#AmherstActs: Donation Match! [ends 6/10/20 midnight]

Donation Matching drive

The President’s Office is partnering with the BSU to match donations made to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center up to $250/person. Please use the link below to send screenshots of your donations so they can be tracked and counted for the fundraiser. We will always demand justice for Black lives and accountability for the violence wrought by systemic racism, and in support of the BSU’s mission, #AmherstActs. Open to students, faculty, and staff!

Support Sessions and Events

For Us, By Us: Black Student Support Circle: June 8, 3-4 p.m.

Monday, June 8, 3-4 p.m.—For Us, By Us: Black Student Support Circle. This is a space for Black students to seek support and community with one another at this time when our Black lives and anti-Black racism, violence, and Black death are in national and international news. co-facilitated by Eboni Rafus-Brenning, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and Nayah Mullings, Director of the Women’s and Gender Center.

Solidarity Spaces and Support Circles

Resource Center teams will offer a series of solidarity spaces and support circles:

Monday, June 8, 3-4 p.m.—For Us, By Us: Black Student Support Circle
Zoom Link (for students)

  • Join Eboni and Nayah as we hold space for ourselves and each other in Black grief, love and care. This is a space for Black students to seek support and community with one another at this time when our Black lives and anti-Black racism, violence, and Black death are in national and international news. We will resist with our existence, speak and share our truths, and talk through our needs. This space will be co-facilitated by Eboni Rafus-Brenning, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and Nayah Mullings, Director of the Women’s and Gender Center.

Wednesday, June 10, 3-4 p.m.—Non-Black POC Student Solidarity Space
Zoom Link (for students)

  • Join RCT staff in conversation and reflection on what it means to be experiencing this historical moment as Non-Black People of Color. We hope to create a space to connect, share ideas, and identify anti-racist actions for moving forward together. Through intentional reflection, we will investigate the ways that anti-Blackness exists within ourselves and our communities. The discussion will wrap up with a review of anti-racist strategies and resources. The solidarity space will be hosted by Tenzin Kunor, Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Leadership, Paola Gallego, Administrative Coordinator, and Gabriel Hall, Assistant Director of International Student Engagement (CISE).

Thursday, June 11, 3-4 p.m. —Doing the Work: White Students in Solidarity for Black Lives
Zoom Link (for students)

  • Join us as we hold space for ourselves, our fellow white people, and those who hold whiteness as part of their identity to engage in an intentional reflection about how to show up for racial justice. Together, we hope to begin the process of learning and unlearning ways we are socialized to uphold and protect violent and harmful structures, and share ways of showing up in the Movement for Black Lives. Hosted by Hanna Bliss, Director (CISE), and Jxhn Martin, Director QRC.

Thursday, June 11th 3-4pm—Doing the Work: White Staff in Solidarity for Black Lives
Zoom Link (for staff)

  • Join us as we hold space for ourselves, our fellow white people, and those who hold whiteness as part of their identity to engage in an intentional reflection about how to show up for racial justice. Together, we hope to begin the process of learning and unlearning ways we are socialized to uphold and protect violent and harmful structures and share ways of showing up in the Movement for Black Lives. Hosted by Angie Tissi-Gassoway, Associate Dean and Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership.

Future Events

  • The RCT and Counseling Center will host additional support spaces during the week of June 15.
  • ODI workshop on white identity and allyship later in the month.
  • The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and ODI will offer an academic presentation on race and racism.
  • We will follow our successful COVID Conversations series with new live-stream events exploring protest and civil unrest.

Details on all of these programs to follow.


Mental Health Resources

  • Students in need of mental health support should access the confidential counseling and referral services at the Counseling Center (413.542.2354). The Center continues to offer a variety of services for students: support groups specifically related to racial and other affinities, help accessing care in your current location, urgent care, and individual counseling.
  • Faculty and staff needing mental health support should contact New Directions, Amherst’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). New Directions is a comprehensive, confidential resource that employees can access at any time, either through the website or by calling 1.800.624.5544. (You will need to enter our “company code”: Amherst College.)

Reading Lists and Multi-Media Resources

Community Resources

Statement from the Amherst College Police Department

The Amherst College Police Department (ACPD)—its leadership, supervisors, and staff—join our campus community in denouncing the violent racist actions that resulted in the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  

ACPD holds sacred the phrase "to protect and serve;" our actions will always reflect this value. We have long embraced our role as community caretakers. We work hard to build and maintain a culture, underpinned by practices and policies, that support just and equitable policing. Our highest priority is to treat people with dignity and respect thus creating an environment of trust with the community. We know we need to earn that trust, and we take that commitment very seriously. 

Guided by the President’s Task Force Report on Policing in the 21st Century developed during the Obama administration, we seek to work proactively with our community to build relationships and engage in collaborative approaches to supporting and making the community safer. This is reflected in our close relationships with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Beyond the basic requirements for law enforcement training, ACPD focuses on training that is specifically relevant to our diverse community, such as focused training on trauma-aware investigations, fair and impartial policing, solution-based community policing, implicit bias, and transgender awareness. 

We continue to commit to building trust and legitimacy, developing strong policy and oversight, connecting with our community, and being the best-educated and thoughtfully-trained department we can be.

Resources for Identity-based Harassment

  • Students, staff, and faculty who become the target of bias, harassment, or assault – verbal or physical – should immediately call for help. If you are on campus, call ACPD at 413-542-2291. If you are in the town of Amherst call the town police at 413-259-3000. (Amherst Chief of Police Scott Livingstone and other town officials released a statement condemning the actions of Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd, and affirming their commitment to community-based policing.)
  • If you are a student, report all incidents of bias, threat, or harassment, whether online or in-person, to the Dean of Students, Liz Agosto (lagosto@amherst.edu), or Associate Dean, Dean Gendron (dgendron@amherst.edu).
  • If you are faculty, please report all incidents to the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculty; if staff, please report incidents to the Office of Human Resources.
  • The Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard has compiled a list of resources for Asian and AAPI students that everyone, regardless of identity, should consider reading through.