The University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a public land-grant institution, has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, while demonstrating our commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence and that our students, faculty, and staff should reflect the diverse world in which we live.
Below are some of the programs and means of support the university has to offer:
Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) Support at UMass Amherst:
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP):
LSAMP funds undergraduate research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) laboratories. Research projects are directed and sponsored by STEM research faculty, and participants will work under their mentorship.
UMass Amherst STEM Ambassador Program:
The goal of the STEM Ambassadors Program is to increase levels of retention and graduation of STEM students and also the number of students who enroll in graduate studies or pursue careers in STEM fields.
Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success:
The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development as well as support for institutional diversity on the UMass Amherst campus.
Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate:
NEAGEP at UMass Amherst sponsors a number of activities to address the shortage of U.S. students, particularly underrepresented minority students, who receive PhDs in the STEM fields and become professors.
Women of Color Leadership Network:
WOCLN celebrates and supports the accomplishments and endeavors of Black/African American, African, Latina, South American, Chicana, Asian-Pacific Islander, South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Arab/Arab American, Caribbean, biracial and multiracial, and all indigenous women in the Five College Consortium.
LGBTQIA Mentoring (Stonewall Center):
The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches incoming first-year students to a mentor within the UMass queer community to provide academic, social, and emotional support.
UMass Women into Leadership:
UWiL is a one credit spring course, professional development program, and networking opportunity designed to provide hands-on leadership training and professional preparation for a career in public leadership.