Hope Denese Freeman to begin term as LGBT Center director

Disclaimer: Alison Kuah is a staff writer and former executive sports editor for the Daily. She was not involved in the writing of this article. Hope Denese Freeman has been named the new director of the LGBT Center  and will begin in that role on Monday. She will succeed former LGBT Center Director Nino Testa, who left the […]


LGBT Center names new director

Tufts has appointed Hope Denese Freeman the new director of the LGBT Center. Freeman will begin her role as director on March 13, according to an announcement to the Tufts community. “I am looking forward to learning from everyone on how I can be a strong resource in the LGBT Center,” Freeman said in the announcement. […]


Mark Brimhall-Vargas to leave role as Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Mark Brimhall-Vargas will be leaving his position at Tufts on Jan. 10 after a year and a half of serving in the role. He will assume the role of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Brandeis University upon his departure. In a Nov. 2 email from Provost David […]


Nino Testa to leave role as LGBT Center Director

Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center Nino Testa (G ’13) will be leaving Tufts on Dec. 16, after having served in the role for the past two and a half years. According to Testa, Dean of Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon will hire an interim director for the spring while a nationwide search for […]


Inter Greek Council takes First steps toward Greek life anti-racism task force

The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) is working with the LGBT Center, the Chief Diversity Officer and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to create a Greek Life Anti-Racism task force, according to Christin Mujica, IGC vice president of community engagement. Each Greek organization at Tufts is required to send two representatives to participate on the […]


LGBT Center restarts Queer Men’s discussion group

 The LGBT Center restarted the Queer Men’s Group, now the center’s seventh discussion group on campus, last week, according to LGBT Center Director Nino Testa. The open group will meet weekly for sessions facilitated by Nick Whitney (LA ’16), graduate coordinator at the LGBT Center. “Hopefully, [the Queer Men’s Group] is going to be a space where people can talk about things that they […]


BlaQ(ueer) Magic event draws full house, aspiring poets

Tabias Wilson (LA ’13) returned to campus to speak about his book, “Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows of Survivance,” where he was met with a full room inside the Granoff Music Center on the evening of Sept. 29. The event, titled, “BlaQ(ueer) Magic” was sponsored by the LGBT Center and the Africana […]


Tufts launches Trans Support Task Force, hopes to increase on-campus resources

Tufts is launching the Trans Support Task Force to improve university resources available for transgender students and streamline communication within the Tufts community, according to Nino Testa, director of the LGBT Center and task force co-chair. The other co-chair is Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Mark Brimhall-Vargas, and the task force will hold its first meeting on Oct. 20, Testa said. […]


Advocacy efforts increase for more all-gender bathrooms on campus

Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas and LGBT Center Director Nino Testa are creating a new campus committee to discuss all-gender bathrooms, according to Jill Zellmer, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. Zellmer told the Daily in an email that she will also serve on the committee, which will largely focus on the Medford/Somervile campus. “The restrooms and […]


Tufts considering expanding options for gender identity on Common App supplement

The Undergraduate Admissions office is considering expanding available gender identity options on the Tufts’ supplement to the Common Application for next year’s admissions cycle. According to Edward Pickett III, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, the Admissions office has been in discussion with LGBT Center Director Nino Testa (G ’13) and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Mark Brimhall-Vargas regarding […]


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