Meet Our Team

Camille LizarríbarCamille Lizarríbar

Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer

As the Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Officer, Camille Lizarríbar leads student-centered initiatives and oversees student affairs at the School of Arts and Sciences (including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) and the School of Engineering.

Before coming to Tufts, Dean Lizarríbar served as the Dean of Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean at Yale College, where she had previously been the residential college dean of Ezra Stiles College. While at Yale, she also served as a lecturer in the Humanities. She has extensive administrative, teaching, advising, and legal, and experience. She has worked as an attorney in government and private practice, and has been admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Dean Lizarríbar holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and in French language and literature from Brandeis University, a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

She oversees the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Residential Life, Campus Life, Health and Wellness, and the Career Center at Tufts.

Dean Lizarríbar can help with:

Nandi Bynoe

Nandi Bynoe

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Nandi Bynoe is the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and leads the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion for the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion includes six centers: Africana CenterAsian American CenterFIRST Resource CenterLatino CenterLGBT Center, and Women’s Center. Both individually and collectively, the centers seek to promote understanding, community, and belonging across the Tufts communities in concert with the wider division. Dean Bynoe works on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity across a student’s Tufts experience, from matriculation to graduation.

Dean Bynoe is a double Jumbo, receiving her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts. Prior to her current role, Dean Bynoe worked in Student Services and held roles in Student Affairs as the first Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist with the Center for Awareness, Resources and Education, and then as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Kevin KraftKevin Kraft

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

As the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Kevin is responsible for the strategic, coordinated direction of student well-being and support efforts in the division of Student Affairs. To this end, Kevin supervises the Office of Community Standards, the Student Outreach and Support program, and the Dean-on-Call program. These teams work together to enhance the personal well-being of undergraduate and graduate students and facilitate their holistic development by providing support in times of crisis and facilitating learning opportunities when challenges occur. Kevin came to Tufts in 2017 from MIT, and he has extensive experience in residence life, community standards, crisis management, and student affairs leadership.

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Laura DaRosLaura DaRos

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, SMFA at Tufts

Laura DaRos has been a member of the Tufts community since 2007. Before joining the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2016, she served as Associate Director for Campus Life. She came to Tufts from Trinity College, where she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Activities. In her role at the SMFA, Dean DaRos coordinates resources, supports, and programming for BFA, Combined-Degree, and MFA students, and she works closely with Residential Life, Health and Wellness, and the SMFA’s Academic Advising Team. Dean DaRos supervises the SMFA Student Affairs team, which assists SMFA students with the Medical Leave and Student Conduct Resolution Procedure, and advises students looking for advice or resources related to their artistic, intellectual, and co-curricular development. Dean DaRos helps sustain the connection between the Fenway and Medford campuses and is dedicated to bringing the uniqueness of the SMFA to the entire Tufts community.

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Kamaro AbubakarKamaro Abubakar

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

As Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Tufts, Kamaro serves as the primary point of contact for all first-year students on the Medford/Somerville campus. He supports the holistic engagement of all first-year students through initiatives that address student engagement across differences and support an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environment, including student transition programs and leadership development. He serves as a primary departmental liaison to the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion and the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. He represents the Division of Student Affairs and student interests at various university and school committees and meetings as needed.

He provides students with information connecting them with co-curricular resources and supports, and guidance related to the Medical Leave process and Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. Dean Abubakar is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social justice and is also a fluent speaker of Hausa, Ashanti, and Ga. He is committed to ensuring that all students find community and meaningful connections at Tufts.

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briana Sevigny

briana Sevigny

Director of Community Standards

As the Director of Community Standards, briana is responsible for administering and overseeing the Student Conduct Process. briana (first name intentionally lowercase) joined Tufts in July 2020 from Northeastern University in Boston where she served as the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. An educator since 2003, briana has also worked in Student Conduct at Johnson & Wales University – Providence and in Residential Life and Housing at both Assumption College in Worcester and Eastern Connecticut State University. briana holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and is anticipating a Master of Legal Studies from the Northeastern University School of Law in August of 2020.

Erin FloodErin Flood

Associate Director for Student Outreach and Support

As the Associate Director for Student Outreach and Support, Erin provides and coordinates resources, supports, and services for students facing challenges both in and outside of the classroom. She oversees the medical leave process, facilitates students' returns from hospitalizations, and provides overarching support for students experiencing personal and health challenges. Erin works in coordination with each member of the Dean of Student Affairs Office, as well as partners in Health and WellnessResidential LifeAcademic Advising, and many other departments to help ensure the wellbeing and personal development of all undergraduate and graduate students.

She is a proud Tufts alum who joined the Student Affairs team in 2020. Erin holds a BS in Psychology and Religion from Tufts, and an EdM in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard. Her background in higher education includes experience in academic and career advising, program development, teaching, and research. She is deeply passionate about assessment, equity, Irish folk music, and clever Excel formulas.

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Erika Lala headshotErika Lala

Student Outreach and Support Specialist

As the Student Outreach and Support Specialist, Erika works with closely with Erin and the rest of the Student Affairs team to connect students managing personal and health concerns with resources and support. Erika joined the department in 2020 with previous experience in residential life, health promotion, and pre-health advising. She completed her Master of Public Policy and Education Specialist degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Justice Education. Her current research focuses on intergroup dialogue among undergraduates, and her previous research focused on patterns of kinship, identity, and belonging among Chinese adoptees in the U.S.

