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

2018 Student Coordinator

Sofia Estrada

Sofia Estrada

Coordinator, 2018
After peer leading in 2015 and in 2017, Sofia is thrilled to be closing out her Tufts career as Student Coordinator in 2018! Originally from St. Louis, Sofia is planning to explore new cities and dive into her post-grad life. While at Tufts, she studied Clinical Psychology and English, studied in Santiago, Chile, worked at the Tufts Chaplaincy, hiked in the White Mountains, spent weekends in New York, and attempted to track down all the dogs on campus. Originally raised Catholic, Sofia is interested in exploring the interplay between spirituality and the psyche. In her free time she enjoys puzzling, baking shows, finding new paths around the hill, and grocery shopping. Sofia is excited and honored to be coordinating CAFE with an unbelievable staff and first-years!

2018 Support Staffer

Kenneth XueKenneth Xue

Support Staffer, 2021
Kenneth was a first-year CAFE participant last fall and his positive and welcoming experience encouraged him to further participate in the program. As a sophomore, Kenneth is excited to bring the same experience that he had to the incoming CAFE 2018 participants. Kenneth spent his childhood in Shanghai and moved to Las Vegas at the age of 11. He plans to major in Quantitative Economics and is currently on a pre-vet track. Though Kenneth has no faith affiliation, he is very interested in interfaith and religion, and is a frequent visitor to the Tufts Hillel. To Kenneth, Boston is still a new and exciting city, and he enjoys to explore the city during his free time.  He is very excited to meet the incoming CAFE participants and can’t wait to hear the meaningful discourse about religion, social justice, and our community!


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.

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.