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.

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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 Ph.D. 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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Alice ShaughnessyAlice Shaughnessy

Assistant Director of Student Affairs

As Assistant Director, Alice evaluates critical initiatives related to the Student Life Review Committee's recommendations and works to deepen ongoing efforts to enhance the student experience, develop trainings, and advise on the First-Year Experience.

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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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Alexis UmehAlexis Umeh

Community Standards Specialist

Alexis Umeh joined the Office of Community Standards in August 2020 as the Community Standards Specialist and is a graduate student at the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development where she studies school counseling and mental health in diverse communities. After graduating from UMass Amherst, she worked as a Student Success Coach/Campus Activities Coordinator for first-generation undergraduate students at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in South Boston. In her role, Alexis advised a cohort of 60-80 students in their academic, professional, and personal lives while managing student organizations and extracurricular activities for the college. Her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in African American Studies have encouraged her to address the needs of first-generation students, immigrant students, and students of color in education. Alexis supports the missions of the Office of Community Standards and the Dean of Student Affairs by meeting with students to resolve complaints alleging violations of the Code of Conduct and promoting restorative justice to resolving violations and conflict.

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.

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.