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Community Building Events

Fall 2022 Events Celebrating & Building our Diverse Community


Links to Campus Series:

 

College and department events

  • September 7, 2022, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, tent in engineering quad. Welcome reception for engineering first-generation and/or transfer students. [Audience: All engineering first-generation community members (UG, Grad, staff, faculty), all engineering transfer students, all engineering allies for these groups; Sponsor: College of Engineering Office of DEI]
     
  • September 8, 2022, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, tent in engineering quad. All engineering welcome. Engineering student organizations and college level offices will host informational tables; meet faculty and staff (CEE 10:45 - 11:45 am, CHE 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, ECE noon - 1:00 pm, BME 1:00 - 2:00 pm, MIE 2:30 - 3:30 pm). [Audience: All engineering community members; Sponsor: College of Engineering Dean and Departments]
     
  • September 8, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, tent in engineering quad. Welcome reception for engineering graduate students. [Audience: All engineering graduate students, both new and returning; Sponsor: College of Engineering Dean and Departments]
     
  • September 9, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, tent in engineering quad. Welcome reception for engineering staff and faculty. [Audience: All engineering staff and faculty; Sponsor: College of Engineering Dean]
     
  • September 21, 2022, 4 pm or 7 pm, Bowker Auditorium. Theater Delta Performance - What’s Your Problem? The performance focuses on an interaction among students in a casual, social setting. Topics covered will include intersecting identities, microaggressions including intent versus impact, bystander intervention, and understanding our unique social location (privilege) and the concept of Social Justice through a Restorative Justice framework.  Registration required. [Audience: All engineering community members, especially UG sophomores & juniors and e-board members of student orgs; Sponsor: College of Engineering Office of DEI]
     
  • September 22, 2022, 4 pm, Bowker Auditorium. Theater Delta Performance - Can I be of any help?. The performance focuses on an interaction among students and a faculty member in an academic setting. Topics covered will include intersecting identities, microaggressions including intent versus impact, bystander intervention, and understanding our unique social location (privilege) and the concept of Social Justice through a Restorative Justice framework.   Registration required. [Audience: All engineering community members, especially UG sophomores & juniors and e-board members of student orgs, grad students, and faculty; Sponsor: College of Engineering Office of DEI]

 

Campus events

  • September 13 & 14, 2022. Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Conference. For more information and to register, go here. The conference will feature remarks by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, panel discussions with campus leadership on belonging, a United Against Hate workshop, and more. [Audience: All campus members; Sponsor: UMass Amherst OEI]
     
  • Do I Belong? What Can Instructors Do to Foster Students’ Sense of Belonging. 10 - 11:30 am, 9/13, CC 165.
    • Growing Our Culture of Inclusion and Belonging. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, 9/13, CCA
    • Inclusion in Action: How UMass Campus Leaders are Prioritizing Belonging, 9:00 - 10:15 am, 9/14, SUB.
    • UMass Belonging by the Numbers: Takeaways from the Campus Climate Survey, 10:15 - 11:15 am, SUB.
    • United Against Hate Workshop, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, SUB. This session discussions how collaboration between campus and investigators can lead to early detection of potential threats. UMass Police, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of UMass.
  • September 15, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Graduate School Spaulding-Smith and REAL Fellows Reception. [Audience: fellows + invited representatives from colleges; Sponsor: Graduate School]

  • September 14, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, CCA. CMASS Cultural Connections. [Audience: All UMass campus and general public; Sponsor: CMASS]

  • October 22, 2022, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, SUB. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ Women, and Women with Disabilities in STEM Speaker Event. [Audience: All campus BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ women and allies; Sponsor: UMass OEI, College of Engineering, others].

  • December 5, 2022, TBA. Powerlands film and discussion. A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents. [Audience: All campus BIPOC and allies; Sponsor: College of Engineering Office of DEI, others]

 

Campus teaching-classroom focused offerings:

  • September 1, 2022, 12:00 pm, 538 Goodell. Succeeding as an International Teaching Assistant. A panel of international graduate students will share their knowledge of UMass undergrad culture, their first-hand experiences teaching, and strategies for teaching success so that you can feel comfortable in the classroom. Pre-registration required. [Audience: All International Graduate Students new to teaching, Postdocs; Sponsor: Graduate School OPD; International Programs Office]

  • September 6, 2002, 3:00 - 6:30 pm. Disability Services Open House.

  • September 7, 2022, 10:30 am, Campus Center Auditorium. State of the Student with keynote by Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D. [Audience: All UMass faculty and students; Sponsors: UMass Student Affairs & Campus Life]

  • September 19, 2022, 12:20 - 1:20 pm, 538 Goodell. Teaching Emotional or Controversial Topics. This workshop will cover preparing students for challenging conversations by introducing “whole brain living,” establishing trust and setting boundaries by way of community building, and cultivating skills that can be used to defuse a situation. Pre-registration required. [Audience: All Graduate Students, Postdocs; Sponsor: Graduate School OPD]

  • September 21, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 am, 438 Goodell. Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom. Learn how to identify some microaggressions in the classroom and explore a few strategies that can help you effectively respond as an instructor. Pre-registration required.  [Audience: All Graduate Students; Sponsors: Graduate School OPD]

  • September 23, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, 538 Goodell. Inviting Student Identities and Experiences into the Classroom. Reflect on strategies to include not only personal experiences but also identities and special needs in the learning experience. Pre-registration required. [Audience: All Graduate Students, Postdocs; Sponsor: Graduate School OPD]

  • September 29, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 538 Goodell. Emotional Intelligence and Empathetic Teaching as Tools for Inclusive Classroom Engagement. Learn how to use empathetic teaching and emotional intelligence as a tool to create resilient and compassionate learning environments using evidence-based methods and real-world examples of conflict management and resolution. Pre-registration required. [Audience: All Graduate Students, Postdocs; Sponsor: Graduate School OPD]

  • September 29, 2022, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Old Chapel. UMass Systemwide Congress on Student Success:Improving Retention. See here for more information. [Audience: faculty; Sponsor: UMass President’s Office’