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Tufts University

Tufts University

Tufts University is a leader in American higher education – distinctive for its success as a moderately-sized teaching and research university. Our ‘university on a hill‘ is a collection of colleges and academic departments independently recognized for their public service in our local communities, across the country, and around the world.

Working at Tufts University

Across the university you’ll discover talented and committed members of our staff and faculty who share an enthusiasm and a deep commitment to Tufts. We are collectively bound by our pursuit of knowledge and truth, and driven by our common values and aspirations. The strength of these values is reflected in our willingness to look at problems from new perspectives and challenge the status quo.

T10 strategic initiatives

An organization’s priorities can tell you a great deal about the culture. The T10 Strategic Plan provides a window into how our values impact our work as a university and how we work with each other as people. The plan’s initiatives are deliberately ambitious and far reaching – including our Foundational Initiatives that address each employee’s stewardship of limited resources and our plan to engage with and celebrate both our commonalities and differences. These strategic commitments represent who we are and guide what we will become.

Our culture

At the heart of Tufts’ distinctive culture is a commitment to diversity of thought, openness, and the inclusion of people who represent differing experiences and points of view. Our staff, students and faculty represent over 100 countries of origin but with shared values that make us more alike than we are different.

What we value:

  • Making an impact – We seek out new innovative ways to improve the quality of life of individuals and societies around the world, and at home.
  • Personal worth – The individual human being must be at the heart of every interaction in which individual differences are understood, valued, and cultivated.
  • Mindful leadership – Leadership brings with it tremendous possibilities and equally important responsibilities. Our leadership is visible in our words and actions, and the impact we have on the lives of those we serve.
  • Community – Our connection to each other through learning, arts, culture, sports, and through making an impact, brings us together and enhances our collective well-being.
  • Progressive learning – Our preparation for complex challenges and changes requires a commitment to lifelong learning, a willingness to challenge accepted thinking, and a sense of urgency in implementing new practices.

What matters?

A university setting provides employees the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of their colleagues, our global community, and their individual professional development. Staff, faculty and researchers embrace the responsibility, and privilege, that working at Tufts provides. While not every employee will have the opportunity to connect personally with the individuals who benefit from Tufts’ research and outreach initiatives, at the end of the day, we all understand just how much our day-to-day work matters.


Diversity Profile: Tufts University

Diversity and inclusion are central to the educational mission of Tufts University. We foster excellence in our research, teaching and scholarship and encourage and support engaged and active citizenship that underscores a desire to make the world a better place. To do this we value a learning community—of women and men of different races, ethnicities, religions, geographic origins, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, ages, personal characteristics and interests—where differences are understood and respected.

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) exists to ensure that the University’s commitment and goals toward equal opportunity are integral components of Tufts’ policies.

We further this mission by ensuring that the University maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to anti-discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX, through complaint resolution, programming and outreach. OEO cooperates with members of the Tufts’ community to resolve complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct, and set forth University policies and guidelines that pertain to these areas of conflict. We also ensure that the University maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to affirmative action.

OEO is guided by the University’s commitment to and desire for a truly integrated, interactive, productive, successful, diverse student, faculty, staff body, and community members.

Office of Equal Opportunity
One The Green
Ballou Hall, 1st Floor
Medford Campus
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3298
(617) 627-3150 (Fax)
[email protected]

OEO Staff
Jill Zellmer, MSW, OEO Director & Title IX Coordinator
[email protected]
(617) 627-3298

Office of Institutional Diversity 
Tufts University
First Floor, Ballou Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3298

We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community-students, faculty, and staff-are able to make their full contribution to an increasingly diverse United States and an increasingly interconnected world. It is essential that we build a diverse community at Tufts so that we all have the opportunity to learn from each other. To this end, we cultivate an environment where understanding of the citizens and cultures of the world is paramount and at the center of our ongoing commitment to academic excellence, diversity and global awareness.

Sexual misconduct resources:

Other resources available include:

Quick Links:

Reporting Incidents of Sexual Misconduct or Discrimination

Requesting an ADA accommodation:

Reporting an anonymous complaint

Campus Accessibility Maps:

Contact OEO - Information about resources, disciplinary options, possible civil or criminal action. OEO conducts inquiries and investigations.


Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Tufts students are racially and ethnically diverse. Each year, approximately 30 percent of students identify as students of color. Student-run clubs and organizations on campus include the African Student Organization, the Arab Students Association, Association of Latin American Students, Caribbean Club, Chinese Students Association, Emerging Black Leaders, Filipino Cultural Society, the Hellenic Society, Hindu Students Council, Japanese Culture Club – and the list goes on.

Socioeconomic Diversity

Since 1852, Tufts has been committed to the vision of its founders to educate all people, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Today, more than 40 percent of Tufts students are financial aid recipients and 10 percent receive Pell grants. Approximately 10 percent of students are the first in their family to attend college. Tufts meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Read more.

