Tufts Latinx Center

LC

Name Change Update:

September 15th, 2020

Hola!

Welcome to a new academic year which will be like no other in recent history. Whether you are on campus, remote, or hybrid, we hope you have had a smooth transition getting settled into the first week of classes! 

These last 6 months have been extremely challenging for all of us, and it continues to be full of uncertainty and constant change as we try to navigate a new way of life.  We know change can be difficult, but the LC has historically taken every opportunity to embrace change because we know it brings about progress and transformation.

Transformation is nothing new to the LC. Founded 27 years ago as the “Hispanic American Center,” the center was established because students, “felt the need for their culture to be promoted and wanted people to learn about the beauty of their culture.”  Five years later in 1998, in an effort to create a better sense of identity and representation, the center changed its name to a more forward thinking, “Latino Center.”  The sense of purpose those students had all those years ago still holds true today as we seek the best way to explore and share the beauty of who we are as a diverse people and dynamic culture.

In keeping the spirit of forward thinking and progress, it is with great pleasure that we announce our transformation and official name change to the Tufts Latinx Center, effective September 15, 2020.

This new name represents our ongoing effort to honor our mission and values of FAMILIA by creating a space that is more equitable and inclusive for all students. We want to state clearly that the Tufts Latinx Center welcomes and values all students to our community. When we say this, we mean celebrating and uplifting all of our Latinx siblings, including Black, Indigenous, trans, undocumented and others who remain further marginalized within our community.

We understand that a name change is not the “end all, be all.”  We know the work must continue in order for us to honor the mission we cherish so deeply. In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for more on the work we are doing within our own community to combat systemic racism and other forms of injustice. Our hope is to create real social change, the change we want to see in our community. We encourage you to join us, like so many students did before you! We invite you to get involved with our center! We challenge you to uplift the center with the goal of leaving it better than how you found it, for generations to come.

Let’s work hard and celebrate hard!

Happy Latinx Heritage Month 2020! 

Sincerely,

Marvin Casasola

Director, Latinx Center 

 

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COVID-19 Update: All six centers within the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion will be physically closed for the Fall 2020 until it is safe enough to return to campus. However, we will be in community virtually through our social media. We will be providing updates as we get closer to the Spring 2021 semester.

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About

In 1983, a small group of students took the initiative to create a space for themselves on the Tufts University campus.  After a ten-year effort full of discussions, debate, adversity, and modifications with the Tufts Community Union (TCU) and university administration, came the inevitable success and establishment of a university recognized center with a full-time director in October of 1993. Over the years, the Latinx Center has experienced several transformations with the purpose of serving the Latinx community and community at large.  Whether you are a prospective student, current student, or alumnus of Tufts University, our traditions, history, and perseverance serve as a reminder of the permanence of the Latinx Center.

Mission

The Tufts Latinx Center was founded in October 1993 as a space and resource for Tufts University students and community members to gather, learn, share experiences, show support and appreciation of Latinx identities. As one of the centers within the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Latinx Center seeks to provide resources for inclusion, education, academic achievement, and cultural programming in collaboration with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community at large.

Vision

The Latinx Center is a welcoming community providing a dedicated environment to engage in research, celebration, collaboration, and dialogue to inspire advocacy, appreciation, and social change within the Latinx community. The center offers academic and personal advising, mentorship, and guidance for all students. 

Values

F.A.M.I.L.I.A.

  • Friendship
  • Advocacy
  • Mentorship
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Inclusivity
  • Achievement
     

Collaboration

In addition to collaborating with on campus partners and community organizations, the Tufts Latinx Center supports a wide range of student led organizations including but not limited to:

  • Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
  • Association of Multiracial Peoples at Tufts (AMPT)
  • Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) 
  • Laffer Latino Fellowship and Bible Study
  • Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. 
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
  • Roti and Rum 
  • Tufts Community Union Senate 
  • Tufts Encendido
  • Tufts Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)
  • Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ)