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

2017 Student Coordinator

Eitan Bloostein

Eitan Bloostein

Coordinator, 2019
Eitan participated in CAFE as a first year, was a peer leader as a second year, and is now excited to be the coordinator. He is from Needham, Massachusetts, but has spent significant time in Syracuse, New York, and Israel. Eitan is majoring in Religion because he likes to explore the philosophical underpinnings of people’s actions. On campus, he does Israeli/Palestinian coexistence work, and he is a member of the Jewish community. In his free time, Eitan loves to play guitar, listen to music, and eat spicy food. He can’t wait to explore and learn about the intersections between religion, race, and action with an unbelievable group of people on CAFE!

2017 Support Staffer

Anne-Marie LeeAnn-Marie Lee

Support Staffer, 2020
As a CAFE first year last September, Ann-Marie is thrilled to be working on the program as the support staffer this summer! Originally from Roseland, New Jersey, she's spent time at home volunteering with her local Roman Catholic parish, is a Eucharistic minister, and has served firefighting. Academically, she plans on majoring in Community Health and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) with a Religion minor. Ann-Marie keeps busy running the CAFE interfaith discussion group (which is different from the pre-orientation), the Buddhist/Mindfulness Sangha, and the Tufts Progressive Alliance! While she's not sending a million-and-one emails, she loves to craft and redesign her dorm room, surprising her roommate on more than one occasion. She's ecstatic for the 2017 pre-orientation, and is ready to take interfaith discourse and social justice action by storm!


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 a program and outreach specialist 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.

2017 Peer Leaders

Andrew Schloss, 2020   

Andrew is a Political Science and Environmental Studies Double Major from Long Island (Strong Island), New York (I don't normally say that...). On campus, you'll find him at the CAFE Student Interfaith Discussion group (of which he is co-President with Ann-Marie), at UP3 (Tufts Urban Policy, Planning, and Prosperity Club), playing with the Pep Band, or camping out in Carm while kvelling over the wonders of the Oxford comma!

Anne Hall, 2019               

Anne is a Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies double major and she is the only student from her class that is from South Dakota! She is also President of the First-Gen Council here at Tufts and is involved in various health groups on campus.

Elizabeth McCall, 2019  

Elizabeth is a Psychology major with an interest (potentially a minor, but she's still working on it) in Education. On nights when she's not writing papers, she's procrastinating on those papers at Sci-Fi and Fantasy club's movie nights, or hanging out with her friends watching Disney movies.

Hawley Brown, 2020      

Hawley is a self-described United Muslim of Christ from New Britain, Connecticut. She plans on majoring in Biology and Community Health and can usually be found either in a Tisch study room, the climbing gym, or at gymnastics.

Jolie Dion-Gottfried, 2019          

Jolie is a Wisconsinite majoring in Education and American Studies. She is over-enthusiastic about public transportation and enjoys hanging out with ten-year-olds.

Julia Zubiago, 2018         

I'm a psychology major from Rhode Island, and when I'm not in class I'm either teaching workshops on mental health in Boston public high schools, running with the Tufts Marathon Team, or playing Ultimate frisbee. Odds are good that no matter where I am, I'm talking with great animation about social justice and/or Harry Potter.

Kathryn Tweel, 2018      

Kathryn is a computer science and child development major from West Virginia.  She is a member of the Protestant Student Association at Tufts and volunteers with other Tufts Students to lead a local Girl Scout troop.

Kayleigh Milano, 2020

Kayleigh is a dedicated member of the Tufts Mock Trial Team from Phoenix, AZ. When she's not doing mock trial, you can find her pursuing a Philosophy / American Studies double major or ranting about the latest season of Doctor Who, the state of the American criminal justice system, or the vital importance of Dewick's vegan raisin walnut bars.

Marina Rakhilin, 2018   

Marina is currently studying Clinical Psychology, Religion, and Arabic - she's from Newton, MA and she does too many things on campus - some of these are researching emotion regulation, sitting on the steering committee of It Happens Here, and leading discussions via the Humanist Community at Tufts.

Miriam Israel, 2018        

Miriam is from the D.C. area studying International Relations and Arabic. On campus she is usually looking for free food at Hillel or jumping around with her dance team, Tufts Jumboraas.

Nicole Joseph, 2018       

Nicole is an American Studies Major with a focus in Community Based Studies cluster, from Denton Texas. She is involved with Tufts Labor Coalition, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Crafts House/Center. also LOVES biking and clogs

Parker Breza, 2019          

Parker is a junior majoring in American Studies. Originally from Minnesota, Parker is the LGBTQ+ Community Senator on TCU Senate and is involved with Students for Justice in Palestine and Tufts Student Action, and he is a Tisch Scholar working for United American Indians of New England. In addition to political organizing, he love ceramics, running, concerts, coffee, and squirrels. Parker was raised Catholic, and has been involved with Unitarian Universalist and alternative Jewish communities.

Salomon "Sal" Herrera-Montesdeoca, 2020        

Born and raised in Guatemala, Sal moved to the U.S. at age 10 and has lived in both Florida and Massachusetts since. Sal loves to dance and compete with the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team, learn about his own faith with the Non-Denominational Christian Fellowship, and learn about different faiths with the CAFE Interfaith Discussion Group!

Sara Arman, 2019            

Sara is an International Relations Major, from Chelsea Massachusetts. Among her many passions are Interfaith work, social justice and Dunkin Donuts iced coffee!

Sofia Estrada, 2018         

Sofie is from St. Louis, studies Clinical Psychology and English. At Tufts, you can find her working at the Tufts Chapel or mail room, and doing everything in her power to walk around the hill instead of walking up and down the hill. After spending her third year abroad in Santiago, Chile she is looking forward to relearning how to spell in english and missing chilean bread.