Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion Education, Health Sciences Campuses in Boston and Grafton
Adriana Black (she, her, ella) is a racial justice educator, academic administrator, and public health professional. She strives to build relationships and assist in the education of students, faculty, and staff on systems of oppression, structural injustices, and power imbalances that can inhibit the flourishing of community members coming from underserved groups. As the inaugural Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Education for the health sciences campuses at Tufts University, Adriana understands the challenge of changing the existing paradigms in both higher education and healthcare. Using a teamed approach to practice, she engages with university stakeholders to spearhead justice and equity educational initiatives aimed at promoting and cultivating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive culture of belonging at the five health sciences schools.
Prior to coming to Tufts University, Adriana worked at Boston University School of Public Health in educational administration, research, mentoring, and teaching. She managed and evaluated the educational programming for over 250 students enrolled in four community health sciences Master of Public Health certificates by collaborating with leaders from each of the school’s departments and offices.
Before moving to Boston, Adriana worked in a clinical setting providing medical care to youth as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for various clinics, clubs, schools, and universities in the Midwest and Spain. Her research interests lie in community health practice, Latinx immigrant children’s health, mentorship practices for graduate students, and racial justice educational initiatives. Outside of academia, Adriana enjoys making music playlists, reading novels, watching gymnastics, and traveling to see her family dispersed all over the world.
Adriana is originally from Venezuela and grew up in Urbana-Champaign, IL, before moving to St. Louis, MO where she received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Sociology and a Master of Athletic Training from Saint Louis University. She received her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from Boston University.