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"I have rarely felt so at ease as quickly as I did as a CAFE planner and peer leader last year. 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, 2015 CAFE Pre-Orientation Peer Leader, A17

2022 CAFE Pre-Orientation

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.

Student Coordinator Positions

Headshot of Ariel Kayton Ariel Kayton

Ariel is a junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in religion. She has participated in CAFE as a first-year and as a Peer Leader and has continued her involvement through the Tufts Chaplaincy's Interfaith Student Council and Interfaith Ambassadors program. She also is involved with greater Boston Jewish and interfaith social justice initiatives. In her free time, she loves to paint, go to concerts and the movies, and explore Boston. She is so excited to be involved with CAFE this summer and is looking forward to an amazing program!



Headshot of John LazurJohn Lazur

John Lazur (they/them) grew up in a Unitarian Universalist Humanist congregation in Minneapolis, MN, and came to Tufts through the 1+4 Bridge Year Program and CAFE. They are studying anthropology and working on a thesis that examines the history of Universalism at Tufts and its relationship to the vision of religious pluralism on campus. They have been involved with the University Chaplaincy over the last four years in the Interfaith Student Council, the Humanist Community, and the Student Worker program. In their downtime, John can be found fiddling with fountain pens, biking around Somerville, or seeking out feline company wherever it can be found. They are incredibly excited to welcome incoming students into CAFE 2022 and to be a part of the community once more after graduating.