Are You Interested in Becoming a Comm Peer Advisor?
Are You Interested in Becoming a Comm Peer Advisor?

Department Highlights

A Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman: Losing Trust, Taking Action

Tue Mar 2, 4:00pm - Virtual

Many advanced democracies are suffering from a crisis in trust: most citizens don't trust their governments to do the right thing. This is not just a crisis of confidence in the government - citizens mistrust major institutions from the media to the health care system. This creates a series of challenges, from resistance to public health orders to a broad feeling of helplessness and inability to influence politics and the direction of society. Fortunately, there are strategies for social change that work even when trust in institutions is very low, which include using less-familiar levers of social change. This talk explores people making change from within and outside of institutions using strategies that change public opinion and technical architectures as well as laws. To register for this event click here.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Ph.D. Candidate Eean Grimshaw!

Eean Grimshaw is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Department here at UMass Amherst. This semester, Eean is teaching three sections of Cultural Codes in Communication with professor Benjamin Bailey. He teaches synchronously and enjoys being able to have engagement with the students. His advice to Communication students is to “Take yourself seriously. Don’t sell yourself short in what you’re getting your degree in and what you’re getting an education in. I do believe that a Communication degree is one of the most versatile degrees that you can get." Eean is passionate about what he does and contributes to many different parts of the Communication Department. We are very fortunate to have him at UMass, and we look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes.

Faculty In The News

Assistant Professor Devon Greyson

Assistant Professor Devon Greyson comments in a radio segment about why people of color are the least likely to have been vaccinated for COVID-19. She says trust and access are two factors at play, and partnering with Black and Latino community leaders can help alleviate this. “The leaders who are health care providers or who cross over into health care as social workers, or religious leaders, let them take the lead in shaping the way in which we are distributing vaccines and vaccine information to their communities because they are the trusted go-betweens,"

Advising Notes

You could be one of our next Comm Peer Advisors! 

The Comm advising team is starting to plan for the 2021-2022 academic year and one of our first tasks is to put together the Peer Advising team. To be a Comm Peer Advisor, you must be a rising junior/senior; at least one of your majors must be Comm; and you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The work of being a PA includes holding drop-in office hours, maintaining communication with a caseload of students, attending regular staff meetings, writing blogs, participating in social media and/or event planning, among other assigned tasks. As a PA, you will be enrolled in a 3-credit, 300-level Comm IE course in the fall and will receive internship credits in the spring semester. You will be asked to make a 1-year commitment to the position; anyone graduating in Spring 2023 will be invited back for a 2nd year, with increased leadership opportunities. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume, plus the name & contact information of 2 references, via email, to Allison Butler, by March 5, 2021. In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in Peer Advising, what you will bring to the position, and what you would like to learn. Candidates who make it to the second round will be called in for an interview (all interviews will be held by Zoom) with the search committee team. References will be phoned after the interview. Comm Peer Advising is committed to diversity in all forms so we actively seek out students from different race/ethnic backgrounds, gender, ability, first-gen, out-of-state, and transfer students.
Peer Advisors
The Peer Advisors are continuing to hold drop in office hours, Monday through Thursday via Zoom.
They are online and ready to support you at the following days/times:
Mondays, 9am-1pm; Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm; Wednesdays, 11am-3pm; Thursdays, 9-11am.They also answer emails during this hours at
Please drop in or email during these open hours for any course related questions!

Scholarship Opportunities 

Now is the time to build your scholarship portfolio! There is money available for study abroad, academics and internships, all of which cut across your multiple years as a student. All scholarships are accessed through Academic Works and once you build your profile, it is easy to adapt it for particular opportunities. If you have any questions, you can watch this introductory video and most questions about the profile building are addressed in this Question Prep Sheet. If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please email Director of Student Success Adrian Grace.

Still Time to Submit to Share your Work

All Comm undergraduates are invited to submit work for the student showcase! There are five categories: Audio-Visual Work, Civic Engagement and Community-Based Work, Research, Speech and Performance, and Creative Writing. Submissions are due Fri, March 26! You can find the guidelines at this document.
There are cash prizes for each category and all submissions will be highlighted in an online showcase. Complete the online submission form to enter.
The event will be held Wed, April 28, at 5pm. We've also placed information on our department website. Questions should be directed to Prof. Baykurt.

