Campus Life / Social Resources

The programs and organizations listed here work hard to enrich your time outside of the classroom by providing speakers, events, support groups, and a sense of community.

Alliance Against Ableism 

The Alliance Against Ableism is open to UMass students, staff, faculty and community members. The Alliance Against Ableism(AAA) aims to have conversations around disability identity and inclusion and discuss its intersection with other identities; Address ableism and barriers to inclusion and equality on campus and within the community; Incorporate disability into larger systemic conversations and help create a campus built for all people; Engage in programmatic and educational opportunities surrounding disability on campus and within the community. 

Boltwood Project

The Boltwood Project is a community service program and service learning course that partners UMass students with individuals who are mentally or physically challenged in the local area

Campus Pulse

Campus Pulse is the main database of undergraduate and graduate student clubs and registered student organizations. Click through to explore Greek multi-cultural life and cultural, religious, advocacy, and political organizations.

Center for Men and Masculinities

The mission of the UMass Men and Masculinities Center is to support the development of healthy masculinities at UMass Amherst and beyond from male positive, multicultural and pro-feminist perspectives.

Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success

The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development as well as support for institutional diversity on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Whether you're looking for peer mentoring, social connection, exposure to national student leadership conferences, help navigating offices of the Bursar, Registrar or Financial Aid, or more, our office is here to ensure that you have the resources to thrive in an inclusive and multicultural environment during your time at the university.

Center for Women and Community

The Center for Women and Community offers a variety of services to the campus and local community, including Information and Referral Services; Rape Crisis Services; Counseling Services; Specialized Teen Services; Community Education; Teen Education Services and Latina Community Services.

Defined Residential Community: Asian/Asian American Student Community

The Asian/Asian American DRC emphasizes the value of understanding the links between Asian and Asian American issues in an era of global migration, media and capital. Students in the community gather frequently to discuss issues of identity, leadership, belonging, and values. Professional staff and faculty in the Asian/Asian American DRC are highly visible and work closely with students to coordinate events and create strong friendships. The Asian/Asian American DRC also plans regular off-campus field trips focused on culture and community-building.

Defined Residential Community: Harambee: African Heritage Student Community

Harambee, Swahili for "the pulling together point" or "the point at which things come together", is a community that honors African and African American history and culture. This community is designed to support students who are of African descent, identify within the African Diaspora and/or wish to learn more about African culture and celebrate different African Diaspora cultures. In Harambee, students will have opportunities to share and learn from one another’s experiences and backgrounds while exploring both historical and contemporary African American issues. Students will...

Defined Residential Community: Nuance: Multicultural Student Community

Nuance is designed for students who want to explore and bridge commonalities and differences across their diverse social identities, including race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. Whether pursuing a program of study related to social justice or simply interested in dialogue and exploration of these issues, students will have opportunities to take classes together, engage in dialogues with each other, and connect with campus organizations and centers focused on social justice. Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to...

Defined Residential Community: Spectrum: LGBTQA Community

Spectrum: LGBTQ&A Community is a community that supports the rights and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and their allies. Through programming and other in-hall initiatives, this community fosters connections between individuals with shared experiences and interests. The community also encourages students to learn about and actively seek ways to eradicate genderism and heterosexism. Resources available to the community include collaborations with The Stonewall Center and Pride Alliance.

Disability Culture Club

The Disability Culture Club was founded to spread disability culture and disability history throughout the UMass community. They aim to promote awareness of what "disability" means as a lived experience, as a social identity, and as a vibrant group with a shared heritage as well as to to support members and the disability community as a whole through fun activities and social events. 

Employee Resource Groups

ERGs provide UMass staff and faculty with resources for professional development, networking, and mentorship, while also promoting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of employees who are underrepresented in our community. This initiative is one of many ways the University works to invest in our workforce, and make UMass a workplace of choice.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free and confidential counseling, consultation, and referral service that assists employees in resolving personal, work-related, and family problems.

Family Resources, Office of

The Office of Family Resources (OFR) understands the challenges of parenting, particularly while managing academic and/or professional responsibilities.

Our programs and services provide UMass families with support, education, and resources, not only to meet those challenges, but to succeed.

Graduate Women in STEM

The UMass Amherst Graduate Women In STEM organization is committed to the professional and personal advancement of women pursuing careers in STEM and related fields. By encouraging successful scientific research strategies and practices, developing professional networking skills and supporting the integration of career with personal goals, we seek to empower women to achieve academic and professional excellence. We embrace an inclusive and diverse membership in order to enhance the participation and recognition of women in STEM, catalyze change in the...

Graduate Women's Network

The Graduate Women's Network represents graduate women and serves as a network for raising and creating ideas to answer the needs of women on campus. The Graduate Women's Network Coordinator organizes meetings and events such as lectures, workshops and social gatherings.

