Welcome to our weekly update on the happenings of the Africana Community at Tufts University. Each week we will update announcements from the Africana Center and feature events by and/or co-sponsored by the Africana Center; feature events by student organizations within the Africana community and other programming centering Africana issues; feature student work, and provide updates on job and internship opportunities



April 12th, 2021




The Africana Center is proud to congratulate senior Hezekiah Branch on winning the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service! Hezekiah has demonstrated in many opportunities his commitment to community development:

  • Serving as an Africana Center Peer Leader he worked to ensure the successful transition of the first-year students to the Tufts campus environment

  • Co-Founding the student organization BSCS (Tufts Black Students in Computer Science) and brokering a partnership with BlackRock which led to a direct pipeline for roles in San Francisco and Atlanta

  • He has launched and managed the BLASTOFF Industry Speaker Series which has taken the industry by storm and connected nearly 100 Black/Latinx students internationally with recruiters from Pixar, The New York Times, Nike, Disney Junior, and NPR to name a few

  • He also created Code With Hezekiah, which offers free classes in software engineering and data science for underrepresented students in the Boston/NYC area

It is our honor to congratulate Hezekiah for being recognized for his countless contributions to fostering community and creating opportunities for his peers to succeed. Please join us in celebrating Hezekiah and his amazing achievements thus far, we can’t wait to see what comes next!

Africana Center Events


This year we’re going big! We’re very excited to announce our Spring Sweepstakes, a new initiative we’re introducing that provides a select number of winners with the chance to win a variety of grand prizes. In order to gain entry into the sweepstakes, you must register for and attend at least 7 events this semester. Events that count towards this running total will each have a Spring Sweepstakes logo clearly visible on their poster. For the first iteration of this program, prizes we’re giving away to winners include a PS5, Nintendo Switch, Sephora Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, Ring Light, among even more. See you at the events we’ve got planned for the remainder of the year!


Student Organization Events

From FIRST and Dining Services: Swipe it Forward

This is a platform for students to donate meal swipes to other students to help reduce food insecurity on campus.

You can click here to donate a meal swipe!

Community Wide Events


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

Application to become a volunteer can be found here:




Bottomline Technologies x THFES Design Challenge


Join Bottomline Technologies and Tufts Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for a design challenge on April 3 from 12:00 pm-4:30 pm EST! Bottomline’s Chief Experience Officer, Brian McLaughlin and Senior Director of User Experience, Sandhya Pillalamarri, will talk about what they look for in a portfolio, UX practices used at Bottomline, and introduce a real-world design challenge. Teams of two are highly encouraged for this event and there is the option to get randomly paired up! The first 15 people to sign up and attend get a free THFES t-shirt! And all on-campus participants will be able to pick up a free THFES sticker. REGISTER HERE: Zoom Meeting ID: 944 8587 4184 Passcode: 987424 EVENT PRIZES: 1st place: Virtual meeting with Brian McLaughlin, Chief Experience Officer at Bottomline & a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud 2nd place: Wacom Tablet 3rd place: Noun Project Subscription There also will be three raffles for event participants: - $20 Danish Pastry House gift card - THFES Sweatshirt - Notebook and Muji pens This event is open to all Tufts students!

PHD Students:


TO:         Extended Leadership Team and Research and Development Staff

FROM:       Paul Kearns, Laboratory Director

SUBJECT:  Walter Massey Fellowship Applications Open — Due June 2, 2021

Argonne is committed to increasing diversity across the Lab as we build the pipeline for the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals. That’s why I’m pleased to announce applications for the 2021 Walter E. Massey Fellowship are now being accepted for appointments beginning on or after October 1, 2021. The deadline for submitting application materials is 7 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

We established this fellowship in honor of Argonne’s first Black laboratory director, Dr. Walter Massey, who is a distinguished advocate of equity in science and education. Walter Massey Fellows will pursue independent research to make game-changing discoveries and inspire new technology to meet national needs for sustainable energy, economic competitiveness, and security. All qualified applicants will be considered for this fellowship and those who can demonstrate leadership in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

In our efforts to diversify the STEM talent pipeline, it’s critical to reach out to diverse communities — people who are underrepresented in our fields, and who embody exceptional insight, drive, and talent. I urge you to use your professional and academic networks to encourage candidates to apply for this new opportunity.

Fellowship details

  • We will consider proposals from all areas of STEM that align with Argonne and U.S. Department of Energy missions. Proposals in the area of climate change mitigation, such as artificial intelligence for climate modeling, energy storage for decarbonization, and decision science for climate threat resilience, are encouraged.

  • The following funding model allows fellows to advance independent research as outlined in their fellowship proposal, while making significant contributions to Argonne initiatives.

    • The first two years of the fellowship are funded 100% by Argonne’s Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) Program.

    • The third year is funded 50% by LDRD and 50% by other programs identified by the fellow and the host division.

  • Fellows will receive a competitive salary, full employments benefits, and a stipend for research support.

  • Fellows may renew their appointments on an annual basis for up to 3 years, with the possibility of retention if of mutual interest to the fellow and Argonne.

  • Sponsorship by Argonne staff is not required at the time of application. We will identify potential sponsors whose existing focus areas align with the interests of top candidates during the initial review phase.

  • The LDRD program will manage the research projects of selected fellows.

  • Upon selection for the fellowship, sponsors will work with candidates to submit the candidate’s research proposal into the LDRD proposal submission system and mentor candidates throughout the fellowship appointment to LDRD guidelines and to meet reporting requirements.

For more information, see the Walter Massey Fellowship web page. If you have questions about this fellowship or other opportunities in the Named Fellowship Program, please contact Tina Henne, postdoctoral program lead, or Vivian Sullivan, LDRD program manager.


HackDartmouth VIrtual

HackDartmouth VIrtual will be happening virtually on April 16-18th, 2021! You'll have the opportunity to create something cool with a team of hackers. Our mission is to connect, challenge and inspire. Bring your passions and experiment with students of all experience levels and backgrounds. Create something big and also have the chance for swag, and prizes! The sign-up application is now open on our website (

If you have any questions, send us an email at, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Brit d'Arbeloff Women & Science Theater Festival (April 7th-27th)

The Brit d’Arbeloff Women & Science Theater Festival is a month-long Festival of virtual performances, panels and special events at the intersection of art and science. The Theater Festival is the brainchild of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT at Central Square Theater, the nation's oldest ongoing partnership between a professional theater company and a world-class research institution. The Festival was created to amplify voices underrepresented in science (women, BIPOC/Black, Indigenous, people of color), promote mentoring opportunities, encourage engagement in science for audiences and artists, and to form a national network of theaters engaged in science.

For the most up-to-date information visit

The National Association of Black Journalists and Reuters/ BER or Business and Economic Reporting Masters

Students in the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s Business and Economic Reporting (BER) graduate program receive specialized intensive instruction in the fundamentals of business, finance, and economics from some of the top reporters in the country. With on-the-ground reporting experience gained through full-time internships in New York City, an undisputed capital of media, they graduate fully prepared to start reporting on stories that make an impact.

Here is the link to the program: 

Here is a link with more information about the scholarship:


Looking for a specific internship to apply to? Click here!


The Career Lab

Drop In to the Career Lab without an appointment for advice and support from Career Fellows!

What can we help with? Major and career exploration, resumes and cover letters, career center resources, career fair preparation, networking, interviewing, searching for jobs and internships, and answering quick questions.

Click on this Zoom link to join anytime between 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM every Wednesday and Friday.


Looking for a job on or off campus? Take a look at Handshake! You can find multiple job postings based on your preferences.

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