Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Established in 1999, the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative is an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching program developed by Tufts University in conjunction with three small Boston Public Schools (the Boston Arts Academy, Fenway High School, and Mission Hill School). The mission of the UTTC is to help meet the need for good urban teachers through a model for teacher training similar to the “residency” model used to train medical professionals. Instead of completing a typical ten-week school internship after a semester of university courses, UTTC student teachers – referred to as interns – work at their assigned schools full-time under the guidance of mentor teachers and university professors, starting on the first day of school and ending in May. Close to 50% of the interns in recent years have been people of color.
Group of Six Cultural Centers
- The Africana; Asian American; International; Latino; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender; and Women’s Centers — the “Group of Six” — work with students on intellectual, leadership, and personal development and serve as advisors to integrate academic and co-curricular activities for the campus community. In conjunction with a range of university departments and offices, the Centers cultivate an environment where diverse student backgrounds and philosophies are supported and valued. The Centers also work with faculty, staff, and students to address academic, climate, and diversity issues.
- The Social Psychology Area of the Department of Psychology offers the Diversity Science Colloquium Series. The purpose of the Diversity Science series is to promote discourse and research at Tufts on the social, cognitive, and behavioral effects of race, gender, culture, and diversity in general. The series is open to all members of the Tufts Community and to all interested visitors.
- The Department maintains up to five slots in its Master of Public Policy curriculum for mid-career community activists and professionals enrolling through Neighborhood Fellows. The fellows are drawn largely from Boston neighborhoods, though some come from other cities and towns — and even other states — where concerns have revolved around urban community politics, economics, social life, education, and housing. Fellows are required to have worked at least seven years in a management role within their organization. Tufts waives tuition for the Neighborhood Fellows.
School of Engineering
- The Tufts University Center for Engineering Education & Outreach (CEEO) is a leader in supporting efforts to integrate engineering into K-12 education. The CEEO consists of four divisions or pillars working closely to ultimately achieve the mission: outreach; educational technology development; research; student workshops and teacher professional development. CEEO works with several local school systems, and reaches a diverse audience.
- GEM is a national organization that provides names of likely graduate school applicants from underrepresented groups, some of whom will be awarded GEM fellowships. Recipients of GEM Fellowships receive a tuition stipend and a paid internship in industry. GEM is a resource for helping to recruit a diverse group of graduate students.
Massachusetts Consortium of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs (MC-STEMP)
- MC-STEMP plans and runs an annual GEM-sponsored STEM diversity conference for Massachusetts colleges and universities. In addition to information and networking opportunities, the conference provides schools with a chance to do outreach to potential graduate school applicants.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- Alumni organization started to foster diversity on campus and establish a friendly environment for students from various backgrounds. Contact VetAlumni@tufts.edu for more information.
- A unique career exploration program for adults, college, high school and middle school students interested in making a career of veterinary medicine. We have begun to recruit, and defray costs of program attendance for, selected students from diverse areas of Worcester, MA.
Joint admissions agreement between the School of Dental Medicine and Tougaloo College, an historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi.
- Dental students mentor students at local middle schools and high schools and encourage their interests in health science careers.
- Led by the Department of Public Health and Community Service, the School has been active in the “Step Up” program administered by the City of Boston in coordination with Tufts University and four other area universities to provide comprehensive services to selected urban schools.
- Promotes the oral health of the Hispanic community, provides a voice for the Hispanic oral health professional in the United States, fosters research and knowledge concerning Hispanic oral health problems, provides a worldwide source of continuing education for oral health professionals serving the Hispanic community, and stimulates interest of Hispanics in oral health careers.
- The purpose of the organization is to encourage minority dental students in their endeavors towards a dental career. Activities include Community Health Fairs, Mentorships, Fundraising, Scholarships, and Networking events.
Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA)
- Works to foster a strong and enduring community among Fletcher alumni of color and to further the interests, welfare, and educational purposes of The Fletcher School. It also serves as a forum to share ideas with current and prospective students and address issues of diversity.
