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Spring 2018 Student Workers

Name: Sacdio Ali

Class Year: 2021

Major: Community Health & Child Studies and Human Development

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Black Student Union, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), Muslim Student Association, Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy: I chose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I’ve always admired the support and resources it provides for students. I wanted to be a part of their student workers and be a support system for both the chaplaincy and the students that it serves.


Name: Sofia Estrada

Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Clinical Psychology and English

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Wilderness, Catholic Community Tufts (CCT), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Downton Abbey, coffee, conspiracy theories

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?

Because the University Chaplaincy was an important safe, open, and compassionate space for me when I was first entering the Tufts community, I want to return the favor by welcoming others into these spaces and hopefully be a positive force on campus.


Name: Mohamad Hamze

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Biology Major and Arabic Minor

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Muslim Students Association, Pre-Med Society, Tufts Takht Ensemble, TuftScope, avid soccer fan and sneaker collector

What I like best about working at the University Chaplaincy:

The Chaplaincy was one of my very first communities at Tufts, and has played a huge role in my college career ever since. The Chaplaincy staff are unwavering in their commitment to providing spaces for worship, inclusion, and interfaith discussion at Tufts and I’m proud to be a part of its fantastic mission.


Name: Faryal Jafri

Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: International Relations Major and Economics Minor

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Chi Omega, Tisch Scholars, Muslims Students Association, Politics

What I like about working at the University Chaplaincy:

The University Chaplaincy is full of wonderfully kind and interesting humans doing great things. I love that it’s a welcoming and calming space for anyone and everyone.



Name: Ayoub Khadar

Class Year: 2020

Major/Minor: Biology and Biotechnology double major

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Muslim Student Association, Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students & Africana Center

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?

I want to make our campus a safe haven for all cultures and faiths. I want to make a difference in interfaith work and bring together communities. I want to be available for all students, no matter the faith, to help them in anyway possible. 


Name: Raveena Longia

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Clinical Psychology and Education

Interests/Extracurricular Activities:  Asian American Center, old school South Asian music, Sikhism, sci-fi, mentorship

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?

I have met some wonderful people through the Chaplaincy. I appreciate that it’s a confidential space and gives people a place to ask questions about one’s own faith and connect with others. I am interested to see how it works to bring communities together by working as part of its staff. 





Name: Lucia McArdle

Class Year: 2018

Major/minor: Community Health and International Literary and Visual Studies

Interests/Extracurriculars: Tufts Strong Women Strong Girls, art, being in the outdoors. 

My favorite part of working at the chaplaincy:

 I’ve loved working at the chaplaincy so much for the relationships I’ve built with chaplains and everything I’ve learned from the different religious and philosophical conversations the chaplaincy puts on.  I really appreciate being able to be in sacred spaces and learn about all different religions and spirituality as a non religious person.  I feel lucky to be a part of the chaplaincy for the crucial work it does of providing pastoral care and supporting students through all their experiences, no matter the student’s religious background.


Name: Magnifique Mukundwa

Class year: 2020

Major/Minor: Not yet decided but probably chemical or environmental engineering, with a minor in engineering Management

Interests: Music, health, and humanity.

What I like about working at the University Chaplaincy:

The Tufts University Chaplaincy strives for making everyone feel included. Diversity strengthens this significant community. I am glad that I can easily get in touch with people of different backgrounds, culture, religion, etc due to working at the University Chaplaincy. There is a great deal that I have learned from them.


Name: Katie Odjakjian

Class Year: 2020

Major/Minor: Psychology major and Philosophy minor

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Tufts BEATs, Parnassus Literary Collective, Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha, Students for Environmental Awareness

Why did you choose to work for the Chaplaincy? I chose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I have had nothing but positive and impactful experiences with this community here at Tufts, and want to help this important resource to thrive in any way that I can. Everyone I’ve met from the Chaplaincy has been very compassionate and accepting, and I’m excited to learn and grow with such a wonderful group of people.


Name: Wilna Paulemon

Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Child Development and Community Health

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Strong Women, Strong Girls mentoring, Child Development Association, and Engaging with Christian/Interfaith Communities 

What I like about working at the University Chaplaincy:

I choose to work for the University Chaplaincy because Goddard has always been a safe space for me. I wanted to contribute anyway I could to maintain spaces like Goddard and the Interfaith Center to ensure that they are welcoming and safe spaces for all Tufts students.


Name: Travis Percy

Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Political Science, minors in Africana Studies and ELS

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Finance, Africana Community Engagement/ Mentorship, A cappella, and Christian faith communities

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy? 

I work for the chaplaincy because I believe it’s a great resource for all Tufts students to connect with others on the basis of similar or different faiths and to seek community surrounding faith.


Name: Rachel Wahlert

 Class Year: 2018

Major/Minor: Sociology Major

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Multiracial Community (AMPT), Tufts Mountain Club, Club Volleyball

What I like about working at the University Chaplaincy:

I have participated in many of the services the chaplaincy provides. I enjoy the masses, meditations, and the beautiful staff. I am happy to serve a place that provides students with so many resources that nourish the mind and soul.