Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Whitinsville, MA
Amma Agyei is a current senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Amma grew up in Ghana but moved to the US when she was 16. She currently lives in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
Amma has served many roles on campus including Africana Community Senator, Black Student Union President, Africana Center Peer Leader, Teaching Assistant, and SQUAD pre-orientation coordinator. Amma currently represents the entire Tufts undergraduate student population as the TCU President.
Amma made history by being elected as the first Black female undergraduate student body president at Tufts University. As TCU President, Amma...
Major: International Relations
Minor: Entrepreneurship for Social Impact
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Amber is a senior from Snellville, Georgia pursuing a degree in International Relations with a minor in Entrepreneurship for Social Impact. As a first-generation, Ghanaian-American, Amber is passionate about uplifting and empowering women and girls of the African diaspora through means of community, legal, and economic empowerment among others.
During her time at Tufts, Amber has worked toward her goals by conceptualizing and chairing the first annual Black Women’s Empowerment Conference (BWEC) in spring 2021, a conference with over 200 registrants which sought to empower and connect Black women undergraduate and graduate students across the northeast.
In addition to her work on the BWEC, Amber is currently a part of the first cohort of Building Resilience In Immigrant Communities (BRIC) Student Fellows, a joint initiative of the Henry J. Leir Institute at the Fletcher School and Tisch College at Tufts University and ACEDONE (African Community Economic Development of New England). As a BRIC Student Fellow, she is...
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Emma is a biomedical engineering major from Atlanta, Georgia. She came to Tufts knowing I wanted to pursue research, and was especially interested in studying autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease. She was able to start her research experience in the Georgakoudi lab working on traumatic brain injury (TBI) before deciding to try out the new BME co-op program.
She did her first co-op as a systems engineer with Insulet, makers of the Omnipod insulin pump, and then did a second co-op with Moderna on their Lipid Nanoparticle (LNP) Process Development team. After her co-ops, Emma came back to school to finish her degree and start...
Majors: Community Health, Sociology
Hometown: Westport, CT
Claudia studies Community Health and Sociology. She is particularly fascinated with the multidisciplinary aspect of learning in these two programs, focusing on health and society and exploring health issues from a variety of perspectives. She is devoted to understanding and making an impact in the intersection of public health, medicine and social justice.
Her interest in these subjects was sparked while volunteering as an EMT in high school; she could not have predicted how much compassion she would gain for people, and the multidimensional aspect of storytelling and community building. This led Claudia to find passion in a variety of projects and programs, outside of the classroom, at Tufts. Claudia is a program coordinator for the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch college. This has been the highlight of her Tufts career: being a teaching assistant in MCI-Concord for many semesters, helping to shape the curriculum and structure of the MyTERN re-entry program, and participating in and facilitating reciprocal learning with people who have shaped how she understands impact and justice. Claudia also...
Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Olif is an international student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He completed his high school education in South Africa at the African Leadership Academy (ALA), an institution aimed at developing the next generation of African leaders. Passionate about transformational leadership and education, he hopes to contribute to the betterment of the world through scientific research.
At Tufts, Olif has been part of various academic and extracurricular groups. Olif is a member of Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society. He has served on the boards of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Engineering Students Council (ESC), Math Society and the Eritrean Ethiopian Students Association (EESA). Olif has been an active voice in DEIJ related efforts on campus working closely with the administration of the Tufts School of Engineering and...
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
John Cioci Lazur grew up in a Unitarian Universalist Humanist congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they are graduating from Tufts with a BA in Anthropology. Their Tufts experience started with the 1+4 Bridge Year Program during which they lived in León, Nicaragua, and they supported local community development projects and educational initiatives at a technical school. Coming to campus as a first-year, they took part in the CAFE (Conversation, Action, Faith, and Education) Pre-Orientation, organized by the University Chaplaincy, and they soon fell in love with the vibrant interfaith community on campus and in Boston.
While at Tufts, they have served as a representative on the Interfaith Student Council for four years, organized and supported a variety of programs at the University Chaplaincy, and participated in the Building Interfaith Leadership Initiative at the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership as an Undergraduate Fellow and, currently, an Alumni Liaison. Last year, they participated in the...
