The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alumni & Friends

Alumni & Friends

Spring on the UMass Amherst campus.

Esther Cuesta Santana

UMass Alumni Honors 2022: Esther Cuesta Santana ’02, ’09MA, ’15PhD

Revolutionary Spirit Award

Esther Cuesta Santana ’02, ’09MA, ’15PhD

As a public servant and legislator, Esther Cuesta Santana is a pioneer committed to deepening cultural understanding. She has been a member of Ecuador’s National Assembly since 2017, and previously held the position of vice minister of human mobility of Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Charles M. Sennott

Charles M. Sennott '84 Distinguished Leader Award

Distinguished Leader Award

Charles M. Sennott '84

Recognized as one of the nation's most accomplished foreign correspondents, Charles M. Sennott is dedicated to the pursuit of ethical and responsible journalism. He is founder of the GroundTruth Project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.

Rachael Splaine Rollins '94 Excellence in Service Award

Excellence in Service Award

Rachael Splaine Rollins '94

For her entire career, Rachael Rollins has pushed boundaries and challenged the status quo in the pursuit of justice. Working as district attorney for Suffolk County in Massachusetts, Rollins developed a reputation as a progressive, reform-minded prosecutor. She was recently confirmed by the Senate to be U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, making her the first Black woman to hold the role in the history of the Commonwealth. 

Detail from Spring 2018 cover of UMass magazine.

UMass the magazine

Featuring accomplished alumni, exceptional students, and noteworthy faculty, UMass magazine tells the story of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in words, pictures and more.

In Case You Missed It

Virtual Events

Dedicated faculty and staff across the college have worked to ensure students and the campus community continue to ask challenging, critical questions and experience meaningful connections. Through online formats, we've hosted guest speakers and artists and organized conversations around current events. Furthermore, these efforts have seen increased engagement with alumni. Moving events into the virtual realm means alumni from around the globe can connect with UMass Amherst, wherever they are.

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Global UMass Community

Vibrant and pioneering, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association plays an essential role in engaging and mobilizing alumni, enhancing the student experience, and advancing UMass Amherst as a top public research university.