DEIJ Conversations: My Job Shouldn't Exist
How DEIJ work in Higher Education moves to create the level playing field we were promised
February 10, 2023
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Joyce Cummings Center, Room 265
From an early age, we’re told, “If you go to college and study hard, get good grades then you can be whatever you want to be.” From a doctor to an engineer, it’s all possible. What wasn’t shared, however, are the challenges and often times, disadvantages many of us start with at the beginning of our educational journey. Higher education is often cited as the best tool for social mobility. Does that remain true when the institution itself was not built that way? Join us as we explore the historical legacy behind the establishment of higher education as we understand it today and how diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts – including his role – address these built-in barriers of access.
About the speaker:
Mafalda completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Liberal Arts and has most recently, graduated with a Master’s in Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. And he’s now currently working on a new Master’s here at Tufts in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Leadership.
During his time as an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, Mafalda actively advocated for the undocumented student community at UCR. As a result, Mafalda served as a representative on behalf of UCR on a coalition of students and worked towards establishing permanent resources for undocumented students on all UC campuses. Prior to Tufts, Mafalda spent three years working as a Residence Director and Co-Chair for the Council for Equity & Inclusion at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. As an RD, he supported students’ wellbeing and responded to concerns and crises as they arose. In his role as Co-Chair, Mafalda worked alongside the Dean for Equity & Inclusion on developing a positive, inclusive, and welcoming campus climate by sustaining and institutionalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion.