Community Relations

The Office of External Relations and University Events acts as the primary liaison between UMass Amherst and the community.

We connect faculty, staff, and students with a wide range of opportunities in our host communities. We work with student organizations on community-service and volunteer opportunities, engage in community-relations initiatives, and coordinate the work of the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking.

The office builds and maintains relationships with the community by responding to inquiries and connecting university programs, resources, and expertise to meet community needs. We offer to the public and promote such university events as lectures, performances, concerts, and athletic events, and work jointly on economic development and planning projects.

Visit the Community Relations website to learn more.


Nancy Buffone
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
(413) 577-1101
Tony Maroulis
Executive Director of Community and Strategic Initiatives
(413) 577-1101