Staff

FOCUS is run by three student coordinators who meet throughout the academic year and work in the summer to plan a memorable experience for first-year students. They work with our community partners to plan service projects, choose and train the rest of our student staff, and communicate with all interested incoming first years about the program. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Each FOCUS group is led by two student leaders. Leaders are volunteers who have demonstrated their passion for welcoming the first year class and community service. Your FOCUS leaders work with you at each site, plan group activities, and navigate their groups through the greater Boston area. All of our leaders participate in training that includes leadership development, campus resources, facilitation, group dynamics, and community service issues in order to serve as effective resources for their first-year students.

FOCUS support staff make sure the program runs smoothly. They manage the behind-the-scenes tasks like delivering supplies, luggage, and groceries and working with the coordinators each day to make sure every detail is taken care of.

FOCUS Staff 2018

2021 Student Coordinators

Roy Hidalgo

Roy Hidalgo

2023

Roy Hidalgo is from Bronx, Ny and he is currently a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. He has been involved with FOCUS as a Focusee and as a support staff, and now is so excited to be one of FOCUS’ coords. Here are things about Roy : His family is from the Dominican Republic. He is also a member of Tufts of Latinx Dance group, Encendido. Roy is also a member of DREAM which is a village mentoring program that works with kids in the Somerville area. Some of his favorite places on campus are Prez Lawn and the SEC. Roy loves to be active and play sports (mainly basketball and soccer), so if you need a someone to run a game feel free to contact him. Some of his favorite things about Tufts are the student community, the Potato triangles from the dining halls, and Late Night. His least favorite thing about Tufts is the treck to 574 Boston ave.

Maya Rosof

Maya Rosof

2023

Maya is from Keaau, Hawaii, but still a fan of the cold. She is planning on double majoring in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Biology. She is on the e-board for the CheeHoo Hawaii Club and a member of MARCH (Maternal Advocacy and Research for Community Health). When public health safety allows, she will be dancing in burlesque and hopefully Tufts Dance Collective. When it’s warm out, you can find Maya taking long walks and exploring Boston. After being a FOCUSer and Support Staffer, Maya can’t wait to welcome new Jumbos as a coordinator! 

Naomi RobertsNaomi Roberts

2023

Naomi is from Weston, Connecticut, and is planning on a double major in American Studies and Education. She participated in FOCUS as both a first-year student and a sophomore member of Support Staff and couldn't be more psyched to now be coordinating FOCUS 2021 with Roy and Maya! Outside of classes and FOCUS, Naomi teaches health/sex education to Boston Public School students through Peer Health Exchange and works at Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run. In non-pandemic times, she also walks dogs of local families through Tufts Animal Aid and is an avid member of the Tufts Burlesque Troupe. In her free time, you can catch her snowboarding, listening to her Top Songs of 2020 on repeat, or staring longingly at pictures of her 4 dogs back home in Connecticut. When it’s nice out, you’ll find Naomi working and hanging out on Prez Lawn, one of her favorite spots on campus. She can’t wait to welcome new first-years to campus during FOCUS 2021!

Program Advisors

Calvin Zhao

Student Programs Administrator- Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Calvin is the Student Programs Administrator at Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life. In his role, he directs the Leadership for Social Change program, advises FOCUS and Tisch-affiliated student groups, and manages the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement among other responsibilities. Prior to assuming this role, Calvin coordinated the Tufts 1+4 and Tufts Civic Semester global programs at Tisch, supporting students as they engaged in community-based work abroad. Calvin also worked for 3 years at NYU Shanghai, a sino-US joint venture university in Shanghai, China, involved in various student support and community engagement roles. Outside of work, Calvin is busy pursuing his M.A. in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership at Tufts and spending time outdoors, when he can!

 

2021 Student Leaders

Grace Abe

Grace is a Biology and Environmental Studies major, from Lexington, Massachusetts. Outside her class, she spends her time organizing for climate justice with activist groups like Sunrise and Tufts Climate Action and performing in TFL Comedy and the Tufts Opera Ensemble!

