FIRST Resource Center Newsletter

FIRST Resource Center

FIRST Resource Center Information

"I Declared!" Pins

We feel that it’s important to celebrate every important milestone in your college career ─ graduation, completing your first year, making Dean's List, attending your first office hours, and declaring your major, to name a few. As you all consider, identify, and declare your majors this year, feel free to use our virtual “pin” to celebrate this achievement with the FIRST Center Community! Click on this link to download your very own FIRST Center “I Declared!” pin. There are three designs to choose from. If you share this pin on social media, please make sure to tag us!

I Declared Pins


Book It Forward Lending Library

As with the other Identity-based Centers, the FIRST Resource Center will be physically closed for the Spring 2021 semester.

This includes common spaces, printing, and the Book It Forward Lending Library.

If you have checked out books, please hold onto them. We will be sending an update at a later time about how to drop off books.


Academic / Employment Opportunities

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

Applications for the 17th Annual ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program are open until April 30, 2021!

Through this national education initiative, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines will award flight e-passes to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education and meet the eligibility criteria listed at


Tufts in Talloires 2021

This summer, the European Center will offer Tufts in Talloires in a virtual format. The program will feature a new, adapted program model that will provide internationally focused, credit-bearing Tufts courses in a concentrated timeframe.

Applications are open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Click here to learn more!

Tufts in Talloires 2021


Rippleworks Social Impact Summer Internship

Rippleworks Foundation brings the practical support entrepreneurs need to scale faster and improve more lives.

Rippleworks leads short-term, high-impact projects where social ventures tackle their top operational challenges by working closely alongside leading startup executives from top Silicon Valley companies (including Airbnb, Netflix, Google). Since launching in 2015, Rippleworks has worked on 150+ projects with social ventures across 59 countries, empowering entrepreneurial teams that are improving the lives of 216+ million people.

In 2020, Fast Company named Rippleworks one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies.

Rippleworks is hiring two Summer Interns to work on projects that provide immediate and substantial impact to social ventures. Your work will contribute across Rippleworks’ core programs (Projects, Investments, and Insights).

Click here to learn more!


Harvard Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP)

This 3-day program (June 14-16, 2021) will offer college students interested in exploring the world of business an opportunity to connect with Harvard Business School faculty, students, and alumni and will provide a sneak peek into the Harvard Business School and Case Method experience!

The application deadline is June 1, 2021. To learn more and to register, please click here.


Enroot Mentor and Tutor Application

Hey everyone! Are you looking for a great way to give back to the community? Are you interested in partnering with immigrant high school students in the Cambridge/Somerville community? Consider becoming a mentor or tutor with Enroot!

For many immigrant youth, there are many challenges in building a strong foundation in a new country. Enroot is a nonprofit educational organization based in Cambridge and Somerville that supports these students by assisting with academic tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, college prep, English practice while uplifting and empowering immigrant youth voices.

We are looking to recruit more volunteers for the fall for both our mentoring and tutoring programs. Additionally, we are looking for a diverse demographic and want our students to be paired with tutors and mentors that they can relate to and help maximize their potential!

For more information about us, please visit The application to become a volunteer can be found here.

Enroot Mentor and Tutor Application


Community Partner Events

Community, Activism, and Black Trans Women in Leadership: A Conversation with Elle Hearns

Community, Activism, and Black Trans Women in Leadership: A Conversation with Elle Hearns


Workshop for Fall 2021 Course Registration

Join the Advising Deans and Student Services to learn everything you’ll need to know before registration!

We’ll discuss SIS tricks, Fall 2021 intent process, course modalities, registration holds, and how to use your Degree Audit. You will have an opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Live captions will be provided, and this workshop will be recorded.

Friday, April 16th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Zoom Link

Workshop for Fall 2021 Course Registration


Additional Information / Reminders

Gaining Experience in the COVID Era

The pandemic brought about changes in how organizations manage their products, services, and determine their hiring needs. How does this impact Tufts students who are looking to gain experience in their chosen field?

This series of mini-talks explores the dynamics of how Tufts students gain experience in internships, volunteering, focused projects, or other experiential learning opportunities during this unprecedented time. This event series offers strategies from other students, staff, and recruiters, and will allow you to engage in identifying resources and creating your own action plan.

The program recording is now available on YouTube.


Jumbo Appreciation Awards

The Jumbo Appreciation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions by our staff, the non-teaching members of Tufts who provide support in a variety of functions. All staff members in the School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts) and the AS&E Shared Student Divisions (including Student Affairs, Student Services, Undergraduate Education, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions, and Tisch Library) are eligible.

Please note that faculty, the teaching members of Tufts such as professors and lecturers, are not eligible.

Nominations can be made by anyone – colleagues, faculty, managers, and students. Winners are selected every month and will receive a Jumbo Awards elephant figurine as well as a bonus vacation day.

For more information or to nominate a colleague, please visit the Jumbo Appreciation Awards page.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating the achievements and contributions of our fantastic staff.