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Spring/ Fall/ Winter Camp Machasay Volunteer Form
When: Jan 1, 2020 12am to Dec 31, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Camp Machasay Returning Volunteer Form
When: Jan 1, 2020 12am to Dec 31, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Campus Event Restrictions
As UMass Amherst continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with orders issued by the Governor of MA, restrictions are in place for events taking place on campus.

Online and virtual events continue to be held. If you are hosting or organizing a UMassAmherst online or virtual event, please submit it to this calendar at www.umass.edu/events/submit.



When: Mar 12, 2020 12am to Jul 31, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Graduate Students Support Group
A co-ed experiential personal growth group with a focus on mutual support, self-exploration, self-expression, interpersonal relationships, managing anxiety, balancing multiple roles, and addressing obstacles to completing dissertations/theses.

Only open to students physically located in the state of MA

Register by leaving a voicemail at CCPH (413-545-2337) with your name and call back number. You will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute group screening prior to the start of the group.



When: May 19, 2020 12am to Jul 14, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Student Support Group
Free and open to all UMass and Five College students who identify as trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming or questioning. Co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center.

Students located in any state, or internationally are welcome.

New members should register by leaving a voicemail at CCPH (413-545-2337) with your preferred name and pronouns and a call back number. You will be contacted to schedule a 30 minute group screening prior to the start of the group.



When: May 19, 2020 12am to Sep 22, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Senior Support Group
This group is intended for seniors to process and receive connection around losses unique to them. This group is a drop in model, where discussion is based on the needs of group members that day. Potential topics of discussion may include:
  • Change of graduation celebration
  • Managing the new job market and financial stressors
  • Adjusting to changes in your vision of the future
  • Maintaining connection in meaningful ways during this transition time
  • Living in an unexpected situation

** Please note that you can participate each week by re-completing the registration form**

Group will be offered past graduation for any seniors, and will run through July 2020



When: May 20, 2020 12am to Sep 3, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Support Group: Managing Stressors in the Time of COVID-19
This group will offer students support with any changes in their life associated with the COVID-19 crisis. The group is a drop-in model, where discussion is based on the needs of the group members that day. Potential topics of discussion include:
  • Discussion of how we are personally impacted by COVID-19
  • Difficulty adjusting to the new structure of life
  • Managing losses, e.g. financial stability, independence, face to face connection
  • Family issues
  • Developing a new routine and structure of wellness in our new reality
  • Creating connection with other students facing similar circumstances



When: May 20, 2020 12am to Sep 3, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Women's Graduate Support Group
Experiential personal growth group with a focus on mutual support, self-exploration, self-expression, interpersonal relationships, managing anxiety, balancing multiple roles, and addressing obstacles to completing dissertations/theses.

Only open to students physically located in the state of MA

Register by contacting leaving a voicemail at CCPH (413-545-2337) with your name and call back number. You will be contacted to schedule a 30 minute group screening prior to the start of the group.



When: May 20, 2020 12am to Sep 16, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Virtual Support Group: Managing Cultural Stressors in the Time of COVID-19
A support group for students of color

This group will offer students of color support with any changes in their life associated with the COVID-19 crisis. The group is a drop-in model, where discussion is based on the needs of the group that day. Potential topics of discussion include:

  • Discussion of how we are personally impacted by COVID-19
  • Difficulty adjusting to the new structure of life
  • Managing losses (financial, relational, independence, opportunities)
  • Coping with impact on family and community; locally and abroad
  • Concerns about health care, risk, and prevention amidst inequalities

Facilitated by Christian Smith, LICSW and Jennifer Muñiz-Rodriguez, Psy. D.

** Please note that you can participate each week by re-completing the registration form**



When: May 28, 2020 12am to Sep 11, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Online Summer Methodology Workshops
The UMass Amherst Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) will be presenting a series of online summer methodology workshops throughout June and July. The numerous multi-day workshops will provide registrants with education in various tools and methods used in social science research, under the instruction of faculty members and researchers across the university’s schools and colleges.

ISSR provides resources and support for faculty and student researchers across campus who use social science methods, seek to take part in collaborative and interdisciplinary research, do publicly engaged research or seek external funding for research.

More information about the events listed below, as well as registration links for each, can be found at https://www.umass.edu/issr/all-workshops. Any questions regarding the events can be emailed to issr@issr.umass.edu.

June 8-10

Qualitative Research Design and Methods

Instructor: Ezekiel Kimball, associate dean for operations and planning and associate professor of higher education in the College of Education

 

June 15-16

Introduction to R: Data Management

Instructor: Hsin Fei Tu, methodology consultant at ISSR and a PhD student in sociology

 

June 15-17

Getting Started with Bayesian Statistics

Instructors: Andrew Cohen, professor of psychological & brain sciences, Justin Gross, associate professor of political science and Jeff Starns, professor of psychological and brain sciences

 

June 15-19

Photovoice: Visual Elicitation Meets Participatory Action Research

Instructors: Krista Harper, professor of anthropology, and Brittni Howard,PhD student in Anthropology 

 

June 18-19

Introduction to Python and Web Scraping

Instructor: Hsin Fei Tu, methodology consultant at ISSR and a PhD student in sociology

 

June 23-25

Causal Inference with Graphical Models

Instructor: David Jensen, professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences and associate director of the Computational Social Science Institute

 

June 23-25

Introduction to NVivo 12 for Windows: Uploading, Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Instructor: Eric Griffith, research methods consultant at ISSR and PhD student in anthropology

 

June 29-July 1

Making Evaluation Work for Social Scientists

Instructors: Kelly Giles, doctoral student in sociology, and Elisa Martinez, PhD candidate in sociology

 

June 29-July 1

Introduction to Qualtrics

Instructor: Quinnehtukqut McLamore, PhD Student in psychological & brain sciences

 

July 6-17

Critical Narrative Research and Intervention: Digital Storytelling

Instructors: Aline Gubrium, associate professor of health promotion and policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and Alice Fiddian-Green, assistant professor of health promotion at Springfield College

 

July 6-8

Text-as-Data in R

Instructor: Douglas Rice, assistant professor of Political Science

 

July 6-8

Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing

Instructor: Chrystal A. George Mwangi, assistant professor of higher education in the College of Education

 

July 13-15

Getting Started with Social Network Analysis

Instructor: Kevin L. Young, associate professor of political science



When: Jun 8, 2020 12am to Jul 15, 2020 12am in Amherst, MA