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Construction crews are transforming 574 Boston Avenue this spring. If you put on a hard hat and toured the site on the edge of our Medford/Somerville campus, you would see that they have been ­gutting and redeveloping an old building. But they’re also doing much more: They’re turning a structure from the area’s manufacturing past into a locus for teaching and discovery for the future. The reconfigured building will house an intentionally diverse set of departments, including occupational therapy, physics and astronomy, community health, and clusters from child development and engineering. Low walls

between collaboration areas, an open staircase, and other features will boost fruitful cross-pollination. The space is being designed to reduce its impact on the environment and maximize its impact on research, innovation, and learning. With your help, this is the future of Tufts. You help bring together inspiring thinkers and make it possible for teams of students and faculty to tackle challenges and achieve breakthroughs. A key theme in our universitywide strategic plan, known as T10, is our commitment to investing in the people, culture, facilities, and technologies that will enable

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remarkable new discoveries and innovations—developments that will enrich the lives of people on campus, in nearby communities, and around the world.

You can also read more about other exciting projects that will transform teaching and learning, including the building at 574 Boston Avenue.

In this edition of Blueprint, you will see many examples of the types of innovation that gifts like yours support. The generosity of people like you helps create: • game-changing robots that better understand human communication • an incubator farm where immigrants grow fresh vegetables and sustainable businesses • the visionary new program that supports a bridge year of service before students come to campus.

Thank you for sharing our goal of fostering innovation and discovery, and thank you for helping us reach it. You make amazing things happen—without even needing to lift a hammer. Together we are building a promising future. Best wishes, Tony Monaco

Honoring those who helped along the way

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am a person of mentors,” says Lou Fiore, D62, when asked why he has given so generously to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine over the years. Everywhere Fiore looks, he sees people who helped him achieve his childhood dreams. It’s a disarmingly eclectic list: There’s the dancer at the nightclub who admonished the teenage saxophone player, “You do your thing here, you get your money and go home.” There’s the neighbor who hired him to paint houses and the man who told him to be sure to save for retirement. Most important, there’s Fiore’s mother, who showed her youngest child that one of the greatest gifts one can give is to support someone else’s dreams. Rachel Valvo Fiore emigrated from Sicily at age 16 to work in a Connecticut carpet mill. After Lou started school, his mother returned to the mill’s second shift. When he confided that he wanted to play in a dance band, she bought him a saxophone. And when she passed away, one month after Lou turned 16, Rachel Fiore left her son money to pursue his dream of being a dentist.

Rachel Fiore’s bequest ran out during Lou’s second year at Tufts. “I went to the bursar’s office,” he says, “and told them I couldn’t go on unless they helped me—which they did.” Lou Fiore has not forgotten the many forms of help he has received. He and his wife, Jean, ­supported the school’s campus expansion in 2008, funding the 14th-floor lecture hall known as Rachel’s Amphitheater, in honor of Rachel Valvo Fiore, and the Fiore Dean’s Suite. Most recently, the couple has named the School of Dental Medicine a beneficiary of their IRA. The gift will ultimately endow the Jean H. and Louis A. Fiore, D62, Dean’s Discretionary Fund. “I never took a withdrawal from that IRA,” Fiore says with a laugh, recalling the advice he received as a boy about saving for retirement. The Fiores’ bequest will maintain Rachel’s Amphitheater in perpetuity and will also help other students with dreams complete their dental education at Tufts. As Lou Fiore knows, such assistance can make all the difference. “You’re nobody,” he says, “until somebody helps you become someone.”

