Nef A. Walker, PhD, Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer, acknowledges the distress and angst felt by our community, especially our Black community members who are living through the very public and all-too-common assault against their humanity, and urges us all to take good care of ourselves, and continue to support and lift each other. 

Mt. Ida

If you’re considering an internship in the Boston area, as a UMass Amherst student you can take advantage of our Mount Ida Campus in Newton, Mass.


Civic Engagement and Service-Learning has several academic community-engagement opportunities for Commonwealth Honors Students during Fall 2021.


Commonwealth Honors College is looking for a graduating Honors student to record a message to fellow graduates (three to five minutes), that will be shared as part of the virtual Celebration of Excellence ceremony on Thursday, May 13, 2021.  The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021.


Service + Learning

A two-semester program that provides Honors students of any major who will be sophomores in Fall 2021 with hands-on learning and practical skills for engaging with the community. Interested students must apply to participate in Soph-Serve by March 30, 2021.

Panelists Selected for 2021 Signature Black Heritage Month Event 

The Commonwealth Honors College has selected UMass Amherst College of Education's Professor Jamila Lyiscott and Professor Juana Valdés (studio arts) as the panelists for its 2021 Black Heritage Month event, which will be moderated by Professor Judyie Al-Bilali (theater). This year’s lecture, “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice,” will be hosted on February 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration is required. Register Now!

Dr. Olivia Aguilar

Olivia Aguilar has been selected as the speaker for the 2021 Daffodil Lecture this spring. Aguilar is a tenured associate professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, where she is also the Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment


The deadline to apply for Commonwealth Honors College scholarships is February 28, 2021.


Commonwealth Honors Dean and Professor Mari Castañeda will be teaching the common experience course "What's the Big Idea?: How Innovative Thinking Can Change the World" this Spring 2021.


The Student Advisory Board provides feedback and recommendations to the Dean regarding the College’s teaching, research, and outreach missions, especially as it relates to student success.