Dean Tanesha Leathers, Halloween programming, Campaign School, and more
Dean Tanesha Leathers, Halloween programming, Campaign School, and more
Tufts Student Life
October 21, 2021
Dear Parents and Families,
We hope your fall is off to a terrific start. In this issue, we introduce you to the new Advising Dean, Tanesha Leathers. Also, we invite you to join us virtually at 4 p.m. EDT on October 26 for our "Experiencing Tufts Today 2021" event. You can find more details and a link to register in the sidebar. Thank you for your continued support. 

Meet New Advising Dean Tanesha Leathers

Last month, Tanesha Leathers joined Tufts as an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising for Arts & Sciences students with last names A to E. Dean Leathers, who also goes by Dean Tanesha or Dean Tee, has over 20 years of experience working in higher education, most recently as a Dean at Wesleyan. On getting to know Tufts and her new role, she said, "Every school has its own personality and culture. I enjoy learning; I have a natural curiosity to understand my environment, and that serves me well in trying to provide the best support I can and to understand how I can be helpful to the students as well as my colleagues."
Dean Leathers considers her relationship with parents and families to be "a partnership in an effort to help your students get the most out of their college experience and emerge equipped to go out into the world and [continue to] do amazing things." She encourages parents and families to reach out to your student's assigned Advising Dean if you have serious concerns about your student or want a referral of whom to contact about an issue.
Additionally, "we want to make sure students are in the driver's seat and they're taking ownership and being proactive," Dean Leathers said. Students can contact their Advising Dean if they have general academic questions or challenges that are not specific to their major or minor or if they're looking for resources. "We have a constellation of support to help students navigate what's already here so they can be prepared for what's next," she said.

TUSC Hosts Campus Programming During Halloween Weekend

The Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) is Tufts' primary programming board, responsible for hosting over 200 events on the Medford/Somerville and Fenway campuses each year. Advised by the Office for Campus Life, the organization is entirely student-run by over 30 student volunteer coordinators. Their programs include weekly film screenings in Barnum Hall, late-night and weekend events and trips, class affinity events, and more! They will be hosting Halloweekend, a series of on- and off-campus programs to ensure students have a safe Halloween weekend. Learn more about TUSC at, and encourage your student to follow their Instagram so they never miss a beat!

Applications are Now Open for 2022 Tufts Campaign School

The application period is now open until November 1 for the January 2022 virtual Tufts Campaign School! Students get the opportunity to explore future careers in the exciting world of political and advocacy campaigns while broadening their understanding of how political campaigns function, including areas in which young staffers typically work. The Tufts Campaign School is a great opportunity to build and sharpen skills in campaign speech writing, media relations, polling analysis and networking with industry leaders and talented Tufts alumni!

Senior Portraits

The second round of senior portraits will be taken on campus beginning November 1. Seniors who did not have portraits taken during the first round should sign up now at and enter Tufts Code 267. Various days and times are available for appointments. Portraits take place in Mayer Campus Center Room 112.
Please remind your senior to sign up for their free senior portrait session. Getting a portrait taken on campus is the only way to be included in the 2022 Senior Memory Book portrait section. Information on ordering a copy of the 2022 Senior Memory Book will be available in December.

Turkey Shuttle

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Student Senate is sponsoring the annual Turkey Shuttle. Students can purchase a bus ticket from campus to South Station or Logan Airport for $5. Departure days/times are Tuesday, November 23, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 24, at 6 a.m., 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. There will be one bus per time, and tickets are first-come, first-served and will be available for students to purchase on TuftsTickets starting Monday, November 1, at 10:30 a.m.

JumboLife: Your Student's Connection to Student Life at Tufts

JumboLife, powered by, is Tufts' student engagement platform and a digital home to our 340+ student organizations and many campus departments. If your student is looking for ways to get involved on campus, encourage them to head over to The events calendar can be sorted by "tags" such as free food, recreation, and even in-person or virtual events. In addition, students can browse student organization pages, which include information on meeting times, how to get involved, and a contact button that will connect them with the student contacts for the group.

Career Corner: Conversations with the Tufts Career Center

Career Coaching Your Student

Students receive advice from many places: professors, advisors, peers, and, of course, parents. Research indicates that parents can positively influence the career decisions of their students. To ensure that they get the maximum benefit from your coaching, consider the following questions:
  • Do I objectively guide my student in reflecting on skills, interests, career competencies, and abilities?
  • Do I allow my student the freedom to explore career paths and engage in new experiences without being judgmental?
  • Do I impose ideas (even with the best intentions) that can limit their options?
  • Am I positive and supportive when my student fails? Do I encourage my student to assume responsibility for career decisions?
  • Do I check in periodically to ask, "How can I be helpful?" and listen with openness and understanding?
Get our answers to the most popular FAQs from parents

What's Happening Academically?

New Advising Dean and Academic Resources/Policies

As midterms begin, students should utilize academic resources like the StAAR Center and Counseling and Mental Health Service for support. They should also review the Academic Calendar, which lists
deadlines related to registration, holidays, and final exams. All academic deadlines are firm!
Is your student interested in Studying Abroad during the 20222023 calendar year? If so, they are required to complete an Intent Form no later than November 1. While completion of this form is not a commitment to study abroad, it is required to complete by the deadline in order to move forward in the application process. If your student has questions about this process, they should connect with Global Education for more information.
Information about Tufts' illness policy and academic expectations were sent to students on October 1. If your student is too ill to attend class, they should fill out the Short-Term Illness notification form found in SIS under Student Living and follow up with the instructor directly regarding missed work. This form does not excuse any absences or missed work, but simply informs faculty of a student's status. If students are ill on the day of an exam, they should refer to their course syllabus for the missed exam policy and contact their instructor in advance of the exam.
Last but certainly not least, we want to officially introduce our newest Advising Dean, Tanesha Leathers, featured at the beginning of this newsletter. She will be supporting students in Arts & Sciences with last names A to E. Students received notice of this on September 17, and the updated Advising Dean alpha-splits can be found on our Academic Advising site.

Dates to Remember

October 20 – Deadline for declaring senior honors thesis for all 2022 graduates
October 20 – Last day for AS&E students to make up incomplete grades from Spring 2021
October 26 – Experiencing Tufts Today 2021, see below
November 1 – Advising period begins
November 9 – Thursday schedule and classes
November 11 – Veterans' Day (University holiday) no classes
November 12 – Advising period ends
November 15 – Spring 2022 registration begins
November 17 – Last Day for undergraduate AS&E students to WITHDRAW from courses. Through this date, undergraduate first-year students may DROP Courses without record of enrollment; all others receive a grade of W upon withdrawing after the 5-week drop deadline.
November 17 – Last day for undergraduates to select pass/fail option
View the Student Life Calendar

Experiencing Tufts Today 2021

Join us for Experiencing Tufts Today! Since we cannot bring you to campus this fall for Parents and Family Weekend, we will bring Tufts to you in this exciting and informative virtual program. Experiencing Tufts Today will air at 4 p.m. ET on October 26.
Learn more and register
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