CAFE is organized and led by staff members from the Tufts University Chaplaincy and a team of student leaders. Together we represent a diversity of religious and philosophical backgrounds and traditions.

The student coordinator works closely with the University Chaplaincy staff to organize the logistics of the program. This includes working with local spiritual and social justice organizations to plan site visits, planning delicious meals, and coordinating fun social activities, such as a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

The support staffer provides logistical support for three weeks around the CAFE. program and serves as another contact for incoming students and returning student Peer Leaders.

Peer leaders guide incoming students through the program. They facilitate small group discussions and activities, plan self-care workshops, and ensure a safe, fun and meaningful experience for participants during the program. Peer Leaders are returning students who have been selected through a competitive hiring process based on their passion for welcoming new students to Tufts, their leadership experience, and their commitment to interfaith and social justice work.

Group photo of CAFE staff

2019 Student Coordinators


Ann-MarieAnn-Marie Lee

Coordinator, 2020

Ann-Marie is a junior from Roseland, New Jersey who in their free time loves to cook in their apartment, paint dramatic eyeshadow and put glitter in their eyebrows, and find bizarre tattoos on Instagram that they definitely never want to get! She's double-majoring in Community Health and Religion, and is also a dual-degree Master's of Public Health student with the Tufts School of Medicine. Different engagements on campus involve being an intern at the Women's Center (as a POC Circle facilitator) and doing amazing amounts of student activism and campus organizing, right now most notably with Tufts Housing League! Her spiritual identities are clumped around Buddhism and radical dharma, Daoism, and Roman Catholicism. Having done CAFE every year in a different role -- from first year participant to Support Staffer to Peer Leader -- Ann-Marie is now ~thrilled!~ to be back for their fourth and final year as Coordinator. From the top of Goddard Chapel's tower: Welcome to CAFE!

ZahraZahra Rizvi

Support Staffer, 2022

After participating as a first year in 2018, Zahra is thrilled to be involved with CAFE again this year! She can’t wait to create the same welcoming and warm transition to Tufts that she had for the class of 2023. Zahra grew up in South Carolina and loves exploring new places and is very excited to be living near Boston. On campus, she is involved with the Muslim Students Association and Tufts Cheerleading. She plans to major in clinical psychology and is on a pre-med track. In her free time, Zahra likes to visit new brunch spots, drink milk tea, and watch Netflix with her friends. She is so excited to work with the staff this year and meet the new first-years!


Reverend Greg McGonigle

The Reverend Greg McGonigle

Tufts University Chaplain
Faith background: Unitarian Universalist
Hometown: Boston
Fun fact: I studied abroad in India
Fave food: Brick oven pizza
What I do on campus: University chaplain, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, Sexual Misconduct Task Force
Why I’m involved with CAFE: Because interfaith work has been a way for me to make deep friendships, be inspired and challenged, and try to make the world a better place.

Zachary Cole
Zachary Cole

Program Advisor, University Chaplaincy Staff
Faith background: Humanist
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Fun fact: I’m a UNC alum and a basketball fan—Go Tar Heels!
Fave food: Sweet Potato Fries
What I do on campus: I’m the Program Manager for the University Chaplaincy
Why I’m involved with CAFE: Because I believe in the power of interfaith community to highlight shared values, broaden perspectives, and inspire change.

2019 Peer Leaders

Coming soon!