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Black Graduate Student Healing Circle

The Graduate Student Senate recognizes that UMass is not—and has not been—a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for Black graduate students. We know that as the GSS, we need to do more to address anti-Blackness actively. In recognition of this, and to be more intentional and proactive in our commitment to anti-racism, we are collaborating with Josh Odam, a trauma Informed Life Coach/Founder and Creator of Healing While Black, LLC, to facilitate a healing circle for Black graduate students. The session will take place tomorrow May 10, at 2PM via zoom.  

GSS Statement on Lifting of the Mask Mandate

Dear Graduate Students,

We are writing today to express our extreme disappointment and opposition to the decision by the UMass Amherst Administration to end its mask mandate. We believe this decision is not in the best interests of our community and will lead to more students, faculty, and staff contracting this still very dangerous disease. According to a GSS Leadership COVID survey administered in fall 2021, the majority of graduate students did not feel that the university had enough protocols and regulations in place with regards to COVID-19, and this decision erodes the few protocols which were put in place by administration.The same sentiments were expressed in the Graduate Student Senate’s February meeting with the Administration's COVID-19 Implementation Team.

GSS Statement On Anti-Asian Violence

Dear Graduate Students and Community Members,

We, the members of the Graduate Student Senate are saddened by the horrific and violent murders of: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. by a white supremacist on Monday, March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The violent murders of majority Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia highlights the racism, violence, and bigotry our friends and relatives in the Asian-American community have faced over the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

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