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April 2013

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

It is with great pleasure that we share with you an update on the work of the Council on Diversity. Over the course of the past year, the Council has created survey instruments, analyzed data, listened to community members, and assessed and discussed current efforts across the university related to diversity and inclusion. Council members have analyzed past and current issues, but always with an eye towards the future. Our shared goals, as a university, are to more clearly define the place of diversity in our institutional mission, and to create a more diverse and inclusive community for our students, faculty and staff. Today the Council is releasing a progress report that includes preliminary recommendations on the undergraduate student experience. We hope you will read, reflect and share your comments on the report with us. The report is available here.

The preliminary recommendations on the undergraduate student experience address issues of critical importance to students, faculty, and staff in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and should be of interest to all of us who are committed to Tufts’ educational mission. A preliminary recommendation is also included for a Chief Diversity Officer position in the central administration.

The Council invites all interested students to participate in a discussion of these recommendations on Monday, April 29, from 12:00 to 1:20pm at 51 Winthrop Street. Comments may also be submitted online. We hope that you will take the time to review the recommendations and add your voice to the conversation.

At this time, we would like especially to thank Professor Adriana Zavala and her colleagues on the Council’s Working Group on the Undergraduate Student Experience for their dedication and insight. Looking ahead, the Council continues to develop its recommendations on administrative structures and policies and the graduate and professional student experience. We look forward to releasing these reports for community comment in the near future. The Council will release a final report with recommendations before the end of the fall semester, following its consideration of community input, priorities, available resources, and alignment with the strategic directions emerging from the T10 planning process.

Issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education are critically important to prepare students, faculty and staff for their interactions beyond Tufts, but also to create the climate on campus that supports all members of this community. Tufts today is poised to be an institutional leader in this area by advancing its longstanding values. We look forward to your comments on this phase of the Council’s work.

Best wishes,

Anthony Monaco
President; Chair, Council on Diversity

Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Vice Chair, Council on Diversity