Community Engagement is a key component of the Du Bois Department. We offer service learning opportunities, community-based internships, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROP), and other opportunities to work with a variety of community partners. Some examples of work by our students and faculty members is provided here.


Here is a feature story on one of our former undergraduate majors who was also a student in the University’s Honor College:

London Tatum – Commonwealth Honors College – UMass Amherst
“When I got to [the Pan African Historical Museum in] Springfield, I realized I had two choices: I could work in the community or with the community. In doing …” MORE


Conversations at PAHMUSA

Since 1995 the founders of the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square. Ms. LuJuana D. Hood, the Executive Director of PAHMUSA invited Amilcar Shabazz, Du Bois Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst to host a discussion series call Conversations at PAHMUSA. Here are some videos of the series that we’ve been able to record and present online:

Conversations at PAHMUSA with two Black Springfield Culture Keepers › Demetria Shabazz › Videos
Uploaded Apr 27, 2016
PAHMUSA Executive Director LaJuana Hood and Stone Soul Inc. Chairman Jay Griffith interviewed by Dr. Amilcar Shabazz
Production- Samaya Abdus-Salaam and Amilcar El Shabazz.

Conversations at PAHMUSA with Dr. Ruth Loving › Demetria Shabazz › Videos
Uploaded Apr 11, 2016
Dr. Ruth Loving interviewed by Dr. Amilcar Shabazz
Production- Dr. Demetria Shabazz and Amilcar El Shabazz.
Saturday Feb. 27 12-2 pm
“A conversation with Dr. Amilcar Shabazz with the authors of Perforated Fiber: The True Story of Hope and Perseverance, M. Triplett and H. Triplett, a brother writing duo who share the story of their journey from boyhood to manhood.
Production- WNEC Intern and Amilcar El Shabazz.

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