Diversity Resources

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Quinn 3/022
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Tel: 617.287.4818
Fax: 617.265.4833
Email: diversity@umb.edu

Holidays and Observances

ADA-AA & Accessibility

Internal Resources
UMass Boston Alert System

The UMass Boston Alert System is a communications service that UMass Boston provides for all students, faculty and staff. It allows university officials to notify the campus community of emergencies or significant threats to campus safety. The message can be sent by text and/or voice.

The Ross Center for Disability Services

The Ross Center for Disability Services provides a full range of support services including: assistive technology ,extended time on quizzes/tests, interpreters of American Sign Language, less distracting testing room, note takers, captionists, recorded textbooks, readers, scribes, registration of classes, and more.  Services are offered to online students as well. The Ross Center is in the Campus Center; Tel: 617.287.7430. 

Institute for Community Inclusion

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is a research and training institute that promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of society.  This is done through training, research, consultation, and clinical and employment services.  Their many projects increase disability inclusion throughout New England, across the United States, and internationally. The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is located at the Bayside Building.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is charged with strengthening the university tradition of diversity by developing and implementing a strategic and integrated approach to advancing a university-wide climate that respects, values, and supports the academic, social, and personal development of diverse faculty, staff, and students. This office offers accommodations for staff and faculty. The list of accommodations may include transition from FMLA to employment, assistance in evaluating work stations for individuals with disabilities, interpreters of American Sign Language, captionists, amplified phones, and many more.

In addition, the ADA Compliance Officer provides the guidelines for investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment of individuals with disabilities (students, staff, and faculty)The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is located in Quinn Building, 3rd Floor in Room 22. 

Handicap Parking

There are various handicap parking spaces in every parking lot. If you need further assistance please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation at 617.287.5041

Fire Prevention Plan

The fire prevention plan is a comprehensive plan that is designed to protect the safety of faculty/staff/students as it relates to protection again fire and smoke while on campus.  It describes the fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on the site that could initiate or contribute both to the spread of a fire, as well as the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems, in place to control the ignition or spread of a fire. The plan talks about the roles and responsibilities of everyone who are involved in the fire situation. It also explains how the building evacuation drills are conducted. Evacuation policy and plaza map are attached with the document for further use.

External Resources
Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

The Council develops a State Plan every five years to address the most important issues affecting people with developmental disabilities. The Council establishes its priorities based on input from people with developmental disabilities and their families. Initiative teams, which include members and staff as well as citizens, advocates, and other interested individuals, develop both short and long term action plans to address these priorities. The Council's success is measured by both its ability to achieve the outcomes established by the State Plan, and the real impact that these outcomes have on the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The State Plan is updated annually based on feedback from individuals and their families, and on state and national policy developments that may require a shift in Council priorities.

Disabled Persons Protection Commission

The DPPC was created through legislation (M.G.L. c.19C) in 1987 as an independent state agency responsible for the investigation and remediation of instances of abuse committed against persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth. Pursuant to its enabling statute M.G.L. c. 19C, the jurisdiction of DPPC includes adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 59, who are within the Commonwealth whether in state care or in a private setting and who suffer serious physical and/or emotional injury through the act and/or omission of their caregivers. The DPPC enabling statute fills the gap between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) (through the age of 17) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) (age 60 and over) statutes.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services leading to independence, and economic self-sufficiency through employment, and full community inclusion for the blind.

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Increases support and technical assistance for schools and programs providing quality K-12 education to deaf and hard of hearing students and enhances the supply of communication services and technology for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families.

READY. GOV Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

How might a disaster affect me? What are my personal needs during a disaster?  By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles - Disabled Plate/Placard Forms

To Apply for Disability Passenger or Motorcycle Plates, Placards and Disability Veteran Plates you can download the application or contact our Contact Center. Applications are also available at all full service RMV branch offices. 

Disability/Handicap Parking Abuse

The Disability/ Handicap Parking Abuse program is used to report a Massachusetts resident who may be misusing an RMV disability placard or handicap plate. Disability placards and handicap plates give people special parking access based on a determination that they have a medical need for it. You may also report Disability/Handicap Parking Abuse to Campus Police by calling 617.287.7799.

Confidentiality in Higher Education

Students with disabilities are enrolling in institutions of higher education in increasing numbers. These students are protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Recognizing that discrimination often occurs as a result of attitudinal barriers and misconceptions regarding the potential of persons with disabilities, these government mandates for nondiscrimination carry within them rules regarding the confidential treatment of disability related information. The intent of this document is to provide information about how these rules impact day-to-day activities in post-secondary institutions and to suggest appropriate practices to follow.

