Student Employment

The Africana Center Student Leaders are essential to our mission to ensure a culturally and socially rich college experience and support student in their quest for academic excellence. Student Leaders are ambassadors of the Africana Center and the University. A strong Student Leader will offer a new student a sense of friendship, belonging and community while being available, approachable and vigilant without being intrusive.

Leadership Opportunities

The Africana Center offers three opportunities for students to become involved in the Student Leader Program

Squad Pre-Orientation Student Coordinators (2)

SQUAD (Students Quest for Unity in the African Diaspora) is a four-day student-led program focused on fostering and celebrating relationships within the African Diaspora. During the course of the program, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the distinct history and community of Black students at Tufts University, and become familiar with the resources available through the Africana Center.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • SQUAD Pre-Orientation Student Coordinators are expected to:
  • Assist in creating and managing the logistics of meetings and training sessions during the spring semester as well as the summer
  • Assist administration with budgetary planning
  • Maintain a social media presence for interested students
  • Assist in the management and implementation of an incoming student recruitment strategy
  • Publicize the position of SQUAD Pre-Orientation Leader, recruit for the position, and assist in the interview process

Students seeking the position of SQUAD Pre-Orientation Student Coordinators should be an enrolled Tufts students with good academic standing, possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and exhibit a strong sense of self-motivation. Due to the nature of the SQUAD Pre-Orientation, it is also important for those seeking this position to have connections to the African Diaspora in some capacity.

Hours and Compensation

The SQUAD Pre-Orientation Student Coordinators will work Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They will be allotted a one hour lunch break daily as well as five personal vacation days. The stipend for the SQUAD Pre-Orientation Student Coordinator will be $4000 over a 13 week period (from June 1st to Early September). Summer Housing (double occupancy) will be provided.


Applications: January 25, 2017 | 5PM
Interviews: January 30 - February 3, 2017
Decision Announcement: February 3, 2017

Peer Leaders (15)

Africana Center Peer Leaders are selected from students with a broad range of academic, leadership and social experiences on campus. Peer Leaders possess knowledge of resources available from the Africana Center and other offices and a willingness to share their personal and academic narratives with first year students as it relates to the undergraduate student experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

Africana Center Peer Leaders will serve as facilitators, small group leaders and role models in all Africana Center programming for the first year class, including:

  • SQUAD Pre-Orientation program
  • Africana Center Cape Cod Retreat
  • One fall semester event,
  • Welcome Back Mini-Retreat (spring semester)

Peer Leaders will also serve as team leaders for an assigned group of first year students, help to plan and host the annual fall Welcome Back BBQ, assist with collaborative efforts with other Tufts centers, cultural houses, selected offices, programs and organizations both on and off campus.


Africana Center Peer Leaders must be an enrolled Tufts student in good academic and disciplinary standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better at the end of academic year, possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and exhibit a strong sense of self-motivation.


Application Deadline: January 30, 2017 | 5PM
Interviews: February 6 - February 10, 2017
Decision Announcement: February 10, 2017

Sophomore Year Mentors (5)

The Africana Center's "Your Second Year" Program (YSY) is a dynamic approach to motivate students to achieve academic excellence. The YSY program seeks to provide students with a vision and executable game plan to help them achieve their goals. Ultimately, the YSY program will allow students to have a more rewarding second year and succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Africana Center Sophomore Mentor program is an opportunity for five (5) outstanding junior and senior student leaders to enhance their leadership skills and provide mentorship and support for students in the "Your Second Year" program to help students avoid the common pitfalls of sophomore year. Participants in the Sophomore Mentor program will have an opportunity to gain experience in the following competencies: leadership, critical thinking and problem solving, oral and written communication, collaboration, professionalism and career management.

Duties and Responsibilities

In this exciting new leader role, students will assist sophomores in making a successful transition from first year to second year by using campus resources to manage academic responsibilities and further develop relationships with faculty, staff, advisors and peers. Additional areas of focus include:

  • Career exploration and career path assistance: Encouraging students to explore internships, campus jobs and off campus volunteer opportunities
  • Career goals: Assisting students as they move from career exploration to making decisions about their major
  • Study Broad: Encouraging students to expand their education by exploring opportunities to study abroad
  • Time Management: Supporting students as they expand their knowledge of time management due to the increased demands of collegiate life
  • Achieve and maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Be available to work between 2 and 5 hours per week including occasional evening and weekend commitments (hours will vary depending on the time of the year).
  • Be willing to provide assistance to and effectively relate to people of diverse cultural, social, and educational backgrounds.
  • Be available to attend program training and leadership development sessions as assigned.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2017 | 5PM
Interviews: February 13 - February 15, 2017
Decision Announcement: February 15, 2017

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