Staff

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!

Staff

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.

2018 Peer Leaders

Coming soon!