Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is committed to being an anti-racist institution. In addition to being a part of the multi-pronged action plan to promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, SMFA at Tufts is taking steps support racial justice and promote inclusion.
SMFA Anti-Racist/Anti-Bias Coalition
SMFA’s Anti-Racist/Anti-Bias Coalition (ARBC) began as a grassroots group of faculty who convened in June as a faculty-led response to the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others, the epidemic of racism, and the Movement for Black Lives. That group began a self-assessment process that evolved using the organizing principles of the Movement for Black Lives into a larger self-study for faculty, which became the Coalition and its working groups. The ARBC has since evolved into a SMFA organization comprised of smaller self-directed “Working Groups” focusing on anti-racist and anti-bias initiatives, which currently include:
- Hiring, Retention and Evaluation
- Learning / Listening / Dialogue (& Examining White Privilege/Data Mapping)
- Many Art Worlds
- Student Recruitment
- Steering (formerly the ‘grassroots’ ARB working group)
The ARBC welcomes all students, faculty, and staff who are interested in participating. If you have questions about the work of the ARBC, would like to get involved, or would like to set up a meeting with the Steering committee, contact ARBC_Steering@TuftsCloud.onmicrosoft.com.
SMFA Faculty Committee on Community and Inclusion
This faculty committee focuses on campus culture, as well as current policies and initiatives as they relate to the equitable distribution of class and campus resources and the inclusion of all SMFA students, faculty, and staff. The committee gathers information about the experience of our community members and proposes relevant changes to current policies and/or propose new policies and initiatives to enact change.
Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion (DSDI) and Identity-based Centers
Tufts School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts) shares a Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion (DSDI) with the School of Engineering. Under the leadership of Nandi Bynoe, the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, DSDI staff work across the schools to support undergraduates and graduate students and work toward equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion on our campuses. Within this division, our Identity-based Centers work collectively and independently to develop knowledge of and appreciation for diversity at Tufts. All students are welcome at each center, and they sponsor many activities throughout the year such as field trips, lectures, and social events. For more information, visit their websites:
Student organizations serve both an educational and social function. SMFA has several student groups in addition to the over 300 organizations at Tufts. Students can come together on political and cultural issues, as well as individual interests.
The StAAR Center
The StAAR Center (formally Student Accessibility Services and the Academic Resource Center) is a central resource for students, including those with disabilities. The StAAR Center values the individuality of our students, offering a number of different programs and services to help students reach their full potential, such as accessibility services, academic coaching, individual student support, academic skills workshops, tutoring, writing support, and faculty resources.
Student Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
A list of external funding opportunities is available through the Career Center's Diverse Opportunities Newsletter.
Boxed Art Gallery: An SMFA student-project funded through the Tufts Student COVID Response Program (TSCR) at Tisch College
Ned Carlson, BFA + BA '23 launches Boxed Art Gallery after winning a grant from Tisch College's Tufts Student COVID Response Program.