Scholarships & Opportunities

21st Century Leaders Award

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks nominations of graduating seniors for the 21st Century Leaders Award. This award recognizes the strong academic record and exemplary achievement of undergraduate students who further distinguished their intellectual accomplishments, and enhanced the reputation of the University by contributing to the campus community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 5, 2021. To view the form, click here

Interested in the world of sports communication?

Philadelphia Flyers’ Play-by-Play broadcaster Jim Jackson just recently launched a broadcast coaching program. Students who are interested can reach out to Jim

The latest from New York Times in your inbox!

Now more than ever, this resource could be an asset for remote learning. Also, stay up to date with breaking news, COVID-19, the election, and the stock market. Included with the student subscription, is the ability to search through the archives dating back to 1851. In addition to the current news and archive features, NYT offers other apps such as cooking, virtual reality, real-estate, podcasts, and more. Sign up for your free subscription now.

Reach out for Help

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) has various offerings from therapy/support groups to free skills workshops. All groups and workshops will be via Zoom and open to all UMass undergraduate and graduate students, unless otherwise specified on the CCPH website. See the CCPH website to register for all clinical programming and this flyer for more information on the services.

Jobs & Internships

Note - You'll need to be logged into Handshake for most of the links below to work.


Social Media Intern at VERTO, Inc.
Communications Intern at Servier Pharmaceuticals, LCC
Marketing & Communications Intern at Irish Cultural Centre of New England
Public Relations Intern at McNeil Gray & Rice Strategic Communications


Marketing Coordinator at Atlantic Furniture (South Deerfield, MA)
Communications Assistant at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts (Worcester, MA)
Communications Specialist at Department of Youth Services (Boston, MA)
Front-End Developer at (New York, NY)
Account Coordinator at Regan Communications Group (Boston, MA)
Find more jobs and internships

Online Events

Panel: Making the Case: The COVID-19 Vaccine
Tue Mar 2, 4-5:30pm - Online

Join faculty and alumni from the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, as well as leadership from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, for a live Zoom panel about the science behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, and why public participation in vaccination programs is so important. Click here to register.

Creative Commons 101: How To Find Images, Media and More For Your Projects

Thur Mar 4, 11-12:00pm - Online

Are you looking for images, audio, video, or text to include in your projects? Do you wonder about the copyright and whether or not you can use that perfect image that you found? Come join us to learn about Creative Commons (CC)! CC licenses allow people to share their work for you to use with minimal restrictions. Learn about the different licenses, how to find things with CC licenses and how you can use those items in your work! For more information or to register, click here.

A Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman: Fixing Social Media

Thur Mar 4, 4:00pm - Virtual

This event is part of the Computing & Social Justice series and will be moderated by Laura Haas, Dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences.Social networks like Facebook are an institution that have lost public trust over the past decade as their importance and influence has become increasingly clear. This loss of confidence presents an opportunity: instead of aspiring to fix social networks, we can imagine and build new tools that support our ability to be good neighbors and good citizens. What could social networks look like if their goal was not maximizing shareholder profit, but seek to strengthen our democracies. This talk explores the idea of software designed around civic values and seeks to make social change through creating publicly-funded social media. This event is part two of a two part conversation with Ethan Zuckerman titled 'How to Fix Social Media…and Civic Life, and Everything Else.' Register here.

Find other interesting virtual events online at UMass Calendar of Events.

This Week from the

Peer Advisor's Blog

Job Search Tips & Tricks
Searching for a job during college can be an intimidating and stressful process, but don’t worry! After reading today’s blog post you will leave with a lot of useful tips that will help you feel confident going forward in your job search

Networking Night 2021: An Evening with Industry Experts
Wed March 3, 7-8:15pm
At Networking Night 2021, you'll meet industry experts, ask questions, and get the advice you need to advance your career—all while boosting your professional network with contacts in STEM, finance, hospitality, government, law, media, marketing, and more. Networking Night 2021 will provide live networking online with the state-of-the-art platform, Remo. Move around our virtual meeting room, network, and make lasting connections through face-to-face interactions. Remo is best accessed through a desktop computer or laptop. Read more about how to use Remo or view this video tutorial. Alumni career advisors will also be on hand to provide quick consults on your resume, LinkedIn profile, job search, and interviewing skills. Space for career consults is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.No cost to attend. Business attire requested.

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