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Sarah "Val" ValenteSarah "Val" Valente
Assistant Director of Student Affairs, SMFA at Tufts

As the SMFA Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Val supports BFA and Combined Degree students and their Fenway-based student organizations with co-curricular programming and general support outside of the classroom. Prior to this role, Val served as a Resident Director for SMFA students as part of Tufts’ Office of Residential Life and Learning. Before Tufts, Val taught middle school Science, Art and Religion as an AmeriCorps Volunteer at Nativity School of Worcester. A lifelong learner, Val holds a degree in Chemistry and Art from College of the Holy Cross, as well as a post-bacc degree in Fine Art from Brandeis, and an MBA with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership from Assumption University. Mostly recently, completed a certificate in Project Management from Cornell University. 

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Lindsay FergusonLindsay Ferguson

Assistant Director of Community Standards

Lindsay Ferguson joined the Student Affairs team in January 2020 having previously held positions in student conduct and community standards at both Temple University and Syracuse University. Lindsay also has extensive experience in residential life at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and brings expertise in Title IX, as well as student and faculty/staff programming and training. As the Assistant Director of Community Standards, Lindsay supports Community Standards on the Medford and SMFA Boston campuses in coordination with the Director of Community Standards, and she is a key point of contact for students navigating the Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. Lindsay also works closely with Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, and the Office of Equal Opportunity to build awareness and community, foster personal growth, and enhance social justice at Tufts.

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Lindsay Walcott headshotLindsay Walcott

Community Standards Specialist

Lindsay Walcott is new to the Tufts community as she joined in January 2021 as a Community Standards Specialist. As a native of Boston, Lindsay has always had a passion for working with youth and young adults. She spent many years working in various non-profit agencies throughout the city of Boston doing Youth Development work. Lindsay received a bachelor's degree in Counseling and Social Work from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is continuing her education at Northeastern University, where she is pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration. Lindsay currently works full-time at Northeastern University in the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution as the Administrative Assistant/Sanctions Compliance Officer.

Christine Ji headshotChristine Ji

Community Standards Sanctions Specialist

Christine Ji joined the Office of Community Standards as the Community Standards Sanctions Specialist in December 2020. She is currently a graduate student at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts studying Food and Nutrition Policy. She is anticipating to graduate in 2022 and is passionate about continuing her studies and career in food policy, specifically focusing on food security, sustainable food systems, and nutrition outcomes. Christine graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and worked in the food industry in quality assurance. Before enrolling in graduate school, she worked for a coffee company where she cupped coffee daily and graded coffee quality. Her previous role made her into a coffee enthusiast, and she loves to be her own barista at home trying out new recipes! As the Community Standards Sanctions Specialist, Christine is passionate about engaging with students and creating a positive environment for students to feel supported.

Kristine Din headshotKristine Din

COVID Student Responsibility Coordinator

Kristine Din joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in December 2020. She is currently a doctoral researcher at UMass Boston, where her work focuses on Filipina American college students, colonialism, and colonial mentality. She has written and presented on decolonizing education, the experiences of Asian American and Filipinx students, whiteness in higher education, and graduate programs and parenthood, among many other things. Kristine has been invited to present her work at many prestigious conferences, including ASHE, AERA, NASPA, ACPA, and NCORE. As the COVID Student Responsibility Coordinator, she operationalizes COVID compliance with students. Kristine conducts the daily review of students who did not take COVID tests as scheduled, sending reminders and taking conduct action as appropriate.

Andy Tiedemann headshotAndy Tiedemann

Senior Communications Strategist

As the Senior Communications Strategist, Andy creates and implements communications designed to inform and support students currently enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. While his work focuses primarily on reaching undergraduate students, he also assists with graduate student communications. He oversees email communications and content for the Jumbo Digest, the Parents & Families newsletter, Student Affairs social media channels, and the students.tufts.edu website. Andy came to Tufts in May 2020 in a consulting role. He has previously served in senior communications positions at Babson College, Emerson College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. He holds a BS in Journalism from Boston University.

Melissa Lee headshotMelissa Lee

Student Communications Specialist

Melissa creates and distributes content for undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts) and the School of Engineering, as well as for families of current undergraduates and for AS&E graduate students. She provides communications support to offices and departments under the umbrella of "Student Life" at Tufts, from the Dean of Student Affairs office to Campus Life. Melissa works with Andy on the Jumbo Digest, Parents and Families newsletter, and Student Life social media channels and website. She returned to Tufts in August 2020 after roles at New York Institute of Technology and the National Museum of Mathematics. Prior to that, Melissa worked at Tufts in Administrative Support and Health Professions Advising after receiving her B.S. in English and Psychology from Tufts.

Nischeena Charles headshotNischeena Charles

Website Manager

Nischeena oversees content found on the students.tufts.edu website. In collaboration with Melissa Lee, she provides website support to multiple offices and departments that use the website to share information with current AS&E students. Nischeena offers training to staff who contribute content to the students.tufts.edu website. In addition, she updates content, including departmental information, online calendars and schedules, graphics, and other digital content. Before working at Tufts, Nischeena worked at Northeastern University and Harvard University. In 2018, she earned her M.Ed. in higher education administration.

Renee LeBlanc headshotRenée LeBlanc

Administrative Coordinator

Renée LeBlanc joined the Student Affairs team in September 2020 after completing her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Salem State University. Previously, she served as the Graduate Intern for Programming in the Office for Campus Life here at Tufts. Throughout her master’s program, she also held graduate positions at Bentley University, Salem State University, and the Technological University of Dublin. As Student Affairs Coordinator, she manages the day-to-day operations of the front desk, provides scheduling support for the immediate office, and supplies a range of supports for various Divisional efforts and events. She ensures communication between students, parents, faculty, and other staff with the deans in the Student Affairs Office. She is dedicated to weaving social justice, equity, and care into her interactions with students, parents, staff, and faculty.