Op-ed: Was it wrong to trust Obama?

When former President Obama was inaugurated as president, third-grade me was thrilled. He was the first black president and he was a Democrat, a fact that I didn’t know much about but that I knew pleased my parents, especially after eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency. He was also, especially to young me, much more […]

Boston-area political leaders call on sanctuary cities to remain resilient

Students gathered for a panel discussion on sanctuary cities and immigration law in Tisch Library Room 316 on Monday night. The event was hosted by Tufts Democrats and featured six panelists who have direct ties to immigration policy and activism in the Boston area. First to speak was Tufts Democrats President Ben Kaplan. Kaplan, a senior, introduced […]

Editorial: Despite lack of sanctuary label, a positive step for undocumented students

University President Anthony Monaco released a statement last week pledging enhanced support for undocumented students at Tufts University. Monaco said that the university will refuse to provide information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) undocumented students or assist in the enforcement of immigration laws. This commitment holds as long as it is legally permissible, meaning the university will not […]

Undocumented at Tufts in Trump’s America

As more students of undocumented status have joined the Tufts community, the movement to address the needs of these students continues to gain momentum on campus, especially considering that the issue of immigration is central to the president-elect’s platform, according to Associate Dean for Student Success and Advising Robert Mack. Mack is a major point of contact for undocumented students at […]

Monaco releases statement pledging protection, legal counsel to undocumented students

University President Anthony Monaco released a statement yesterday titled “Supporting and Protecting our DACA and Undocumented Students,” calling for an enhancement of Tufts’ commitment to its undocumented students in the face of possible changes in federal immigration law under the coming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. In the statement, Monaco asserts that Tufts intends to resist any […]

Students stage walk-out, demand Tufts become a “sanctuary campus”

Hundreds of students walked out of their classes and gathered in front of Olin Center yesterday at 2:30 p.m. as part of a nationwide walkout on college campuses in an effort to push the university to designate its campuses as “sanctuary campuses,” which would protect and support undocumented Tufts students and community members in these spaces.  The walkout […]

Tufts strives to build community, support system for undocumented students

As more undocumented students have been accepted and have enrolled at Tufts in both the Class of 2019 and 2020, following the university’s 2015 decision to begin admitting undocumented students, Tufts continues to allocate resources to support these students’ college careers and beyond. Over a year ago, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin announced that Tufts would change its […]

Lee Coffin to leave Tufts after 13 years as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin will leave his position of 13 years to become the new Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth College on July 1. His successor will be chosen before Coffin officially leaves Tufts. Coffin’s transition was announced in a Feb. 4 statement to the Tufts community, written […]

Tufts welcomes policy change to admit undocumented students

At a rally for Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) on April 7, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin announced an undergraduate admissions policy change to welcome applications from undocumented students, a result of the group’s continuous effort throughout the past year. UIJ President Zobella Vinik called this change an “important step toward education equity.” She and other UIJ […]

Students urge administration to support undocumented students

Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) has recently taken major steps to pressure the university into providing clear and accessible support for undocumented students in the application process and throughout their time at Tufts. UIJ’s “Resolution to Establish Equal Opportunity for Undocumented Students,” which the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed 27-0-1 on Nov. 16, urged the […]