Our Mission

Established in 2008, Tufts University's Center for STEM Diversity works in partnership with the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences to foster a diverse and inclusive science and engineering learning environment.

Our goals are to:

  • Develop best practices for recruiting and retaining underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students
  • Work with faculty and staff to accomplish diversity-related goals
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive STEM community

We focus on strengthening meaningful student participation in science and engineering, specifically for traditionally underrepresented groups including women, African Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQ community, and those who identify as Hispanic and/or Latinx. We also work intentionally with first-generation college students and with students from low-income backgrounds.

At Tufts, we value diversity. We recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining students, staff, and faculty members who reflect varied backgrounds, as well as showcasing experiences that enhance and enrich the learning process. We are an inclusive organization, and any student, staff, or faculty member who is interested in helping diversify the STEM fields is welcome at the Center for STEM Diversity. Without this diversity, the true meaning of the word "university" (unity + diversity) will never be fully realized.

The Center for STEM Diversity is here to help make these ideals a reality.