The Stonewall Center's LGBTQIA+ Foundations and Allyship web course is available for UMass staff, faculty, and students
The course offers an independent, self-paced learning experience around the foundations of sexuality, gender, gender identity, and allyship. It is designed for UMass Amherst faculty, staff, and students to learn about strategies and resources to support LGBTQIA+ people. Faculty and staff who complete the training can receive a placard for their office that states that “this is a welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ people” and be listed on the Stonewall Center’s website as having taken the course. People can enroll here.
Events and Announcements
Look for These Stonewall Events in the Early Fall:
- Stonewall Center Block Party: Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Queer and Trans People of Color Community Dinner: Sept. 13, 6 p.m.
- A Workshop for Trans Students on Legally Changing Their Names: Sept. 26, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Drag Show and Dance: Oct. 7, 8-midnight
- National Coming Out Day Open Mic: Oct. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Apply to Work at the Stonewall Center
The Stonewall Center is hiring UMass undergraduate students for the 2022-23 school year to assist with programming for QTPOC (queer and trans people of color), trans, bi/pan, asexual, and Jewish students and to co-facilitate LGBTQIA+ presentations for classes. Training is provided and work-study is not required. Please apply here. Applications will begin to be considered in late August.
The Stonewall Center’s LGBTQIA+ Peer Mentoring Program Is Seeking Mentors and Mentees for the Fall
The Stonewall Center’s Peer Mentorship Program matches incoming students to a mentor within the University’s LGBTQIA+ community to provide academic, social, and emotional support. This program is dedicated to building community among LGBTQIA+ students on campus by fostering relationships between incoming and returning students and providing a built-in buddy system to help with transitioning to life at UMass. Peer mentorship pairs are expected to engage with each other at least 2-3 times per month with at least one of those being an in-person engagement.
Connect with Stonewall through Our Virtual Lounge on Discord
LGBTQIA+ Five College and other area college and high school students are invited to join the Stonewall Center’s Discord virtual lounge to hang out and chat or seek support and information.
The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the surrounding Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, racism, transmisogyny, and other forms of oppression and intersectionalities. We do this in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments, offices, and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership and to support individual academic success while building LGBTQIA communities and enhancing the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.