UMass Boston

Support Resources for the UMass Boston Community

At the University of Massachusetts Boston, everyone deserves to be safe, supported, and respected. All of us—students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community—can achieve to our utmost only in a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment. In that spirit of inclusivity, we have developed a list of resources for individuals who are impacted by the actions of our current federal government. You should know that we aim to represent all viewpoints, and we ask that you submit relevant items to our staff in the Student Affairs Office via email——so that we can continue to maintain a complete list of such resources.

 Student Affairs Resources

  • The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides leadership for many care, connection, and student success areas on campus. This office is a non confidential resource.  
  • When you travel abroad and you are not permitted to return to the United States, contact Public Safety at 617.287.1212. Public Safety is available for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • The University Health Services Counseling Center—available to students, faculty, and staff—offers counseling appointments and walk-in emergency services to students. Visit the center on the second floor of the Quinn Administration Building, or call 617.287.5690. The Counseling Center is a confidential resource.    
  • The Interfaith Campus Ministry is located on the third floor of McCormack Hall, off the Ryan Lounge. The Interfaith Center Sanctuary is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Prayer Space is open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Juma Prayer is observed Fridays at 1. Call 617.287.5938 or 617.287.5939.  The Interfaith Campus Ministry is a confidential resource.  
  • The Women’s Center has office hours in Suite 3100 of the Campus Center.
  • The aim of the Queer Student Center (also known as the QSC, or "The Q") is to facilitate the educational and social development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQQ) UMass Boston populations. 

 Other Campus Resources

  • The Office of Global Programs¬†provides counseling and information for international students and others with concerns related to immigration. 
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can provide referrals to students. Call 617.287.4818.
  • Learn about your privacy rights as a student, including your right to withhold access to directory information (i.e., name, place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards conferred) from third parties. 
  • Undergraduate Admissions¬†Undocumented & DACA Students page
  • The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) is a nonprofit organization that organizes undocumented students in Massachusetts. To be connected to UMass Boston's SIM chapter, contact Loan Dao.
  • The International Student and Scholar Office  serves as the institution’s resource for all immigration matters and visa benefits for UMass Boston employees, and students and scholars (in student and scholar visa classifications). This office is your principal liaison to the U.S. government agencies that oversee your stay in the United States. They provide counsel to UMass Boston–sponsored visa holders through drop-in advising sessions, scheduled workshops, and information seminars, helping to ensure that your principal focus is your academics and/or research activities, and allowing you to make valuable contributions to your community during your stay in Boston. You can reach an ISSO advisor by calling 617.287.5586 or by emailing
  • The International Travel Office at UMass Boston is a strong advocate of international education and programs, of international research activities and collaborations, and of international service-learning opportunities that support student learning and professional development while strengthening faculty and staff scholarship and professional growth. The university is also aware that the potential risks related to international travel are varied, and at times can be life-threatening
  • Additional Support for Faculty and Staff ComPsych® provides faculty and staff with confidential support, resources, and information to help with personal and work-life concerns. Call 844.393.4983, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; or visit and on the register tab enter “UMASS” before following the on-screen instructions.
  • Ombuds Services is a confidential resource for any UMass Boston community member experiencing a university-related problem, conflict, or concern. The Ombudsperson can help you think through complex issues, understand your options, and consider next steps. Where appropriate the Ombuds can provide practical assistance toward a resolution. As a confidential, informal, impartial, and independent third party, the Ombuds is unbiased and "off-the-record." Call 617-506-9449 or email to schedule a phone, Zoom, or in-person appointment.

 Off Campus Resources

 Know Your Rights 

 LGBTQ Community Resources

 Books and Articles