Ishan Ahuja

Ishan is a rising junior from Latham, NY majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in CBS! Outside of class, you can find him playing oboe in the Tufts Wind Ensemble, attempting to dance with JumboRaas, or trying to (finally) beat his roommates in a game of Catan.

Claire Ammirato

Claire is a prospective Community Health Major from a small town in rural Vermont. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the sun on Prez or exploring the streets of Boston!

Nithya Badrinath

Nithya is an International Relations and Psychology major from San Jose, California. When she's not talking about how fun Tufts ACTION is, you can find her taste-testing all of the hot chocolate and matcha available in the Greater Boston area.

Sawyer Banbury

Sawyer is Child Studies and Music major who lives a hop, skip, and a jump away from Tufts in his hometown of Weston, CT. Sawyer didn't always live there though- he grew up in Thailand until the age of nine when his family moved to the USA.

Sara Barkouli

Sara is from Portland, Oregon and double majoring in Sociology and American Studies with a minor in colonialism studies. Outside of class, you can find her perfecting one of her many Spotify playlists or writing bad poetry in the Notes app.

Roshni Bhat

Roshni is a rising sophomore from a small suburb of Boston. When she's not doing work you can probably find her dancing with Tufts Pulse or working on her blog.

Wilson Cedillo

Wilson, a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois, is pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. While not doing work in the back of Tisch or Barnum, he enjoys getting smoothies from Hotung.

Cole Chalfant

Cole is most likely going to be a Psychology major on the Pre-Med track from Bethesda, MD, right outside of D.C. He loves to hang out with friends and explore nature with them.

Shannon Cloherty

Shannon is a Community Health and Environmental Studies major from Braintree, MA. She's a huge fan of Oath Pizza, the Red Line, and Hotung smoothie bowls.

Rachel Coll

Rachel Coll is an International Relations major from the Boston area. On-campus, she is a part of Sunrise Tufts and The Institute Sketch Comedy, and her favorite part about Tufts is the bunnies.

Megan Dacey-Koo

Megan is a Community Health/International Relations major from Atlanta, Georgia and a very big fan of the state fruit! When not in class you can find her eating crepes in davis or baking desserts with friends :)

Anthony Davis-Pait

Anthony is an American Studies major from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He’s involved in Students for Justice in Palestine on campus and more broadly in movements for abolition and transformative justice.

Sonam Delhiwala

Sonam is a Psychology major and Spanish minor from New York. When not mentoring the most energetic young girls through Strong Women Strong Girls, you can find her taking excessive pictures of Tufts sunsets and hunting down Boston's best garlic bread.

Mindy Duggan

Mindy is a Child Study and Human Development major from Wilmington, MA (only about 25 mins from Tufts!). Her life passion is working with kids so pretty much all of her clubs and classes are about or exist for kids from Best Buddies to Project Linus to the Child Development Association!

Alyssa Eakman

Alyssa is double majoring in astrophysics and psychology and minoring in dance. Aside from her eclectic class schedule, she loves participating in various dance teams and having picnics on the Pres Lawn with her friends.

Zachary Ferretti

Zach is a Political Science major from Long Island, New York. When he's not in class, catch him in Hotung eating an unhealthy number of acai bowls or in Tisch Library, working with the TCU Judiciary.

Neerav Gade

Neerav is a Community Health major and Food Systems minor from San Jose, California. He loves running, working on TEMS, and when he has some free time, enjoys indulging in quality TV (Jersey Shore).

Clarissa Garzon

Clarissa is a Civil Engineering Major from south of Boston. She loves to stay active, from running to yoga, and enjoys listening to music 24/7 (Spotify is the superior music streaming service!).

Patrick Gavazzi

Patrick is a double major in Computer Science and Cognitive and brain science, and comes from "Chocolate Town USA" Hershey, PA. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing guitar and cooking for his friends.

Eli Glass

Eli is a Biopsychology major on the pre-med track from Tenafly, NJ. When not in class, Eli is a member of the Tufts DREAM mentorship program and enjoys watching and playing sports and playing the piano!