Chair, Board of Trustees Peter Dolan, A78, A08P

Provost & Senior Vice President David R. Harris

President Anthony P. Monaco

Vice President for University Advancement Eric Johnson

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Making time for service, and growth Take the well-known benefits of a bridge year between high school and college—improved academic achievement and increased motivation and maturity. Add Tufts’ dedication to service and equal access to education. The result: a visionary new program. The Tufts University 1+4 Bridge Service-Year Program, which Tufts launched this winter, will enable participants to engage in full-time national or international service—and to extend the lessons and growth of that transformative year throughout their undergraduate experience. The Tufts 1+4 Bridge Program builds directly on Tufts’ core ­values, reinforcing longstanding commitments to active ­citizenship, global impact, and access to education. • Students who have been admitted to Tufts University may apply. Up to 50 participants will be selected for Tufts 1+4 for fall 2015. • Participants may join the program regardless of financial need. By providing necessary funding, Tufts 1+4 makes a bridge year available to a wide range of people. • Participants will gain direct experience with innovative approaches to local and global challenges—including social entrepreneurship—that will strengthen their academic and co-curricular experiences at Tufts. “Through this unique experience, young people will develop their abilities and passions in ways that will strengthen their studies and experiences at Tufts, Spring 2014

as well as their personal and professional trajectories,” says Tufts Provost David R. Harris. “They will contribute in significant ways to solving pressing social problems while making discoveries about themselves and diverse societies.”

Through a year of full-time

The new program will be run by Tufts’ innovative Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Pubic Service.

hone their skills and address

Tufts has secured early donor funding to launch the 1+4 program; expansion will rely on additional gifts. Major donors to date include Brian H. Kavoogian, A84, university trustee and a member of the Tisch College board of advisors; university trustee Thomas M. Alperin, A81, and Marsha C. Alperin, J81; J. B. Lyon, A85, and Tom Bendheim, A85, funders of the Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture Series; and Daniel H. Schulman, A16P, and Jennie A. Kassanoff, A16P.

before arriving on campus.

To learn more about the Tufts 1+4 Bridge program, see giving.tufts.edu/1+4.

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I T ’S P You want a robot that knows how you feel. Don’t you? By David Levin

Matthias Scheutz spends his day talking to robots. In the future, he hopes we will, too.

Engineering and the Gordon Institute. He and his lab are working on a complex software framework called DIARC (for Distributed Integrated Affect Reflection Cognition), a sort of robot “brain” that will let machines respond to both our language and our subtle social cues.

Scheutz, a computer scientist at the School of Engineering, notes that robotic devices like the Roomba vacuum cleaner are becoming more and more common in homes and offices. Yet our interaction with them is entirely one-sided—they simply can’t comprehend our words or gestures.

If engineers can make robotic devices more humanlike in the way they interact with us, Scheutz thinks those robots can start to play more useful roles, like aiding search-and-rescue teams after natural disasters, or ­caring for elderly patients. He and his team are already starting to develop a “helper” robot for people with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that can rob patients of fine muscle control.

“For a robot to be a truly useful helper to humans, it needs to interact with us on our terms,” says Scheutz, who is also a Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow. That means it needs to master the rules of language, respond to verbal commands, and grasp the nuances of human communication.

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Understanding spoken words is a tough job for a machine, let alone parsing hidden meanings and context. Scheutz is trying to change that, however, thanks in part to funding from the Gordon Fund, a 2003 gift that supports faculty development in both the School of

“Parkinson’s makes it hard for patients to express their emotions,” Scheutz says. “You can’t just look at their face to see if they’re smiling, or listen to their tone of voice to see if they’re in a good mood. You need to figure that out based on the context of what they’re saying.” By using a robot to do the job, it might be possible to create a sort of virtual mediator between doctor and patient, providing caregivers with a better sense of their patients’ emotional state. “Essentially, we want robots to help make up for what patients can’t do,” he says.

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Nao (pronounced “Now”), pictured below, will recognize you, hear you, and talk to you.

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Not all serious, Nao can play soccer and dance. It’s all in the programming.

Tufts researchers are exploring how robots can read people’s subtle, nonverbal cues.

Given better communication skills, robots could help the elderly or aid with disaster response.

Software developed at Tufts lets robots learn new words and actions in real-time contexts.

“For a robot to be a truly useful helper to humans, it needs to interact with us on our terms.”

