The Importance of Storytelling

  • Building Bridges: Sharing your story fosters connection and understanding among peers with different backgrounds. This creates a more inclusive and welcoming campus community.

  • Validation and Empathy: Hearing others' experiences can validate your own and cultivate empathy for diverse perspectives. This fosters a sense of belonging and strengthens the social fabric of the university.

  • Self-Discovery: The process of crafting your story can lead to a deeper understanding of yourself, your values, and your place in the world.

  • Lifelong Learning: Engaging with diverse stories broadens your horizons and exposes you to new ways of thinking. This fosters lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity.

Finding Your Voice

UMass Amherst is committed to providing platforms for you to share your stories. We're constantly developing new initiatives to connect students and celebrate their unique narratives. Stay tuned to this section for upcoming opportunities to get involved and share your voice!