Social Justice Education 30th Anniversary Celebration

Join us to celebrate the SJE program's 30th anniversary and honor Professor Emerita Maurianne Adams' legacy. 

Livestream Friday's Presentations

Livestream videos of Friday's panels are available to those who cannot attend in person. Click below to join each presentation.

Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Social Justice Education (SJE) program at UMass Amherst is thrilled to invite you to our 30th anniversary celebration to be held Friday, September 23 through Saturday, September 24, 2022. We will bring together students, faculty, alums, and other beloved friends and community members to take part in a variety of programming and other festivities. Our goal is to provide a meaningful and much-needed opportunity to learn in community with one another--across generations, social identities, and professional and activist roles. We hope that this will be an opportunity and space for attendees to explore healing and self care, talk about current events, exchange expertise, gifts and talents, and invest in both new and existing connections across and within generations.

An overview of the event is provided below. The anniversary planning committee will continue to update this page as more information is finalized. Please contact with any questions. We hope to see you in September!

Schedule & Registration

An updated schedule for the weekend is available in this Google Doc.

Please register here

Featured events include:

  • SJE panels. On Friday we will kick things off with an interactive presentation of SJE's past, present, and future, followed by an afternoon interactive panel dedicated to Maurianne Adams' legacy.
  • Social gatherings. An opportunity to gather with current students, alums, and staff under an open-air tent. There will be formal and informal opportunities for community building and celebration.
  • Breakout sessions. Saturday is filled with multiple sessions to engage in conversation within and across generations. There will be a wide range of topics to choose from.

Registration is free thanks to Maurianne's posthumous gift and the SJE gift account. Contributions are welcome to the following funds, however:

Honoring Professor Emerita Maurianne (Schifreen) Adams

On Friday afternoon we will honor Professor Emerita Maurianne Adams’ legacy and many contributions to SJE, the College of Education, UMass Amherst, and surrounding communities. Professor Adams was a co-founder of the College’s Social Justice Education concentration along with Professor and Dean Emerita Bailey Jackson, Professor Pat Griffin, and Professor Barbara J. Love. 

Professor Adams first taught at Smith College before working at UMass Amherst for over 50 years. Before joining the faculty of the College of Education, she was actively involved in undergraduate education as Coordinator of Academic Affairs for Project 10, Director for Social Issues and Instructional Development for Residential Academic Programs for the College of Education.

She was a prolific scholar who authored or co-authored more than eight books and 50 journal articles and book chapters including Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (4th Edition) and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (5th Edition). She also served as editor of the College of Education’s academic journal Equity & Excellence in Education for twelve years. Professor Adams was a thought leader and steady force within social justice education and the campus  community at large. Her legacy continues to influence and inspire students, alumni, and junior and senior colleagues in the field. Professor Adams died on October 6, 2020. Read more about her life and legacy.

Travel & Lodging

All events will take place in Furcolo Hall at UMass Amherst. The building address is 813 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002.

Parking will be available in Lot 44, which is adjacent to Furcolo Hall (see box C1 on this campus map). Please request a parking pass for this event via the online registration form.

Below are some popular lodging options in Amherst and the surrounding area. Note: All local hotels has been released. Price and availability will vary based on location. If you are still seeking housing and a local western Massachusetts host please reach out by Thursday, September 15 via email at to be connected with a host.


(Closest to venue)


Deerfield + Northampton

(Furthest from venue)

Allen House Inn Comfort Inn & Suites* Deerfield Inn
Black Walnut Inn* Hampton Inn Red Roof Inn
Hotel UMass** Homewood Suites Hotel Northampton
Inn on Boltwood Howard Johnson* Quality Inn & Suites


Special Thanks & Contact Information

We are grateful to the Maurianne Adams Endowment Fund and Social Justice Education gift account for making this event possible. We are also extremely grateful to all the individuals who are making this event possible. Thank you so much!

Members of the planning team can be reached at Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions, comments, or concerns that you would like us to address. 

Support SJE

Registration for the 30th anniversary celebration is free thanks to Maurianne's posthumous gift and the SJE gift account.

The planning committee and college leadership team would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of the alumni, faculty, and staff who have supported the SJE program. Thank you for your generosity. There are several ways you can continue to support the next generation of SJE scholars:

Event Safety, Note on Covid

As we approach the 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are excited to welcome everyone to UMass Amherst. The year 2022 marks the 3rd year in which COVID-19 is a reality. Your commitment to best public health practices will help ensure a successful and healthy 2-day experience, as guests are attending from all over the country.

The university has been consistent in their approach throughout the pandemic. The university’s policies and protocols are based on federal CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. Below are the key aspects for the Anniversary Celebration:

  • We encourage you to get tested pre-arrival
  • Masking and Antigen (at-home) tests
    • Masks are strongly encouraged during the anniversary celebration, particularly in crowded indoor settings, to help care for and protect individuals who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Free KN95 masks and antigen (at-home) tests are available in vending machines located on the lower level of the Campus Center. A limited supply will be available at the SJE check in desk as well. 

We thank everyone for their continuing support to keep everyone safe as we embark upon a time of community and healing.