Africana Center Resources

The Africana Center advises and supports individual students and to a wide range of on-campus student organizations. The Center also offers a study/reading room, computer room, conference room and lounge that may be reserved for meetings and classes.

The Director serves as a liaison to community organizations and advocates on behalf of students in cases of intolerance and/or discrimination. Center staff provides academic and career counseling and assistance with personal and community matters. In addition, the Center collaborates with the Tufts Black Alumni Association to develop programs and events that encourage ongoing involvement with the greater Tufts community.

On-Campus Resources

Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion

CenterContact Information
Africana CenterCapen House, 8 Professors Row | 617-627–3372
Asian American CenterStart House, 17 Latin Way | 617-627-3056
FIRST Resource Center20 Professors Row | 617-627-2100
Latino CenterBolles House, 226 College Ave | 617-627-3363
LGBT CenterBolles House, 226 College Ave | 617-627-3770
Women's Center55 Talbot Ave | 617-627-3184

You may also want to explore the International Center!

Religious Centers and Ministries

Additional On-Campus Resources

Office of Equal Opportunity
1st Floor, Ballou Hall

Center for STEM Diversity
20 Professors Row, 2nd Floor

Dean of Students Office
Dowling Hall 7th Floor

Office for Campus Life
Mayer Campus Center

Health Services
124 Professors Row

Counseling Center
120 Curtis Street

Office of Financial Aid
7th Floor Dowling Hall

Career Center
617-628-5000 ext. 2500
7th Floor Dowling Hall

Residential Life
South Hall

Academic Resource Center
Dowling Hall

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Barnum Hall

Selected Career, Fellowship, Financial Aid, Undergraduate & Graduate School

Inside Tufts

Outside Tufts

Advising Deans and Engineering Student Success Advisors

The Advising Deans (Liberal Arts BA/BSLiberal Arts BFA, and Engineering) are here to help students understand the university's policies and procedures as stipulated in The Bulletin. They also direct students to various resources throughout the institution and help them with questions and issues relating to academic and intellectual direction, academic difficulty, course work, extended absence from class, choice of major, change of advisor, and leave of absence, among other things.

The Senior Academic Advisors (Liberal Arts BA/BS and Engineering) are a resource specifically for first- and second-year students. They can help students with course selection, major exploration, connecting with university resources, and co-curricular opportunities.

Affiliated Faculty

Agyeman, Julian
Professor and Chair
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Aymer, Paula
Professor Emeritus

Brown, Daniel
Associate Professor Emeritus
German, Russian & Asian Languages and Literature

Coleman, David

Field, Kendra Taira
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies

Gidney, Calvin
Associate Professor
Child Development

Jennings, James
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Jones, Khary
Lecturer (NTT)
Drama and Dance

Koomson, Valencia Joyner
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kutsoati, Edward
Associate Professor

Maddox, Keith
Associate Professor

McGregor, Alecia
Assistant Professor
Community Health

McPherson, Lionel
Associate Professor

Pennington, Stephan
Assistant Professor

Pinderhughes, Ellen
Associate Professor
Child Development

Pinto, Silas

Robinson, Pearl T.
Associate Professor
Political Science

Powell, Shameka
Assistant Professor

Shaw, Rosalind

Smith, Joel
Jazz Piano, Theory and Composition, Afro-Cuban Music

Swan, Chris
Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Taliaferro, Jeffrey
Associate Professor
Political Science

Thomas, Ayanna
Assistant Professor

Thomas, Greg
Associate Professor

Local Community Resources

Cultural Resources

Black Heritage Trail, Boston
A walking tour of sixteen historic sites. Call to arrange a walking tour. 1-6 miles. Free.

Museum of Afro-American History
46 Joy Street, 617-725-0022
Open Monday thru Saturday, 10-4 p.m. (7 days a week in the summer). This is an institution for the advancement of knowledge, through historic examination, of the African presence in New England. The museum celebrates the vitality of African-American culture and its impact on the nation's history and contemporary life. The museum also operates the African Meeting House. Through events ranging from legislative caucuses and receptions to youth conferences and marriage ceremonies, the museum returns the African Meeting House to its original function as a public forum, meetinghouse, and place of celebration. Community and business-sponsored activities represent a wide spectrum of ethnic, professional, and social organizations, both public and private.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617-267-9300
With approximately 450,000 objects in the collection, there's always something new on view.  The MFA also offers an ongoing schedule of special exhibitions an daily activities including gallery talks, films, concerts, artist lectures, and family programs.

African Studies Library
771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-3726

Community Organizations

246 Seaver Street, Dorchester, 617-375-2571
Offers a number of excellent programs designed to recapture/maintain the physical, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being of African American women. Currently they have a program to aid teenage mothers.

Freedom House, Inc.
5 Crawford Street, Dorchester, 617-445-3700
Includes the Goldenaires Senior Program, and a computer program.

Harriet Tubman House (United South End Settlement House)
566 Columbus Avenue, South End, 617-536-8610
Pre-school, senior citizens, family life program, GED program, computer club house.

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
P.O. Box 8368, Boston, 02114, 617-265-7900
Has monthly meetings.

Roxbury Action Program
16 Centre Street, Roxbury, 617-442-4400
Housing services, property management, after school and summer youth programs. Volunteers welcome for some programs.

Roxbury Defenders Committee
11 Roxbury Street, Dorchester, 617-445-5640
Court-appointed attorneys. Includes a youth advocacy program.

Roxbury Multi-Service Center
317 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, 617-989-0292
Provides a range of human services.

Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
88 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-442-4519
Employment and school-based programs. Also has programs for G.E.D., job training and readiness, senior citizens in community services. Accepts volunteers.

