Defined Residential Communities
Defined Residential Communities (DRCs) are engaging hallways where students can live with others who share similar interests, backgrounds and identities. Each of these communities was originally started by UMass Amherst students and they werve to create living and learning environments that encourage personal growth and academic achievement.
Interested in Applying?
Interested students must complete the application located here by February 28th at 11:59pm. Approved students will receive an appointment on March 7th at noon and will be able to select from available spaces in their community from March 10th-March 13th.
Nuance: Multicultural Student Community
In close collaboration with the Explore, Engage, Connect with Social Justice SophoMORE Community, Nuance is designed for students who want to explore and bridge commonalities and differences across their diverse social identities, including race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. Whether pursuing a program of study related to social justice or simply interested in dialogue and exploration of these issues, students will have opportunities to take classes together, engage in dialogues with each other, and connect with campus organizations and centers focused on social justice. Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to collaboratively create an inclusive residential community.
Asian/Asian American Student Community
The focus of this community is to give Asian/Asian American students and those with a passion for learning the culture an environment that emphasizes the value of understanding the links between Asian and Asian American issues in an era of global migration, media, and capital. Students in the community gather together to discuss issues of identity development, leadership, belonging, and adjusting to college
Harambee: African Heritage Student Community
Harambee, Swahili for “the pulling together point” or “the point at which all things come together”, is a community that honors African history and culture. This community is designed to support students who identify as African and/or wish to learn more about African culture. In Harambee, students will have opportunities to share and learn from one another’s cultural experiences and backgrounds. Students will participate in programming that explores multiple facets of African life and have the option of taking classes linked to the community.
Kanonhsesne: Native American Student Community
Kanonhsesne (“the place where we live”) is a living-learning environment that provides opportunities to co-support pursuit of academic excellence, engage in developing a working knowledge of historical and contemporary Indigenous issues, and develop social supports and a sense of community for Native American Students and their allies. Students make a commitment to engage in the programming and recommended courses to become more aware global citizens and allies to each other. Students have opportunities to participate in events such as the spring Campus Pow Wow, Indigenous Peoples Symposium, and Native American heritage month events.
Spectrum: LGBTQA Community
Spectrum: LGBTQA Community is a residential community that supports the rights and needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and their allies. Through programming and other initiatives, this community fosters connections between individuals with shared experiences and interests. The community also encourages students to learn about and actively seek ways to eradicate genderism and heterosexism. Resources available to the community include collaborations with The Stonewall Center and Pride Alliance.
Orchard Hill Area
Students join this community for a variety of health, spiritual, and other personal reasons. All members of the Wellness Community agree to live an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle in an environment that is supportive of individual needs and differences. Wellness students come together to create a safe, healthy and inclusive community and participate in a shared living experience through educational programming focused on all forms of wellness, optional academic health and physical education courses and much more.
The Veterans Community is a community for students transitioning from military duty to university life. This community helps mitigate challenges associated with adjusting to campus, academic achievement and personal growth through intentional programming, resources and the development of a supportive, peer oriented living environment.