The Student Government Association stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
On this page, you'll find categorized national, statewide and UMass specific resources:
Black Lives Matter
BLM provides resources, information, and toolkits in the effort to end violence inflicted on black communities.
Showing Up for Racial Justice
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
Obama Foundation Resources
The Obama Foundation provides ways to advocate for change, resources to learn about police violence, actions you can take to encourage reform, and organizations you can support.
National Black Justice Coalition
The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. NBJC has provided leadership at the intersection of national civil rights groups and LGBTQ/SGL organizations, advocating for the unique challenges and needs of the African American LGBTQ/SGL community.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. You can follow TBG through their podcast and private community Facebook support group. They also provide a directory to connect women with culturally competent therapists. TBG holds free group support sessions weekly on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. EST.
Being antiracist is fighting against racism. This resource by the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides an overview of the types of racism endemic in our society, and how we can be active antiracists.
The NAACP’s mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Letters for Black Lives
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness. It offers explainers of the Black Lives Matter movement in dozens of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Russian and more.
Information about mental health promotion and positive coping as well as resources related to mental illness and treatment. Ourselves, Black provides relevant, current, and engaging mental health content and stories specifically rooted in communities of color.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office responds to individual student needs and concerns, providing the support, resources and referrals they may need.
Phone: (413) 545-2684
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
CCPH is staffed by licensed mental health providers and available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention services and assessment. CPPH offers a number of psychological and mental health consulting services, including a summer support group for students of color every Thursday at 3:00pm.
Center for Multicultural Advancement of Student Success (CMASS)
CMASS will be providing a number of support systems and resources over summer intermission including drop-in sessions, one on one opportunities to talk, and collaborative programming with UMass community members and offices.
UMass Men and Masculinities Center
Using a male-positive, multicultural, and pro-feminist perspective, the Men and Masculinities Center promotes healthy relationships and positive expressions of masculinity; provides programs to support male students to explore the intersections of male identities; and fosters men’s healthy and positive development through scholarship, leadership development, outreach, and advocacy.
Student Legal Services Office
The Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) provides legal assistance to UMass Amherst students and student groups.
Youth Justice & Power Union
Organization run by black and brown youths in Boston, centers black and brown voices, builds community, and develops leaders in order to address systemic issues.
Material Aid and Advocacy Program
Supports and empowers community members experiencing homelessness or living in poverty, through material aid, access to resources, and advocacy opportunities.