TUSC Africana Center Fundraiser
Founded in 1969, the Africana Center was developed in recognition of the realities of the needs and concerns of the students of African descent on a predominately white campus. More than 50 years later, the Center works to enhance the academic mission of the university by ensuring that students of African descent have access to a variety of academic, cultural and student resources that encourages them to have a successful Tufts experience and prepares them to be leaders for a wide range of professional experiences.
In 2020, in response to the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others the Center continues to support the critical needs of Tufts Black and Brown students throughout the height of the Black Lives Matter movement as Black students continue to face discrimination at Tufts and globally. The Center continues to work to ensure that students have access to all necessary resources, advises the administrative and academic offices of the university on such issues, and advocates proactively for students.
To support the Africana Center in this work, and recognizing the need of these efforts to permeate the entire Tufts and local community, the Tufts University Social Collective is hosting a #BLM Benefit Concert on September 26th at 1:14pm, lasting 8 hour and 46 minutes in recognition of the brutal murder of George Floyd.
For Mia, a junior at Tufts, the Africana Center helps to center her experiences as a Black student, which often is lacking in classrooms and other spaces across campus. For Lidya, a sophomore, the Center provides a necessary social space, to laugh with friends, and make connections through the shared experiences as a Black student at Tufts. Additionally, the Center supports incoming students through the SQUAD Pre-Orientation program, as well as their Peer Leader program, which is in it’s 36th year, providing connections with returning students for proactive academic and social support across campus, including an overnight retreat off-campus. The “Your Sophomore Year” program assists students in making academic decisions about majors and navigating the study abroad opportunities.
In addition, the Center supports the Black Womyn’s Collective, Black Men's Group, countless student organizations, and an Art Gallery showcasing student and local Black artists. They also highlight student and alumni accomplishments through their Black Excellence series, and support the education and promotion of anti-racism resources across campus. As Mia shared: “Having the space available to you, having the Africana Center peer leaders, having the Africana Center events is a really great way for Black students to feel more welcome on campus and for them to know that there is a space that is for us and by us.”
We hope that you will join us in recognizing the critical mission of the Tufts Africana Center, and donate what you can to support the continued development of programming and resources for our underrepresented, and often misunderstood and mistreated, students on campus.
The Tufts University Social Collective, in collaboration with the Tufts Africana Center is hosting a #BLM Benefit Concert, curated and hosted by Oompa and featuring Porsha O and STL GLD, on Saturday, September 26th at 1:14pm-10:00pm.
The concert aims to amplify Black and Brown student and local artists as the global community processes through police brutality these communities face regularly in the United States, and will include 5 student and 7 local artists varying from spoken word to original music. The show will be live streamed to Tufts University Social Collective’s YouTube, and is open to all.
Free Commemorative T-Shirt:
Any contribution over $25 will be thanked with a commemorative t-shirt designed by Tufts undergrad Denzel Oduro and printed by Villeside Customs, a Black owned business in Somerville, MA. You will receive the link to order your shirt in the confirmation email for your donation.
If you would like to donate using Jumbocash, please use this link to do so.