Community College STEM Students in anatomy class


Massachusetts STEM Week 2020 takes place from October 19 – 23 and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9…

Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

Yves Salomon-Fernández and Christina Royal, the presidents of Greenfield and Holyoke community colleges, respectively, both said Thursday that the colleges have been asking Black students to share stories about their experiences and backgrounds as equity efforts continue.

“Our perception is that we need to bring everyone together. We need to acknowledge everyone’s experiences, approach this work with humility, and understand that we are all striving toward the same goal,” Salomon-Fernández said. “We will make mistakes but we will learn from those mistakes and support one another.”

CARES Act Funding Rule Enjoined in Massachusetts

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has enjoined a Department of Education rule that bars undocumented immigrant students and other noncitizen students not eligible for the federal Title IV financial aid program from accessing emergency grants authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.