Daniel McGee


On April 20, 2021, Commonwealth Honors College co-sponsored “The Pandemic behind Bars: COVID in the US Prison System.” Moderated by University of Massachusetts journalism professor Razvan Sibii, the event welcomed five panelists from across the United States to reflect upon the immense, disproportionate effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on prison institutions across the United States.


The WBSC is the international governing body for baseball and softball representing 138 countries across Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. WBSC governs all international competitions involving National Teams, including the Olympics.


On February 15, 2021, Commonwealth Honors College hosted, via Zoom, its annual Black Heritage Month event. This year’s event, entitled “The Arts as a Praxis of Liberation: Embodying Change and Transformation in a Time of Racial Justice,” invited Professor Jamila Lyiscott of social justice education and Professor Juana Valdés of printmaking as panelists, and was moderated by Professor Judyie Al-Bilali of the Department of Theater.


Jana Douglass 20 was recently named a national finalist for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Of the thousands of students nominated by their universities this year for a total of forty Marshall Scholarships, Douglass was interviewed as one of the 160 finalistsa nod to her excellent academic and civic achievement.


Commonwealth Honors professor John Simpson recently opened an art exhibition at the newly constructed The Mill District in North Amherst featuring students’ work from his class “The Springfield Renaissance: Art and the City.”

henry turner

Henry Turner 00 has recently been named Principal of the Year by the online publication K-12 Dive for his leadership during the pandemic at Newton North High School, particularly his commitment to equity and antiracism. Turner, who graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in history, also currently serves on the Commonwealth Honors College advisory board.


Kathleen Brown-Perez, a Commonwealth Honors senior lecturer in anthropology, recently received a $2.5 million, four-year grant through the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies program (NAIS).

2020 Awardees

Commonwealth Honors College is happy to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its 2020 scholarship award recipients in the 2020 Commonwealth Honors College Scholarship Award Virtual Celebration. This year, Commonwealth Honors awarded over 200 scholarships totaling more than $350,000.


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.


Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UMass Student Farm Enterprise is still harvesting crops for the Amherst and UMass communities. The Student Farm is a year-long class held through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where students go through the full farming cycle—from planning and contracting vendors during the winter and early spring, to growing throughout the summer and harvesting in the fall.