Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Resources

Resources available through Five Colleges and its member campuses.

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Five College Resources

Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science - Complementary certificate program to the Reproductive Justice certificate. Focuses more broadly on public health. Hosts events during the academic year.

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center - Hosts events by Five College faculty and visiting scholars. Located on the Hampshire College campus.

Sophia Smith Collection - Women’s history archive located at Smith College. Has many notable personal archives (Margaret Sanger, Gloria Steinem) as well as archives from women’s and reproductive health and justice organizations. Has a significant periodicals collection and can also help students with research. 

Meridians - Feminist transnational academic journal based at Smith College.

Collective Power for Reproductive Justice - Reproductive justice organization based at Hampshire College that works with the Five Colleges, surrounding community and beyond to train and support new activists. Home to the Reproductive Rights Activists Service Corps paid summer internship program, as well as a student group, which hosts events and trainings throughout the academic year.

Population and Development (PopDev) program - Program based at Hampshire that rethinks population and environmental justice through a feminist lens. Hosts events and trainings throughout the Five Colleges. 

Center for Women and Community - Offers training, support, events and counseling to the Five College community and beyond. Home to the Women of Color Leadership Network. Located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Stonewall Center - Provides LGBTQIA+ programming, resources and support to the Five College community and beyond. Located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The CLPP student organizing group consists of activists from the Five Colleges and broader community who want to develop their skills to organize for reproductive and social justice. During the Fall semester, the CLPP student group members facilitate Reproductive Justice trainings for the community, and the group meets regularly to dialogue and discuss current issues and organize local CLPP events. During the Spring semester, the student organizing group works as the driving force behind the annual activist conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.  The group meets weekly and maintains a listserv.

Amherst College Resources

Center for Community Engagement - Home of community-based learning courses at Amherst.

Amherst College Career Center - Career development office of Amherst. Offers some summer funding for internships.

Women’s and Gender Center - The Women's and Gender Center seeks to foster a critical awareness of gender and create an intentional space, accessible to students of all genders, that will serve as a resource and forum for topics and issues related specifically to women and, more broadly, to the experience of gender. The Center promotes learning about and exploring gender through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, activism and discussion. The Center promotes learning about and exploring gender through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, activism and discussion. Hosts an annual Reproductive Justice Week, a week of programs focusing on reproductive justice, abortion access, contraception, safe birth access, as well as empowering and supporting students.

Amherst College Reproductive Justice Alliance - The Reproductive Justice Alliance is a club on campus which began in the Fall of 2016. It includes members of all gender identities and expressions who have a passion for social justice. Some of the projects we worked on last year include a coat hanger necklace fundraiser which raised money for Planned Parenthood and a Reproductive Justice 5K which raised money for the Prison Birth Project.

Hampshire College Resources

Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC) - Home of community-engaged learning at Hampshire. Offers community-based internships, paid summer internship opportunities, trainings and resources for community organizing. 

Career Options Resource Center (CORC) - Hampshire’s career development office.

Mount Holyoke College Resources

Community-Based Learning (CBL) - Home of community-based courses, independent studies, research and service projects and paid year-long fellowship opportunities with area organizations. 

McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives - Home of study abroad and international programs at Mount Holyoke. Focus on international engagement and cross-cultural exchange. Hosts events, discussions and visiting scholars.

Mount Holyoke Career Development Center - Career development office of Mount Holyoke. Provides stipend for unpaid internships through Lynk Universal Application Funding program. 

MHC Planned Parenthood Generation Action - A student organization at Mount Holyoke College that organizes, advocates, and educates about reproductive rights and sexual health. MHC PPGA is a chapter of the nationwide network of young activists who organize events on their campuses to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom. Find them on Instagram and Linktree.

Smith College Resources

Lewis Global Studies Center - Home of study abroad and international programs at Smith. Focus on international engagement and cross-cultural exchange. Hosts events and discussions on campus. 

Jandon Center for Community Engagement - Brings together Smith students and faculty with community members to build relationships for shared learning and growth. Has pre-existing relationships with program partners and placement partners in local area. Home of community-based courses and community-based participatory research.

Lazarus Center for Career Development - Career development office of Smith. Home to Praxis program, which offer Smith students a paid stipend for otherwise unpaid summer internships.

Smith Students for Reproductive Justice - Through SSRJ, Smith students engage with a network of college students across the country organizing events on their campuses to raise public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educate young people at concerts about sexual health, work with and support their local Planned Parenthood health centers, and mobilize advocates of reproductive rights. Find them on Facebook.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Resources

Center for Education Policy and Advocacy - CEPA is an agency of the Student Government Association that collaborates with a variety of other campus departments, programs, RSOs, and agencies to identify and research campus related issues that could be effectively addressed through policy restructuring or reform. Based on CEPA's research, policy proposals, reports, and recommendations are developed to assist in building a campus environment that is inclusive of and responsive to the diverse needs of UMass students who come from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds.

Community Engagement & Service Learning (CESL) - Program working for a more just society by (1) engaging students in a curriculum that includes significant public work—UMass CESL deepens our students' education and prepares them for lives of active and engaged citizenship  and (2) deploying the creative energy of students and faculty to address community needs and aspirations in our region, our state, and beyond. We provide resources that improve people's lives. Offers a Community Engagement & Service Learning Certificate and a Community Scholars Program for first year students and sophomores to be a part of a small learning community of students committed to social justice.

UMass Career Services - UMass Amherst career development office. Offers information about internships and co-op placements.

Pre-Law Advising Office - Provides UMass students and alumni with a full range of information and options counseling regarding legal careers and the law school admissions process. Offers one-on-one assistance in all aspects of law school applications. Provides regular updates about events and news relevant to legal education and the law school admissions process via a listserv.

UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) - Competitive leadership training and professional development program that seeks to prepare more students from the state’s flagship, public university for public leadership after graduation. By introducing these students to public leaders and providing opportunities for them to see first-hand the benefits of public service, UWiL provides models and pathways into leadership for young people – all while helping to address the gender gap in politics and creating a pipeline from public education into public service. Applications accepted annually from August 1 through October 15.

UMass Students for Reproductive Justice - Organizes, advocates and educates the Umass community around issues of reproductive justice, reproductive rights, and sexual health.  Affiliate group of Planned Parenthood.  Meets 2x per month on Wednesdays; see website for more info. Find them on Facebook.