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Our Vision: Interactive Inclusion

At Tufts, diversity and inclusion are central to the academic mission of the university.

We believe in the inherent worth of all people, regardless of race and ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, physical and intellectual ability, religion, geographic origin and language background, and socioeconomic status.

We recognize that it is not enough to enroll a diverse student body. We must make certain that all our students thrive here and have opportunities to participate fully in the Tufts experience.

We will further the university’s commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion for all students—undergraduate, graduate, and professional—and for faculty, staff, and university leaders across all campuses and throughout all our schools.

We aspire to deliver the promise that Tufts is a place where all members of our community feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to contribute in ways that celebrate the most important parts of their identity.

We will create an environment that encourages and embraces open, respectful dialogue and civic engagement both inside and beyond the classroom even when it comes to topics on which there may be profound differences.

We realize that inclusion, in and of itself, is not enough. We aspire to create interactive inclusion: paths of opportunity that intersect with one another; paths on which diverse perspectives flow freely throughout Tufts, elevating our community, and ultimately—as students graduate and pursue their dreams—elevating communities throughout the world.

Leadership

As we strive to create an environment that embraces diversity and advances an inclusive culture across all four of our campuses, Tufts benefits from a wealth of perspectives; students, faculty, staff, and university leaders—most notably President Anthony P. Monaco and Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim Deborah Kochevar.

President's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council

Chaired by President Monaco, the Tufts Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council guides the university’s strategy and policies to advance diversity and inclusion among the student body, faculty, and staff to make the university more inclusive and welcoming to all.

List of Council Members

Tufts By the Numbers

Our interactive diversity dashboard helps raise awareness of inclusion as a university priority, enables us to celebrate our achievements, and illuminates areas for improvement.

Lisa Fenn, M.A.

Director, DEI Programming

Lisa has worked in learning environments, fostering inclusion in intercultural and experiential ways. Throughout her career, Lisa has made a significant contribution to in-depth training and nationally recognized seminars about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tiffany B. House, M.A.

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Education- Health Sciences Campuses

Tiffany is committed to advocating for and providing educational opportunities about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She is an intentional, caring, and skilled facilitator, having delivered workshops and trainings in a multitude of settings for hundreds of participants.

Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, M.S.W.

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Education- Health Sciences Campuses
Rikki is passionate about creating and implementing inclusive and socially just policies and practices and is honored to be able to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the Health Sciences Campuses.

Sara Velia Niño, M.Ed.

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Education- Medford/SMFA Campuses
Sara is passionate about people- and social-justice centered education policy. She is a strong advocate for honoring learner variability and advocating for the multidimensional identities and lived experiences of individuals and communities.

S. Rae Peoples, M.A.

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Education- Medford/SMFA Campuses
S. Rae has over 25 years of experience serving in leadership roles that revolve around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, education, political, and nonprofit sectors.  She is rooted in motherhood, love, and community in Somerville, Massachusetts.