Ellise LaMotte, Ph.D.
Ellise LaMotte, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for STEM Diversity

Dr. Ellise LaMotte has always wanted to support underrepresented students in STEM as they persist to degree completion and she now has the opportunity to provide this support at Tufts University.

Prior to Tufts Dr. LaMotte was the Director of Academic Services at Olin College of Engineering working with the Provost and faculty on financial, operational and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Dr. LaMotte also spent three years with Babson College's Graduate School of Business Admissions office as the Director of Operations where she managed the reporting, event planning and recruitment outreach efforts.

Previous to Babson College Dr. LaMotte was the Director of the Women of Ethnic Diversity Initiative for the Commonwealth Institute, supporting women entrepreneurs as they grew their businesses by recruiting women, implementing programs and raising funds.
Earliest in her career, Dr. LaMotte worked within the Verizon companies managing large teams, technicians, equipment and projects. Dr. LaMotte holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology and master's degree in business administration, both from Northeastern University and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, focusing on experiences of African American women in engineering as they persist to degree completion.

As Director of the Center for STEM Diversity, she is responsible for strategic direction and infrastructure, developing and managing the external advisory board, securing programmatic resources, and grantsmanship/direction of research on best practices for broadening participation in science and engineering.

Campbell Halligan
Campbell Halligan, M.S.
Program Administrator for the Center for STEM Diversity

Campbell Halligan started at Tufts in February 2017 as the Program Administrator within the Center for STEM Diversity. Her primary responsibility is the development and implementation of the BEST program, including managing the first-year summer bridge initiative and advising all current BEST scholars.

Campbell comes to the Center for STEM Diversity from the University of Rochester, where she worked as the Coordinator for Diversity and Outreach within the Office of Admissions. During that time, she earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs and Academic and Career Advising. Her graduate thesis focused on the effect of the advising relationship on the retention of first-generation college students. Campbell's detailed knowledge of student development theory, multicultural counseling, and their combined relationship to academic program planning and advising showcases her passion for diversity-based outreach. Her goal as a higher education professional is to recognize and validate the life experiences of students, and to support them in achieving their educational and professional aspirations. To that end, she has experience working with and advocating for a variety of underrepresented populations, including Native American, refugee, and undocumented students.

Courtney Russo
Courtney Russo
Program Coordinator for the Center for STEM Diversity

Courtney Russo joined Tufts in October 2014 as the Staff Assistant within the Center for STEM Diversity, and has since grown into the role of Program Coordinator, as of October 2017. She works alongside the CSD staff to assist with program event planning, most notably with the BEST program, including the summer bridge initiative, mentoring program, and the senior graduation banquet. She is also responsible for assembling the monthly Center for STEM Diversity newsletter, managing the Center's budgets, and acting as the School of Engineering Staff Life Committee Chair.

Courtney comes to Tufts from Pinnacle Advisors Group in Danvers, MA where she was the administrative lead for the office. Courtney has a degree from Curry College in communications, specializing in television broadcasting/video production, and has experience in news writing and social media outreach. Courtney was the class president of the 2012 graduating class, as well as an orientation leader, and enjoyed being the bridge between students and faculty among her other responsibilities. Courtney continues to provide alumni support to her alma mater through her position on Curry's Young Alumni Council. She is also a co-leader for a local Girl Scout Daisy troop in Medford, MA.