The Africana Spirituality Advisor seeks to create a comfortable space at Tufts for all students and faculty, especially those of the African Diaspora, to grow in worship, fellowship, and community.
The Africana Spirituality role came about, as with many emergent spheres of change, through student action and organizing. A response to the conditions of social injustice in society, when the spiritual care for students of African descent became apparent, Reverend Greg McGongle and Africana Center Director Katrina Moore initiated this role.
In March 2017 The Rev. Lambert Rahming joined the University Chaplaincy in the new position of Africana community associate. Rahming came to Tufts through a partnership with Sanctuary United Church of Christ in Medford, where he was the community minister. With many students of African descent identifying as Christian, the work stemmed from a Black Christian group at Intervarsity and is blessed to continue to grow.
The University Chaplaincy sees this work as imperative to support students of African descent's holistic experience on campus. Azmera Hammouri-Davis was appointed Africana Spirituality Advisor in September 2020, and served until September 2021. She served the community in a ceremonial role, building up the e-board, and deepening the relationship with the Africana Center.