CAFE is organized and led by staff members from the Tufts University Chaplaincy and a team of student leaders. Together we represent a diversity of religious and philosophical backgrounds and traditions.

Group photo of CAFE staff

2022 Student Coordinators

John Cioci Lazur


John Lazur (they/them) grew up in a Unitarian Universalist Humanist congregation in Minneapolis, MN, and came to Tufts through the 1+4 Bridge Year Program and CAFE. They are studying anthropology and working on a thesis that examines the history of Universalism at Tufts and its relationship to the vision of religious pluralism on campus. They have been involved with the University Chaplaincy over the last four years in the Interfaith Student Council, the Humanist Community, and the Student Worker program. In their downtime, John can be found fiddling with fountain pens, biking around Somerville, or seeking out feline company wherever it can be found. They are incredibly excited to welcome incoming students into CAFE 2022 and to be a part of the community once more after graduating.

Ariel Kayton


Ariel is a junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in religion. She has participated in CAFE as a first-year and as a Peer Leader and has continued her involvement through the Tufts Chaplaincy's Interfaith Student Council and Interfaith Ambassadors program. She also is involved with greater Boston Jewish and interfaith social justice initiatives. In her free time, she loves to paint, go to concerts and the movies, and explore Boston. She is so excited to be involved with CAFE this summer and is looking forward to an amazing program!



Nora BondNora Bond

Program Manager, Tufts University Chaplaincy

Nora Bond is a new member of the CAFÉ family, since joining the staff at the University Chaplaincy in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in Psychology, and a Master’s in Child Study and Human Development from right here at Tufts. Previously, she worked as Interfaith Advisor at the Mount Holyoke College Religious & Spiritual Life Office, and as Director of Training and Facilitation with Convergence on Campus, an organization dedicated to enhancing institutions for religious, secular, and spiritual identities. Nora is a certified spiritual director, a role that lets her accompany questions of meaning and purpose with folks of all ages. She sits with Quakers in Cambridge, MA. Nora is a proud and grateful sister, daughter, cousin, niece, friend, and godmother. She most enjoys sharing meals, and training her enormous, friendly dog, Samson. 

Shelby CarpenterShelby Carpenter

Program Coordinator, Tufts University Chaplaincy

Shelby Carpenter joined the University Chaplaincy team as Program Coordinator in July of 2019. Her undertakings include overseeing the Conversation, Action, Faith, and Education (CAFE) Pre-Orientation program, which involves implementing the programmatic vision with the Student Coordinator. In February 2020, Shelby graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in History. She first joined the University Chaplaincy team as a student in the role of the Chapel Sexton in 2013. In 2015, she co-founded the CAFE Pre-Orientation Program as the first student coordinator and then continued to support the department’s work as the Program and Outreach Student Assistant in 2018. Outside of the office, Shelby spends her time in adult ballet and gymnastic classes at local community organizations and acting as an Assistant Educator at the Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford, MA.