University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Mission

As the flagship public university in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst represents a diverse cohort of Massachusetts residents and provides a broad set of academic offerings. The campus includes 12 major schools and colleges spanning a broad range of domains — Nursing and Public Health, Agriculture, Management, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, etc. UMass Amherst attracts a diverse student body who often remain in Massachusetts to build the Commonwealth through positions in the public sector, private sector, and academia.
We believe that social responsibility must arise at all levels of our tech-driven society and in all domains, areas, and sectors. For this reason, UMass Amherst’s Public Interest Technology initiative spans all major schools and colleges. The initiative – PIT@UMass – seeks to develop a variety of educational, research, practica and outreach offerings that empower our students and the broader community with the critical thinking, expertise, and information needed to promote personal and professional social responsibility and the common good in a technology-driven world.
The PIT@UMass initiative will provide a menu of courses, undergrad and grad certificates, research opportunities, experiential learning programs, and community events. These are being developed organically with each major college and school and coordinated university-wide, so that PIT@UMass can be both relevant to specific domains, as well as synergistic across the university. We seek strong partnerships with other PIT-UN institutions, the private sector, and state and local government with the goals of building a meaningful and impactful initiative at UMass Amherst, having a positive influence on our partners and community, and working more broadly to build the nascent field of Public Interest Technology.
Visit PIT@UMass

Knowledgeable Contact


Francine Berman

Director of Public Interest Tech & PIT@UMass co-Founder

fberman@umass.edu

Student Groups

Responsible Technology
Coalition

Michelle Ciccone – Website
Public Interest Technology Club
Aastha Agrawal – Website

Affiliates

Ethan Zuckerman
Research Director and PIT@UMass co-Founder

Laura Haas
Dean, Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences

Charlie Schweik
Director of Information Technology

Brian Krusell
CICS Director of Career & Student Development

Jeff Cournoyer
Managing Director, Mount Ida Campus
Assistant Chancellor for Greater Boston Strategic Initiatives

Christina Metevier
Associate Provost, Mount Ida Academic Programs

News

SEPTEMBER 27 EVENT: INSOLVENT: HOW TO REORIENT COMPUTING FOR JUST SUSTAINABILTY



Christoph Becker shows how we can reorient design perspectives in computer science to better align with the values of sustainability and justice. 

DR. FRANCINE BERMAN PROVIDES INSIGHT ON IMPACT OF CHATGPT AND TEACHING


Dr. Francine Berman discussed her experience when integrating ChatGPT into her teaching methods and its potential in enhancing student learning and engagement. 

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST ANNOUNCES NEW CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC INTEREST TECHNOLOGY

PIT@UMass is pleased to announce a new undergraduate academic certificate in public interest technology, set to launch during the fall 2023 semester.