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Tufts University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
419 Boston Ave
Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Phone
(617) 628-5000
School Information
"Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement." The university enrolls over 11,800 students and has over 1,500 faculty across its thirteen schools. (Source: https://www.tufts.edu/about) (Source: https://www.tufts.edu/about/tufts-at-a-glance)
General Information
Tufts University convened a student, faculty, and staff "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Planning" committee to help Tufts become an "anti-racist" institution. The committee announced that a new course will be required for incoming students on racial equity and civic engagement. The university's workstreams recommended that the school institute "effective education for every member of the Tufts community to drive anti-racist attitudes, values, and behaviors, deliver anti-racism and anti-oppression education, and embed implicit bias training in all recruiting processes." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university's workstreams recommended that the school, "Institute effective education for every member of the Tufts community to drive anti-racist attitudes, values, and behaviors," "Deliver anti-racism and anti-oppression education," and "Embed implicit bias training in all recruiting processes."
  • The medical center has an "Anti-Racism Task Force," which undertook a "Bias Reduction in Medicine Training" initiative.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • New Course will be required for incoming students on racial equity and civic engagement.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university's workstreams recommended that the school, "Include DEI as a priority in the budget process."
  • The university is pledging $25 million, or more, over five years to become an anti-racist institution, according to media reports.
  • The university's medical center also has the "Program on Equity in Science and Health," which is "addressing research disparities in health care and diversity in the biomedical workforce."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university's workstreams recommended that the school implement "Bias-free policies, procedures, and practices" and other practices in campus safety.
Symbolic Actions
  • The University convened a student, faculty, and staff "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Planning" ad hoc committee to help Tufts become an "anti-racist" institution.
  • The university's workstreams recommended that the school replace, "Coolidge Room portraits with historic and community-driven exhibitions."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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