Jamila Lyiscott, assistant professor of social justice education, is being recognized as a 2019-20 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. Growing up as a first-generation American in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, Lyiscott learned how to navigate the contrasts between her family’s Caribbean background and an educational system that demanded assimilation.
The annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage raised over $632,000 this year, with many UMass Amherst faculty, staff and students participating. The department of sociology organized a team of 11 participants and raised $4,400 dollars for the cause. Faculty, grad students and undergraduates all took part in the event.