UMass students walking across the campus pond bridge.

We Are Diverse and Open-Minded

Committed to the Success and Well-Being of Every Individual

We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. As the commonwealth’s flagship campus, it is our responsibility to foster a community where every individual feels a sense of belonging. UMass Amherst is a place where everybody can thrive. 


The Belonging@UMass initiative seeks to understand and support the conditions needed for individuals to experience a sense of belonging: safety, empathy, acceptance, and connection.

At UMass Amherst, we believe in the collective power of our diverse community. We have created, and work hard to maintain, a culture where equity and inclusion are deeply embedded into the fabric of the university. 

Nefertiti Walker, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Public health sciences students in Goessmann Lab.

Diverse experiences and perspectives are essential to excellence in learning and innovation. We strive to enhance the student learning experience and academic success across cultural, social, linguistic, and learning differences.

Nef Walker

UMass Changemakers

Nefertiti Walker, vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion, discusses her work with The Collective Think Tank, a global consortium of some of today’s greatest academic minds and industry leaders focused on gender parity and improving diversity. 

A wide-angle photo of attendees at the 2023 JEDI Conference in the Student Union Ballroom

The Office of Equity and Inclusion guides UMass Amherst’s efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion through programming and resources for students, faculty, staff, and the community.