Associate Director of Graduate Diversity Programs
Associate Director Yvette Dalton-McCoy reports to the Office of the Provost and works with all schools in developing and coordinating programs to recruit and retain a diverse graduate student population.
- The Civic Engagement Fund offers advising and financial support for students and groups to pursue projects in a community, locally and internationally. Many projects, past and present, address issues of diversity. These include: Teach in CORES (students teach language and citizenship classes to immigrants in Somerville), EBL Mentorship program (members of Emerging Black Leaders mentor African American students at Medford High School), and Portuguese 101 (students provide language lessons to Tufts Dental Students for improving the care of Portuguese-speaking patients).
- Tufts is a founding co-signer of the Commonwealth Compact, whose goal is to make Massachusetts a more diverse and welcoming place to live and work.
- GAPSARC is a university-wide committee of Tufts administrators and faculty who are actively involved in the recruitment of graduate and professional students from under-represented groups. First convened in 2004, the committee meets monthly and includes representatives from each of our eight schools.
- Tufts is a member of the Leadership Alliance, an academic consortium of 33 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business, and the public sector. The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. For more information about the Leadership Alliance, contact Yvette Dalton-McCoy, Associate Director of Graduate Diversity Programs.
- The Office of the Provost has launched a new social and educational organization for graduate students. The Multi-Ethnic Graduate Alliance (MEGA) is a social and educational organization serving graduate students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, The Fletcher School, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Medicine, and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Plans include social and educational events supporting diverse students and diversity, and the Graduate Diversity Recruiter program. Questions about MEGA can be directed to Yvette Dalton-McCoy, Associate Director of Graduate Diversity Programs.
- This consortium of universities provides a website for posting faculty and staff positions and information about resources; convenes semi-annual meetings for member institutions that provide information and opportunities for networking; and emphasizes recruiting a diverse workforce.
- The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) is to lead a concerted and sustained institutional effort in the advancement, coordination, and development of related programs and policies at Tufts. With the President and Provost, as well as Deans, Vice-Presidents and Managers across divisions and schools, the office works to infuse the campus community with an understanding of the centrality, importance and complexity of diversity within all aspects of University life. It encompasses the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), which addresses policy issues for all students, faculty, and staff.
- The Director of OEO interprets and implements policy related to best affirmative action and equal opportunity practices in employment and retention. The OEO staff also monitors grievances and compliance issues related to Tufts’ non-discrimination policy.
- Tisch College offers and supports extensive programming for every member of the Tufts community. Curricular and co-curricular opportunities develop the knowledge and skills of active citizenship among students from every school at Tufts. Additionally, Tisch College supports faculty research in the area of civic engagement, builds capacity to meet community-identified needs among local non-profits, and supports other institutions of higher education around the world in strengthening their active citizenship offerings. Tisch programs with a particular diversity focus are highlighted on other pages of this website.
- The Tufts University “Prospective Graduate Student Days” is an educational event that takes place biannually. It allows students from various summer enrichment programs and students not associated with these types of programs but have academically shown an interest to attend graduate school a chance to visit Tufts.