Diversity Strategic Plan

Two women of color holding flags at commencement

UMass Amherst has several core values articulated in the Joint Task Force for Strategic Oversight's Phase I Report, Innovation and Impact: Renewing the Promise of the Public Research University (2014). These values speak to the campus’s enduring commitment to forming and strengthening “socially just learning and working environments that foster a culture of excellence through diverse people, ideas, and perspectives.”:

Social Progress and Social Justice

UMass Amherst has a profound legacy of and commitment to social justice, extending across generations and spanning disciplines. We accept for ourselves and instill in our students the ongoing commitment to create a better, more just world.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

By embracing diverse people, ideas, and perspectives we create a vibrant learning and working environment. Breaking down barriers to meaningful participation fosters a sense of belonging and treats all individuals with dignity and respect. In this environment we work toward an equitable society in which all enjoy equal rights and opportunities.


A corollary to inclusiveness is opportunity, a commitment to welcoming all those who share our aspirations and high standards of performance.

The Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee was formed (in Spring 2014) to articulate a comprehensive and clearly-articulated diversity-oriented strategy to match our commitment. The resulting 2015 Diversity Strategic Plan outlined five major goals to realize the promise of a culturally diverse campus.

  1. Establish UMass Amherst as a destination of choice for students of color and other underrepresented groups.
  2. Improve the campus climate of inclusion.
  3. Enhance effectiveness of curriculum and educational programs with regard to diversity and inclusion.
  4. Increase focus on recruiting, retention, and promotion of diverse faculty and staff.
  5. Increase outreach and engagement with external communities/schools with large proportions of underrepresented minorities.