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Fall 2018 Student Workers

About the University Chaplaincy Student Worker Program The Student Worker Program provides the opportunity to learn about the multifaith work of the University Chaplaincy and to assist our chaplains and staff in fulfilling essential functions that support our programs and services. Responsibilities include hospitality and communications, data and record management, web and publications work, and special event staffing. Training and mentoring will be provided through monthly staff meetings and ongoing coaching to build knowledge and skills.

Name: Sacdio Ali

Class Year: 2021

Major: Community Health & Child Studies and Human Development

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Black Student Union, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), Muslim Student Association, Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy: I chose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I’ve always admired the support and resources it provides for students. I wanted to be a part of their student workers and be a support system for both the chaplaincy and the students that it serves.


Name: Ashley Alphonse

Class Year: 2019

Majors: Political Science & French

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

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy: I enjoy working for the University Chaplaincy because I recognize the importance of keeping these safe spaces (Goddard and the Interfaith Center) a reality. I myself am an active member of the Catholic community and Goddard Chapel plays a very important role in my mental and spiritual health while at Tufts. I love walking into work and seeing how the Tufts community transforms and utilizes both spaces to help spread positivity.


Name: Alejandro Baez

Class Year: 2021

Major/Minor: Clinical Psychology and Community Health

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: United for Immigrant Justice, First Generation College Students Community Senator for TCU Senate, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy: The University Chaplaincy is a very welcoming and calming space and I enjoy their inclusive and positive programming. Helping to assist and develop the chaplaincy’s work and resources helps students of all backgrounds to thrive at Tufts.



 Name: Anne Hall 

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies (Culture, Spirituality, and Adolescent Health) 

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: First-Generation Student Council and BEAST peer leader, MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students), Synaptic Scholars, and engaging in Christian/Interfaith communities

What do you like best about working at the University Chaplaincy: I work at the University Chaplaincy because I believe it’s dynamic and supportive community for students, staff and faculty. I want to contribute to making its spaces welcoming and nourishing for all who enter. 


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 I 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: Ayoub Khadar

Class Year: 2020

Major/Minor: Biology and Biotechnology double major

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Muslim Student Association, Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students & Africana Center

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?

I want to make our campus a safe haven for all cultures and faiths. I want to make a difference in interfaith work and bring together communities. I want to be available for all students, no matter the faith, to help them in anyway possible. 


Name: Raveena Longia

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Clinical Psychology and Education

Interests/Extracurricular Activities:  Asian American Center, old school South Asian music, Sikhism, sci-fi, mentorship

Why did you choose to work for the University Chaplaincy?

I have met some wonderful people through the Chaplaincy. I appreciate that it’s a confidential space and gives people a place to ask questions about one’s own faith and connect with others. I am interested to see how it works to bring communities together by working as part of its staff. 


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: Katie Odjakjian

Class Year: 2020

Major/Minor: Psychology major and Philosophy minor

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Tufts BEATs, Parnassus Literary Collective, Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha, Students for Environmental Awareness

Why did you choose to work for the Chaplaincy? I chose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I have had nothing but positive and impactful experiences with this community here at Tufts, and want to help this important resource to thrive in any way that I can. Everyone I’ve met from the Chaplaincy has been very compassionate and accepting, and I’m excited to learn and grow with such a wonderful group of people.


Name: Brenna Olrich

Class year: 2019

Major/Minor: History and International Relations

Interests: Running, spending time with friends, playing music, drinking coffee, Tufts Christian communities, Tufts Democrats, and CAFE

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


Name: Joseph Tramontozzi

Class Year: 2019

Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering/Italian minor

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

What I like about working at the University Chaplaincy:

The University 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 University Chaplaincy fosters is so important in the multicultural world we live in.