Majors: International Relations, Sociology
Hometown: Bedford Hills, NY
Ellie (she/her) is an international relations and sociology double-major from Bedford Hills, New York. Throughout her time at Tufts, Ellie has worked to promote the empowerment of women, specifically in the fields of international relations and education.
She is a founding member of Tufts Women in International Relations (WIIR), an organization that serves to foster an inclusive environment for femme-identifying students studying international relations, a traditionally male-dominated field. In partnership with other WIIR members, Ellie has helped to begin conversations about decolonizing the syllabus in International Relations courses. She is also a “Big Sister” as part of the Big Sister program in the greater Boston area. Over the summer of 2021, Ellie worked as a student researcher for the Maranyundo Initiative under Professor Beardsley. This organization seeks to decrease educational gaps in Rwanda between women and men.
She taught an Ex-College course...
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Joslin "Jos" Regalado is a Dominican and Puerto Rican American from Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is graduating with a BA in Sociology with a cluster in Social Inequalities and Social Change. She is also a Dance minor. At Tufts, Jos has worked closely with the FIRST Resource Center throughout all four years at Tufts working as an intern, Peer Leader, and Teaching Assistant for the FIRST seminar. Additionally, as a BLAST scholar, she has supervised BLAST committees, co-lead the summer program as a Peer Mentor in Summer 2020, and overseen their mentorship program.
Passionate about work involving equity in educational spaces and youth empowerment, Jos has also been a research assistant for Professor Sara K. Johnson in the DICE Lab as a VERSE Scholar and facilitated the course Civic Pathways for first-years. Interested in movement as a form of expression, activism, and entertainment, Jos also is a part of ENVY - Tufts all-femme competitive step team. She is also involved in...
Majors: Community Health, Biology
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Christian is a senior from Liverpool, NY, majoring in Biology and Community Health. He is passionate about advancing health care access through leveraging technology, data-driven decision-making, and community perspectives.
Upon entering his first semester at Tufts, Christian joined Tufts Project SHARE, which became a core part of his experience at Tufts. Most recently, he served as president, and he continuously worked with other students in support of the universal right to health. He also held many positions in Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), where he has coordinated programming ranging from a unique, campus-wide event for the 2020 presidential election to...
Majors: Biology, Community Health
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Alex Viveros is a science journalist and Biology and Community Health double-major who has been a leader at The Tufts Daily — the nation’s smallest daily college newspaper — throughout all four years at Tufts. He was the paper’s Editor in Chief during the fall of 2020, and currently serves as the Daily’s Science and Investigative Editor. Alex’s work has also been featured in the award-winning Science Magazine, where he was a News Intern in the summer of 2021.
Alex did not know that he wanted to be a journalist coming into college. Though he started out on the Pre-Med track, he stumbled upon the Daily at the club fair and quickly found that he liked writing sports articles in the paper for fun. What started out as a hobby eventually led to his appointment as the Daily’s Managing Editor in the...
Majors: Civic Studies, Political Science
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Lidya Woldeyesus is an Eritrean-American and first-generation college student from Arlington, VA. Graduating with a degree in Political Science and Civic Studies, she is passionate about working with systematically oppressed people, which has been a focal part of both her life before and during Tufts. At Tufts, she has been heavily involved in Tisch College as a Tisch Scholar where she has been a fellow with St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, JumboVote, Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok’s Office, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute over her time in the program.
Central to her identity she has also been involved in the Africana Center through the Pan-African Alliance and the Ladies of Essence. As an intern with the FIRST Resource Center, she co-ran the “Yes, And” summer internship program and co-taught the FIRST Seminar, a weekly seminar for freshmen first-generation...
Major: Community Health
Minors: English, Studio Art
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Ariel Zedric is a senior from Peoria, IL, graduating with a BA in Community Health and minors in English and Studio Art. At Tufts, Ariel is involved in several organizations, including being the Co-President of Athletes of Color and the Social Justice head of the Student-Athletic Advisory Board. As a member on the Varsity Volleyball team, she has been involved in conversations about how to make athletics more inclusive and welcoming to people of color. Ariel was also recently selected as the Tufts Representative for the Greater Boston Area Undergraduate Poetry Festival and has been published in several national literary journals. She is incredibly passionate about the role art can play in lifting voices, bridging communities, and...