The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

OpEd Writing Workshop with Scholars Strategy Network

The Public Engagement Project, in collaboration with The Scholars Strategy Network, is pleased to provide a free, hands-on OpEd Writing Workshop for scholars who want to learn how to write and pitch compelling, research-based OpEds.

Participants will learn how to craft a good lede, identify and incorporate timely news hooks, signal the author’s unique and relevant expertise, increase the likelihood of publication, and structure an OpEd for maximum impact. The workshop is great for all scholars, whether they have written OpEds before or are just starting to think about writing their first piece.

Participants should come prepared with an idea for an OpEd in mind and will be guided through shaping their idea into a first draft.

Featured Facilitator: Dominik Doemer, Associate Director of Communications, Scholars Strategy Network
Dominik helps researchers connect with the media, write opinion pieces for popular outlets, and develop a media strategy for their work. Dominik has helped scholars place pieces in outlets such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, USA Today, Politico, and many others. Dominik also produces SSN’s weekly interview podcast, No Jargon.

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders with America’s top researchers to improve policy and strengthen democracy. SSN is a membership-based organization with approximately 1,500 scholars at 270 universities located in 48 states. Learn more at

Seating is limited. Please register at here by March 2, 2020


Cultural Humility Workshop

The Center for Community Health Equity Research is offering a free one-day training on cultural humility, a critical component of successful community-engaged research practice, on February 14, 2020. Please join Jenise Katalina and Dayna Campbell, local cultural humility trainers from MotherWoman to take part in immersive workshops and activities designed to:

-increase understanding of the ways unrecognized privilege can hamper research collaboration
-build skills and expertise in cross-cultural communication, and
-practice cultural humility to create authentic, mutually beneficial research partnerships with community organizations

Space is limited! Please RSVP here to reserve your spot.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Health Equity Research, the Institute for Social Science Research, Institute for Diversity Sciences, and Public Engagement Project.

Public Engagement: Getting Your Research Out There

February 10, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Campus Center 804-08

Scholars are increasingly interested in influencing policy and public debates.  But how can they be most effective at engaging diverse audiences?

Three panelists will discuss public engagement strategies and skills, as well as the resources the campus can provide to support scholars in their efforts.


Amy Schalet, Ph.D. 

Director, Public Engagement Project
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology

Public Engagement Project Announces Nine Faculty Selected for the 2015 Faculty Fellows Program

The Public Engagement Project (PEP) at the University of Massachusetts is pleased to announce the 2015 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows program.  Nine UMass faculty members from across eight departments and three colleges and schools will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners, and public debates. Faculty fellows receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences.

Linda Tropp Co-Authors Column on How Racial Bias and Prejudice Continue to Have a Negative Impact in America

"The beginning of a four part series by Linda Tropp and Rachel Godsil sharing insights from the mind sciences to help answer why race continues to be so salient even while most people actively reject racism. And practices that can help change behavior and outcomes."

Part I: