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Spring 2019 Student Staff

About the University Chaplaincy Student  Staff Program

The Student Staff 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 general support, hospitality management, space maintenance, publicity and communication support, 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: Curry Brinson

Class Year: 2022

Major/Minor: Intended Environmental Studies and International Relations

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Concert Choir, Tufts Public Journal, 91.5 FM WMFO, sustainability, hiking, Beyoncé

Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy: I was raised with the understanding that my church would always be a safe haven for me, so I firsthand understand the importance and necessity of the maintenance of a safe space for individuals through the chaplaincy. I am thrilled to be able to help create that space for all those 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: Nusrath Jahan

Class Year: 2022

Major/Minor: Plans to major in Biopsychology and minor in Sociology

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Amnesty International, MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students), Muslim Students Association, Tufts Medical Center Emergency Department Volunteer

Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy? 

I chose to work for the University Chaplaincy because I admire the Chaplaincy's mission of supporting different religious and philosophical communities. I was interested in learning more about the multi-faith work of the Chaplaincy and playing a role in promoting diversity and inclusion on campus.

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: Micah Kraus
 
Class Year: 2022
 
Major/Minor: Undecided
 
Interests/Extracurricular Activities: J Street U Tufts, COFFEE, Tufts Hillel, Tufts Labor Coalition
 
Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy: The Tufts Chaplaincy provides so many important programs and resources for students. I chose to work for the Chaplaincy so I could further what it does as an important campus institution.
Name: Jiamin Li

Class Year: 2023

Major/Minor: Studio Art + Undecided

Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha, Hong Kong Student Association, Asian American Center

Why I chose to work for the chaplaincy?: I want to work at the university chaplaincy because I subscribe to the chaplaincy's mission of creating an inclusive multifaith community at Tufts. I want to help and support the community as much as possible and make this a safe and welcoming space for people to come together.

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: 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.