September 26, 2019
Public Health Sciences major Jasmine Inim was the student speaker at the annual Community Breakfast held on August 27 in the Campus Center Auditorium. Jointly sponsored by UMass Amherst and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast traditionally marks the beginning of the academic year and offers a chance for community and campus leaders to meet newcomers, renew friendships and talk about plans for the year ahead.
Inim described her passion for community organizing and social justice, and how “the collective power of a community could create positive change.” She recounted her work in the Community Scholars Program, a two-year academic, civic engagement and leadership program that works together with local community organizations, and the university’s Upward Bound program, which provides assistance to Springfield High School of Commerce students in an effort to increase college enrollment rates in first-generation or low-income families.
“People have the power to make an impact, and it’s vital that we continue to work collectively with communities toward social change,” she said.
Hundreds of people attended the breakfast, including UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, state representative Mindy Domb (D-Amherst), Amherst town officials, campus administration, and faculty and students.
See photos from the event on the Chancellor’s Facebook page.