Evan Goler

Evan is a Community Health Major on the pre-med track from New Jersey. Outside of the classroom, you can find him playing frisbee with the Tufts Ultimate Frisbee team or creating music as a saxophonist in the various ensembles offered at Tufts.

Tejus Govani

Tejus is an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major from the underrated state of New Jersey. He enjoys singing and acting in musical theater performances, and doing improv with his friends in Cheap Sox!

James Graham

James (he/him) is a Biology and Biotechnology major coming from the BEAUTIFUL state of New Jersey. On campus you can find him participating in biomedical engineering research, playing music at the radio station, or playing tennis on the Harleston courts!

Tom Guan

Tom grew up in Shanghai, went to high school in Austin, TX, and is now a rising junior studying philosophy and international relations. On campus, he is a news editor at the Tufts Daily and a player of Tufts Quidditch.

Carolina Hidalgo-McCabe

Carolina is a International Relations and Civic Studies Major who calls the D.C. Area, Dominican Republic, Panama, Morocco, Boston, and most recently Miami home. At Tufts, when she isn't cooking or eating Dewick's fabulous banana bread, she runs the Middle East Research Group, is a Tisch Scholar, and is active in democratic engagement work.

Katrina Ho

Katrina (she/her) is a CSHD and a Psychology Major at Tufts. Outside of FOCUS, she sings with Tufts sQ and is also involved in the Taiwanese student association!!

Evan Hu

Evan is a chemical engineering major from Amherst, MA. Outside of class, they like to play frisbee, watch the Red Sox and go to Carm because it's better.

Payel Islam

Payel is a Community Health major on a pre-dental track from New York City. Her favorite pastimes include sketching, singing, and trying new recipes.

Taylor Jacobs

Taylor is a sophomore from Newark, Ohio, double majoring in English and Education. Outside of classes, she enjoys writing for Melisma Magazine and working at the student-run coffee shop, The Sink.

Simran Jain

Simran is studying engineering psychology, spanish, and premed. They are from Chicago and on campus, they love to run, ski with teammates from the club ski team and eat all the Dewick potatoes.

Neelam Jivani

Neelam is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas. While she is undecided on her major, she is studying on the Pre Medical track, and she's on the Cancer Outreach society e-board.

Bo Johnson

Bo is an international relations major. He grew up in North Carolina but now lives in Texas. When not in class you can find him writing for the Daily, hanging out with his friends, or (occasionally) running.

Avani Kabra

Avani is a Civic Studies and Economics major with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Lexington, MA. At Tufts, she is a coxswain on the women's varsity rowing team, a Senator on TCU Senate, and member of JumboVote. In her free time, she loves making coffee (@The Sink), exploring new restaurants around campus, and playing with her guinea pigs.

Niki Karra

Niki is an (intended) Civic Studies and Computer Science major from the Bay Area in California! When not in class, you can find her dancing with Tufts Pulse and JumboRaas, mentoring with Strong Women Strong Girls, and hoarding ice cream from Hodge.

Marwah Kiani

Marwah is a Community Health major, minoring in religion and on the premed track. She's from the Bronx, NYC, and when not working or studying, she likes to indulge in reality TV and fun days in the city!

Jaime Kim

Jaime is a prospective Community Health Major on the Pre-Dent Track from central Massachusetts (southerner at heart). At Tufts, she's involved in Jumpstart, Thirst Project, and the Korean Students Association (KSA) and enjoys baking and vlogging in her free time.

Leah Kirsch

Leah is a CBS and CSHD double major from Berkeley, California. She loves talking about how much she loves the Bay Area, drinking excessive amounts of bluephoria yerba mate, and making sweet tunes with Tufts sQ!

Ross Krantz

Ross is a political science and civic studies major from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a tour guide, a Tisch Scholar, and a member of the Tufts Mock Trial team!

Lydia Kresin

Lydia is planning on majoring in mechanical engineering and possibly minoring in engineering education or Russian. In her free time, you might find her practicing piano or laying on a hammock on Prez Lawn. She enjoys hiking and hanging out with her friends at the beach in California, where she's from.

