Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The School of Arts and Sciences, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, is committed to being an anti-racist institution.
We have a multi-pronged action plan to promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools and in our student-facing divisions that we share with the School of Engineering. This includes ways to diversify the curriculum; diversify our faculty, staff, and students; encourage and facilitate conversations about diversity across departments and units; train faculty in inclusive teaching strategies; and increase financial aid and other support for first generation students.
DEI Strategic Plan
Under the leadership of deans Bárbara Brizuela, Nandi Bynoe, and Jackie Dejean, a committee has been formed to create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan for Arts and Sciences.
The committee and the ADDIs welcome input from our community. Share your thoughts, suggestions, comments, and concerns:
- Write to email@example.com.
Provide feedback using the A&S DEI Strategic Plan survey. (Submission can be submitted anonymously.)
Attend one or more of the forums, which will be held in the coming weeks (invitations to follow).
Contact any of the ad hoc committee members or the ADDIs individually for a one-on-one conversation.
Ad Hoc Committee Members:
Faculty: Julian Agyeman (Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning), Khary Saeed Jones (Professor of the Practice, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies), Kareem Khubchandani (Assistant Professor, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies), Anthony Romero (Professor of the Practice, SMFA), Philip T.B. Starks (Professor, Biology), Ayanna K. Thomas (Professor, Psychology).
Staff: Noah Barrientos (Department Administrator, Classics and Mathematics), Quetzalli Barrientos (Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian, Tisch Library), Kim Doan (Associate Director of Accessibility Services, StAAR Center), JT Duck (Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management), Sarah Herchel (Associate Dean, GSAS), Aya Ross (Administrative Assistant, A&S), briana Sevigny (Director of Community Standards), Roxana Woudstra (Director of Graduate Admissions).
Students: Eve Abraha (TCU Senator), Jenny Jun-Lei Kravitz (MA student, DLS program), Kevin Lovaincy (MA student, DLS program), Carolina Olea Lezama (TCU Senate Diversity Officer).
The School of Arts and Sciences is in the process of diversifying its curriculum and academic requirements. In response to a faculty vote taken in winter 2018, departmental conversations have begun to discuss inequality and systemic racism within each academic discipline as well as the school. Dissecting racism department by department, program by program allows us to set our agenda for the future. A&S leadership has also initiated a task force to explore a proposal from the Tufts Community Union Senate to turn the world civilization requirement into a diversity requirement.
Looking outward, within our Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, we offer both an M.A. and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership that teach students not only scholarly theory, but also gives them practical tools to implement positive change.
Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion (DSDI) and Identity-based Centers
In 2019 the student-facing divisions of the Schools of Arts, Sciences and Engineering were restructured. During this process, our Identity-based Centers (formerly called the “Group of Six”) were organized into a standalone division--the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion. Under the leadership of Nandi Bynoe, the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, DSDI staff work across the schools to support students and work toward equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion on campus.
The Identity-based Centers work collectively and independently to develop knowledge of and appreciation for diversity at Tufts. All students are welcome at each center, and they also sponsor many activities throughout the year such as field trips, lectures, and social events. For more information, visit their websites:
- Africana Center
- Asian American Center
- FIRST Resource Center
- Latinx Center
- LGBT Center
- Women's Center
The StAAR Center
The StAAR Center (formally Student Accessibility Services and the Academic Resource Center) is a central resource for students, including those with disabilities. The StAAR Center values the individuality of our students, offering a number of different programs and services to help students reach their full potential, such as accessibility services, academic coaching, individual student support, academic skills workshops, tutoring, writing support, and faculty resources.
Academic Centers and Labs
The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Diversity
The Center for STEM Diversity is an umbrella organization for programs and organizations within Tufts that are working to diversify the STEM fields.
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)
The mission of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is to promote engaged research, scholarship and discussion, with a focus on the ways in which issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens.
Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab
The Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab conducts experimental research regarding social perception, judgment, behavior, and memory in diverse settings.
Social Identity and Stigma Lab
The Social Identity and Stigma Lab aims to understand the impact of stereotypes on stigmatized group members under conditions of complexity.
Student Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
A list of external funding opportunities is available through the Career Center's Diverse Opportunities Newsletter.