Our Staff

Hope Freeman

Hope Freeman

Director
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

A Boston native, Hope is a graduate of Smith College where she obtained a degree in Africana Studies and holds a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Simmons College School of Management. For nearly a decade, Hope has committed her career to empowering and advocating on behalf of LGBTQ adults and youth, particularly LGBTQ youth of color. From HIV counseling and testing, helping youth develop leadership skills, to providing LGBTQ cultural competency training and education to youth serving agencies and community organizations; Hope has an extensive array of experience ensuring youth are not only able to access quality and necessary care, but are equipped with the tools needed to thrive, strive, and succeed.

Keeley Dower 

Staff Assistant 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Originally from southern New Hampshire, Keeley is a recent graduate of Bay State College with a degree in Entertainment Management. Outside of work, Keeley enjoys concerts, the arts, and reading. She hopes to be a source of support for the LGBT Center and community at Tufts. 

 

Christian Walkes

Graduate Intern
Pronouns: He/Him/His

As a recent graduate of UMass Boston obtaining a degree in English and Secondary education, Chris is a first-year graduate student in the Educational Studies program. He firmly believes in the ability of education to serve as a site liberation through the teachings and practice of critical consciousness. Chris’ philosophy on teaching is informed by an intersectional feminist approach and seeks to empower those along the margins of society. Although he has a strong passion concerning theory, he finds it equally, if not, more important to stay grounded in the communities that shaped him. He is a board member at the Boston Public School Another Course to College, a participant in Boston’s Ballroom Community, and a mentor to youth in the city of Boston. His hope is to bring his foundation in critical theory and practical experience to help raise awareness surrounding LGBTQ issues and create culturally responsive programming at Tufts. 

Anéya SousaAnéya

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: She/They

Anéya Sousa is a senior who is an Interdisciplinary Studies major, combining the fields of Clinical Psychology, Child Study and Human Development, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Africana Studies. Anéya’s interests include adding memes to her abundant collection, dancing, and making people laugh. During free time, Anéya likes to read, take naps, use social media, watch TV, and hangout with friends. On campus, you will typically find Anéya spending time with their suitemates in their suite or running from classes to clubs and events back to back. Aside from the LGBT Center, Anéya is involved in a variety of groups and communities on campus, including CVSA, COCOA Dancers, TLC, Tisch Scholars, and more. 

TylerTyler

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: He/Him

Tyler is a third year at Tufts majoring in child study and human development. In his free time you can find him exploring Boston or in the gym. He loves anything to do with nature and being outdoors. He is an avid runner so if you need any trail ideas let him know!!

GabriellaGabriella

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: She/Her

Gabriella is a second year from New York City, majoring in sociology and civic studies. In addition to her work at the LGBT center, Gabriella enjoys performing as part of Trunk, Tufts’ traveling children’s theater troupe. She can also be found in a nearby elementary school with Strong Women, Strong Girls, or building inclusive Jewish communities on campus. Gabriella is excited to join the centers’ intern team and help make the LGBT center library accessible to the Tufts community.

JheanelleYaasante

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: She/They

Jheanelle aka Yaasante is a sweet, loving, caring, wise one. She is passionate about her studies in liberal arts as well as seeking liberation for all disenfranchised people. A third year at Tufts, she majors in computer science and is a member of the ENVY step team. In her free time, she plays the violin and writes rap songs. 

JulianJulian

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: He/Him

Julian is a third year with a double major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CBS) and International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS). Hailing from Lexington, Massachusetts, Julian is a strong believer in the power of dialogue, and aims to facilitate conversation between members of the LGBT+ community and other marginalized individuals in order to bring oppressed groups together in the fight against discrimination. As an ILVS major, Julian is also deeply passionate about the media, particularly television and film, and hopes that more frequent depictions and accurate representations of LGBT+ people in the media will be instrumental in achieving equality for everyone in the community. 

EllaElla

Undergraduate Intern
Pronouns: They/Them

Ella is a fourth year at Tufts studying Religion and Sociology. In their free time, they’re active in the Catholic Community at Tufts and in Tabletop Gaming Club. Ella also works as house manager at Rainbow House, the LGBT-specific special interest house on campus and can help to answer questions you have about housing for queer students! 

Counseling and Mental Health Liaisons

The CMHS Liaison Program is designed to educate students, faculty, and staff about the range of services that CMHS provides, to help students access the support and resources that they need, and to make CMHS services as accessible as possible to all populations. As liaisons to the LGBT Center, we provide consultation to the Director of the LGBT Center and training for student leaders.

Megan TuckerMegan Tucker, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Megan Tucker, Psy.D. (she series) is a licensed psychologist and staff clinician at CMHS, who also happens to be a queer, cis woman. She has a specialty in serving the queer, trans, and non-binary community, including providing letters for gender affirming surgery. She is the current group leader for the Trans at Tufts group at CMHS. Megan also has a strong passion for addressing concerns related to power and oppression, sociocultural experiences and the intersection of various identities. 

Nandini Talwar

Nandini Talwar, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Originally from India, Nandini Talwar, M.D. (she series) is the Psychiatrist at the Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Center. She has been the liaison to the LGBT Center since she started working at Tufts University in 2003. Throughout her career, she has been committed to supporting youth and young adults in exploring their intersectional identities and to ensuring equitable access to mental health care for all. She was also trained as a pediatrician and has a strong interest in working with students who may have concurrent medical illnesses. She sometimes works with her therapy dog, Bear, who is a joy and comfort to many staff and students.

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