Isimbi Latreia: Praise Worship, May 5, 2018 Goddard Chapel
The University Chaplaincy makes diversity, equity, and social justice central to our work, including specific initiatives to support Africana spiritual life at Tufts. Below are some of the ways that Tufts community members can connect with resources for Africana spirituality on campus. The University Chaplaincy is always eager to discuss other opportunities to provide spiritual support for the Tufts community. For more information, please contact the University Chaplain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observances: The University Chaplaincy works closely with the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the Africana Center on programming to celebrate the life, work, and legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These programs include the annual Tufts University MLK Celebration in Goddard Chapel, and in recent years an MLK Day of Service and a university-wide MLK donation drive for those in need.
Interfaith Student Council: The University Chaplaincy Interfaith Student Council includes regular representation from the Africana community, and co-sponsors programs such as anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism trainings for Tufts religious and philosophical student organization leaders.
CAFE Interfaith Social Justice Pre-Orientation Program: The University Chaplaincy resumed the CAFE interfaith social justice pre-orientation program in August 2015, with a core focus on anti-racism engagement both in peer leader training and in the content of the pre-orientation program for incoming student participants.
Lectures and Workshops: The University Chaplaincy regularly sponsors and co-sponsors lectures and workshops featuring Africana spiritual leaders, such as a Fletcher School panel with the Reverend Kapya Kaoma on October 31, 2015; a Women’s Center panel with the Reverend Irene Monroe on November 9, 2015; the New England Interfaith Student Summit at Northeastern University with Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee on February 11-12, 2016; and a Fletcher School panel with the Reverend Irene Monroe on April 6, 2016.
A plaque commemorating deceased members of the Tufts Africana community is displayed in Goddard Chapel. (Sofie Hecht/The Tufts Daily)
The Tufts Muslim Students Association regularly hosts special events such as Diaspora Night— a celebration of the diversity of blackness through performance art featuring special guest presentations exploring the intersections of Black Muslim identity and events featuring Black Muslim leaders, such as a lecture on Race and Islam with Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans on March 3, 2016.