Africana Center Resources
The Africana Center advises and supports individual students and to a wide range of on-campus student organizations. The Center also offers a study/reading room, computer room, conference room and lounge that may be reserved for meetings and classes.
The director serves as a liaison to community organizations and advocates on behalf of students in cases of intolerance and/or discrimination. Center staff provides academic and career counseling and assistance with personal and community matters. In addition, the Center collaborates with the Tufts Black Alumni Association to develop programs and events that encourage ongoing involvement with the greater Tufts community.
- On-Campus Resources
- Advising Deans and Engineering Student Success Advisors
- Affiliated Faculty
- Local Community Resources
- Book Loan Program
Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion
|Africana Center||Capen House, 8 Professors Row | 617-627–3372|
|Asian American Center||Start House, 17 Latin Way | 617-627-3056|
|FIRST Resource Center||20 Professors Row | 617-627-2100|
|Latino Center||Bolles House, 226 College Ave | 617-627-3363|
|LGBT Center||Bolles House, 226 College Ave | 617-627-3770|
|Women's Center||55 Talbot Ave | 617-627-3184|
You may also want to explore the International Center!
Religious Centers and Ministries
Additional On-Campus Resources
Office of Equal Opportunity
1st Floor, Ballou Hall
Center for STEM Diversity
20 Professors Row, 2nd Floor
Dean of Student Affairs Office
Dowling Hall 7th Floor
Office for Campus Life
Mayer Campus Center
124 Professors Row
120 Curtis Street
Office of Financial Aid
7th Floor Dowling Hall
617-628-5000 ext. 2500
7th Floor Dowling Hall
Academic Resource Center
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Selected Career, Fellowship, Financial Aid, Undergraduate & Graduate School
- Tufts Career Center – Scholarship, Internship, Fellowship Programs
- Tufts Eliot-Pearson Child Study and Human Development – Graduate Financial Aid
- Tufts Graduate Studies - Expenses & Financial Aid
- Tufts Financial Aid
- Tufts Financial Aid for International Students
- Tufts School of Engineering
- Tufts Study Abroad
- Tufts Summer Scholars Program
- Tufts Undergraduate Research Fund
- Tufts Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships
- American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Graduate Fellowship Notebook (Cornell University)
- Kaplan Online (MCAT, SAT, GMAT and LSAT)
- Mellon Foundation - Graduate Initiative Program
- Minority Online Information Service (MOLIS)
- National Academies Fellowships Office
- National Science Foundation
- Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships & Postdoctoral Awards for Students of African Descent
Advising Deans and Engineering Student Success Advisors
The Advising Deans (Liberal Arts BA/BS, Liberal Arts BFA, and Engineering) are here to help students understand the university's policies and procedures as stipulated in The Bulletin. They also direct students to various resources throughout the institution and help them with questions and issues relating to academic and intellectual direction, academic difficulty, course work, extended absence from class, choice of major, change of advisor, and leave of absence, among other things.
The Senior Academic Advisors (Liberal Arts BA/BS and Engineering) are a resource specifically for first- and second-year students. They can help students with course selection, major exploration, connecting with university resources, and co-curricular opportunities.
Professor and Chair
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Associate Professor Emeritus
German, Russian & Asian Languages and Literature
Field, Kendra Taira
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Drama and Dance
Koomson, Valencia Joyner
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Murdoch, H. Adlai
Professor of Francophone Studies
Robinson, Pearl T.
Jazz Piano, Theory and Composition, Afro-Cuban Music
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Local Community Resources
Black Heritage Trail, Boston
A walking tour of sixteen historic sites. Call to arrange a walking tour. 1-6 miles. Free.
Museum of Afro-American History
46 Joy Street, 617-725-0022
Open Monday thru Saturday, 10-4 p.m. (7 days a week in the summer). This is an institution for the advancement of knowledge, through historic examination, of the African presence in New England. The museum celebrates the vitality of African-American culture and its impact on the nation's history and contemporary life. The museum also operates the African Meeting House. Through events ranging from legislative caucuses and receptions to youth conferences and marriage ceremonies, the museum returns the African Meeting House to its original function as a public forum, meetinghouse, and place of celebration. Community and business-sponsored activities represent a wide spectrum of ethnic, professional, and social organizations, both public and private.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617-267-9300
With approximately 450,000 objects in the collection, there's always something new on view. The MFA also offers an ongoing schedule of special exhibitions an daily activities including gallery talks, films, concerts, artist lectures, and family programs.
African Studies Library
771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-3726
ASWALOS House (YWCA)
246 Seaver Street, Dorchester, 617-375-2571
Offers a number of excellent programs designed to recapture/maintain the physical, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being of African American women. Currently they have a program to aid teenage mothers.
Freedom House, Inc.
5 Crawford Street, Dorchester, 617-445-3700
Includes the Goldenaires Senior Program, and a computer program.
Harriet Tubman House (United South End Settlement House)
566 Columbus Avenue, South End, 617-536-8610
Pre-school, senior citizens, family life program, GED program, computer club house.
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
P.O. Box 8368, Boston, 02114, 617-265-7900
Has monthly meetings.
Roxbury Action Program
16 Centre Street, Roxbury, 617-442-4400
Housing services, property management, after school and summer youth programs. Volunteers welcome for some programs.
Roxbury Defenders Committee
11 Roxbury Street, Dorchester, 617-445-5640
Court-appointed attorneys. Includes a youth advocacy program.
Roxbury Multi-Service Center
317 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, 617-989-0292
Provides a range of human services.
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
88 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-442-4519
Employment and school-based programs. Also has programs for G.E.D., job training and readiness, senior citizens in community services. Accepts volunteers.
