Programs

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SAGE (Students Acting for Gender Equality) is the Women's Center Student Collaborative group. SAGE's mission is to foster an intentional and collaborative community in which we educate ourselves on gender and intersectional feminist issues while gaining the skills necessary to productively work towards gender and social justice at Tufts and beyond. We are committed to fighting for gender justice – which we see as incorporating both the realization of gender equality as well as achieving freedom of identities and expression – as well as racial justice, economic justice, disability justice, and other forms of liberation that we recognize as being intimately connected.

At SAGE, we actively explore and affirm the full spectrum of gendered experiencesthat exist across individuals and cultures. You do not have to identify as a feminist to join, but we do approach this work through a social justice and feminist lens. Within this, we take seriously the call to consider gender in conjunction with the experience of socio-economic status, race, sexual identity, and all other aspects of identity.

Come to a MeetingOur meetings are held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Women's Center. You do not need to commit to all meetings to join us, so stop by! Students of all genders and identities welcome.

Learn More About SAGE

Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE) developed from what was once the Women's Center Student Board. This group consisted of representatives from a variety of women's groups at Tufts, working to improve the campus climate for women and to highlight women's issues.

In 2009, students voted to change the name and mission of the Board. SAGE became open to all genders and identities regardless of group affiliation. While issues related to women and gender are still central to SAGE's mission, our education and the scope of our social justice work now includes identity issues that more broadly affect the Tufts community and beyond.

Today, SAGE's focus is on self-education and taking an active role in shaping the campus climate. We see SAGE's purpose as two-fold: thinking and talking through theoretical and experiential issues as well as putting them into practice in our everyday experiences. SAGE meets weekly to discuss issues happening on campus, across the country, and around the world through the lens of intersectional feminism. We work collaboratively to educate ourselves on social justice and feminist concepts, and when decided upon by members of the SAGE community, we actively organize to promote gender equity here at Tufts.

Current Projects

SAGE Advice

SAGE Advice is an opportunity for first year and transfer students to get to know upper-class students as well as other new students at Tufts. SAGE Advice is peer led by mentors from SAGE, many of whom went through SAGE Advice their first year. This program gives first-years a great opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with peers, a space to reflect on new college experiences, and to discuss common questions about transitioning to Tufts. Some of the topics that we cover include: an alternative campus tour, homesickness, academics and time management.

We are a group that is open to new students of all genders and identities. SAGE Advice focuses on successful transitions to college, the role of gender and social justice in our lives, and developing a common terminology for the issues we face daily. We meet weekly on Fridays at 11am in the fall semester.

SAGE Peer Education

SAGE Peer Ed is a student-developed and led program that offers workshops to campus groups looking to investigate the group dynamics within their spaces. Peer Ed is currently offering two workshops: Intentional Space and Mapping Gender. Both workshops ask participants to think about the implications of their speech, to consider the varying experiences of their peers in the room, and to ask themselves how much space they take up both verbally and influentially. SAGE Peer Ed members are trained facilitators who can work with your group's needs.

Please contact SAGE at womenscenter@tufts.edu if you are a part of a club, sorority/fraternity, dorm, or other group that would like to learn more about Peer Ed or would like to host a workshop!

SAGE Retreats

Every year since 2008, SAGE has held a spring retreat at the beautiful Mill Falls resort in New Hampshire.. In the past, we have planned steps for work on action items around campus (TUPD escort service, gender neutral housing, fall resource campaign, etc.) and developed curriculum for the three components of SAGE: weekly SAGE meetings, SAGE Advice, and SAGE Peer Ed. The retreat, like many of our SAGE meetings, is also a time for us to reflect on our gendered experiences, discuss our vision of gender and social justice at Tufts and enjoy each other's company! This year, we thought about how the three components of SAGE work together and play off of each other, planned our Orientation and open house activities for the upcoming fall, and learned new facilitation skills for discussion groups and workshops.

Past Projects

TUPD Escort

Service In 2011, SAGE met with members of TUPD to discuss concerns about the Escort Service, an important Tufts safety implementation. SAGE helped put together a more comprehensive and easily understandable mission statement for the serve and helped to optimize the now go-safe ride for students on Tufts campus.

Gender Neutral Housing Options at Tufts

SAGE, in coalition with Queer Student Alliance (QSA) and Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), worked to improve gender neutral housing and bathroom options on campus. This work resulted in the implementation of the first round of gender-neutral housing; this project is continuing to be developed on Tufts campus.

Presidential Search Letter and Dean of Arts and Science Search Letter

Before the hiring of President Monaco in 2011, SAGE was proud to have written letters to both the Presidential Search Committee and to Provost Jamshed Bharucha describing what we hoped for in our next university President and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively. Our letters detailed our hopes that these positions would be filled by people who are committed to Women's Studies, social justice and gender equality. SAGE is committed to Writing letters to communicate our interests to the administration

Additional Programs

First Friday Lunch Series

This program gives students an opportunity to meet and have lunch in a relaxed setting with members of the Tufts community whose role and/or research can help us navigate gender and social justice issues on campus and in the world. Held on the first Friday of most months during the school year.

Third Thursday Dinner and a Movie Night

Dinner and a Movie is a monthly Women's Center event that gives students the opportunity to watch a film in a relaxed setting with a Tufts faculty or staff member and to examine the film through an intersectional feminist and social justice lens. Held on the third Thursday of most months during the school year.

Women's Center Late Night Study Hours

The Women's Center is open for Late Night Study on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during each semester from 7 - 11 p.m.. Come to the Women's Center for some cozy study time complete with tea, snacks, computers, wireless, cable TV, and free printing! Or, meet with the Women's Center writing tutor on Mondays between 7 and 9 p.m. A Women's Center intern staffs the Center during Late Night and should be available to help with any questions you have about the space.

Special Events

The Women's Center sponsors and cosponsors one- time events that bring in speakers to talk about an issue or topic related to women and gender. Previous topics have included: "Blue Talk and Love: A Conversation and Reading with Author Mecca Jamilla Sullivan", "Women of Color in Feminism Panel Discussion; "Sex Positive: Theory vs Reality", and, "Negotiating Positive Masculinities". Please contact us to learn more about these upcoming events.

Student talking (left) and students outside (right)