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Meet the StaffKristin E. Finch, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for STEM Diversity
Kristin Finch is the Associate Director of the Center for STEM Diversity, and her work focuses on expanding and improving STEM initiatives at Tufts. Kristin brings with her a robust academic and research background, as well as a variety of experiences in STEM-education outreach programs. She has a strong passion for working with and increasing opportunities for underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Kristin advises the BEST program, serves as a resource and mentor for all BEST scholars, and supports the operational activities of the program.
Kristin came to Tufts having completed a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where she also served as a liaison between underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and the St. Jude administration. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011 while acting as the president of the Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee. She was also an adjunct faculty member at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN where she taught physical science, and holds a Certificate in Business Administration.
Program Administrator, Center for STEM Diversity
Campbell Halligan started at Tufts in 2017 as the Program Administrator within the Center for STEM Diversity. Her primary responsibility within the Center is the development and implementation of the BEST program, including managing the first-year summer bridge initiative and advising all current BEST scholars. Campbell also supports the Center for STEM Diversity in formulating programs that strive to increase access and inclusion for undergraduate students in STEM disciplines across the university.
Campbell holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs and Academic and Career Advising. Her graduate thesis focused on the effect of the advising relationship on the retention of first-generation college students. Campbell's detailed knowledge of student development theory, multicultural counseling, and their combined relationship to academic program planning showcases her aptitude for working with and advising the BEST scholars. Her goal as a higher education professional is to recognize and validate the life experiences of students, and to support them in achieving their educational and professional aspirations.
Staff Assistant, Center for STEM Diversity
Courtney Russo joined Tufts in October 2014 as the Staff Assistant within the Center for STEM Diversity. She works alongside the CSD staff to assist with program event planning, most notably with the BEST program, including the summer bridge initiative and the senior graduation banquet. She also leads the BEST peer mentoring program, which includes the planning of monthly social events for the first-year BEST scholars and their upperclassmen mentors.
Courtney comes to Tufts from Pinnacle Advisors Group in Danvers, MA where she was the administrative lead for the office. Courtney has a degree from Curry College in communications, specializing in television broadcasting/video production, and has experience in news writing and social media outreach. Courtney was the class president of the 2012 graduating class, as well as an orientation leader, and enjoyed being the bridge between students and faculty among her other responsibilities. Courtney continues to provide alumni support to her alma mater through her position on Curry's Young Alumni Council. Her strong allegiance to Curry directly correlates to her commitment to the underlying foundation of the BEST program - a sense of family.
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