Benita Barnes

Associate Professor
Director of Diversity Advancement
Social Justice Education Concentration Coordinator

Benita Barnes is an associate professor in the department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration. Barnes is also the Director of Diversity Advancement for the College of Education.

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(413) 545-1083
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N180 Furcolo

Kevin Goodman

Visiting Assistant Professor
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(413) 545-2150
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S132 Furcolo

Korina Jocson

Associate Professor

Korina Jocson (Ph.D.) is a cross-disciplinary scholar in social justice education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Central to her work are arts-informed sociocultural approaches that examine youth literacies and issues of equity among historically marginalized youth.

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(413) 545-3569
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S140 Furcolo

Jamila Lyiscott

Assistant Professor

Jamile Lyiscott is an assistant professor in the department of Student Development.

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(413) 545-2988
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S130 Furcolo

Ximena Zúñiga


Ximena Zúñiga is a professor in the department of Student Development. 

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(413) 545-0918
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S136 Furcolo

Associated Faculty

Maurianne Adams

Professor Emerita

Bailey Jackson

Professor Emeritus

David Neely

Adjunct Lecturer


Nina Tissi-Gassoway

Doctoral Student

Nina Tissi-Gassoway (She/Her) is a PhD student in Social Justice Education (SJE) at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Nina earned her Master’s degree in College Student Services Administration and worked professionally in student affairs for 6 years before deciding to pursue her doctorate. Her doctoral research seeks to explore the ways Intergroup Dialogue can be used to examine race-relations and racism within queer college communities and build cross-race coalitions. Nina has served as a teaching assistant and instructor for undergraduate and graduate-level courses focusing on Intergroup dialogue and social justice issues in education.

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