UWW exemplifies UMass Amherst's commitment to progressivism and social justice, according to the new UMass Amherst Chancellor, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, who gave UWW a nod during his inauguration speech on April 27. Here's an excerpt from his speech:
"For 150 years, UMass Amherst has quietly been serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: First as an agricultural school providing both practical and liberal education to the public; then advancing the science of agriculture and food production and preservation; and finally as a major research university covering the full breadth of disciplines. During its history, UMass Amherst has also had a profound commitment to social justice. Nestled in the Valley that was once referred to as the “birthplace of feminism,” with one of the oldest and best Ph.D. programs in Afro-American Studies, the largest unionized work-force in New England, and as the creator of University Without Walls, UMass Amherst has always been known as a progressive campus. Our campus is known nationally for our commitment to sustainability and internationally for our heterodox economics department, and our leadership in training educators in war-torn countries like Afghanistan."