Chris LaBudde

Chris is a biology major on the pre-med track from Hamilton, Massachusetts. When not in class, you can find him jumping rope or going for a stroll around campus.

Fatima Lawan

Fatima is a Biology and Environmental Studies Major from Lagos, Nigeria. When she isn’t panicking on her way to lab or Mock Trial practice, you can probably find her (in non-COVID years especially) sitting in the Campus Center with a Pax bagel and some good company.

Tim Leong

Tim is studying Political Science and Film! He's very politically active in the Tufts community as a member of student government and is learning to play guitar this summer!

Emmy Leviss

Emmy is an American Studies Major from Rhode Island and this is her 4th year participating in FOCUS! On campus, she is a member of Tufts Mountain Club and BEATS (all gender street percussion group).

Gaby Lewis

Gaby is a Political Science major from Newton, Massachusetts. When she's not writing papers, she is probably playing Catan, or watching a Marvel movie with her friends.

Simone Lipkind

Simone is an Arabic & International Relations double major from New York City. Outside of Olin, you can find her lamenting the decline of Patriots football, comparing local bagel places, or building up her nonexistent caffeine tolerance with iced tea from the SEC. 

Sabah Lokhandwala

Sabah is an International Relations student from the suburbs of Chicago. When not organizing events for SAPAC or writing for the Tufts Observer, you can find Sabah exploring cafes in Boston or soaking in the sun on pres lawn.

Zoe London

Zoe is a prospective Biopsychology and Child Study major, from Westchester, New York, and loves spending her time dancing with Sarabande & going through all of Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors.

Carolina Lopes

Carolina is a biochemistry major and biotechnology minor, from Portugal, but she graduated high school in Maryland. She is most excited for next year’s in person classes and cheer practice.

Kyrielle Lord

Kyrielle is an Environmental Engineer from San Diego. She loves sitting outside in the sun, funky earrings and cooking dinner with her friends. 

Alison Manca

Alison is a Civic Studies and Sociology major from Bethesda, MD just outside of D.C.. In her free time, Alison enjoys dancing with the Tufts Ballroom team and going on walks with friends.

Sam McQuaid

Sam is an English and Spanish Literature double major from Silver Spring, MD who loves doing crossword puzzles and listening to audiobooks. They are an intern at the LGBT Center and a member of Alt-J (Alternative Jews) at Tufts, TFL Comedy, and the Tufts Labor Coalition.

Evy Miller-Nuzzo

Evy is a Human Factors Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Major from Wilmington, Massachusetts. Aside from FOCUS, she spends her time at Tufts hammocking with friends, volunteering with TUSC, and having fun with Tufts Cheese Club.

Grace Nemec

Grace is a Child Study and Human Development major on the pre-med track from Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, she enjoys watching hockey (Go Knights!)and playing tennis with friends.

Jeremy Newman

Jeremy is a Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science major from Morristown, NJ (BIG Jersey pride). They love to play Spikeball, toss frisbee or football, and are a huge NY Giants fan. On campus, they are involved in a few clubs such as DREAM, Engineers Without Borders, and TAMD.

Ly Nguyen

Ly is an international student from Vietnam, planning to double major in Biochemistry and Community Health. When the weather is warm, you will often see her taking naps on pres lawn or watching the sunset from Tisch's roof with friends. 

Dan Nguyen

Dan is a pre-med student from western Massachusetts interested in studying international relations and biopsychology! When not grinding at Tisch, you can find him talking about his work with Thirst Project, doing a random TikTok or K-pop dance, or eating something from Hodge.

Margaret Parish

Margaret is a Child Study and Human Development from the tiny town of Lyme, NH. On campus, she participates in Tufts Traveling Treasure Trunk, Tufts DREAM, and TUPIT, and has lots of picnics with her friends.

Yaqara Patterson

Yaqara is an Engineering Psychology and is from Brooklyn, NY. When not in class, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching sunsets from Tisch Roof and doing graphic design.

