Community. Connection. Advocacy. Inclusion. Support.
We are committed to the success and well-being of every individual in our community. Everyone, from every background, makes us UMass Amherst.
Finding community and camaraderie with others helps you establish a home at UMass. Check out these campus connections for some ideas about where to start:
Take a look to find other students with shared interests, goals, and backgrounds.
Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS)
CMASS is your home for making multicultural connections, finding guidance for navigating UMass, promoting inclusion and equity, and fun and educational events. CMASS oversees four different cultural centers, a mentoring program, and other success programs.
Check out this video to learn more about CMASS!
The Stonewall Center
The Stonewall Center provides support, resources, programming, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and allied students, staff, and faculty. They also seek to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and the intersections of identities and oppression in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies.
First-Generation College Students
First-generation students are the first in their family to go to college. If you are a first-generation college student, reach out and say hi – we are happy to be part of your journey! Learn more, connect with us, and let us know what questions you have about UMass.
International Programs Office (IPO)
IPO offers resources, support, events, and activities for international students, including virtual advising hours, visa information, and an annual International Education Week celebration.
Center for Women & Community (CWC)
The CWC provides innovative and informed education, leadership opportunities, advocacy, and support services that address the cause and impact of sexism and recognize the multiple oppressions experienced by women. They also provide leadership opportunities, educational workshops, training, counseling, advocacy, and support services.
Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN)
The WOCLN offers a home away from home for African American, Latina, Asian American, Native American, Middle Eastern American, multiracial, and multicultural women. You can also connect with WOCLN for advocacy coaching, mentoring, internships, and other opportunities designed to support your success and community.
The Men and Masculinities Center
The mission of the Men and Masculinities Center is: To support male student success and the development of masculinities that are healthy for individuals and communities at UMass Amherst and beyond from a male positive, multicultural, and pro-feminist perspective. Connect with them to learn more about leadership opportunities, events, and weekly conversations.
Disability Services at is committed to full access for all people at UMass and embraces the philosophy of social justice. The office promotes the empowerment of people with disabilities and their full integration into campus life and the community. Direct services are provided for all types of disability.
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Connect for interfaith opportunities, including dialogues, community service, mindfulness activities, and other educational and bridge-building initiatives, designed to create an informed, caring, and supportive campus community for students of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Veteran Student Resource Center (SVRC)
This resource center offers you a place on campus to study, relax, and meet other student veterans. Workshops are offered throughout the year to help you stay informed about resources.
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health offers a community of care to UMass students to help cope with stress or anxiety, overcome challenges, promote mental wellbeing, and connect with others for support.
How can I indicate my preferred pronouns in Spire or on a course roster?
Students can indicate their pronouns by signing into SPIRE, selecting Main Menu, selecting My Personal Information, and selecting Pronouns.
How do I learn more about what UMass is doing to be a more inclusive place?
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page has tons of resources and information, including a book club, campus climate data, and opportunities to get involved.
How do I join a club or organization?
Information about each student club and organization can be found on Campus Pulse. If you can’t find membership details on the Campus Pulse page, reach out to the club or organization via email to ask about joining.
How else can I find community at UMass?
Stepping outside of your comfort zone and checking out any of the resources on this page can open doors to lasting connections, opportunities, and friendships.