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

Tufts Scholar Development Newsletter

Check out the Office of Scholar Development's brand new newsletter by clicking here or the image below!

Tufts Scholar Development Newsletter


Let's Get Ready Spring 2021 Internships

Let’s Get Ready provides free SAT prep, admissions counseling, and post-enrollment mentoring to students from low-income backgrounds and who are first-generation-to-college. Their peer-driven program is administered by highly trained and highly effective college students who mentor younger students to and through college.

Let’s Get Ready is offering paid Spring 2021 internships. The commitment is from January through early May. Learn more here!


Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program

The mission of the Gateways to the Laboratory Program is to increase the number of students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and science who are prepared to become competitive applicants, successful MD-PhD students, and future leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine.

Applications are open through Sunday, January 31st. For more information, please visit


Global Tufts Month 2021

Mark your calendars for Global Tufts Month (March 1-31, 2021)! The Office of the Provost and the Senior International Officer invite all Tufts Faculty, Staff, and Students to participate by attending and hosting events with a global or international focus related to this year’s theme: Welcoming All Voices: Global Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. These events will showcase Tufts’ breadth and depth of global engagement and can range from lectures, film showings, cultural events, social programs, and more!

Events should be posted to the Global Month Calendar by submitting the event and tagging it “Global Tufts Month.” Mini-grants are available for event funding! Applications should be submitted by Monday, February 1st.

Global Tufts Month


Summer Research at Brown University

Since 1993, the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program at Brown University (Brown SR-EIP) has been providing nine-week summer research opportunities for outstanding undergraduates interested in exploring the nature of advanced graduate school study.

Our mission, one shared with the other 36 institutions that comprise the Leadership Alliance consortium, is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

Applications must be completed by Monday, February 1st.


Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Program

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Program provides students with hands-on research experience and leadership training to prepare them to serve as future leaders in their respective fields.

The Laidlaw Scholarship funds undergraduate students over the course of two consecutive summers. Scholars are supported for up to six weeks the first summer, working closely with a faculty mentor of their choosing.

Laidlaw Scholars also participate in activities to promote their development as leaders, including workshops, trainings, and other more informal mentoring opportunities.

Applications for the 2021 cycle are due on Friday, February 5th at 5:00 PM.


Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

Each summer, twenty students are selected from a nationwide competition to join SRTP. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of a MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly seminars at MGH, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

Applications are due Friday, February 5th.


Community Partner Events

Racial Disparities in the Legal Profession: Retaining, Advancing and Developing Attorneys of Color

Please join the Tufts Lawyers Association (TLA) on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:00 PM ET to discuss racial disparities in the legal profession.

This webinar will be part of an ongoing series presented by the Public Interest & Social Justice Committee of TLA. In these unprecedented times with increased national divisiveness and ongoing racial injustice, it is extremely important for the Tufts community to focus on and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. During this webinar, you will hear from a diverse group of Tufts minority attorneys in various areas of legal practice as they discuss ways to retain, develop and advance attorneys of color.

Hosted by: Andre Baynes, A91

Speakers will include: Honorable Eric Washington, A76, Lisa Radcliffe, J88, Mitchell Robinson, A07, and Koro Nuri, A93

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. All alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please click here for more information.

Tufts Lawyers Association - Racial Disparities in the Legal Profession


Additional Information / Reminders

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.