Our Staff

Aaron James Parayno

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Aaron joined Tufts University in 2019 to serve as the Director of the center. Aaron is a graduate of Boston College where he has a Bachelor's Degree in History, and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration. He has spent his career supporting the needs of Asian American students centering their needs, and advocating for the community.

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Ritu Sharma
Ritu Sharma

Staff Psychologist
Liason, Counseling and Mental Health Service
Tufts University
120 Curtis Street (Sawyer House)
Medford, MA 02155


Student Interns

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Keelin Watters
Major: International Relations and Economics
Hometown: Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Other activities on campus: Asian American House
“I like working at the Asian American Center because I love to be able to work so closely with the rest of the community at Tufts!”



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Firdaus Gupte
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Other activities on campus: TA-ing philosophy classes
“I am passionate about Indian and Indian-American issues, relating to identity, discrimination, and colonialism and working at the center allows me to contribute, in a small way, to fixing these issues. Also, I love the community at the Asian American Center and how supportive and friendly everyone is.”