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University of Massachusetts, Boston

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
(617) 287-6100
School Information
"Reacting to social upheaval, urban unrest, and a rapidly increasing demand for higher education, the Massachusetts Legislature established the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1964. The second university in the UMass system, UMass Boston opened its doors in 1965 at a renovated building in Park Square downtown. The university moved to its present campus on Columbia Point in Dorchester in 1974. In 1982, Boston State College was incorporated into UMass Boston, eliminating duplicate programs. The university took over Boston State’s remaining graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as its evening division. These additions created momentum for UMass Boston to expand both its degree offerings (including doctoral programs) and its presence in the community" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1 and the total enrollment is over 16,000. UMass Boston offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs.
General Information
UMass Boston responded to the death of George Floyd by creating the George Floyd Honorary Scholarship Fund. The university recently appointed a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Black Life. The school offers numerous resources for diverse students. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of all students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • UMass Boston commemorates Black Lives Matter Day by hosting numerous "issues-focused seminars and a BLM ceremony" in addition to raising money for related charities.
Program and Research Funding
  • On October 20, 2020, UMass Boston announced that "Marcelo Suárez-Orozco established the position of Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Black Life."
  • The university created the George Floyd Honorary Scholarship Fund which " serves as a definitive step toward change by acknowledging and addressing the oppression faced by students, alumni, faculty, and staff."
  • UMass Boston lists numerous definitions for anti-racism related terms.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Office of Student Success and Engagement "strengthens the educational experience of the diverse student population through a comprehensive roadmap of resources and support."
  • The Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement lists numerous resources for anti-racism, including "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The College of Liberal Arts has a Race, Ethnicity, and Literature minor.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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