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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research

Research on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) studies intractable problems in society and serves to reveal untold stories, shed light on injustice, and enhance equity.

Just as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is core to UMass Amherst's values, these themes permeate research and scholarship conducted across the university. UMass Amherst is committed to open and equitable access to information and working to make the world a better place by generating new knowledge. Through programs geared toward traditionally underrepresented groups of students and faculty, UMass also strives to promote their participation and success in education and careers in STEM and other disciplines.


Justin Coles

Justin A. Coles studies the experiences of Black youth in educational systems and helps them share their own stories through various forms of creative expression.

Provost Professor Charmaine Nelson at UMass Amherst.

Charmaine A. Nelson, a trailblazing art historian specializing in Black diasporic art and visual culture, strives to increase scholarship and awareness of the histories of slavery in Canada and the American North.

Nilanjana Dasgupta

The Institute of Diversity Sciences at UMass Amherst supports multidisciplinary research that aims to advance social justice and nurtures the success of diverse students as they enter the STEM workforce.


The UMass Amherst Center for Employment Equity documents progress and promotes accountability toward the goals in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.