ON THE COVER: Evan Krause, assistant director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts, looks pensive with a helping hand from a robot called Cindy. OPPOSITE: One of the lab’s smaller robots, called Nao, with Professor Matthias Scheutz. The lab is creating software to make robots respond better to language and social cues.

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ws that healing a child is Michelle Bennett, M17, kno scription. In a recent session not as easy as writing a pre Medicine, she and her peers at Tufts University School of by a single mother with a discussed the barriers faced a child with asthma. “When third-grade education and will she be able to afford it?” you give her a prescription, get to the pharmacy?” Bennett asks. “Can she even for people in need. “Because Bennett feels drawn to care kground, I knew I really I’m from an underserved bac erved community,” she says. wanted to work in an unders the Bronx by a single mother, Born in Boston and raised in one of my main goals for my Bennett says, “Giving back is career in medicine.” ar medical students particiBennett is one of 10 first-ye of the Tufts Student Service pating in the inaugural year gram designed to develop Scholars (TS3), a four-year pro rs with the attitude, knowlphysician-leaders and schola h-quality care to commuedge, and skills to provide hig access to health care. The nities that lack resources and dents from each medical new program enrolls 10 stu petitive application process. school class through a com

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ips Four-year scholarsh ts help medical studen focus on service

Bennett

“Because I’m from an underserved background, I knew I really wanted to work in an underserved community.”

discuss topics such as culParticipants meet monthly to an wellness and are paired tural competency and physici local communities. with experienced mentors in olar An-Hoa Giang, M17, Bennett and fellow service sch e four-year scholarships to were also selected to receiv TS3 program, thanks to a support their education in the “It was an incredible honor gift from the Bingham Trust. scholarship for something I to be chosen for a specific says. believe in so strongly,” Giang uate degree in microbiolGiang earned her undergrad graduating, she spent her ogy and immunology. After Institute doing cutting-edge days at Dana-Farber Cancer and her evenings teaching research on fat-cell biology or reading books to homeEnglish to immigrant women en children of Vietnamese less children. As one of sev deep connection to underimmigrants, Giang feels a served communities. m,” she says. “And I hope it “I really love the TS3 progra er schools. We need very becomes a role model for oth people to help change our motivated and good-hearted ” program is a very good start. health-care system, and this


Scholarship Fund Is a Family Affair Philanthropy and medicine unite this Tufts family By Joanne Barker

“We need very motivated and good-hearted people to help change our health-care system.”

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alfway through his first semester at Tufts, Sherwood “Woody” Baxt, A62, J94P, earned three Ds and an F on his midterms, and his three roommates flunked out. “I’m not sure I slept one night the rest of the semester,” he says, “but I was on the dean’s list by the end of the year.” Asked how he turned things around, Baxt says simply, “I learned to work.” Baxt continued to work hard to achieve his goals. To earn money for medical school after Tufts, he did construction on the 693-foot-tall Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island. Now a successful plastic surgeon, he has joined his wife, Saida, in establishing The Baxt Family Scholarship to help Tufts students in the School of Arts and Sciences. Tufts is matching the gift as part of its Financial Aid Initiative. From left, Sherwood “Woody” Baxt, A62, J94P, Joel Gelfand, A93, Baxt and his wife, a dermatologist, Saida Baxt, J94P, Jadyn Gelfand, and Chiara Baxt Gelfand, J94 met when both were studying medicine at New York University School of Medicine. The two raised a family of doctors and now share a practice with their dermatologist daughter, Rebecca, who is married to an internist. Their other daughter, clinical psychologist Chiara Gelfand, J94, married her Tufts sweetheart, Joel Gelfand, A93, an associate professor of dermatology at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to medicine, Baxt and his wife love animals and have established a dairy farm in New York and an equestrian development in South Carolina. Selfdescribed “dog people,” they have a standard poodle named Leo. The couple has established their endowed scholarship fund with an initial gift from an IRA charitable rollover and will add to the fund through a multiyear pledge and a bequest in Baxt’s will. The scholarship they’re creating will help others experience the life-transforming potential of an education at Tufts. “I’m still close to many of the friends I made there,” Baxt says. “I’m eager to be in contact with the students who attend Tufts on this scholarship and see how their careers progress.” He also hopes the scholarship will carry on his family’s spirit of philanthropy. “We are encouraging our kids to add to this fund,” he says, “and hope our grandchildren will grow up wanting to help others as well.”

