Life on Campus

Support Resources for the UMass Boston Community

Everyone deserves to be safe, supported and respected at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We recognize that all of us—students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community—can only achieve our best in a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment. In the spirit of inclusivity, we have developed a list of resources for individuals who feel have been impacted by current federal actions. Please know that we aim to represent all viewpoints and ask that you submit items to our staff in the Student Affairs office via email SASuppRes@umb.edu so that we can continue to maintain a complete list.

Student Affairs Resources:

  • The University Health Services Counseling Center is available for consultation to students, faculty and staff, and offers counseling appointments and walk-in emergency services to students. Visit https://www.umb.edu/healthservices/counseling_center  or call 617.287.5690.
  • The Women’s Center has open office hours with Rachel Ring Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Suite 3100 of the Campus Center. She's also in the center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 and Mondays from 5-6. For appointments, email Rachel.Ring001@umb.edu.
  • 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 Friday at 1. Call 617.287.5938 or 617.287.5939.
  • 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) population at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Email qsc@umb.edu.

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 and Inclusion can provide referrals to students. Call 617.287.4818.
  • 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 at Loan.Dao@umb.edu.
  • The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) serves as the institution’s resource for all immigration matters and visa benefits for UMass Boston students and scholars and employees (in student and scholar visa classifications). This office is your principal liaison to the U.S. government agencies that oversee your stay in the U.S. They provide counsel to UMass Boston-sponsored visa holders through drop-in advising sessions, scheduled workshops, and information seminars, so that you stay informed, ensuring that your principal focus is on your academics and/or research activities, allowing you to make valuable contributions to your community and to enjoy your stay in Boston. You can reach an advisor in the ISSO by calling 617.287.5586 or emailing isss@umb.edu.
  • The International Travel Office at UMass Boston is a strong advocate of international education and programs, international research activities, and collaborations, as well as of international service learning experiences opportunities that support student learning and professional development, and strengthen 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 could be life-threatening. These pages are provided for international travelers to research and prepare for their travel overseas.
  • The Global Student and Scholar Support Forum is a dedicated group of staff and faculty from offices and departments across campus who meets monthly to share advice, information, ideas, and experiences working with and within the UMass Boston international community. A primary purpose of the forum is to foster open communication among university representatives with specific focus on topics pertaining to the needs of international students and scholars while deepening responsiveness and engagement with cross-cultural issues. This group advocates for global education to be a campus-wide priority. This forum was created to forge a space for meaningful collaboration, spreading understanding, encouragement, and support of the larger UMass Boston global network. To join or for more information, contact global@umb.edu.
  • 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 www.guidanceresources.com and enter the company ID UMASS.

Off Campus Resources

If you travel abroad and you are not permitted to return to the U.S., contact UMass Boston Public Safety at 617.287.1212. UMass Boston Public Safety is available for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will notify Office of Global Programs staff and university emergency management immediately of your case. If you are at John F. Kennedy International Airport, you can call the ACLU hotline at 212.607.3310.

UMass Boston is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free of intimidation, harassment, domestic abuse, and sexual misconduct, which includes relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Such conduct is prohibited by federal law (Title IX) and by university policy and will not be tolerated—whether it takes place on or off campus. UMass Boston takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and provides information, resources, and direction to members of the university community in an effort to prevent it and resolve all allegations. For more information about resources, polices and complaint procedures, please visit www.umb.edu/odi.

  • MA Attorney General’s Hotline:  1-800-994-3228  for any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s Hotline.
  • Muslim Justice League:  Contact person: Shannon Erwin serwin@mulsimjusticeleague.org Provides free legal representation for people contacted by the FBI or Joint Counterterrorism Taskforce, also provides Know Your Rights training.
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) http://www.cairma.org/incident-report/   Provides a forum for submitting reports of faith-based discrimination or harassment for Muslims
  • Anti-Defamation League  http://www.adl.org/about-adl/ ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all”; advocacy; reporting/tracking of hate incidents (of any kind)
  • Muslim Wellness Foundation http://www.muslimwellness.com/
  • Hollaback!  https://www.ihollaback.org/ a global movement to end harassment; training & various resources related to preventing harassment in public spaces, and intervening when such harassment is witnessed.
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) https://www.ilrc.org  The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

LGBTQ Community

Books & Articles

  • Understanding Racism, Racism Related Stress and Coping with Racism Related Stress;  readings and academic resources,  a curated list of popular articles, videos, and other web resources related to racism and anti-racism: RACEJustice (Relate, Advocate, Challenged, Educate for Justice): membicsys.appspot.com/racejustice
  • FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, http://fcsn.org/facet/family-facts