Student Organizations

Child Development Association (CDA)

Faculty Advisor: Theo Klimstra

CDA​ ​Description/Mission​ ​Statement

The​ ​Child​ ​Development​ ​Association​ ​is​ ​a​ ​community​ ​of​ ​undergraduate​ ​students​ ​that​ ​exists​ ​to​ ​support all​ ​Tufts​ ​students​ ​as​ ​they​ ​engage​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Eliot-Pearson​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Child​ ​Study​ ​and​ ​Human Development.​ ​The​ ​CDA​ ​plans​ ​events​ ​and​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​creates​ ​resources​ ​intended​ ​to​ ​help Eliot-Pearson​ ​students​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​people​ ​together​ ​through​ ​a​ ​common​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​and passion​ ​for​ ​child​ ​development. 

CDA​ ​Functions/Goals​

  1. ​Helping​ ​students​ ​find​ ​their​ ​way​ ​to​ ​EP
  2. Helping​ ​students​ ​navigate​ ​the​ ​CSHD​ ​major
  3. ​Providing​ ​a​ ​link​ ​between​ ​students​ ​and​ ​faculty
  4. ​Creating​ ​an​ ​Eliot-Pearson​ ​community
  5. Providing​ ​​ ​service​ ​and​ ​promoting​ ​information​ ​about​ ​children's​ ​issues
  6. Increasing​ ​awareness​ ​at​ ​Tufts​ ​of​ ​the​ ​many​ ​paths​ ​one​ ​can​ ​take​ ​with​ ​a​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​CSHD

Examples​ ​of​ ​Past​ ​Events

  • Pancakes​ ​with​ ​Professors​ ​-​ ​annual​ ​dinner​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​the​ ​Eliot-Pearson​ ​faculty
  • Course​ ​Advising​ ​-​ ​guidance​ ​during​ ​course​ ​registration​ ​period
  • Film​ ​Screenings​ ​-​ ​screenings​ ​of​ ​relevant​ ​films​ ​followed​ ​by​ ​discussion​ ​with​ ​experts​ ​in​ ​the field
  • Financial/Graduate​ ​School​ ​Discussion​ ​-​ ​discussions​ ​with​ ​faculty​ ​members​ ​about​ ​future plans
  • Annual​ ​Giving​ ​Project​ ​-​ ​our​ ​way​ ​to​ ​give​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​local​ ​community​ ​by​ ​donating​ ​goods, raising​ ​awareness, ​and​ ​promoting​ ​stewardship

Contact​ ​Information

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

Faculty Advisor: Theo Klimstra

DEIB Description/Mission Statement

The Eliot-Pearson Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EP-DEIB) is an undergraduate and graduate student initiative whose mission is to support E-P’s transformation towards racial equity and greater inclusivity through leadership, coordination, and accountability. Our mission is to bring long-overdue, necessary, and sustainable changes to move the department from one that, at best, subtly advocates for equity and inclusion, to one whose day-to day activities center social justice, racial equity, and belonging among all community members. We intend to hold the department, and ourselves, accountable to fighting inequality and anti-Black racism, by ensuring respect, dignity, and opportunities for continued learning and re-learning.

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Doctoral Student Voice (DSV)

Faculty Advisor: Theo Klimstra

Doctoral Student Voice (DSV) Mission Statement

The primary mission of the DSV is to provide a formalized organization that promotes a cohesive community for Eliot-Pearson doctoral students, by providing opportunities for both social and professional engagement.

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Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Faculty Advisor: Theo Klimstra

GSA Description/Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Association is a community of graduate students that exists to support all students in master’s and doctoral degree programs across Tufts as they engage with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. The GSA plans events and programs and creates resources intended to help Eliot-Pearson students and faculty and to bring people together through a common interest in and passion for child development.

Contact​ ​Information

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