The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Reopening: Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has released the university’s Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, which details how the fall semester will proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to read the comprehensive report, FAQs and other materials, go to

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Mission Statement

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts represents a wide range of voices and perspectives. Faculty and students are leaders in the effort to make our world a better place. We have a long history of presenting talks and organizing exhibits and performances that are presented to and enrich the whole campus and contribute to the conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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A Statement from Dean Julie C. Hayes

I write to you today as I reckon with the sorrow and outrage brought on by recent unconscionable acts of racial violence and institutional racism. The deep anxiety already experienced by Black communities during the ongoing pandemic has been compounded by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—only the latest in a centuries-long line of brutal acts of racial violence. As Chancellor Subbaswamy issued a statement to the larger campus community, I wanted our HFA community to know that we hear you and support you during this troubling time. Silence is not the answer.

Thanks to the work of the dedicated faculty and staff of the UMass Amherst Translation Center, this message has been translated into eleven languages:
Arabic, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Italian, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Featured Event: Building Bridges Virtual Worker Artist Showcase

June 30 through July 9th

Building Bridges is a UMass public art and engagement initiative that draws on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together and create a bridge across difference. The phrase “build bridges, not walls” has become a popular response to the rhetoric of fear and exclusion that has been dominating US headlines. Building Bridges is an effort to counter this fear and exclusion by focusing on the very real and positive possibilities that exist when people come together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, nationality, and more. The initiative is a collaborative effort between The Partnership for Worker Education, Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The online showcase includes work by HFA’s own valued staff member Loni Edwards!

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Dignity & Respect in Action

Climate conversations will continue this spring with ‘Dignity and Respect in Action: Community Conversations’. Part of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, these conversations will be focused on crating dialogue and and developing skills for building more inclusive campus communities.