Campuses engaging with the community

Science professor with boxes of medical supplies

Each of the campuses of Five Colleges is unique, each with different available resources. But because they are part of a consortium, they can approach problem-solving as a group, determining who may be best placed to take different actions to address the problem at hand. This has been the case with how they have been responding to the pandemic. Whether it's creating PPE with 3-D printers, providing temporary housing for the homeless, or conducting necessary research to fight the virus, each of our institutions is pitching in.

So while it may be unusual to find all of the Five College campuses taking the same actions to address the pandemic, know that each is committed to doing what they can with the resources they have available, in concert with their fellow consortium members. On this page you'll find links to information about how the consortium and its campuses are working to support and engage with our community during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pioneer Valley colleges putting protective equipment in hospitals’ hands

Amherst College professors challenged students in their course to create material that communicated helpful information about coronavirus. The work was shared with the campus community on The Amherst STEM Network, an online publication launched earlier this year by Aditi Nayak ’23. I hope you will take some time to read a description of how the project took shape and explore the student work it yielded.

Amherst College Chinese Student Association produced a video that responds to bias and harassment against Asians and Asian Americans

Hampshire College partners with Amherst to shelter vulnerable residents

Hampshire College natural science staff round up masks, gloves and other personal protection equipment and donate it to Baystate Health. 

Mount Holyoke donates protective equipment to Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Smith College team of engineering alums, staff and faculty, win challenge to design an easily manufacturable ventilator for use during the coronavirus pandemic

Smith College alumnae are stepping up to offer their talents, creativity, services and expertise

UMass Amherst Will Provide Asymptomatic COVID-19 Tests for Town of Amherst First Responders and Inspectors

UMass Amherst biostatistician awarded grants from federal agencies to support innovation and expansion in groundbreaking pandemic forecasting work

UMass Amherst lab produces 3D prototype pieces for Holyoke design consultancy

UMass Amherst Volunteers Aiding Commonwealth’s Public Health Response to COVID-19

UMass Amherst physicist, global team advance practical device for COVID-19 pandemic

UMass Amherst Spanish Class Translates Massachusetts COVID-19 Info

UMass Amherst Graduate Student and Fabrication Lab Produce PPE Face Shields

UMass Amherst physicist works with global team sharing technology against COVID-19

UMass Amherst Team Develops COVID-19 Forecast Hub

UMass Amherst engineers help upgrade Baystate power systems for ventilators

UMass Amherst Costume Shop Creates Hundreds of Cloth Masks for Local Veterinarians, Nursing Homes, Food Banks and Others

UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-track, Low-cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care

UMass Amherst EMTs Serving Home Communities In Massachusetts and Beyond in Response to COVID-19

UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus Veterinary Technology Program Donates PPE to South Shore Hospital

UMass Amherst Student Firefighters Help Boost Staffing at the Amherst Fire Department

UMass Amherst Dining Services and Amherst Public Schools providing meals to Amherst youth amid COVID-19 emergency