The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research Groups

    To promote multidisciplinary research collaborations, the institute hosts monthly research group meetings organized around diversity and equity in the context of:

    • Health
    • Learning and Work
    • Climate

    At these meetings, Five College faculty from a variety of disciplines, departments, and colleges, present their research, seek feedback, and look for new collaborators. More than 275 faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students currently participate in one or more of the institute's research groups.

    This stimulating exchange of ideas launched many new collaborations. Some of these new teams were awarded seed grants from the Institute of Diversity Sciences to pursue pilot projects that can be leveraged in the future to seek larger external research grants on equity.


    Health, both physical and mental, is influenced by a range of factors including access to healthy nutrition, physical activity, quality of one's local environment, family relationships, as well as the larger sociological, economic, and historic structures within which individuals are immersed.

    Learning & Work

    From early childhood to adulthood, individuals' learning and employment outcomes are influenced by many factors, including their local learning environments, educational and workplace institutions, teachers' and employers' expectations, societal structures, and individual differences in social cognition.


    In the years and decades to come, all people will be affected by climate change in one way or another. Yet there is significant diversity and disparity in the ways in which different individuals, communities, organizations and nations will be impacted by climate change.