Big Brother and Big Sister
1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-8212
Shops and Services
- African Gift Items - 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Salons and Barbers
- African Hair Braid and Weaving - 8 Tower Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-522-4050.
- African Hair Braiding - 1518 Tremont Street, Roxbury, 617-541-1075
- Bostonian Hair Styling (barbers) - 1137 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, 617-436-8822
- Danny's His and Hers Beauty Salon - 189 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 617-266-6022. Fast service, contemporary cuts and styles, and walk-in service.
- Debbie's Beauty Salon - 373 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, 617-547-3140. Good hairdressers at inexpensive prices. Does braids.
- Lawson's (barber) - 979 Tremont Street, Roxbury, 617-427-8712
- Linda's Beauty Salon - 773 Tremont Street, South End, 617-247-7207. Specializes in all types of hairstyling. Very informal and hospitable environment.
- Monica's Beauty Salon - 377 Walden Street, Cambridge, 617-868-8828. Very good hairdressers at reasonable prices. Fairly slow-paced. Very friendly, personal service.
- Muriel's Natural Hair - 768 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, 617-282-5386. Specialize in starting and maintaining locks and do men's hair.
- Nu Image Barber Shop - 98 River Street, Cambridge, 617-354-9898. The most popular barber shop in Boston. Featuring an excellent corps of barbers who are down with both traditional and “fresh” cuts.
- La Newton Salon - 504 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-427-8736. Affiliated with the La Newton School of Beauty Culture, and known for its coiffures. Does braids, among other styles.
- La Newton School - 636 Warren Street, Dorchester, 617-427-6886. Discounted prices.
- New York Beauty Salon - 21 Howard Street, Cambridge, 617-354-8293 (by appointment).
- Olive's Beauty Salon - 1198 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, 617-734-3944. Classy with classy prices, and worth the money.
- Progressive Barber Shop - 718B Shawmut Avenue, Roxbury, 617-445-1395.
- Your Hair Salon - 27 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, 617-491-1975. Bernice is a trip, but can she cut hair!
Restaurants and Catering Services
- Addis Red Sea Ethiopian - 544 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-426-8727.
- Asmara Restaurant - 739 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-864-7447. Delicious authentic Ethiopian food eaten Ethiopian style. A must try!
- Redbone's BBQ - 55 Chester Street, Somerville, 617-628-2200
- City Fresh Foods - 4 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, 617-288-5155
- Family Affair Caterers - 130 New Market Square, Roxbury, 617-541-4222
Religious Centers and Ministries
- Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church - 108 Seaver Street, Roxbury, 617-427-2201.
- Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 215 Forest Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-524-7900.
- Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, 10 St. George Street, Boston, 617-247-8735.
- Charles Street A.M.E. Church - 551 Warren Street, Dorchester, 617-427-9603.
- Church of God Christian Life Center of Boston - 839 Washington Street, Dorchester, 617-436-8775.
- Concord Baptist Church - 190 Warren Avenue, Boston, 617-266-8062.
- Masjid Al-Qur'ran Mission - 35 Intervale Street, Dorchester, 617-445-8070.
- Muhammad's Mosque #11, 10 Washington Street, Roxbury, 617-442-6082.
- New Covenant Christian Church - 1500 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, 617-296-5683.
- St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church - 239 Harvard Street, Cambridge, 617-354-8582.
- St. Mark's Congregational United Church of Christ - 200 Townsend Street, Roxbury, 617-442-0481
- St. Paul's A.M.E. Church - 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, 617-661-1110.
- Twelfth Baptist Church - 150 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-442-7855.
- Union United Methodist Church - 485 Columbus Avenue, South End, 617-536-0872. Reverend Charles Stitch.
- Western Avenue Baptist Church - 299 Western Avenue, Cambridge, 617-661-0433
- The Bay State Banner - 68 Fargo Street, Boston, 617-357-4000. Published each Thursday, The Banner has excellent information on the African-American community.
- The Black Pages of New England - Published annually, The Black Pages contains a calendar of events, employment opportunities, and African-American vendors.
Television and Radio Programming
- Hot 97.7, Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae and R&B
- 94.5, Hip-Hop, Pop, and R&B
- 88.9, Rap and Hip-Hop
- 1090 AM WILD, Old school, hip-hop
- "City Line", Sundays, 12:30 p.m., WCVB channel 5
- "America's Black Forum", Sundays, 5:00a.m., WHDH channel 7
- Basic Black (formerly "Say Brother"), Thursdays, 8:30p.m., WGBH channel 2 (repeated on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.)
- "Tony Brown's Journal", Thursdays, 11:00 a.m., WGBH (PBS) channel 44
- "Urban Update", Sundays, noon, WHDH channel 7
- Black Entertainment Network (BET), various cable channels throughout the Greater Boston area
Book Loan Program
Supplementary course references. Books in the collection include a variety of reference/academic texts and leisure pieces. All books in the Center available for student use have been catalogued, and are listed on our LibraryThing page. Students may view the Africana Center's book inventory on our LibraryThing page, and stop by the Center at 8 Professors Row to sign out a book to borrow or read while in the building. Please note that this page will display all books listed in inventory at the Center, and may not necessarily reflect the books available for sign-out at that time.
Upon borrowing a book, students will be required to fill out a sign-out sheet agreeing to return the borrowed item in the same condition within one week from the checkout date. In the event that a student fails to return a book or returns a damaged book, the student will be asked to replace the item and/or may no longer be allowed to participate in the Book Sign-Out program.
The Africana Center book inventory is continuing to grow. We welcome book donations from the community. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.