New Jeopardy Board Available!

IMG_0301Thanks to the hard work of Janna Laverdiere (D17) and Marissa Schwartz (D17), the office of Public Health and Community Service has a fantastic new oral-health themed Jeopardy Board for presentations to senior citizens! If you are interested in using the board for an event, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.

Great Volunteer Opp for a group of Students!

impressMembers of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps have reached out to TUSDM in need of dental students! They are looking for a student organization or severel students to help take impressions for their Childhood Identification Program (CHIPS). The event will take place May 2nd, 2015 in Weston, MA. It would be great if a TUSDM student group could coordinate these efforts! If interested, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.

 

Tisch College Funding Available for Student Activities Which Address Issues of Race and Discrimination

TischRecent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work, Tisch College will make a number of mini-grants, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to students and student groups working to have an impact on these issues.
 
The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
Applications are live at their website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/.

Do #Blacklivesmatter? : A Dialogue on Blacktivism, Racial Justice, and the Value of Black Lives

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 7pm-9pm  
Tufts University: Cabot Hall’s ASEAN Auditorium
Panel conversation on topics including the impact of “Blacktivism”, Black experience in the U.S., the criminal justice system, and the role media plays in the #blacklivesmatter movement.
Panelists:
·         Pete Haviland-Eduah, National Policy Director from Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
·         DeRay Mckesson, hashtag activist, Ferguson protest organizer, and co-founder of wetheprotesters.org
·         Keith Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
·         Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and Professor of African               American Cultural Politics and Gender Studies, Brown University

 

Stephie Castera (D16) Reflects on Her Service in Haiti

"Four years ago I had the desire to give back to a rural community in Haiti called Furcy and decided to host a Christmas party for the children of the area. I was happily surprised by the amount of support received for this project and was able to provide 240 children with a memorable Christmas on the first year. In the following years, I continued to receive vast support and the party started to grow in size and scope. On December 23rd, 2014, we organized the fourth annual Christmas party for 350 children of Furcy. During the party, we have been able to provide each child with shoes, warm clothes and school supplies, as well as a toy from Santa Claus. Each child is fed during the party and gets to enjoy some fun activities (music, games, arts and crafts etc). In addition, given my career path in dentistry, I strongly believe in the importance of oral hygiene on the overall well being of an individual and hope to promote oral health in the community of Furcy. As such, we have been providing the children with oral hygiene instructions and have distributed kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.

This party has been possible thanks to the generous contributions of friends and family, as well as businesses and organizations in Haiti and the United States. Thanks to the overwhelming support for this project, we have gained enough funds to invest in a more sustainable project. We will soon be opening an education/library center in Furcy, as we believe education to be key in the growth of the community and of Haiti.

The smile that this party brings to the children is amazing and heart warming. I wish to bring them this moment of joy for years to come and hope to continue to invest in their future with the help of everyone." 
 
-Stephie Castera (D16)

Tufts MLK Youth Homelessness Drive

imgresFrom February 2nd to February 13th, Tufts will be collecting donations for Youth on Fire, an organization in Cambridge that serves as a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth. The donation box can be found on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Click here for more information, including needed items.

 

Team Smile at Yankee Dental

This past weekend D16 students Olga Raptis, Khushbu Patel, Anjalee Shah, and Myles Clancy volunteered at the TeamSmile event at Yankee Dental. The event provided free dental care to underserved children in the Boston area along with free goodies bags and activities. Check out some pictures from the event!

Event Spotlight: 6th Annual ASDA District 1 Debate

Christopher Paolino (D16) and Jordan Shapiro (D17) represented Tufts at this years' District 1 Debate.  With a crowd of over 400 people, our Tufts debaters gave a strong effort debating against the University of New England.  The event was a huge success with strong support from Tufts students, faculty and Deans.

 

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.