Supporting Students of African Descent

The Africana Center was founded in 1969 to meet the needs and concerns of Tufts students of African descent. The Center supports the academic mission of the University by providing students access to a full range of academic, cultural, and social resources. In addition, the Director of the Center works closely with other administrative and academic offices across Tufts on issues of interest to students and advocates proactively on their behalf. The Center is committed to helping students succeed at the University and preparing them to take leadership roles in their chosen fields.

What programs does the Africana Center offer?

The Center implements programs such as the Students Quest for Unity in the African Diaspora (SQUAD) Pre- Orientation Program, Annual Orientation Retreat, a year-long Peer Leaders program for incoming first-year students, and the “Your Second Year” program for sophomores, all of which are designed to encourage and support the intellectual growth and awareness of Tufts undergraduates. Additionally, there are weekly facilitated group discussions with the Black Women’s Collective and Black Men’s Group that promote an understanding of and respect for diversity, multiculturalism and equity. The Center also provides culturally focused lectures, workshops, concerts and films that reflect and celebrate the intellectual tradition of black people in the Diaspora.

What resources are available through the Africana Center?

There is an on-site library with resource materials available for checkout, a computer lab for student use with free printing, and several multi-purpose rooms that can be reserved for meetings or events. The Africana Center Art Gallery is available for student exhibitions as well as artists from the greater Boston community. The staff of the Center also serves as a liaison to student organizations and assists with leadership development and programming initiatives and advisor to the residential unit, Capen House.

What is SQUAD?

SQUAD (Student’s Quest for Unity in the African Diaspora) is a free, four-day, student-led program focusing on facilitating relationships within the African Diaspora. During the course of the program, students have the opportunity to learn more about Tufts, become familiar with the resources available through the Africana Center, explore Boston along with its diverse history and cultures, and participate in a diverse array of community bonding activities.

How do I contact the Africana Center?

You can contact the Africana Center by emailing africana@tufts.edu or calling 617-627-3372. Our website also contains detailed information about programming, events, and resources, and you can follow us on both Instagram and Facebook.

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