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Tufts has always aimed to be inclusive. The university’s Universalist founders envisioned an institution that would embrace those at the margins of society, and offer admission to students from all cultures, religions, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Today, we remain as committed as ever to these principles by striving to recruit, retain, and nurture a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, and by fostering the cultural competence and attitudes necessary to support and sustain healthy and productive interactions both within and beyond such a diverse university community.

In December 2013, President Monaco’s Council on Diversity released its report providing specific, actionable recommendations to achieve greater diversity among our student body, faculty, and staff to make Tufts University more inclusive and welcoming to all. Read the council’s full report.

Through the many initiatives underway at Tufts—from Bridging Differences and the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council to Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST), Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST), and a firm commitment to financial aid—our goal is to build and strengthen the university’s legacy of diversity and inclusion.

As it has from the start, Tufts educates students from all backgrounds and identities in an environment that encourages open dialogue across many different perspectives. It is imperative that we continue to uphold these values, since what our students and alumni bring to an increasingly interconnected and diverse world is strengthened by the experiences they have at Tufts.