One doesn’t need to look far in the Pioneer Valley or the Five Colleges to find multicultural programs with the intent of propagating a diverse and tolerant society for all students. Just at the University of Massachusetts, organizations like the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) promote multiculturalism and offer events that spread awareness and integrate multiple different groups.
Students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts participated in the YWCA Take a Stand Against Racism event in Wilider Hall on Friday April 26th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The opening panel discussion was named on “Building Strong and Diverse Communities: Taking Action to Prevent and Reduce Acts of Racial Hatred.” The panelists consisted of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan,Debora Ferreira the executive director of equal opportunity and diversity at UMass Amherst, and Amilcar Shabazz, faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence and professor of Afro-American studies at UMass Amherst.
Ferreira said that the Office of Equal Opportunity was put in place because of years of struggle but the office was created for all the “isms.” “I’m an immigrant,” in this country she said, “why should I be targeted because of the color of my skin?”