A wide-angle photo of attendees at the 2023 JEDI Conference in the Student Union Ballroom
Equity and Inclusion

Watch: Chancellor Reyes and Vice Chancellor Walker Discuss ‘Belonging’ During the 2023 JEDI Conference

Hundreds of members of the UMass Amherst community kicked off the new academic year by attending the second annual Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Conference, presented by the Office of Equity and Inclusion on Sept. 13 in the Student Union and Campus Center.

The conference featured a series of educational workshops, talks, panels and networking events dedicated to Belonging@UMass, and Chancellor Javier Reyes joined Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Nefertiti Walker in a lunchtime conversation, which can be found below.

In addition to the JEDI Conference, programs centering the theme of Belonging@UMass will take place throughout the semester, in collaboration with campus-wide partners. Through these events, the university aspires for campus community members to create connections between new friends and colleagues, engage with a wide variety of campus resources, and teach and learn about UMass Amherst’s commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging.

If you are planning an event centering belonging or are interested in contributing, the Office of Equity and Inclusion invites you to please complete this form.