The first University of Massachusetts Boston Virtual Involvement Fair took place on Wednesday last week, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There were a number of organizations and clubs at the virtual event. Participants could join by signing into the UMBInvolved website, clicking on the event, browsing through the available clubs and organizations, and clicking “Meet Online” to those they were interested in learning more about. Clicking “Meet Online” would take participants to an active Zoom session with club organizers and other interested students.
Not every club and organization seemed to be active in their Zoom session, so the following information is limited to the clubs and organizations that were ready and available to talk with the Mass Media.
The Black Student Center
The Black Student Center is a student organization that “aims to provide a place for students of color to be able to work, relax, and communicate with each other outside of their class time,” according to a BSC statement.
The club representatives said that the organization was all about embracing Black culture. BSC holds events, discussions, and workshops through Zoom and other discussion forums.
So far this semester they have held a wheel of trivia, a discussion forum on hot topics in current events, and a discussion on mental health tips. Ashley Nicolas, the BSC coordinator, says that dance classes with other clubs on campus are coming soon.
To join the Black Student Center, sign up on UMBInvolved, and follow the organization on social media (@umbbsc on Instagram and @umb_bsc on Twitter). Their member requirements include the following: participate in four or more events, attend general meetings and discussions, and send a picture of yourself via social media or email to add to their photo wall.
UMB Christians on Campus
UMB Christians on Campus is an active organization that held many retreats, girls/boys trips, and bros’ nights before the pandemic.
In the past, members of this organization have traveled in groups to places like New York City and Washington D.C. Now, they meet multiple times a week virtually. They have weekly bible studies every Monday, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and a Thursday event at 7:30 p.m. involving singing and a short sermon. The organization can be found on UMBInvolved and on Instagram @umbcoc.
The Undergraduate Student Government
The Undergraduate Student Government at UMass Boston, also known as the USG, is not currently accepting members, but anyone (individual or club) can attend their general assemblies every other Wednesday at 3 p.m., including on Wednesday this week.
They are currently asking students to fill out a form on their experiences with remote learning, which can be found on their Instagram page @umassusg.
You can contact USG at their email: studentgovermentumb.edu.
According to Jaely Pereira, USG Vice President and the USG representative at the Involvement Fair, “[USG] is an organization to give a voice to the general undergraduate student body.”
USG passes legislation that applies to the student body. They have three different committees: the Campus and Community Affairs Committee, Student Events and Organizations Committee, and the Budget and Finance Committee.
According to their mission mission statement, U-ACCESS is an organization that hopes to “support students so that they can achieve academic success without being derailed by complex non-academic issues in their lives.”
These non-academic issues can include anything from homelessness, to chronic hunger, to domestic abuse.
U-ACCESS is currently looking for ambassadors to advocate against poverty and help students utilize U-ACCESS services. The role of the ambassador includes promoting fundraising events, helping friends and students who may be struggling, and committing to five hours per week.
You can contact U-ACCESS at email@example.com or find them on Instagram at @uaccessumb.
The Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office is where students can go if they don’t know where to go. They help with a wide range of students’ problems, and can connect students with the proper resources to help.
Issues that the Dean’s office can assist students with include: loss of a friend or family member, housing or job insecurity, absences due to surgery, or issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dean of Students Office contact information is on their website: www.umb.edu/deanofstudents. Their Instagram is @umbdos.
The Student Arts and Events Council
The Student Arts and Events Council, also known as SAEC, is UMass Boston’s student programming board. Their mission statement states that the SAEC has a “mission is to create a community that is inclusive by spreading school spirit affordably, creatively, and positively!”
SAEC is accepting new members, with no processing or requirements. They hold relaxed meetings every Thursday at 3:30 p.m., where they plan for upcoming events and schedules.
Students should join SAEC if they are creative, like to plan events, and love school spirit.
Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org and their Instagram is @umbsaec.
The Student Immigrant Alliance
The Student Immigrant Alliance, according to their representative Angela, is “a club that advocates and raises awareness for undocumented communities on campus.”
This club is focused on story sharing and bonding events for those students. It’s a safe space for the undocument community—including groups like DACA Dreamers—to share their experiences and bond. They meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Their email is email@example.com.
UTeach Boston is an organization that aims to help “students to see first-hand how rewarding this profession [of teaching] truly is,” said Sara Beberman, a UTeach Program Associate.
Their first class called “Step One” is one credit, and meets each week for one hour.
“In the class, you’ll learn about teaching math and science, and apply these ideas to teach elementary school students in a Boston school,” said Beberman. “If you enjoy the class, you can continue the program to earn teaching certification along with your degree in STEM.”
There are two sections in their Spring Step One class, INTR-D 170: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
The second UMB Student Involvement Fair will be on Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to visit this link for more club and organization information on that day!