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 […]

A post-election statement from the Nov. 9 faculty group at Tufts University

In this post-election moment, we have witnessed increasing threats to the present and future safety and wellbeing of our community. As faculty members at Tufts University, we pledge to actively commit ourselves to social justice and principles of community, compassion, decency and protection. We commit to continuing the work of teaching, conducting research and encouraging […]

Roberto Gonzales gives Common Reading Program lecture

Roberto Gonzales, author of this year’s Common Reading Book “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America,” gave a lecture at Cohen Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. […]

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 […]

Jose Antonio Vargas questions national identity in discussion of social change

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spoke to an audience filled with Tufts and Boston area college and high school students on Thursday during “Activism and Social Change: An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas,” co-sponsored by the Social Justice Leadership Initiative, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the Dean of Student Affairs. In his speech, Vargas, […]

Administrative working group to address needs of undocumented students on campus

Plans to create a working group to address the specific needs of undocumented students at Tufts began over the summer. This follows the university’s announcement last April that it would accept and provide aid for undocumented students and the subsequent enrollment in the Class of 2019 of the first group of undocumented students. According to […]

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 […]

Inclusion means undocumented students too: an open letter to the Tufts community

Dear Tufts, We are writing to you as Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ), a student group dedicated to supporting immigrant rights on campus, in Massachusetts and nationally. As Tufts students, one of our most important and immediate goals is to push for equal opportunity on our campus for undocumented students. As we write to […]