Op-Ed: Why I’m leaving Tufts

For the past 11 months, I have been the Director of the Women’s Center. At 32 years old, I am the first Queer Gender Non-Conforming Afro-Latinx person in this position and the youngest hire. At this moment in time, Tufts University was particularly special as the Women’s Center and LGBT Center were led by two […]


ID card scanner improves accessibility in Women’s Center

The Women’s Center announced in its Feb. 12 newsletter that it had installed an ID card scanner to expand student access to the center. K. Martinez, the director of the Women’s Center, said they led the initiative in an effort to make the Women’s Center more accessible to students who use the space. They explained that during […]


Women’s Center discusses bodies, sexuality in annual symposium

The Women’s Center hosted staff, professors and students on Friday for its 2018 Symposium on Gender and Culture. The symposium’s theme, “Metaphors of the Body,” explored the body’s role as an analogy for larger, universal forces. “I was thinking about … how our bodies carry historic trauma and how we carry the impacts of larger forces like […]


Events on the Hill – Week of Feb. 20

TUESDAY “Tufts University Phone Bank for Transgender Equality” Details: As part of a partnership with Freedom for All Massachusetts, students are calling Massachusetts state officials to defend transgender equality. Where and when: Tufts University LGBT Center, 226 College Ave; 6–9 p.m. “A Conversation with Jay Gonzalez” Details: For the third segment in their Gubernatorial Series this […]


ASAP and BARCC discuss future plans, resources, #MeToo campaign

Content warning: this article mentions sexual assault High-profile cases and allegations have brought the issue of sexual assault to the forefront of the national media. But on college campuses, the issue of sexual assault is one that both on- and off-campus groups around Tufts have been tackling for decades. Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) […]


Women’s Center initiates POC Circles for students of all gender identities

The Tufts Women’s Center has initiated biweekly POC Circles, which are dedicated to “community care, solidarity and intentional coalition building” for people of color, according to their first Facebook event.  The first POC Circle was hosted on Sept. 14 at the Women’s Center and will meet every other Thursday. The Circles, created by seniors Made Bacchus and Natasha Karunaratne and graduate assistant Koko […]


K. Martinez hired as new Women’s Center director

Tufts has hired K. Martinez, former Associate Director of the Diversity and First-Gen Office at Stanford University, to direct the Tufts Women’s Center. Martinez began their new role at Tufts on May 8. The hiring concludes a semester-long, nationwide search to replace former Women’s Center Director Steph Gauchel, according to Dean of Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon. Gauchel left the center last February to become Assistant Dean […]


Women’s Center welcomes new interim director this fall

Bryn Gravitt began her tenure as interim director of the Women’s Center on Aug. 22 of this year, following the departure of former director Steph Gauchel in February for a position at the Harvard Divinity School. Gravitt will serve in her capacity until Feb. 2017, or until a long-term candidate is selected, she said. As a former graduate student […]


What’s up this weekend

Looking to make your weekend artsy? Check out these events! Dinner and a Movie presents “Maleficent” (2014): Come to the Women’s Center to discuss gender roles and tropes in film and literature in a modern context. Discussion will be led by Shannon Weber, sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies lecturer and Steph Gauchel, director […]


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