Graduate Student Groups

GSCA Group Photo - Spring Banquet 2019

UMass Amherst has several graduate student organizations dedicated to the promotion and advancement of diversity and inclusion. Working with the Graduate School, these organizations aim to promote a sense of belonging for all students, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in academia, through community-building events, professional development programming, and the cultivation of a positive campus climate.

Graduate Student Organizations

  • Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) aims to build a sense of community among graduate students of color at UMass Amherst, through professional development workshops, peer mentoring and social networking.
  • The First Generation Initiative works to provide a social network and mentoring between graduate students and faculty who identify as the first in their immediate family to attain a four-year college degree.
  • Graduate Women in STEM is dedicated to the advancement of women in science and engineering through outreach, mentoring and professional development initiatives.
  • LGBTQ+ Grad Student Support Group is a biweekly group that is peer led and facilitated, and focuses on building community among LGBTQ+ graduate students.