Leadership, Activism & Community Service

Leadership development and community service are central to the university’s social mission and are integral to student development.  Housed in SAI, UMass CALLS (UMass Community Action through Leadership and Service) is a central portal into the array of volunteer, community service, leadership, and community building programs and opportunities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass CALLS offers its own suite of programs, serves as a resource for students and community organizations seeking student engagement opportunities, and collaborates with community organizations in their own engaged efforts. Through these activities, UMass CALLS facilitates and strengthens relationships between UMass Amherst and surrounding communities.


UMass Amherst has a rich history of student expression and activism.  Students can get involved with national and campus activism on a wide variety of issues through political and advocacy Registered Student Organizationsthe Center for Educational Policy Advocacy (CEPA), and The Resistance Studies Initiative.

MassPIRG offers non-partisan activist trainings in public speaking, community outreach, public relations, advocacy, an activist toolkit, and much more. Some students also take courses themed on Advocacy, Activism and Human Rights.

Student organizers planning demonstrations should review guidelines and policies related to student demonstrations and consult with Student Activities and Involvement staff and/or the Student Legal Services Office to ensure awareness of their protected rights, University of Massachusetts Amherst policies, and the availability of campus resources to support the safe exercise of protected rights.