Students Advocating for Students

Educate college students across the country about the importance of civil liberties, such as free speech and due process (fair disciplinary procedures), on their campuses.


Internal Resources
Admission For DACA and Undocumented

The University of Massachusetts Boston is the most diverse university in New England and offers a welcoming college community. We encourage Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students to apply for admission to the university.

Merit Scholarships

Undocumented and DACA students are encouraged to apply for merit based scholarships at the University of Massachusetts Boston to help finance their education. In order to be matched and apply for scholarships students are encouraged to create a profile on Academic Works.

Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix Immigrant Achievers Scholarship

Undocumented and DACA students at the University of Massachusetts Boston are strongly encouraged to apply for the Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix Immigrant Achievers Scholarship. This scholarship was created as a collaboration between the Immigrant Task Force on campus; a collective of individual students, faculty, administrators, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and University Advancement. We realized that almost half of students come from immigrant families, however, many students that have DACA, TPS, or are undocumented are not eligible for federal financial aid. This scholarship was created to financially support students that have limited opportunities for scholarships and other aid. 

Please review Scholarship criteria and apply through Academic Works


If you are Interested in donating or know someone that would like to please contact University Advancement

External Resources
Student Immigrant Movement

The Student Immigrant Movement is a MA-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization. They organize youth, ages 13-30, and provide political education, leadership training,  guidance, mentorship, and safe healing spaces.

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. The  nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status through federal legislation.

The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement

The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement provides public education to inform immigrants about City services, information, and referral to community services, as well as information in conducting outreach to immigrant groups.

Complete list of services in Boston for immigrants

The Greater Boston Legal Services

The Greater Boston Legal Services provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one additional cities and towns.

The Irish Immigrant International Center

The Irish Immigrant International Center's Immigrant  Legal Services program offers comprehensive, professional, and confidential services for non-citizens, regardless of their legal status or ability to pay. They offer assistance navigating complex U.S. immigration laws.

Trans Resource Guide

Who Can I Go to on Campus for Help?
As the university’s sponsored LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization, the Queer Student Center can assist with trans-related issues. Specifically, the QSC provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students on campus, and is a great resource for peer support, advocacy, and help navigating the UMass Boston campus community. It is located on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center (3005), and can be reached at QSC@umb.edu.

The Queer Student Center also works with various institutions within the campus community to support Trans* students. These include: the Counseling Center (mental health services/support), Student Affairs (student-on student harassment / conduct issues), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Title IX compliance, campus accommodations).

Does UMass Boston Cover Trans* People in Its Nondiscrimination Policy?
Yes. The policy reads:

"The University of Massachusetts is committed to providing an environment that advances equal opportunity and is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status or genetic information in employment, admission, and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the university. Accordingly, acts of discrimination or harassment shall not be tolerated. Any member of the university community found to have violated this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action."

What Is the UMass Boston Policy on Bathroom Access for Trans and Gender-Nonconforming People?
While at present, the University of Massachusetts Boston does not have its own bathroom policy, it abides by and is under the jurisdiction of the City of Boston municipal code, section 12-9.7, which reads, in part:

“… it shall be an unlawful and discriminatory practice to prevent or prohibit the use of restrooms, baths, showers, dressing rooms, or other private accommodations based on the gender identity publicly and exclusively expressed or asserted by the person seeking to use such restrooms, baths, showers, dressing rooms, or other private accommodations.”

Does UMass Boston Prioritize Gender-Inclusive Housing?
The Office of Student Housing at UMass Boston affirms gender identity through its Roommate Matching Program. This program allows students to choose “male,” “female,” and “Trans*” as their gender identity. When asking for what gender students would like to room with the option to be matched with transgender individuals is also an option. Although no on-campus housing is currently available to UMass Boston students the Office of Student Housing incorporates transgender affirming policies when able.
How Can a Student Change the Name in Their UMass Email Address?
A student can change their UMass Boston email address by making a request at the IT Service Desk located on the 3rd floor of the Healey Library. They may also call 617.287.5220 or email ITServiceDesk@umb.edu. We advise students to change their “preferred name” in WISER in the manner detailed above before making a request to change their email.
Can Trans Students Participate in Intramural (Non-NCAA) Sports?
Working with the Queer Student Center, Intramural Athletics adopted the following policy:

"When an activity makes gender designation, individuals may participate in the activity based on their gender identity. If an individual's gender identity does not fit within the binary framework of man/woman or the person is in the process of transitioning to a different gender, participation in a particular gender designated activity will be handled on a case by case basis."