We believe that academic excellence in science is enhanced when faculty and students from diverse perspectives come together in an environment that is inclusive and equitable.

This statement is one of our core principles at the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), and we recognize that the systemic oppression, abuse, and killing of Black and brown people across the United States means we have a long way to go toward removing the inequality that permeates all levels of our society. For this reason, CNS has committed to increase awareness of white privilege and racism in our institution, and to convert that knowledge to action through guided discussions, trainings, and workshops, so that we may become effective allies.

On a university-wide level, we want to get a reliable picture of how UMass is doing on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. To that end, Chancellor Subbaswamy sent everyone an email with a link to our 2021 Campus Climate Survey. The survey is a web-based questionnaire that asks all students, faculty, and staff about their:

  • Perceptions of the inclusiveness of the campus community overall 
  • Experiences and interactions within classrooms, schools/colleges, workplace environments, and the surrounding community 
  • Experiences and interactions shaped by social identity 
  • Perceptions of the university’s response to unfair treatment 
  • Changes needed to make UMass Amherst a more welcoming and inclusive place for all 

 The survey, which launched November 3 and runs through November 24, is voluntary and confidential — your name will not be linked to your responses. Please fill it out as soon as possible.