In his Inaugural Address, President Monaco pointed out that, "Diversity remains one of Tufts' proudest traditions, a defining characteristic of this university. This tradition promotes excellence, advances social mobility, and allows our students to become true leaders."
"Tufts," he went on to say, "represents more than an opportunity to educate oneself. It offers a place to be oneself. We value people regardless of their beliefs, cultural background, ethnicity, or gender or sexual identity."
In March 2012, the President launched a university-wide Council on Campus Diversity, which he chaired, with Dean of Arts and Sciences Joanne Berger-Sweeney as Vice Chair, to advance this shared commitment.
The Council issued its final report in December 2013 following 18 months of study and deliberation informed by extensive conversations and input from across Tufts' three campuses. While underway, this unprecedented effort had an important impact on the T10 strategic plan approved by the university's Board of Trustees in November 2013.
The Council's report presented specific, actionable recommendations to achieve greater diversity among the student body, faculty, and staff and to make Tufts University more inclusive and welcoming to all. Among the report's recommendations are hiring a chief diversity officer; increasing financial aid to attract and retain talented students who traditionally have not considered Tufts; examining curricula and other programs to ensure they support diversity and inclusion; and articulating more clearly how central these values are to Tufts' mission and vision.
The Council's recommendations are now being implemented in a collaborative process engaging the schools, central operating divisions, and senior administration. This includes the appointment of Mark Brimhall-Vargas as Tufts' new chief diversity officer.