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The Diversity & Inclusion Blog. We post about diversity events, programs and initiatives as well as diversity committee and employee engagement group work as well. If you would like to see your program or event highlighted here Email: dio@umassmed.edu 

Religion and Culture: How Two Social Forces Unite II

Posted On: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Events, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

Do we view culture as a fluid concept, or are there rigid cultural norms deeply instilled within our societies? In the same way that religion seems strict and unyielding, culture can also seem like a concrete system of fixed meanings and symbols.[1] However, both culture and religion are endlessly shifting as people often change their outlooks due to certain political or social contexts. The word culture has origins from the word to “cultivate” or to grow, or care for. Thus to have a culture, to be cultural, is to adapt or grow into the customs of an acquired space.

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Religion and Culture: How Two Social Forces Unite I

Posted On: Monday, July 30, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Employee Resource Groups, Events, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

If culture shapes the way we see the world, religion defines what the purpose of this world is for its adherents.[1] However, in modern discourse, these terms are used almost synonymously; so we must look at the origins and uses of both terms historically as well as today in order to gain a better understanding of both. Religion is often simply referred to as “the belief in or the worship of a god or gods.”[2] However, religion is two-pronged, consisting of both what people believe and also what people do.

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Pie Day is an Employee Celebration

Posted On: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Events Comments count

Spoken Word for Understanding - Sept 28, 2017

Posted On: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Events, Student Group Comments count

Campus Read 2017 - Black Man in a White Coat

Posted On: Friday, September 08, 2017 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Events

One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.

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Spoken Word for Healing Open Mic Night

Posted On: Monday, November 21, 2016 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Events

QMass and SNMA will be hosting a Spoken Word for Inclusion Open Mic Night on Tuesday, November 29th. The event will provide a space for healing, reflection, respectful expression of emotion, and garnering of hope for our students of color, LGBT students, and all other members of the UMass Community. 

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National Minority Health Month celebrated with awards!

Posted On: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Events

On April 26, 2016, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, founder/director of Disparities Solutions Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School spoke about implementation of solution to the documented disparities in medicine. Dr. Dixon said, “By drawing attention to the factors that help minority populations achieve wellness...

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