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.
There are lots of identity/cultural-based spaces, activity-based spaces, and activity-based groups for you to connect with. You can find people who share similar interests as you, and celebrate what makes you you! Finding community helps you make your home at UMass Amherst.
Student Organizations – Discover unique opportunities at UMass Amherst through shared interests and activity.
CMASS – The Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) is here for you whether you are looking for social engagement, guidance in navigating the university, cultural connections, feedback on your plans for success, or to promote inclusion. Check out the programs, annual events, and services for additional information.
Stonewall – 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 college students are the first in their family to attend college. If you are out in front as a first-generation college student, you could be looking for ways to “decode” what happens on campus or in the classroom. We are excited to be part of your journey to a degree! Utilize all of the resources available to you as you navigate your success at UMass Amherst!
International Students – Welcome to UMass Amherst! Have you connected with the International Programs Office yet? They offer resources, support, events, and activities for international students.
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 UMass Men & Masculinities Center – Explore male student success and the development of a masculine identity that is healthy for individuals and communities. They offer programs to support male students to explore the intersections of male identities; and foster men’s healthy and positive development through scholarship, leadership development, outreach, and advocacy.
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life – Connect with interfaith dialogue, and other educational and bridge-building activities designed to foster an informed, caring, and supportive campus community for students of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Veteran Student Resource Center (SVRC) – Are you a student veteran? The 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 on resources.
How can I indicate my preferred pronouns in Spire or on a course roster?
Students can indicate sexual orientation and gender sexual orientation and gender identity in their personal SPIRE page by going to “My Personal Information” and then to “Gender and Sexual Identity.” Go to SPIRE.
Are there resources available for my specific cultural group?
Within CMASS, there are specific cultural centers for Latino/Latina, Native and Indigenous peoples, African Diaspora, and Asian Diaspora cultures.
How do I join a club or organization?
Campus Pulse provides information about each of the student organizations on campus. Find the club/organization you are interested in joining on Campus Pulse. If membership information is not provided on the Campus Pulse page, reach out to the club/organization via email to inquire about joining.