Danielle Piccoli

Danielle is a Political Science and Economics Major from Scarsdale, New York. When she is not in class, you can find her drinking coffee at the Sink or reading on Prez!

Neha Ratnapuri

Neha is a Psychology and Civic Studies major originally from Washington DC! When not in class, you can find her dancing with Tufts Pulse, giving tours, or engaging in interfaith Justice work with the chaplaincy!

Nadia Rosales

Nadia is a double anthropology and sociology major from Salt Lake City, Utah. Xe spends most of xyr time playing video games, writing poetry, and doing political work on campus with United for Immigrant Justice.

Molly Sapperstein

Molly is a Biopsychology major from Malvern Pennsylvania. When not in class you can find her singing with Shir Appeal, tutoring in the library, or working in the Tufts MESH lab! She also loves spending time with her friends on pres lawn any time it’s warm outside!

Daniel Schwartz

Daniel is an Undecided major from New York. He loves listening to music (talking about it, too), going on walks, and watching movies!

Kush Shah

Kush is a biochemistry major from Andover, Massachusetts (20 minutes north of Tufts). Some of their favorite things are trivia, hiking, playing the trumpet, and eating the berry cups from Carm.

Christopher Shi

Christopher plans on studying Biochemistry with a minor in Studio Art and calls NYC home. When not doing schoolwork, you can find him doing research or playing basketball with friends.

Nyssa Singhal

Nyssa is a Community Health and Biology double major from Los Angeles, CA. Outside of classes, she is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice and has a job at the Tufts Career Center but you can often find her talking long walks around campus blasting Taylor Swift.

Priya Skelly

Priya is from Massachusetts and is a huge advocate of relaxing as a political tool of resistance. She likes weaving, dancing around her room, and cooking with pals.

Alex Soo

Alex is an English and Spanish major from Michigan! She also is the president of TFL Comedy and can never tell if people are laughing with her or at her.

Alexandra Therriault

Alex is a Political Science and Environmental Studies double major from Fairfield, CT. She sings in the Amalgamates a cappella group and is a member of the Ivy, a local sorority here at Tufts.

Sam Truong

Sam is a Biology Major on the pre-med track from Peabody, MA. On campus, she is involved in Tufts' Vietnamese Student Club and Tufts' Project SHARE, and likes to crochet in her free time!

Matt Ung

Matt is a Computer Science Major from Los Alamitos California. Outside of class, he is found running along the Mystic River or working at Commons.

Rachel Wang

Rachel is a psychology and sociology major proudly born and raised in Seattle. On campus, she mentors with Strong Women Strong Girls and gets to talk with other Tufts students about their essays as a Writing Fellow.

Casey Weaver

Casey is a double major in Chemistry and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Newton, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from Tufts. In her free time, she can be found tapping up a storm with Tufts Tap, playing charades with her Strong Women Strong Girls mentees, or listening to Willow Smith.

Sabrina Wen

Sabrina is an International Relations and Computer Science major from the greatest place in the world, New York City. On campus, she is a member of ALLIES (IR discussion club) and JumboSec (cybersecurity club), in addition to being a TA for the CS department.

Tyler Whitaker

Tyler is a 4th year Combined Degree student from Denver, Colorado! In his free time, he loves to make art, compete with the Tufts Mock Trial team, and online shop.

Emma Winey

Born and raised 15 minutes away from Tufts, Emma is a rising senior, proudly studying Political Science. In her spare time, Emma can be found registering voters with JumboVote, singing on stage with Torn Ticket II, or fostering friendships in Thalia (a new local sorority at Tufts!).

Abi Wool

Abi is a Biopsychology major with a potential minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and she is from Portsmouth, NH (only about an hour north of Tufts!). Outside of the classroom, she spends her time working with Project SHARE and trying out new recipes on her friends!!

Caroline Yang

Caroline is an Engineering Psychology major from Andover, Massachusetts. She is also an educator at Peer Health Exchange and loves to play tennis in her free time.

Arthur Yao

Born in Shanghai, Arthur is an Economics major at Tufts. He loves playing tennis and devouring the sushi at Commons.