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"CAFE attracts an exceptionally kind, welcoming and interesting group of people, and they broadened my world view and taught me so much every day of my experience. I am now a better person with a stronger support system because of CAFE, and I highly encourage anyone to give it a shot." - Lisa Meehan, CAFE alum

CAFE, the University Chaplaincy's Pre-Orientation Program

Coming to a new campus can be both exciting and overwhelming. The CAFE Pre-Orientation program smooths the transition to college by connecting first-year and current students who have a shared passion for understanding and creating change in ourselves and communities.

CAFE seeks incoming student participants from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual and ethical identities. All are welcome.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CAFE Pre-Orientation Program is to welcome, gather, equip, and network the religious, spiritual, ethical, and interfaith leaders of the incoming class–leaders who are committed both to mutual inspiration and to making positive change in the world. The program involves:

  • exploration of self and others;
  • identifying strengths in religious and philosophical literacy and room to grow;
  • consciousness-raising about issues of social justice on campus and in the wider community;
  • and training on how to make a positive change through community organizing and activism.

The CAFE Pre-Orientation Program was first offered in August 2009, and was offered in summers 2010 and 2011. It resumed in August 2015.

 

Apply to be a coordinator by Jan 20

Student Leadership Opportunities

CAFE is organized and led by staff members from the Tufts University Chaplaincy and a team of student leaders. As one of the University Chaplaincy’s hallmark interfaith initiatives, the Tufts University Chaplain and Program Manager provide overall direction and guidance for the program’s vision and content. The student leaders work with the staff members to help plan aspects of the program and to guide the program in August. If you are interested in being a student co-cordinator for CAFE 2023, please find the job description here.  Applications for CAFE Peer Leader will open in the February of 2023.

For questions about the CAFE Pre-Orientation Program, please email the University Chaplaincy Program Manager Nora Bond

For general questions about the Pre-Orientation registration process, financial aid, etc., please contact the Pre-Orientation Office.

Check out the official Tufts CAFE Pre-Orientation Facebook Page and instagram account (@tuftscafe).

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8/28/22 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Sunday during Tufts CAFE pre-orientation hosted out of the Tufts Interfaith Center on August 28, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)

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8/28/22 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Sunday during Tufts CAFE pre-orientation hosted out of the Tufts Interfaith Center on August 28, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)

8/28/22 – Medford/Somerville, MA – Sunday during Tufts CAFE pre-orientation hosted out of the Tufts Interfaith Center on August 28, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)