April 20-22, 2022

Join us for TRUCEN 2022 for a series of panels and roundtable discussions focused on racial justice and youth engagement, community-engaged research through an equity lens, and cultivating community voice in our engagement work. We will also have a featured keynote presentation by Tania Mitchell (University of Minnesota) and will report back on the TRUCEN sustained dialogue sessions on Community-Engaged Research; Anti-Racist Pedagogies; Strengthening Engagement in a Challenged Democracy; and Supporting Student Activism and Community Organizing.

We are currently planning for an in-person gathering, but if COVID-19 circumstances warrant we will shift to a virtual conference. Any changes to the TRUCEN 2022 format will be sent to registrants via email at least six weeks prior to the conference.


The conference will be held at the UMass Amherst Center at Springfield as well as the UMass Amherst campus. We are opening registration now to ensure that individuals at member institutions are able to make travel plans and book hotel accommodations well in advance.

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
Negotiated, discounted reservation rate: $139/night
Available for Wednesday, 4/20 and Thursday, 4/21

The last day to book this special rate is March 16, 2022. The hotel has direct access to UMass Amherst Center at Springfield, which will be our anchor for the conference.
Book your room: marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1641480248804&key=GRP&app=resvlink

The Bradley International Airport (BDL) is the closest airport to Springfield and is a 25 minute drive from the hotel.

Attendees can reserve a free conference shuttle from the airport on Wednesday 4/20 (departing BDL at 2:00 and 3:00 PM) and to the airport on Friday 4/22 (departing the hotel at 1:30 PM). The hotel also offers shuttle service which can be organized when you book your room, or you may want to rent a car.

Other regional airports in Boston, MA (Logan) and in Albany, NY are approximately 1 hour and 30 minute drive from the hotel.


Wednesday, 4/20

3:00 - 4:30

(Optional) Pre-conference walking tour of Springfield Nonprofits

3:00 - 5:00

Conference registration

5:00 - 6:00

Welcome Reception

6:00 - 7:30

Dinner in Springfield

Thursday, 4/21

7:15 - 8:15

Breakfast at UMass Springfield Center


Bus departure to UMass Amherst campus

9:30 - 12:00

Opening remarks & session #1 / roundtable discussions.                       

12:00 - 1:00


1:15 - 3:15

Session #2 / roundtable discussions

3:15 - 4:15

Keynote: Tania Mitchell (University of Minnesota)

4:15 - 5:00

Networking Break


Bus departure to Holyoke

6:00 - 7:30

Dinner & performance in Holyoke


Bus departure to Springfield hotel

Friday, 4/22

8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 10:45

Session #3 / roundtable discussions

10:45 - 11:15

Networking break

11:15 - 12:30

Session #4: Sustained Dialogue Conversations report-out                            

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch / closing

Please note that this agenda is subject to change. Start and end times will remain the same, but a finalized agenda with specific details on conference sessions, activities, participants and venues will be forthcoming. 
COVID guidelines: Currently all UMass Amherst in-person events require attendees to be vaccinated and masked indoors except when eating/drinking or presenting from a stage/platform that is more than six feet from the audience. We will update these guidelines as/if necessary as the date nears. 

About our Host

This year’s host, University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the commonwealth’s flagship university. UMass Amherst is ranked as one of the nation’s top public research universities. With more than 28,000 students and over 200 distinct academic programs - including highly ranked programs in business, computer science, health care and the social sciences - UMass Amherst is the largest public research university in New England and one of the most comprehensive institutions in the Northeast. The university's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. The mission of the university’s Civic Engagement & Service-Learning (CESL) office is to inspire life-long learning, democratic engagement and to build the capacity for communities, students, faculty and staff to work collectively for a more just world. 
​​The University of Massachusetts Amherst acknowledges that it was founded and built on the unceded homelands of the Pocumtuc Nation on the land of the Norrwutuck community. Land acknowledgement by itself is a small gesture, and becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships, informed action and greater public education of Native sovereignty and cultural rights - a critical step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation. Learn more about our land acknowledgment here: https://www.umass.edu/diversity/umass-land-acknowledgement