The Allies for Equity Initiative in the College of Engineering formally launched in Spring 2020 focuses on changing and nurturing an equitable and an inclusive climate for underrepresented individuals in the College. The group provides an opportunity for members to discuss forms of implicit and explicit harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, age, disability and nationality among others. Engineering Allies for Equity also discuss what it means to be an effective ally through identifying tools for intervention to foster a supportive environment that enables all students, staff and faculty succeed.
As Allies, we understand that becoming an effective ally is a process of listening, learning, acting and listening again. And that process may look messy at times. We provide space for that learning process. You don’t have to be a seasoned ally to start being one.
UMass Amherst and its constituent colleges uphold the value of diversity and equity. They strive for an inclusive excellence in classrooms, research labs, dorms and beyond. Engineering Allies for Equity strive to uphold such values in helping to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for students, faculty and staff who are most likely to face discrimination, implicit and explicit bias based on gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religion, nationality and socio-economic status among others.
All faculty, staff and students interested in creating and nurturing an inclusive learning and working environment are highly encouraged to join Allies for Equity Initiative. As allies, they lead discussions with fellow allies to bring to light ways and behaviors that define an effective allyship for Equity in engineering.