We are excited to announce that we will be hosting in-person Pre-Orientation programming this summer. For up-to-date information, we encourage you to check back with the Pre-Orientation Information page.

Program Dates: August 29 - September 1

A Typical Day of SQUAD

8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast - Chicken and Waffles
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Off-Campus Experience- previous trips have included Escape the Room, or a visit to the African American Museum
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch on Tufts Campus with peer leaders
1 - 5 p.m. Workshop on Tufts Campus- Past topics: Consent, “Blaq Folx is the Future”
5 - 6 p.m. Dinner in the dining hall with peer leaders
7 - 9 p.m. Evening activity such as Trivia or Scavenger Hunt
9 - 10:30 p.m. Reflection and discussion

SQUAD 2016

Project Utopia 2018

Student spend their time during SQUAD thinking through what a utopia could be for the Black diaspora via the information they gather through activists during their pre-orientation experience. Below are the utopias groups created, with the support of their Peer Leaders.

Project Utopia Afro

Afromoonian history starts with the discovery of “moonstone” by Black Scientists. After returning to earth and examining the mysterious stone, scientists notice that moonstone is reactive to music. The rock communicates to the Diaspora by “calling” them to the moon, and those chosen have a choice to respond (by going). Afro World features an Oxygen rich field created by the growth of plants native to Afro World. Afro World also has Self Sustaining building, music, shields, and a 4-day week, and 4 months in Afro World time is equivalent to 1 year on Earth. There is free Health Care, and an interactive education system where school doesn’t “end”, instead Afromoonians continue to learn. There is no “rigid curriculum”, and there is a lot of hands-on experience and internships available. Students can even choose to study abroad on Earth or other planets. Afromoonians have no need for money, and the only crime on Afro World is being off beat, which is requires that the guilty must appeal in the court of law and be punished for not having rhythm. Afromoonians are culturally tied to music, honesty, providing safe spaces, mental health, and confidentiality, and actively implement these into their daily lives.


Project Utopia Glizza Founded in the 1960s by Black Americans who were fed up with the violence during the Civil Rights Movement and decided to found a new country. Over the years, it became a place for refugees across the Diaspora. We called other nations gain the independence through negotiation. Every popular black artist who “died” actually faked their death and secretly moved to Glizza (Aaliyah, Biggie Smalls, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Lorrain Handsberry, Tupac, Bob Marley, Left Eye? You get the point)/ The land was never colonized because it was found by Black Americans in the 1960s. Located in the Caribbean, we possess he Temple of Knowledge (which serves as a library/Community Center), fertile soil resistant to all extreme weather conditions, Bubble Transporters act as our mass transportation across the Island with a teleporter that can transport people anywhere in the African Diaspora. The source is a tree that produces fruit that can heal/cure dangerous conditions like cancer and wounds. The seedless fruits of this tree are the basis for our economy and is in limited supply. Our government operates on a Council of Elders to act as a governing body. Security/Law enforcement is a made of a protective bubble/shield and the island moves periodically with citizens sworn to secrecy of its location. Everyone has a therapist to assist with mental health. Immigration operates with Embassies in all of the African Diaspora with teleporters that allow refugees to enter. All religions are welcomed. Education is free, and labor consists of the construction of schools, agriculture, etc. The artists that faked their death perform for the people of Glizza and there is an amusement park on the island.

Project Utopia Umoja

In September 2018, there is a solar shift that resulted in hypermelanation. Those without much melanin could not survive the sun’s radiance, so they had to live underground and in places without much sunlight (not many due to the solar shift). Hypomelanitis (Condition that resulted from hypermelanatin in those without enough melanin) was discovered in December 2018 and remedied. Anarchy and unrest swept through Black Communities that were forced to not only take care of themselves, but those without enough melanin to survive above ground. In June 2019, a Tufts PhD holds a conference in Egypt and after much discussion, Umoja was founded as a capital /headquarters. Due to the strength of the sun, sunlight is now a main source of sustainable energy. Salt became more abundant due to boiling sea water, tidal waves became more useful to use as energy, as well as plants that grew several times larger due to more sunlight. The earth was fragile, so scientific and technological monitors controlled what could be used so that the environmental balance would not be disturbed.


Project Utopia Xhareyah

There is a meteor that hits modern day Florida. The meteor is filled with a crystal named “Chochladyte”. In its raw form, chochladyte is extremely reactive and those who touch it die immediately. Following the discovery of the deadly material, everyone flees from Florida. A young black child by the name of Xhareyah touches the crystal when she sneaks away from her parents and survives. Her mother and father also touch the crystal and realize that they too can resist the harm from the chochladyte. After government officials realize that only black people can survive in Florida, they set up a series of explosions so they the black people cannot learn how to use the new, rich material. Chochladyte, however, is highly resistant, so the explosions do nothing to it, and on coincidentally, breaks the remaining parts of Florida surrounded by chochladyte into a fist. September 4th will forever be known as Xhareyah Day.