Meet Our Team

Nancy ThompsonNancy Thompson

Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer ad interim

Nancy Thompson assumed the role of Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer ad interim in August 2019. She brings a wealth of skills to Tufts, honed over her more than 30 years of student affairs experience at Hamilton College, where she served as Vice President and Dean of Students and oversaw multicultural affairs, career services, campus safety, chaplains, counseling and psychological services, study abroad, residential life, student activities, student health services, and Hamilton’s outdoor adventure program. As Dean ad interim, Dean Thompson will provide transitional support and overall supervision for the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Residential Life, Campus Life, Health and Wellness, and the Career Center at Tufts.

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Christopher RossiChristopher Rossi

Dean of Student Life and Engagement

Christopher Rossi has been working in the Dean of Student Affairs Office since 2015. As the Dean of Student Life and Engagement, Dean Rossi manages the daily activities of the Dean of Student Affairs Office and supervises the Office for Campus Life and Office of Residential Life and Learning. These three departments work in concert to advance the co-curricular engagement and holistic well-being of every graduate and undergraduate student in the School of Engineering and School of Arts & Sciences, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to joining Tufts, Dean Rossi worked in residential life at Bowdoin College and academic affairs at Harvard Business School.

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Nandi BynoeNandi Bynoe

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Nandi Bynoe is the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and leads the division of Student Diversity and Inclusion for the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The division of Student Diversity and Inclusion includes the 6 Identity-based Centers: Africana CenterAsian American CenterFIRST Resource CenterLatino CenterLGBT Center, and Women’s Center. Both individually and collectively, the Centers seek to promote understanding, community, and belonging across the Tufts communities in concert with the wider division. Dean Bynoe works on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity across a student’s Tufts experience, from matriculation to graduation.

Dean Bynoe is a double Jumbo, receiving her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts. Prior to her current role, Dean Bynoe worked in Student  Services and held roles in Student Affairs as the first Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist with the Center for Awareness, Resources and Education, and then as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Kevin KraftKevin Kraft

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

As the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Kevin is responsible for the strategic, coordinated direction of student well-being and support efforts in the division of Student Affairs. To this end, Kevin supervises the Office of Community Standards, the Student Outreach and Support program, and the Dean-on-Call program. These teams work together to enhance the personal well-being of undergraduate and graduate students and facilitate their holistic development by providing support in times of crisis and facilitating learning opportunities when challenges occur. Kevin came to Tufts in 2017 from MIT, and he has extensive experience in residence life, community standards, crisis management, and student affairs leadership.

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Laura DaRosLaura DaRos

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, SMFA at Tufts

Laura DaRos has been a member of the Tufts community since 2007. Before joining the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2016, she served as Associate Director for Campus Life. She came to Tufts from Trinity College, where she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Activities. In her role at the SMFA, Dean DaRos coordinates resources, supports, and programming for BFA, Combined-Degree, and MFA students, and she works closely with Residential Life, Health and Wellness, and the SMFA’s Academic Advising Team. Dean DaRos supervises the SMFA Student Affairs team, which assists SMFA students with the Medical Leave and Student Conduct Resolution Procedure, and advises students looking for advice or resources related to their artistic, intellectual, and co-curricular development. Dean DaRos helps sustain the connection between the Fenway and Medford campuses and is dedicated to bringing the uniqueness of the SMFA to the entire Tufts community.

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Kamaro AbubakarKamaro Abubakar

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Kamaro joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in April 2019 after previously holding positions in campus life and residential life at Clark University, SUNY Purchase, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Vermont. As Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Tufts, Kamaro serves as the primary point of contact for all juniors, seniors, and graduate students on the Medford/Somerville campus. He provide students with information about leadership and engagement opportunities, connection with co-curricular resources and supports, and guidance related to the Medical Leave process and Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. Dean Abubakar is passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social justice and is also a fluent speaker of Hausa, Ashanti, and Ga. He is committed to ensuring that all students find community and meaningful connection at Tufts.

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Mickey ToogoodMickey Toogood

Student Communications Strategist

Mickey Toogood joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2012 and worked as the Judicial Affairs Administrator before assuming his current role. He has also taught undergraduate students as a member of the English Department at Tufts and at the City College of New York. Mickey works with each Student Life Department, providing web development and management support. He is also responsible for student and parent communications for the Division of Student Life and works closely with the Orientation team to provide communications for incoming students.

Mickey can help with:

  • Communications to student and parents, including the Jumbo Digest and Parent Newsletter
  • Promotion for student groups and events
  • Questions about calendars, social media, and the Student Life website

Alice ShaughnessyAlice Shaughnessy

Assistant Director of Student Affairs

As Assistant Director, Alice evaluates critical initiatives related to the Student Life Review Committee's recommendations and works to deepen ongoing efforts to enhance the student experience, develop trainings, and advise on the First-Year Experience.

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Lindsay FergusonLindsay Ferguson

Assistant Director of Community Standards

Lindsay Ferguson joined the Student Affairs team in January 2020 having previously held positions in student conduct and community standards at both Temple University and Syracuse University. Lindsay also has extensive experience in residential life at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and brings expertise in Title IX, as well as student and faculty/staff programming and training. As the Assistant Director of Community Standards, Lindsay supports Community Standards on the Medford and SMFA Boston campuses in coordination with the Director of Community Standards, and she is a key point of contact for students navigating the Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. Lindsay also works closely with Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, and the Office of Equal Opportunity to build awareness and community, foster personal growth, and enhance social justice at Tufts.

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Michelle RossmanMichelle Rossman

Administrative Coordinator

Michelle Rossman joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2018 and worked as an Event Coordinator and Substitute Teacher before assuming her current role. She has also taught English in Russia to grade school students through the English First program. She ensures communication between students, parents, faculty, and other staff with the deans in the Student Affairs Office. As Student Affairs Coordinator, she manages the day-to-day operations of the front desk, provides scheduling support for the immediate office, and supplies a range of supports for various Divisional efforts and events.

Nicole BermudezNicole Bermudez

Community Standards Specialist

Nicole Bermudez joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2018 and is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she studies international security studies and conflict resolution. After graduating from Bates College, she spent two years in Colombia teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar. As a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, she aspires to work as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation in the Middle East and Latin America to promote international cooperation abroad. Nicole supports the missions of the Office of Community Standards and the Dean of Student Affairs by meeting with students to resolve complaints alleging violations of the Code of Conduct, advancing projects on behalf of the office, and providing general support for the Dean of Student Affairs Office. She also works on projects that are priorities for the Office of Community Standards, which include supporting the hearing panel process and updating processes to be in line with the newly revised Code of Conduct.