Darryl N. Williams, Ph.D.
Darryl N. Williams, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Education
Director, The Center for STEM Diversity

Science has always been an integral part of Darryl's life, which led him to pursue undergraduate and doctoral studies in chemical engineering. While as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in pediatric cardiology research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, he confirmed his love for advocacy. He was selected as the executive director of iPRAXIS, a Philadelphia based nonprofit organization, and was instrumental in developing strategies for the deployment of volunteer practicing scientists and engineers (Scienteers) into classrooms throughout Philadelphia to motivate K-12 students to pursue STEM-related careers. Later, Darryl joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director where he was charged to support the advancement of K-16 engineering education research. He worked across various NSF programs while leading the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.

As director of the Center for STEM Diversity, he 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.

Kristin E. Finch
Kristin E. Finch, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Center for STEM Diversity

Kristin Finch, Ph.D., joined Tufts University and the Center for STEM Diversity in January 2014.

In Kristin's previous role as the center's Program Manager, she oversaw the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program and spearheaded the STEM Ambassadors program. Within her new role as Associate Director, Kristin will continue to shape and administer these two crucial programs while supporting Darryl in the center's operational activities, grant management, data collection and reporting, and engagement with the center’s external advisory board. Her position was made possible by a generous gift to the Center for STEM Diversity from Jim and Carolyn Birmingham, E57, who wish to help students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive at Tufts. Carolyn was the first woman to graduate from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Kristin came to Tufts having completed a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she also served as a liaison between minority postdoctoral fellows and the St. Jude administration. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011 while also serving as the president of the Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee. She was also an adjunct faculty member at LeMoyne-Owen College, and holds a Certificate in Business Administration.

Within the Center for STEM Diversity, Kristin oversees the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) Scholars Program, Promoting Retention in Science and Engineering (PRISE) program, and STEM Ambassadors. She also helps organize a number of workshops and seminars hosted by the Center for STEM Diversity each year.

Campbell Halligan
Campbell Halligan
Program Administrator

Campbell Halligan started at Tufts in 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. In that role, Campbell oversaw the execution of many large-scale, multifaceted programs that strove to increase access and inclusion for undergraduate students across all university disciplines. She graduated cum laude in 2013 with a double major in English Literature and Psychology. Additionally, Campbell holds 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
Staff Assistant

Courtney comes to Tufts from Pinnacle Advisors Group in Danvers, Mass. where she was the administrative lead for the office. Courtney has a degree from Curry College in communications specializing in television broadcasting 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. Courtney translates her skills as a student leader into the professional world of academia in her role as the center's staff assistant.