Category Archives: Events

Volunteer Opportunity: New England Center for Homeless Volunteers with ASDA

Serve for DinnerASDA’s next NECHV volunteer event is Saturday, May 28!

ASDA will be going to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) for community outreach. The NECHV is an organization that is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans. The center has apartments and dormitories for veterans to reside in overnight and they also prepare and serve meals.

We will be helping with the weekend dinner service. At the conclusion of service, all volunteers are welcome to grab a meal and sit down with the veterans to converse.

Sign up here!

If you sign up and are unable to attend, please find someone to take your place and have them notify Shayla Walker.

Volunteer Opportunity: AADMD at Boston Special Olympics Special Smiles

Special SmilesBoston Special Olympics Special Smiles 2016 is right around the corner, and AADMD (American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) is excited to be taking part! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out in the community and do some great work for the Special Olympics athletes. There are a variety of roles that may be assigned, such as registration, molding mouth guards, and performing dental screenings. Special Smiles will be on June 4 from 9am-3pm at Harvard University. Once we have a group together, transportation will be coordinated as needed. Please read on for more details and sign up by May 24 @ 5pm to volunteer!

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Join Tisch College for the 2016 Frontiers of Democracy Conference

Attention TUSDM Faculty and Staff:

Join Tisch College for the 2016 Frontiers of Democracy Conference


The 2016 Frontiers of Democracy conference, organized and sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, will take place on June 23-25, 2016 at Tufts University’s Boston campus.

This annual conference started at Tufts in 2009, and it is the main international interdisciplinary conference devoted to civic life. It draws seasoned practitioners who are experienced with civic practices—from building online dialogues to organizing unions—along with theorists concerned with the nature and purpose of civic institutions and engagement. The featured plenary speakersare distinguished and diverse in many respects. In addition, participants can choose among 21 highly interactive concurrent sessions on topics ranging from civic science, to teaching democracy, to growing grassroots movements, to participation in faith communities.

Registration for Frontiers is limited to 120 people. Some openings remain at this time, and a discounted rate is available to Tufts University faculty, staff and community partners. Please join us by registering HERE.

AADMD Hosts Dr. Steve Perlman, founder of Special Olympics Special Smiles

On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Tufts’ American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) student club hosted a presentation on “Treating Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” Dr. Steve Perlman presented to approximately 60 Tufts students and faculty. Dr. Perlman has been treating patients with both physical and intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health initiative for the athletes participating in the Special Olympics International. It now has over 215 events per year taking place in every state in the US along with 80 other countries.

Stephie Castera (D16) is awarded Prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service

For over 15 years, Tufts has honored exceptional students with the prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. These awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership.

Among those honored this year was D16 Stephie Castera, who received the award at a special ceremony for recipients on April 21, 2016. The program included Tufts University President Tony Monaco, Dean Alan Solomont of Tisch College of Civic Life and TUSDM’s Dean Huw Thomas.

Stephie’s special guests included her mother Agnes who came from Haiti for the event and her boyfriend, D16 Brian Hedstrom. Presenting her with her award were Nancy Marks and Dr. Mark Nehring, Chair of Public Health and Community Service Dept.

Stephie’s impressive accomplishments include fundraising and creating local partnerships in order to open the first community library in Furcy, Haiti; organizing an annual holiday party (five years and still going strong!) in Furcy for 350 impoverished children, which included collecting and distributing toys, school supplies, shoes, dental kits and oral hygiene education.  Locally, Stephie has also been an active member and leader in AAPD, HDA, and SNDA and has volunteered at Sharewood, Project Bridge and DentalCentral!

Congrats to Stephie!!

Tufts Institute for Innovation: Seed Funding Program

Apply to secure funding for your community outreach initiative or collaborative research project through Tufts Institute for Innovation’s 

Student Seed Funding program!

Applications due June 10th, 2016.

Does your student group or team need funding?  TII funds student-driven campus programming, collaborative research, and/or community outreach that exemplify TII’s philosophy and over-arching mission.  In the past, TII funded Tufts Synthetic Biology, an under-grad Tufts student group focused on “benefitting human health and the environment through biological engineering.”

TII is especially interested in solution-focused projects that tackle a health issue from a variety of disciplinary angles – physical, psychological, cultural, economic, etc.  For example, applicants might be funded to organize a multidisciplinary symposium or to create a pilot mobile app focused on smoking-cessation.

Email: with questions.

The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community

The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community

May 16-17 | Northeastern University

Led by a collaborative of community residents, organizations, and government leaders committed to transformation and healing, the City of Boston has joined a national movement to ensure that policies and practices that impact the lives of residents are just and equitable. This two-day summit will launch an inclusive cross sector regional network to advance racial equity and ensure opportunities for all. We hope government and community partners from across Boston and the New England region will join us to share local and national racial equity best practices and policies addressing structural racism and develop policies and alternative structures that challenge unfair systems. Click here for more information.

Stairway out of Homelessness


Stairway out of Homelessness

Friday, April 29 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
574 Boston Ave, Room 401

Come listen to the multiple experiences of individuals struggling with homelessness or economic difficulties and learn about the various reasons that brought them to their situation and the various steps they have taken toward their recovering path. Food will be served and the night will end with a raffle! See the flyer for more information.

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service Featuring Civil Rights Leader & U.S. Congressman John Lewis

April 5 | 6:30 PM|Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campusc3768596-8822-43f6-a12a-d50670ce578f

 Tisch College is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District, for the 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. From protests to politics, the Congressman will share his experiences with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities today.

 The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. These lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador of Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. This lecture is also supported by Tisch College’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Learn more at

This will be a ticketed event. Tickets are free and available through Karen Alexander at the Office of Student Affairs for tickets.