SHAPE Students Heightening Actionable Political Engagement
The institutions of our democracy and the ideas that underpin them are being challenged across our society. Now more than ever, our world needs people with the skills, habits, and inclinations to strengthen inclusive democracy and contribute to solving the most important problems in their communities together. Shape is an opportunity to step into your role as a civically engaged person and to learn and practice these essential skills. You will be part of a real world ‘think tank’ working with local government and our neighbors to shape policy and grassroots program implementation in our host community on a real problem the community faces. We invite all civically minded, politically curious, and creative incoming students to this truly unique experience, where you will interact with elected officials, neighbors, and Tufts alumni doing related work.
2023 Student Coordinators
Naheim Washington, 2025
Naheim is a sophomore at Tufts University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology with a minor in Education. Originally from Milford, CT, Naheim is a dedicated student-athlete, having achieved multiple awards and honors. Naheim continues to pursue his passion for athletics as an Athlete/Coach with the New Haven Age Group Track Club. He is also committed to making a positive impact on his community and has been a Youth Development Leader at the Boys & Girls Club in Milford, CT for several years.
Sophia Chung, 2025
Sophia grew up in Dallas and is studying Community Health and Biopsychology. On campus, she is involved in Project SHARE and the Peer Leader Program at the Asian American Center. In her free time, Sophia enjoys painting and exploring Boston.
Assistant Director for Student Affairs for Orientation
Peter Ciccarone is an Assistant Director of Student Affairs for Orientation and First Year
Experience at Tufts University. As a student affairs professional, Pete has spent his years
in the field working with student leaders to leave their campuses better than they were
when they arrived, through innovative programming, and intentional leadership. Pete
received his bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies at Stonehill
College, before going onto study Higher Education, with a concentration in Spirituality,
at Boston College. Peter could not be more excited to be a part of the Tufts’ community,
as well as be an advisor to the SHAPE Pre-Orientation Program.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Kevin Kraft is Associate Dean of Student Affairs. As a student affairs senior leader,
Kevin is responsible for supervising departments and leading programs and initiatives
designed to help students develop into engaged, ethical, and community-oriented leaders.
From his 15 years’ experience working with students at all points in their personal
development journey, Kevin has developed a philosophy of holistic student development
and an appreciation for the transformative role that mentorship can have in someone’s
life. Kevin has researched college student civic engagement and college student
activism. Kevin co-authored a book chapter on the application of free speech to the
college environment and has presented at national meetings on related topics. Kevin is
thrilled to be advising SHAPE and looking forward to welcoming incoming students!
Program Dates: August 24–August 28
A Typical Day of SHAPE
What we might do on any given day.
|8 a.m.–9 a.m.||Breakfast & Daily Reflection|
|9 a.m.–12 p.m.||Off-Campus Field Experience|
|1 p.m.–5 p.m.||Incubator Think Tank Time|
|5 p.m.–7 p.m.||Dinner|
|7 p.m.–11 p.m.||Bonding and Social Activities|
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