Meet Our Student Staff

Spring 2017 Student Workers

AshleyName: Ashley Alphonse

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Political Science & French

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: ENVY (Tufts all female step team), Mock Trial, La Société Française (The French Club), Tisch Scholar

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?
I choose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I want to help contribute to keeping the safe spaces (Goddard and the Interfaith Center) a reality. I am an active member of the Catholic community and know how critical these spaces are to one’s mental and spiritual health while at Tufts.

 

Name: Saba Kohli Dave

Class Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Anthropology, major /Colonialism Studies, minor

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Women’s Center, Intersectional Politics, Activism, Education, Poetry, Horseback Riding (back in Delhi)

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy?
Coming to Tufts, my skepticism about religion really changed by meeting amazing people through the Chaplaincy who redefined my narrow idea of God and faith. I love working for the Chaplaincy because I am surrounded by so much faith and love.

 

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 do you 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: Merilla Michael

Class Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Biopsychology and Classics; On the pre-med track

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: A Cappella, Dance Groups, Blogging


What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy?
I love all the wonderful and interfaith events that are put on through the Chaplaincy. It’s such a peaceful and welcoming space that I hope everyone utilizes at some point during their Tufts career. Working at the Chaplaincy is one of the highlights of my week!

 

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: Brenna Olrich

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: History and International Relations

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Running, Spending Time with Friends, Playing Music, Drinking Coffee, Tufts Christian Communities, Tufts Democrats, and CAFE.

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy?
I love working for the Chaplaincy because every day that I come in, I get to work with conscientious, kind, and all-around fantastic 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 

Why did you choose to work for 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, Acappella, 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.

 

NazifaName: Nazifa Noor Sarawat

Class Year: 2017

Major/Minor: Environmental Engineering/Mathematics

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Muslim Student Association


Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?
The chaplaincy is one of the best communities at Tufts! Regardless of your faith background, there’s a home for you here.

 

Name: Joseph Tramontozzi

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Engineering /  Italian and Engineering Management

Interests/ Extracurricular Activities: Catholic Community at Tufts, Italian Club, Soccer fan

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy?

The Chaplaincy has been a crucial part of my time here at Tufts and to my spiritual formation.  I have engaged in interfaith dialogues and attended the services of different religious traditions, finding commonalities between my faith and others.  The interfaith engagement that the Chaplaincy fosters is so important in the multicultural world we live in.