A World of Diversity
Join a community that celebrates difference
Diversity and inclusion are at the very core of the Fletcher experience, and play an essential role in equipping our students with the global perspective they need to serve as changemakers and leaders. Our community is built on a foundation of mutual support, respect, inclusion, and collaboration, and we believe that actively seeking out perspectives, cultures, and experiences beyond our own frame of reference is critical to truly understanding the issues facing the world.
At Fletcher, we believe that we are made stronger by our differences, and that those differences can open doors to new opportunities to create lasting, meaningful change on a global scale.
Be part of the conversation
We host a series of activities and events throughout the year to help foster diverse voices and ideas across campus. Student and faculty organizations provide an opportunity to build meaningful connections, and we have created policies to ensure that Fletcher is a safe place for every member of our community.
The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group:
Comprised of students, faculty, and administrators, the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group aims to develop Fletcher into a more inclusive environment where all community members feel heard and represented.
Any member of the Fletcher community is welcome to join the working group. Dates and times for the meetings can be found on the Fletcher Connect Calendar.
Dialogue Series : Fletcher Conversations
Fletcher Conversations is a series of dialogues facilitated by trained students and staff.
The goal of these conversations is to provide our community the opportunity to simply talk about challenging issues. They are not intended to be a forum for debate, persuasion, or problem-solving; in this context, we share our experiences, listen to each other, and make an honest and sincere effort towards mutual understanding.
Student-proposed topics are selected by the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and announced prior to each dialogue. Past topics include National Identity; US Politics; Free Speech in Academia; Socializing at Fletcher; Power and Privilege; and Race.
Conference on Gender & International Affairs
Each fall, The Fletcher School gathers with the larger Tufts and greater Boston community to cultivate and expand our knowledge of gender analysis, and the application of a gendered lens in all realms of international affairs, development, and business.
The goal of the Conference is to facilitate conversations surrounding gender and power, their impact at the individual, community, institutional, state, and multilateral levels, and what this means for policy and programming in practice. Through these conversations, the conference aims to deepen participants' understandings of the relevance of gender in relation to status, access, and influence in all areas of international relations.
The Decolonizing International Relations Conference
The Decolonizing International Relations Conference cultivates a space that allows for critical intellectual exchange that surpasses the boundaries of traditional Western thought. During the course of the conference, speakers and panelists discuss principles, policies, and practices from underrepresented regions and perspectives while challenging the beliefs that are customarily taught in U.S.-based institutions.
The Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Conference
The Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy aims to provide a framework for interdisciplinary study and practice of international affairs through the lens of religious literacy; create spaces to challenge assumptions and enhance understanding about the role of religion in the varied discourses at the Fletcher School; and develop these competencies through an annual fall conference and spring speaker series.
Culture nights are a well-loved Fletcher tradition that offer a chance for our community's many student groups to celebrate their heritage and educate the broader community through music, dance, poetry, photography, and cuisine.
Get Involved! Dates and times for meetings, conferences, Culture Nights, and other events can be found on the Fletcher Connect Calendar.
The Africana Club undertakes activities to promote and further understanding of issues relevant to Africa and African culture.
Fletcher Latin America Group
This student network is interested in the study and development of Latin America. It organizes diverse academic and social activities such as conferences, visiting speakers from the region, networking opportunities, and social events.
Pride at Fletcher
Pride at Fletcher is a student organization for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ as well as allies to provide a platform for an LGBTQIA+ community that embraces allies, hosts events to raise awareness and understanding, and serves as a resource for the Fletcher community.
The Gender Initiative seeks to improve the overall quality of the Fletcher experience by conducting research into elements of inequality and bias in our academic, social, and professional communities. The Gender Initiative provides opportunities for motivated students to commit their skills in research, analysis, management, consulting, and facilitation to initiatives that seek to improve: 1) their shared experiences at Fletcher; and 2) the school itself as an institution grounded in the diversity of its students and their myriad professional and personal experiences and aims.
Fletcher Islamic Society
Fletcher Islamic Society (FIS) aims to create a space to further the understanding of Islam in different social, cultural, political, and spiritual contexts. By hosting speakers, engaging in community service, and facilitating open dialogue, FIS hopes create an environment where Islam can be understood in all its complexity and diversity.
Fletcher Students of Color and Allies
Building on the legacy of Ralph Bunche, Fletcher Students of Color and Allies (FSCA) provides a safe space for students to discuss issues of race, class, and culture, and serves as a platform to engage the Fletcher community in considering minority identities and experiences in their careers at Fletcher and beyond.
Women in International Security
With more than 7,000 members in 47 countries, WIIS remains the only global network actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in international peace and security. WIIS continues to serve its mission by: Producing groundbreaking research on women in peace and security careers; fostering women’s leadership development and mentoring support; and expanding the WIIS network of women and men who are dedicated to women’s leadership in peace and security
To view a full list of Fletcher Student Groups, click here
Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness
Comprised of faculty, administrators, and students, Fletcher’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness (D&I Committee) meets regularly to collaborate on a wide range of initiatives, fostering a community that embraces and celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
The Committee affirms and supports the many dimensions of diversity, including age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical abilities/qualities, country of origin, religion, culture, socio-economic status, and political views. It seeks to ensure that the Fletcher community is representative, follows best practices, and preserves a climate of inclusion. The Committee welcomes input and suggestions from all members of the Fletcher Community.
Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee Student Representatives
The student representatives on the D&I Committee serve as a liaison between the Fletcher student body and administration regarding issues and concerns relating to diversity and inclusiveness.
Sexual Misconduct Reporting Liaisons
The Sexual Misconduct Reporting Liaisons (Title IX) are university employees who are available to receive reports of sex discrimination at Tufts, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. The liaisons can provide information regarding available resources, but are not responsible for investigating reports. Rather, they will direct the information they receive to the University’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity.
The Office of Equal Opportunity ensures that the University's commitment and goals toward equal opportunity are integral components of Tufts’ policies. OEO is guided by the University's commitment to and desire for a truly integrated, interactive, productive, successful, and diverse body of students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The LGBT Center offers a space for all students, faculty, and staff to explore their unique relationship to gender and sexuality through personal, activist, or academic lenses, as well as programming, advising, and educational resources.
The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, support religious and philosophical communities, educate about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promote multifaith engagement.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life serves every student at Tufts University, offering and supporting extensive programming that develop the knowledge and skills of an active citizenship.
As Chief Diversity Officers and Associate Provosts, Robert Mack, Ed.D. and Joyce Sackey, M.D. provide vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values and supports diversity on campus.
Reporting to the University's Provost, Drs. Mack and Sackey champion initiatives consistent with the President's Diversity Council recommendations, work closely with the Office of Equal Opportunity as well as other members of the senior Administration, and with School and Divisional leaders with responsibility for initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.
Fletcher Women’s Network unites Fletcher alumnae of all generations and classes to support our professional and personal development and enhance our opportunities to contribute to our local, national and global community. FWN is a volunteer-driven organization governed by an Executive Committee and a Steering Committee of alumnae who represent a variety of graduation years, personal and career paths, and geographies of residence.
The Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) works to foster a strong and enduring community among Fletcher alumni of color and to further the interests, welfare, and educational purposes of The Fletcher School. It also serves as a forum to share ideas with current and prospective students and address issues of diversity.
Each year, FACA provides internship grants and scholarships to current students. Additionally, the group hosts career panels and networking events for alumni and current students.