- Celebrates diversity through art, craft and photography exhibits as well as through this annual written publication on culture, gender and religion.
- Initiatives include advertisements in diversity recruitment publications and websites, campus visits to HBCUs, and participation in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and Project 1000.
- Fletcher has a number of student organizations that, to a greater or lesser degree, focus on diversity issues. These include African Student Group, Asia Club, Fletcher GLBT, Gender and Equality Project, Latin America Group, the Ralph Bunche Society, and South Asian Society.
- Six-year study of Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and in partnership with the University of Florida and seven other universities and research centers. Researchers will examine the effects of physical activity on movement disability in older adults.
- John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention(JHRC) was awarded an NIH grant, ‘Assessing and Preventing Obesity in New Immigrants,’ which will allow them to research further obesity prevention strategies among new immigrant families in Somerville.
- Initiatives include a partnership between Friedman and the University of Puerto Rico, funded by the USDA, it provides funds for students from the University to spend short periods of time at the school. A representative of the school attends the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students meeting (ABRCMS) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) National Convention. Extensive recruitments are undertaken at HBCUs.
Diversity Training Grants
- Friedman currently has up to 8 slots for both Masters and PhD students funded by the USDA to ensure diversity. Subjects studied include obesity and sustainable agriculture policy.
- The Friedman School partners with the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, all students in the AFE Program bring lessons on gardening to the 125 third graders in the Chinatown neighborhood. This year we have created a small garden plot in the green space at the Jaharis building and intend to engage more students and develop a curriculum guide geared to the needs of teachers.
- Dawn Undurraga, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy will be teaching an after school nutrition and cooking class in three Dorchester elementary schools through a partnership with the Dorchester-based DotWell organization. With the aim to help decrease childhood obesity in low-income areas in Boston, Undurraga will also assist as a dietician at the Martha Eliot Health Center with their “I’m in Charge” education program for overweight children and their families.
- Almost all of the research explicitly disaggregates for gender. Much of it also disaggregates for ethnic or tribal affiliation, especially our work in Darfur, Uganda, Nepal and Afghanistan.
1st Quarter 2009:
- Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE) study is a research effort where researchers will explore whether healthy adults (including a special focus on minorities) who eat a 25% calorie restricted diet for two years will experience biological changes thought to slow the aging process and protect against age-related disease.
- Six manuscripts were published in peer reviewed journals on Puerto Rican and African American adults and health disparities. A member of the faculty also presented and submitted abstracts to the National Institute of Health Summit (The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities), and The American Heart Association.
2nd Quarter 2009:
- Hosted a “Diversity Day Celebration” marking the celebration of the Middle East to continually acknowledge the cultural diversity within our location.
- HNRCA actively engages in diversity outreach for all positions. In coordination with the Tufts Human Resources Department and the Boston Consortium, all job postings are placed in a variety of community organizations and state agencies in an effort to reach a diverse pool of candidates.
- The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies. Trainees also attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance and present their work at a poster symposium.
- New position at the medical school created in 2009.
- Support the culturally and ethnically diverse student population with a variety of programs and initiatives.
- Targets accepted medical students for workshops and an introduction to courses before beginning their first year.
- The Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) at the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences offers 1 to 2 year research apprenticeships for recent graduates who are interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences. The PREP is designed to increase the training possibilities for those currently under-represented in biomedical science research.
- TAHSS was founded in the fall of 1989 with the goals of exposing interested high school students of varied backgrounds to health care and related professions, and providing support in their academic and personal development. The program now brings a group of local high school students (in their junior or senior year) to TUSM over the summer to participate in a summer research, mentorship and enrichment program.
- A mentoring program targeting post-doctoral fellows, TEACRS trains the academic biomedical research faculty of the future and enriches opportunities in biomedical education for minority serving institutions.
- The Office of Multicultural Affairs, located within the Office of Student Affairs, has established pipeline contacts ranging from high school through college with active outreach to Boston area high schools and in the surrounding communities including Springfield high schools, the Biomedical Science Careers Program, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students.