Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
IN-9: Diversity and Equity Recognition

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ezra Small
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Has the institution been formally recognized for leadership in diversity, equity, and/or inclusion during the previous three years by a national or international program? :

A brief description of the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:
UMass Amherst has been awarded second place in the STEM Faculty category of the National Science Foundation’s Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge.

Led by Provost John McCarthy and Joya Misra and Laurel Smith-Doerr of the UMass ADVANCE Program, the university’s entry described the collaborative effort at the university to quickly develop and implement a suite of policies and programs to support faculty, including financial support to faculty for increased dependent care costs.

The submission outlined the “5-R” Institutional COVID-19 Action Plan, which centers equity in the institution’s pandemic response by reworking timelines, realizing care responsibilities, recognizing faculty work holistically, recalibrating evaluations based on faculty work contexts and workloads and retraining evaluators.

More information in the links provided below...
1. https://www.umass.edu/news/article/umass-amherst-receives-second-place-award-nsf-taking-action-covid-19-diversity-equity
2. https://www.umass.edu/advance/
3. https://www.nsf.gov/edu/Covid19Challenge/Winners.jsp

Documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition:

Website URL where documentation affirming the diversity, equity, and/or inclusion recognition is available:
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