Events and Announcements
Meet new Stonewall Center Assistant Director, Crystal Nieves
Crystal began work on Monday, July 24. Stop by and meet her, or find out more about our new assistant director here.
Incoming and Returning UMass Students Needed for LGBTQIA Mentorship Program
Are you a new student looking for a mentor to support you through navigating the school semester and queer community, or simply to have an LGBTQIA+ friend here? Are you a returning student looking to give back by supporting an incoming student? The Stonewall Center's Peer Mentorship Program matches first-year students to a mentor within the UMass queer community to provide academic, social, and emotional support.
Incoming students apply here.
Returning students apply here.
Trans Voice Group Starting
The Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing at UMass Amherst is holding a Transgender Voice and Communication Group this fall. It is a 10-week group program for transgender individuals focusing on voice training and communication qualities that contribute to the perception of gender. All trans individuals, including post-transition and nonbinary individuals, are welcome. This group will be emotionally safe and confidential. The cost for the full program is $250. For more information, contact Jane Sackett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
An event for bisexual, pansexual, queer, and sexually fluid students to meet each other. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Bi/Pan/Queer Collective.
Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
An event for QTPOC students to meet each other. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the QTPOC group.
Stonewall Center Open House
Thursday, Sept. 7, 4-6 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Come to the campus lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) and ally center to meet new and returning students and to find out about the various campus LGBTQIA+ groups and events. Vegetarian dinner provided.
Pride Alliance First Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
The Pride Alliance is the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ group at UMass.
LGBTQIA+ and Ally Student Pool Party
Friday, Sept. 8, 8-11 p.m., Totman Hall Pool
A free, body-positive and gender-affirming event where everyone can have fun in the water.
Rapid HIV and STI Testing
Monday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Campus Center, Room 163
Testing is conducted by University Health Services (UHS). There is typically no cost: most UMass students will have their insurance cover testing (bring your insurance card). STD testing is for gonorrhea and chlamydia (don't urinate for 1-2 hours before the test). HIV testing involves a finger prick and results are available in 20-30 minutes. Sponsored by UHS and the Stonewall Center. For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs
Trans and Gender-Nonconforming UMass Student Support Group Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., 302 University Health Services
The trans and gender-nonconforming support group is a free, weekly drop-in meeting facilitated by Ethan Suniewick, a trans-identified therapist. The reception will introduce students to the group. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). For more information: email@example.com
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., 102 Wilder Hall
Are you coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual? Are you already out, but want a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+? Then come to this reception to meet new people and learn about this weekly support and discussion group. Food will be provided. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).
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 larger Pioneer Valley. We also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. We work closely with other campus departments and offices and local organizations to foster student learning, development, and leadership; promote academic excellence; build LGBTQIA communities; and enhance the lives of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.