UMass Amherst Chancellor praises UWW

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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."