Tufts University

Signatory: Kevin Dunn, Vice Provost

Joined: November 2015

Contact: Jennifer Allen, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health

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Literature review and faculty search

Through department websites, our course catalog, faculty bio search engines, and an extensive literature review, we were able to identify faculty and courses at Tufts that have a focus area of girls and women of color. This university-wide audit allowed us to identify different disciplines and schools within the university that have a direct connection to the work of the Collaborative.

Professor and Faculty focus groups

Tufts conducted two faculty/professor focus groups, one on the Medford campus and one on the Boston campus. We had four goals of these meetings:

  1. Introduce this Collaborative to the faculty/professors: When we signed on as an institution to the Collaborative, we knew that getting faculty/professor involvement was imperative. These meetings served as a brief introduction to the problem and the purpose that the Collaborative is attempting to address.
  2. Have professors discuss their relevant research/teaching: Although we were able to identify faculty members by reading their published work, we weren’t experts on the work that was being done. Discussions in the meetings allowed faculty to highlight their research interests as well as what work they are doing that they believe is connected to the Collaborative.  
  3. Determine faculty interest: Moving forward, we would like to find out who, if anyone, would like to play a leading role in furthering the agenda of the Collaborative. In our meetings, we asked if anyone was interested in helping plan the next steps.
  4. Find other partners focusing on this topic: Although we were able to identify many individuals to invite to these meetings, we know that we could have easily missed people. These meetings served as a time to hear who the faculty were working with on research projects, studies and grants. We used this as a brief recruitment process.

Sponsorship of the Summit on Race and Equity 2016: A Call to Government and Community

The City of Boston, the Boston Alliance for Racial Equity (BARE), and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) organized a two-day summit focused on cross sector regional networking to advance racial equity and ensure opportunities for all. Tufts cosponsored this two-day summit hosted at Northeastern University. We invited faculty members and students to attend and were able to send all interested professors.

Tufts Research Fellowship: Answering the Call for Research with Women and Girls of Color

Through Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost Mark Brimhall-Vargas’ mobilization of university-wide conversations and data collection in the spirit of commitment to the Collaborative and the larger national urgency, Tufts is poised to embark on innovative practices that will contribute substantively to the call for research with Women and Girls of Color. In envisioning a part of the promise of that potential, we proposed and supported a semester-long research and training grant offered to a graduate student-faculty fellowship mentor team in order to draw on existing faculty expertise to train a new generation of ground-breaking scholars. We currently have one pilot-project with the hopes of offering this fellowship to additional student-faculty teams in coming semesters.

Our current pilot-project is a doctoral student conducting research with Puerto Rican women who are adolescent mothers.

The fellowship outline is listed below:


We suggest that proposals for this fellowship require:

  •   cross-department or cross-school faculty and student teams;
  •   a clear proposal for graduate student training in theory, methodology, or practice;
  •   a statement of research aimed at Women and Girls of Color;
  •   and, the written support of the student’s advisor;

During the time of the semester-long fellowship, we recommend that graduate students or teams:

  •   present or submit a proposal to present at:

o   one national or international conference

o   one local or regional conference

  •   submit for peer-review (or equivalent, in field):

o   one article on which the student is the first author

  •   make at least one presentation at Tufts University

The office of the Chief Diversity Officer will be acknowledged in all publications, talks, and so on.

We encourage a model that is structured in the following way:

  •   20 hours of work per week by the graduate student;
  •   $9,000 or teaching or research assistant equivalent for the graduate student as a stipend, directed to the student’s home department for disbursement;
  •   $2,500 deposited into the faculty fellowship mentor’s research account:

o   as award stipend

o   and, as resource to support faculty and student participation in conferences or other.

Over time, we imagine this fellowship would include cohorts who would:

  •   organize and present at an annual Tufts symposium on research with and on Women and Girls of Color;
  •   mentor, advise, or support new teams of faculty fellowship mentors and graduate students;
  •   and, share the Tufts model with other universities and organizations


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