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

Op-Ed Writing Workshop
December 4, 10:30am to 12:00pm

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.

Panelists:

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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: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sound-science-sound-policy/201412/racial-anxiety-can-perpetuate-racial-inequalities

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In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research