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....

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...

Nancy Hunter Denney

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...

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.”


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.”...

Nusrat S. Chowdhury

Nusrat Chowdhury to Discuss Crowds as Defining Feature of Democratic Practices

Nusrat S. Chowdhury, assistant professor of anthropology at Amherst College, will speak on “Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowds and the Ambivalence of Resistance in Bangladesh” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in 145 Integrated Sciences Building.

The talk is part of the Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series.

Chowdhury teaches and writes on popular sovereignty and political communication with particular focus on Bangladesh. Her book, “Paradoxes of the Popular:...

Family Weekend 2018 Set for Oct. 19-21.

Family Weekend returns Oct. 19-21 with a full schedule of informative and entertaining activities, ranging from chocolate classes to tours of the new $100 million Physical Sciences Building. The weekend includes home games for football and men’s soccer, bake shop tours, the Multicolor Mile fundraiser, a parents’ reception, tips for students moving off-campus, a walking tour of campus trees, Graduate Women in STEM laboratory tour, pumpkin decorating and wagon rides and a Haunted UMass tour....

Anna Branch speaks at the launch of the Learning Community

Office of Equity and Inclusion Launches Learning Community Initiative

The Office of Equity and Inclusion has launched the Learning Community initiative, encouraging the campus community to participate in small (10-15 participants) discussion groups based on the book, “What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” by Vernā Myers.

Groups will start meeting after Oct. 18, and a learning community celebration dinner will be held in December for all...

State Approves Permanent Variance for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass.—Following a yearlong pilot program on campus, the state plumbing board has granted a permanent variance allowing the University of Massachusetts Amherst to keep two multi-stall bathrooms in Baker Residence Hall gender-inclusive.

The bathrooms, both on the first floor of the five-floor dormitory, serve a gender-inclusive housing option in the north wing of the building and the Spectrum: LGBTQIA+ Student Community in the south wing.

In 2017, the university formally...

Ranjanaa Devi

Ranjanaa Devi, Director of Asian Arts and Culture Program, to Retire

Ranjanaa Devi, founding director of the Fine Arts Center’s Asian Arts and Culture Program, will retire Oct. 19 after 35 years with the university.

Devi created the program in 1993 after she was invited by director emeritus Frederick C. Tillis to address the critical need for diverse arts programming at the Fine Arts Center. The program has given center stage to artistic endeavors that reflect many cultures of Asia, bringing to the region work that is often available only in major...