GSAS Community Fellows

Mission Statement

The GSAS Community Fellows have the mission to develop community within the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences specifically for underrepresented students. Working with the GSAS Dean’s Office and other leadership on campus, the fellows will work to create diversity and inclusion initiatives that will meet the needs of current students and lay a foundation for a continuum of community building.

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Meet the Fellows (2020-2021)

Amin Fahimi Moghadam


Academic Interests
I am an MA student in the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program; my study situates at the intersection of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), design, and human environments (both physical and cyber). I am seeking to bring DEI lens to design, production, decision-making, and everything that I do. 

My professional and research interests include culturally sensitive design, spatial justice, community and international development, and the ways we can incorporate DEI theories in practice.

Before Tufts, I completed a master's in Architectural Technologies and my BA in Architecture in Iran. I have leadership experience through co-founding two startups back in Iran and working experience as an architect and a creative marketing specialist.

Personal Interests

I have a wide range of personal interests; From hiking and traveling to board and video games to learning new skills and reading. Spending quality time with family and friends is very important to me as well. As much as I enjoy socializing with others, I also enjoy my solitude. 

Favorite books: A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Aliesha Porcena


Academic interests
I am currently completing my Master's in Public Policy. My academic interests look at  the intersection between social policy, wealth, and health and how that translates into daily life within communities of color. My focus is shifting the narrative when it comes to communities of color, leveraging what works, and amplifying voices.

Personal Interests

I enjoy hiking, reading, swimming, and creating floral arrangements for family and friends.

Favorite book: This is a hard one! But I have always loved Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.