IPO, Office for Equity and Inclusion Offer Free Passports to New Applicants

Note: The day of the week of the event has been corrected to Friday.

The International Programs Office (IPO) is co-sponsoring a “passport caravan” event for first-time passport applicants on Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Olver Design Building Atrium. 

Students in need of a new passport (not a renewal) who are U.S. citizens and current freshmen, sophomores or juniors enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible for a free passport. 


Amel Ahmed

Amel Ahmed Named Director of Academic Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Amel Ahmed, associate professor of political science, has been named the inaugural director of academic equity and inclusion initiatives in the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Led by Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, OEI strives to promote an institutional culture that advances and upholds the university’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

Ahmed will work to support the university’s...

UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting Begins Oct. 29

UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting: Science, Society, and Senescence” brings together science and art to explore and understand memory from a variety of perspectives through a variety of events from Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

A collaboration between the Initiative on Neurosciences, the Fine Arts Center, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory, and faculty in the department of Spanish and Portuguese studies, it features a reception, a roundtable discussion, a film, two scientific talks...

Chancellor Urges Campus to Stand 'United Against Acts of Hate'

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called upon the campus community to stand united against acts of hate in the following broadcast email sent Sept. 27:

Dear Campus Community,

The past week has been marked by a deeply troubling and painful event that once again challenges the core values of our community. A racist threat was discovered written on a restroom mirror in Melville residence hall. I share the frustration and anger that many of you are experiencing as we continue...

Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor of journalism

Kathy Roberts Forde Named Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor and former department chair of journalism, has been named a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for 2018-19. 

The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus, and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during their...

Ebru Kardan

Kardan Named Director of Diversity Communications for Office of Equity and Inclusion

Ebru Kardan has been named director of diversity communications in the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Led by Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, the OEI works in partnership across campus to achieve priorities related to diversity, equity and inclusion, connecting efforts to national best practices.

Kardan previously served as the director of external affairs and communications for the College of Social and...

UMass Amherst Awarded $3 Million by National Science Foundation to Foster New Paths for Equity and Inclusion in STEM Fields

AMHERST, Mass. – The National Science Foundation has awarded a coveted ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the development of an innovative professional advancement model for underrepresented faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

With the five-year, $3 million grant, an interdisciplinary team from four UMass Amherst colleges will focus on using collaboration as a tool for fostering equity for...

Opening Reception for Building Bridges Worker Artist Exhibition Scheduled for Sept. 25

An opening reception for the Building Bridges Worker Art Exhibition is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Science and Engineering Library, on the second floor of the Lederle GRC Lowrise. Attendees will be able to meet the artists, view their work and enjoy food and drinks during a celebration of the latest in a series of exhibitions highlighting the artwork of UMass Amherst worker artists.

The Building Bridges Public Art and Engagement Initiative recognizes...

UMass Amherst Symposium Examines Civic Engagement in Region’s Latinx Communities


Date:     Friday, Sept. 21
Time:     9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:  Campus Center, Amherst Room, 10th floor, UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst will host a day of presentations and dialogue between local community leaders and partners, faculty, staff and students who are developing social justice approaches to university-community partnerships within the Latinx communities in...