International Programs Office

The International Programs Office (IPO) is the main resources for study abroad, international exchanges, and international student/faculty/researcher immigration questions.

International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program combines academic learning with a period of study abroad in order to provide students with the global competencies they will need to become informed and effective citizens of our ever-expanding world. The program invites all honors students, regardless of major, to develop a concentration in international studies and cross-cultural communication as a supplement to their regular disciplinary work.

Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center

The JWECC is an inter-tribal student centered and run space that provides cultural programming, co-curricular education, collaboration and support for Native and Indigenous students at UMass and in the 5 college community. 

Latin American Cultural Center

The Latin American Cultural Center’s (LACC) mission is to provide support to student’s identifying with the Latin@ Diaspora. Designed as a space that is meant to be a home-away-from-home for students, the center strives to create an environment that encourages students to deconstruct and explore their identities. The LACC works to promote awareness and foster understanding of the rich diversity within the Latino/Latina cultures to the grander UMass Amherst community. The center works collaboratively with university departments, faculty and staff, resident student organizations, and...

Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium

UMass is a member of the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium, "a voluntary collaboration of higher education institutions in Massachusetts and New England committed to identifying student and employee diversity best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks and reflective practice." The Chair of the UMass Amherst Leading for Change Team is Debora Ferreira, Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity

Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC)

The Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC) provides a space for students to build a deeper sense of community. Through a comprehensive set of programs and services the MXCC promotes cultural enrichment, community engagement, and develops students to become leaders in their chosen field, while providing serving and advocating for issues that affect the African Diaspora. 

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council is the representative body for the Asian, Latina/o, and Multicultural Greek-letter organizations.

Multicultural Theater, Five College

The Five College Multicultural Theater Committee, supported by the Five College Theater chairs and Five Colleges, Inc., is charged with furthering multicultural perspectives in theater in our community. For nearly two decades, it has done so by supporting visits from guest artists, five-college productions, and workshops that foreground the experiences of people of color. For the past three years, our efforts have also included supporting in-depth residencies for artists of color to work and interact with students and faculty on specific performance projects. Proposals for artist...

National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the representative body for the historically African American Greek-letter organizations. It is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. The NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums...

Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life offers a range of educational programs, individual and institutional advocacy, interfaith dialogue, and other bridge-building activities designed to foster an informed, caring and supportive campus community for students of all backgrounds and beliefs, and to promote a greater sense of meaning and purpose in students' lives. They also serve as the liaison between the University and the religious organizations and advisers who provide pastoral counseling and other religious services for our students. 

Stonewall Center

For almost 30 years, the Stonewall Center has served the campus, the other Five Colleges, and the surrounding community by providing cultural and educational programming; LGBTQIA ally training sessions; a Speakers Bureau on LGBTQIA and ally issues; a dvd, video, and book library; information and referrals; support for individuals who experience harassment and discrimination; advocacy for LGBTQIA students at UMass Amherst; and community outreach through Queer-e, our weekly listserv of LGBTQIA and Allies Five-College and local events. (See also...

Student Bridges

The mission of Student Bridges is to increase college access and success for underrepresented students by building partnerships with local schools and community organizations; offering college awareness, preparation and success activities; and advocating for enhanced institutional and public policies and practices.

Student Veterans Resource Center

The UMass Amherst Student Veteran Resource Center serves student veterans and active members of the military by providing a welcoming place to study, network, learn, and seek support.

Trans Resource Guide

The University of Massachusetts Amherst includes gender identity and expression in its nondiscrimination policy. The Stonewall Center's Trans Resource Guide is a comprehensive resource on campus policies as the relate to transgender students, including the campus's Bathroom Policy.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program is a year-round, federally sponsored, educational program serving high school students from the High School of Commerce. Students are eligible to participate in this program if they are from families in which neither parent has a bachelor's degree and/or if they qualify as low-income. The goal of the Upward Bound Program is to increase the rate at which participants successfully complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college.

Veteran Services, Office of

UMass Amherst is committed to offering quality services and support programs for student veterans, active military, and their families. The Office of Veteran's Services is your central resource for veterans' benefits and it is home to the Student Veterans Resource Center

Women of Color Leadership Network

The Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) celebrates and supports the accomplishments and endeavors of Black/African American, African, Latina, South American, Chicana, Asian-Pacific Islander, South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Arab/Arab American, Caribbean, biracial and multiracial, and all indigenous women in the Five College region of Western Massachusetts.

Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC)

The Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC) aims to empower and advocate for the Asian and Asian American communities at UMass Amherst. By providing a physical space for students to use as well as innovative programming, it hopes to encourage community engagement, leadership development, and a deeper understanding of Asian culture and history.