The initiative was formalized out of Tufts’ celebration of the Juneteenth holiday on June 19, 2020. Through 14 breakout sessions and two plenaries, the Tufts community explored the profound effect structural racism can have on Black colleagues and students within our community and discussed how we can work to become a more equitable university.
This strategic initiative was created out of a pledge to find and eradicate any structural racism at Tufts and to take the steps necessary to become what every member of our community would view as an anti-racist institution.
This initiative included five workstreams to focus on different aspects of our academic and administrative enterprise:
In addition, on September 9, 2021, Executive Vice President Mike Howard announced the formation of a separate working group, which was created out of a recommendation by the Campus Safety and Policing Workstream to more closely examine the issue of arming Tufts’ police officers. You can read more about the Working Group of TUPD Arming here.
Each of the workstreams reached out to stakeholders across the university to create larger, representative working groups, which made over 180 recommendations to the president at the end of 2020.