Big Brother and Big Sister
1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-8212

Shops and Services

Salons and Barbers

  • African Hair Braid and Weaving - 8 Tower Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-522-4050.
  • African Hair Braiding - 1518 Tremont Street, Roxbury, 617-541-1075
  • Bostonian Hair Styling (barbers) - 1137 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, 617-436-8822
  • Danny's His and Hers Beauty Salon - 189 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 617-266-6022. Fast service, contemporary cuts and styles, and walk-in service.
  • Debbie's Beauty Salon - 373 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, 617-547-3140. Good hairdressers at inexpensive prices. Does braids.
  • Lawson's (barber) - 979 Tremont Street, Roxbury, 617-427-8712
  • Linda's Beauty Salon - 773 Tremont Street, South End, 617-247-7207. Specializes in all types of hairstyling. Very informal and hospitable environment.
  • Monica's Beauty Salon - 377 Walden Street, Cambridge, 617-868-8828. Very good hairdressers at reasonable prices. Fairly slow-paced. Very friendly, personal service.
  • Muriel's Natural Hair - 768 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, 617-282-5386. Specialize in starting and maintaining locks and do men's hair.
  • Nu Image Barber Shop - 98 River Street, Cambridge, 617-354-9898. The most popular barber shop in Boston. Featuring an excellent corps of barbers who are down with both traditional and “fresh” cuts.
  • La Newton Salon - 504 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-427-8736. Affiliated with the La Newton School of Beauty Culture, and known for its coiffures. Does braids, among other styles.
  • La Newton School - 636 Warren Street, Dorchester, 617-427-6886. Discounted prices.
  • New York Beauty Salon - 21 Howard Street, Cambridge, 617-354-8293 (by appointment).
  • Olive's Beauty Salon - 1198 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, 617-734-3944. Classy with classy prices, and worth the money.
  • Progressive Barber Shop - 718B Shawmut Avenue, Roxbury, 617-445-1395.
  • Your Hair Salon - 27 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, 617-491-1975. Bernice is a trip, but can she cut hair!

Restaurants and Catering Services

  • Asmara Restaurant - 739 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-864-7447. Delicious authentic Ethiopian food eaten Ethiopian style. A must try!
  • Redbone's BBQ - 55 Chester Street, Somerville, 617-628-2200
  • City Fresh Foods - 4 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, 617-288-5155
  • Family Affair Caterers - 130 New Market Square, Roxbury, 617-541-4222

Religious Centers and Ministries

  • Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church - 108 Seaver Street, Roxbury, 617-427-2201.
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 215 Forest Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-524-7900.
  • Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, 10 St. George Street, Boston, 617-247-8735.
  • Charles Street A.M.E. Church - 551 Warren Street, Dorchester, 617-427-9603.
  • Church of God Christian Life Center of Boston - 839 Washington Street, Dorchester, 617-436-8775.
  • Concord Baptist Church - 190 Warren Avenue, Boston, 617-266-8062.
  • Masjid Al-Qur'ran Mission - 35 Intervale Street, Dorchester, 617-445-8070.
  • Muhammad's Mosque #11, 10 Washington Street, Roxbury, 617-442-6082.
  • New Covenant Christian Church - 1500 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, 617-296-5683.
  • St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church - 239 Harvard Street, Cambridge, 617-354-8582.
  • St. Mark's Congregational United Church of Christ - 200 Townsend Street, Roxbury, 617-442-0481
  • St. Paul's A.M.E. Church - 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, 617-661-1110.
  • Twelfth Baptist Church - 150 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617-442-7855.
  • Union United Methodist Church - 485 Columbus Avenue, South End, 617-536-0872. Reverend Charles Stitch.
  • Western Avenue Baptist Church - 299 Western Avenue, Cambridge, 617-661-0433


  • The Bay State Banner - 68 Fargo Street, Boston, 617-357-4000. Published each Thursday, The Banner has excellent information on the African-American community.
  • The Black Pages of New England - Published annually, The Black Pages contains a calendar of events, employment opportunities, and African-American vendors.

Television and Radio Programming

  • Hot 97.7, Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae and R&B
  • 94.5, Hip-Hop, Pop, and R&B
  • 88.9, Rap and Hip-Hop
  • 1090 AM WILD, Old school, hip-hop
  • "City Line", Sundays, 12:30 p.m., WCVB channel 5
  • "America's Black Forum", Sundays, 5:00a.m., WHDH channel 7
  • Basic Black (formerly "Say Brother"), Thursdays, 8:30p.m., WGBH channel 2 (repeated on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.)
  • "Tony Brown's Journal", Thursdays, 11:00 a.m., WGBH (PBS) channel 44
  • "Urban Update", Sundays, noon, WHDH channel 7
  • Black Entertainment Network (BET), various cable channels throughout the Greater Boston area

Anti-Racist Resources

Book Loan Program

Supplementary course references. Books in the collection include a variety of reference/academic texts and leisure pieces. All books in the Center available for student use have been catalogued, and are listed on our LibraryThing page. Students may view the Africana Center's book inventory on our LibraryThing page, and stop by the Center at 8 Professors Row to sign out a book to borrow or read while in the building. Please note that this page will display all books listed in inventory at the Center, and may not necessarily reflect the books available for sign-out at that time.

Upon borrowing a book, students will be required to fill out a sign-out sheet agreeing to return the borrowed item in the same condition within one week from the checkout date. In the event that a student fails to return a book or returns a damaged book, the student will be asked to replace the item and/or may no longer be allowed to participate in the Book Sign-Out program.

The Africana Center book inventory is continuing to grow. We welcome book donations from the community. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.