Mission and Vision


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.


The Stonewall Center envisions the University of Massachusetts Amherst to be a justice-centered, anti-racist, and anti-ableist campus that includes and celebrates people across spectrums of gender, sexual, and romantic identities; affirms the intersectional realities of people’s lives; and challenges oppression.  We seek to foster an environment where intentional relationships are established to examine, learn, and understand our collective responsibility to create more inclusive, affirming, and accommodating communities.