WFUM Fund 2018-19 Award Winners

Women for UMass Amherst awarded $48,900 in 2018-19 to the following deserving projects:


Graduate Computer Science Women at UMass Amherst

Award: $6,000

Travel grants will provide the financial resources to enable women in the Department of Computer Science to attend conferences and workshops in the field. These opportunities allow the students to present their work, collaborate, network, and learn about other industry research.

La Borinqueña

Award: $5,000

The Latinx American Cultural Center is hosting a comic book tour, reading, and meet-and-greet of La Borinqueña author Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. The project seeks to create a positive, inclusive, and challenging learning environment that encourages self-motivation and intellectual inquiry for women. In addition, the goal is to highlight leadership and inspire young women to see themselves as everyday heroines in real and imagined scenarios.

She is Goals…!

Award: $10,000

The “She is Goals…!” project will bring innovative and sustainable ways of creating community among women of color student leaders. Through monthly dialogues and a spring symposium, the goal of the project is to strengthen student engagement and campus life.

UMass Asian American Film Festival

Award: $2,500

The Film Festival will feature three films created by Asian American filmmakers. Students will engage in discussion with the filmmakers on how they use their platform to spread knowledge and awareness of different social and historical issues.

Women in Architecture Creative Production Project

Award: $5,400

The Department of Architecture, College of Humanities and Fine Arts will host a creative exchange between nationally renowned women architects, faculty, and students. Through the public lectures and exhibits, the project aims to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the field of architecture.

Women in Art and Math

Award: $10,000

Women in Art and Math Symposium will be an engaging platform for public discussions that bridge the disciplines of art and mathematics and celebrate the innovative work by women in these fields. The University Museum of Contemporary Art will host the symposium with a series of exhibitions connecting to the theme “where beauty meets math.” 

Women of Isenberg Conference

Award: $7,500

The Women of Isenberg’s mission is “to connect current students, staff, faculty and alumnae to build a support network and community of empowerment for collegiate women in business.” Through a keynote speaker, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and a networking lunch, the conference opens the door meaningful dialogue regarding important issues facing women in the workplace.

Women in Sports Media Symposium

Award: $2,500

Hosted by the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst, the symposium’s mission is to provide a forum for educating students about the career options, opportunities and challenges for women in sports media and the many issues facing women in sports. Prominent women employed in sports media will spend the day on campus with students, faculty, and community members.