Event Calendar

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

7 College Virtual Study Away Fair 2020!

The fair will feature opportunities for students to learn about study away programs around the world through featured events, such as: Topic panels with industry practitioners; study abroad during uncertain times, STEM, Health, mental health and identity student panel, and studying abroad when you don't speak the language, etc. Live information sessions with program reps from around the world, and a Virtual Exhibit Hall, including live advising drop-ins with program reps.

Students Only

Back to School During COVID-19

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Many parents around the country are making some very difficult decisions about school. These decisions may be accompanied by anxiety, fear and emotional distress that have the power to reduce clear decision making. Join the conversation with psychiatrists Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Greg Harris and psychologist, Dr. Alan Cusher to learn about these issues and resources accessible to you and your family.

Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care in retirement? This webinar will help you understand unique aspects of HSAs including how they help account owners to pay for current health care expenses and save for those in the future.

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs and Workday Demos

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. Throughout the month of October, we will offer a chance to see what the Workday experience looks like and what tasks you can do in the new system during the OHR Office Hours.

The second half of the hour will be open for general OHR Office Hours. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Are you concerned about identity theft and your family’s security online? TIAA’s Information Security team will discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from cybercriminal social engineering.

Ford Fellowships Webinar (for faculty): Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges

Interested in learning more about Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs? Faculty are invited to a panel discussion featuring three Ford Fellowship winners: Martha-Elizabeth Baylor (Carleton College), LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant (Williams College), and Taneisha Means (Vassar College). The webinar will be useful for anyone who plans to apply for a Ford Fellowship this fall (or in the future) and would like to know how colleagues at other liberal arts colleges have approached the competition. Note that you must pre-register for the webinar to get the Zoom link. If you have questions about this or other fellowship opportunities, contact Grants Office Director Lisa Stoffer at lstoffer@amherst.edu.

Cannabis Convos

The SHEs present Cannabis Convos! A casual meeting space for students and SHEs to learn more about the different effects cannabis can have on our health and wellbeing. This will be a judgment-free space where we can come together and learn from each other by asking questions and talking candidly. Are you curious about how cannabis affects sleep or mental health? Or maybe you are wondering what risks there are with cannabis and COVID, or perhaps with the Amherst Medical Amnesty Policy? Use the link below to submit questions you may have and receive an optional reminder on the day of the event. Please note that this is for students only, and none of the SHEs present are mandatory reporters.

Registration Required

Prof. Matt Schulkind Presents Maintaining Focus under Challenging Conditions

Maintaining concentration is a challenge under the best of circumstances; these times are not the best of circumstances. Prof. Schulkind discusses scientific literature on attention, then shares strategies for maintaining focus. The lecture is followed by friendly discussion.

Open to all students. First-years encouraged!


Meeting ID: 942 0565 1897

Students Only

Alumni-in-Residence: Using Adversity, Mentorship, and a Liberal Arts Education to Empower Yourself and Others, with Sean Legister '11

Want to hear an alum's perspective on what it's actually like to be a person of color in finance? Interested in learning how adversity, mentorship, and a liberal arts education can help you to empower yourself and others around you?

Sean Legister ’11 learned early in his career, as one of few Black people at one of the largest investment banks, that adversity only defines him if he lets it. He struggled with registration exams early in his career, which led him to ask questions like, “Why? Am I dumb? Did I not work hard enough?”

After this initial setback, he found that many people judged his aptitude. However, Sean is not only still working at Goldman Sachs, but is thriving in his career and serving as a leader within the organization. He credits his career success partly to his resiliency and partly to great mentorship relationships with a few Amherst alums that have spanned almost a decade.

From his first internship after his junior year to now, Sean has demonstrated fortitude, a positive outlook, and a relentless desire to empower others. Attend this session to hear more about his journey and the advice he has for current Amherst students.

Sean Legister ‘11 is currently an Alternative Product Specialist in Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Bank. He has been with the firm since receiving his bachelor’s in both Black Studies and English from Amherst College in 2011. Prior to his current role, he was an equity sales trader on MAPS, a cross-asset team, since its 2014 inception. He started his career at GS as a sales trader in equity based financial instruments, listed derivatives, swaps, and international equities as part of the Global Institutional team.

Sean serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cristo Rey New York High School, where he mentors current students and alums. He is the founder and curator of the Monday Morning Lift (MML) and Breakfast Bites. The MML is an e-mail subscription service that aims to inspire, challenge, and motivate readers of all ages. Breakfast Bites is an initiative he created at Goldman Sachs to help Black professionals gain exposure within the firm, as well as build the culture within the Black community. Both of his parents were born and raised in Jamaica.

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: Regression Methods for Network Indexed Data: Modeling Occurrences of Burglary and Identifying Correlates of Injection Drug Use Cessation

We begin by defining and providing examples of network-indexed data. We then turn to two applications: modeling occurrences of residential burglary in Boston and identifying network predictors of injection drug use cessation among a group of drug users in rural Kentucky. We discuss the graph Laplacian, a hierarchical regression model and generalized estimating equations along the way.

Bio: Elizabeth Upton completed her Ph.D. in statistics at Boston University. Her research focuses on network science, particularly adapting regression methodologies to network-indexed data. Before attending BU, Elizabeth taught high school math for three years and worked in finance as a quantitative analyst. She currently is an assistant professor at Williams College. Outside of her research and work interests, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, skiing and cheering on the New England Patriots.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu, and the link will be sent the day of the event.

Arabic Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Arabic, join us Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Arabic Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Arabic. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email jberlingo@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.

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MSA Spiritual Reflection and Discussion

6:30 pm Virtual

Join the Muslim Student Association as we read and reflect on the Islamic texts. No knowledge of Arabic required. All Zoom links will be emailed to the MSA email list weekly and sent via group chat. Please email MSA co-chairs Basma Azzamok (bazzamok22@amherst.edu) or Ala Kaymaram (akaymaram21@amherst.edu) to be added to the group chat.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

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The Far Right Today in the U.S. and Abroad

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Held via Zoom

Cas Mudde will give a talk titled "The Far Right Today in the U.S. and Abroad." This talk is based on Mudde's two recent books: The Far Right Today (2019) and The Populist Radical Right: A Reader (2017).

Cas Mudde is a Dutch political scientist who focuses on political extremism and populism in Europe and the United States. His research includes the areas of political parties, extremism, democracy, civil society and European politics. He is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and a Professor II in the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Born in the Netherlands, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Leiden University. He has held tenure-related positions at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He moved to the U.S. in 2008, where he has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding support from the Eastman Fund and the Lamont Fund. It is free and open to the public.

Please register for this event at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdu2orz8jEtOXoH51RbKA.... You will receive a link to join the event after registration.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

DVAM Week 2: Native Movement Makers

DVAM: Movement Makers

For the second week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Peer Advocates are highlighting Native “Movement Makers” who do amazing work to support survivors and end domestic violence. Each day a new Movement Maker will be featured on our Instagram story, so make sure to follow us (@amherst_pa) if you don’t already and check them out! Keep an eye out for more weekly updates on DVAM and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!