Archive | October, 2013

Open Discussion: Tufts Color Run & Cultural Appropriation

31 Oct

Last Sunday, Tufts’ Theta Chi hosted a Tufts version of the Color Run event on campus, called Tufts Color Run (name changed to Tufts Prism Run just prior to the event), which was co-sponsored by Alpha Phi, LCS and TASA. This event has sparked controversy and discussion regarding the cultural appropriation of the Hindu religious festival, Holi. While some argue that the event is charitable and fun, others say that Holi has been used in a way that takes an important Hindu festival and rids it of its religious and cultural value.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 on 9pm (Location TBA) as we deconstruct the Tufts Color Run, the recent Op-Ed in the Daily, and discuss religious and cultural appropriation in a broader context.

Co-sponsored by the Tufts Hindu Students Council (HSC) and the Asian American Alliance (AAA).

Facebook event here


Upcoming Events and Opportunities

20 Oct

PAA Open Meeting: The Myths of Affirmative Action
Date: Monnday, October 21, 2013
Africana Center (Capen House), Tufts University
What: “
We will be debunking the myths of Affirmative Action and discussing/moving forward in our current internal projects.”

Take Back the Night: Tufts Testimonials
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tisch Roof, Tufts University
The event includes stories shared from Tufts survivors and stories and testimonials from Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) survivors. It concludes with a musical guest and a candlelight vigil.  In this form, you can submit a story of your experience with sexual assault. This is open to Tufts students of all genders, and can be about any kind of experience. It can, but does not have to have occurred at Tufts. *The organizers are trying to get more stories from women and survivors of Color.

CSRD Presents: 12 Years A Slave at Somerville Theatre
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Somerville Theatre, Davis Square
What: Tufts’ Center for the Study of Race and Democracy will be hosting a FREE screening of the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave at Davis Square’s own Somerville Theater. You must register online to get in.

5th Anniversary Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)
Date: October 24-27, 2013
What: The Boston Asian American Film Festival empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. The opening night will feature a special introduction by Academy Award-Winning Director Ang Lee. Please check the BAAFF website for the full festival line-up!

Black Solidarity Day
Date: Monday, November 4, 2013
Campus Center Lower Patio, Tufts University
 This is an annual event presented by the Tufts Pan African Alliance. The theme this year is Combating Anti-Blackness.

Boston Municipal Election 2013
Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
7am – 8pm
Municipal Election for Mayor, City Councillors At-Large and District City Councillors.

Meredith Minkler Lecture
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
3:30am – 5pm
Location: Jaharis Building, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston Campus
Minkler has been a leading practitioner, theorist, and proponent of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). She co-authored the first major U.S. study on CPBR in health and directed a national study of the impact of CBPR on public policy. Her own CBPR work has involved collaboration with San Francisco’s Chinatown community. She has also worked on a range of topics in public health, including the circumstances of grandparents who raise grandchildren and compulsory sterilization in India.

Asian American Women in Leadership (AAWIL) Conference 2013
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Simmons College
What: Through the lens of the specific challenges Asian American women face explored in the workshop panels, trainings, networking discussions, and other activities, this conference will enable participants to recognize, accept, and embrace the leader they already are. Get your tickets here.

Boston Asian American Student Intercollegiate Coalition (BAASIC) Conference 2013
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
9am – 5pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
What: This is a student-run conference that aims to provide college students and groups the tools and support needed for activist work. This year’s theme unifies the Asian and Pacific-Islander American (APIA) community by utilizing local resources. Register here.

The Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative (DOT-I) Fellowship 2014
DOT-I is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) that focuses on strengthening the community leadership of Vietnamese residents of Dorchester and building a collective voice. The fellowship seeks to provide an opportunity for young Vietnamese American residents of Dorchester to become civically and politically engaged in the community while at the same time become educated on the process of grassroots community organizing and leadership development. They are looking for post high school aged Vietnamese youth who is committed to meet twice a month with a like minded community to learn about new models of grassroots community organizing. To apply for this fellowship, the applicant must contact Phi at with subject “DOT-I Fellowship 2014” for more information.
Application Deadline:
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9pm

Tufts RacEd Submissions
What: Tufts RacEd is currently accepting student submissions! Feel free to submit any pitch, draft, or completed work of art, fiction, poetry, or essay writing to The aim of this publication is to empower readers and equip them with reliable knowledge to discuss issues of race on and off campus and to reinforce the academic legitimacy of the study of race within the Tufts community.


Open Meeting: Interracial Relationships

20 Oct


Diversity Report Open Forum

9 Oct

The actual diversity report open forum is TOMORROW (Thur) from 4-5 pm in the INTERFAITH CENTER, 58 Winthrop Street. This session will focus on the Undergraduate Student Experience. PLEASE COME and SHOW YOUR FACE, even if you can only be there for a few minutes – we need to show the administration that students care. BODIES COUNT.

Deconstructing Scalia: A Teach-In

3 Oct

“This week, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke as a guest of the Snyder Presidential Lecture Series–a privately funded initiative “intended to invigorate the intellectual environment on campus by providing a forum for the presentation of provocative points of view.” While Scalia’s visit was organized under the banner of “discourse”, there was little to no opportunity for the Tufts community to truly engage with and interrogate his decisions as a Justice which have resulted in truly harmful policies at the national and state level.

From the weakening of the Voting Rights Act this summer to attacks on reproductive rights, this Friday’s Teach-In will include an analysis of originalism in constitutional interpretation and a discussion of the Supreme Court’s role in disenfranchisement. During the Teach-In, we will also be deconstructing some of the statements that Justice Scalia made while here at Tufts, providing a broader historical and political context to his words and their meanings.”

– taken from the Facebook Event Page

This event will occur on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12pm in Miner Hall Room 112.

We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE people to attend this!