Sexuality and Gender Diversity

You’ll find about a 50:50 ratio of women to men (and men to women) on the Tufts campus. Women take especially strong roles in the sciences and engineering. One third of Tufts engineering students are women, and the dean of the School of Engineering, Linda Abriola, is one of only a handful of female deans of an engineering school in the country. In the School of Arts and Science, Tufts women’s studies major is open to women and men interested in an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history of sexuality, queer theory, and the way gender roles influence social, political, and economic life around the world.

Beyond the classroom, the LGBT Center supports the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, and alumni in an environment that’s welcoming and safe. The closely affiliated Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) and Rainbow House also regularly sponsor speakers, movie nights, and other social and educational events for LGBT students and allies. The greater Boston area is particularly welcoming to its large number of LGBT students. Massachusetts not only is famous for being the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, but also has some of the strongest antidiscrimination statutes in the country.

Religious Diversity

Tufts students are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. The University Chaplain provides interfaith services and programs and serves as an umbrella for religious life at Tufts. On campus, you’ll find weekly Buddhist, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish (Reform and Conservative), Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, and Quaker services. Off campus, the Medford/Somerville area is home to a number of religious communities.

Student religious groups include Buddhist Sangha, Hillel, Muslim Students Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Protestant Student Fellowship, and the Christian Fellowship, among others.

Tufts professors in the Department of Religion are specialists on Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Chinese religions, Christianity, and Islam. The Judaic studies major combines the study of the languages, religion, culture, and history of the Jewish people.

Intellectual Diversity

The heart of our diverse community is a student body with different ideas, opinions, and perspectives. In the classroom, Tufts students are engineers and artists, scientists and writers. Outside the classroom, Tufts students are Democrats, Republicans, socialists, athletes, photographers, ROTC cadets, journalists, volunteers, dancers and a cappella singers. All have an intellectual curiosity and passion for ideas that drives discussion in class and out.

The Group of Six

The Group of Six is a collection of centers that work together and independently to develop knowledge of and appreciation for diversity at Tufts. Staff members at each center advise and advocate for specific constituencies and serve as resources for all students, faculty, and staff. They are the Africana Center, the Asian American Center, the International Center, the Latino Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, and the Women’s Center.

Medford/Somerville Campus

At Tufts, we offer a rare combination: a beautiful residential campus and easy access to an exciting metropolis. The minute you step on campus, you will feel at home. Envision yourself crossing the academic quad on your way to class, reading a book under an enormous tree or playing a pick-up soccer game on the residential quad. Welcome to life at Tufts.

Where the Action is

Davis Square

Walk or take the shuttle: either way, it's just a few minutes to get from Tufts to Somerville's Davis Square, one of the hippest neighborhoods in the Boston area. If you're hungry you'll find crepes, Indian, Thai, Italian, ice cream, Tibetan and Mexican options. Cupcake craving? We've got you covered. Seeking some shopping? No problem. Concerts? You bet. And there's much more: coffee shops, bars and Boston's only Museum of Bad Art. More...

Boston/Chinatown Campus

Our health sciences campus is located in downtown Boston's Chinatown, a bustling city center and cultural hub offering an eclectic mix of restaurants, theaters, stores and family-owned and operated businesses. The vibrant, historic neighborhood is nestled between the city's main commercial, financial and theater districts. Boston's many attractions and amenities, ranging from the spacious Common to the famous swan boats, are just blocks away.

On campus, there are several cafes, lounges and other spaces for students to congregate for studying or socializing. In 2008, the Sackler Center underwent a series of renovations that improved the Hirsh Health Sciences Library space and created new collaborative learning spaces and a health-conscious café, Food 4 Thought. In addition, a campus green space was added to the outdoor area outside the Jaharis café, abutting Posner Hall. With grass, plantings and benches, this area has been designed as an inviting place for members of the health science campus, an outdoors oasis in the middle of downtown Boston.

Many activities and opportunities are arranged by student organizations at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Grafton Campus

The elliptical machines are whirring and the grill is sizzling at the Agnes Varis Campus Center, which opened in 2008 at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The new center—borne out of a $6-million renovation of a nurses' dormitory of the former Grafton State Hospital—features a cafeteria and bookstore space, as well as faculty offices, meeting areas, student lounges and a 1,000 square-foot fitness center.

The Webster Family Veterinary Medical Library, located in the Franklin M. Loew Veterinary Medical Education Center, is the largest veterinary library in New England. This modern, well-lit building, with spectacular views of the countryside, is a gathering place for students to study, attend sessions on navigating the World Wide Web in the library's computer laboratory and learn about other ways to access information.


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Tufts University Announcements

Hires and Promotions
  • Christopher Sedore

    Vice president and chief information officer

    Date Announced: July 10, 2019
  • Nadeem Karimbux

    Dean, School of Dental Medicine

    Date Announced: May 16, 2019
  • Alastair E. Cribb

    Dean, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

    Date Announced: April 16, 2019
  • Nadine Aubry

    Provost and senior vice president

    Date Announced: January 22, 2019

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