As part of an initiative to increase financial aid, Tufts is offering to match qualifying gifts of $100,000 or more to endowed scholarships, doubling the impact of these gifts. For more information, please contact Jeff Winey, director of principal and leadership gifts, at 617-627-5468 or jeff.winey@tufts.edu. Spring 2014

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By Kristin Livingston

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The call came on Thanksgiving night two years ago. “Your house is on fire,” the policeman said. Nicole McManus nearly dropped her cell phone. Her mind raced to her family: her son, Aidan, was safe with his father, but her two six-year-old cats, Luna and Hermione, were home. When she reached the house, she learned that Luna hadn’t survived. A firefighter held Hermione, who was seriously injured. “Her ears and paws were burned and bleeding,” McManus says. “He said, ‘She needs help right now.’” The fire was about to introduce McManus to a community of skillful, compassionate veterinarians and others who would help her. She would soon walk in the doors of a hospital so dedicated to improving animals’ health—and so popular with regional pet owners—that it is launching a major renovation in order to serve more animals. But she didn’t know that yet. She just knew that Hermione needed immediate care. McManus’s friend rushed the cat to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Within minutes of arriving at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Hermione was in intensive care for third-degree burns to her feet, tail, ears, nose, and cheeks. Her tail had to be amputated. A team of seven criticalcare doctors, two surgeons, and a dermatologist managed her care around the clock. Despite her severe wounds, Hermione would lie on her back for belly rubs and purr for every staff member. After a few days, she was well enough to go home, but McManus had a tough road ahead. “I had just lost everything,” she says. As a single mother, she couldn’t afford the best care for her cat. The staff at the Cummings School found grants to cover some expenses and someone she met in the waiting room paid the remainder of the bills anonymously. “I can’t thank them or the Cummings team enough. No one was willing to give up on Hermione.” With time, Hermione has made a full recovery, though she looks different. “People think she’s a bobcat with her rounded ears,” McManus says. “But she’s still the same loving, cuddling ‘sister’ to Aidan that she always was.”

A CRITICAL CHALLENGE Because of generous donors like you, animals’ lives are saved. Heartache is healed. Your support is vital to the thousands who seek out the Foster Hospital every year. The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund has given the Foster Hospital renovation project a huge boost: If the hospital raises $5 million in gifts or pledges by December 31, 2014, the fund will donate $2.5 million in matching funds. That’s $1 extra for every $2 raised. Increase the impact of your support by making a gift today; contact Ana Alvarado, senior director of development, at 508.839.7905 or ana.alvarado@tufts.edu.


“My fundamental belief is that you look around and ask, what draws me to help? And you choose a worthy object that touches your heart.” —Anne Engen

Ethics at Work Business professorship honors legacy, boosts corporate social responsibility By Eric Goldscheider

D Anne and Travis Engen with their corgis, Sally and Owen.

Drawn to help For tens of thousands of pet owners who come to the Foster Hospital every year, lives are saved. Families are mended. Anne and Travis Engen recognized the critical importance of the Cummings School when it provided exceptional treatment for their corgis, Belle and Dusty. When they learned more about the school’s position at the forefront of research that will help animals and people, they offered their support. In 2008, the Engens honored the faculty clinicians who treated their dogs with a significant gift to support research and patient care. In 2009, after cancer took Dusty, they made another generous gift to help the school establish a program in comparative oncology, which brings together veterinary and medical oncologists to advance understanding of cancer and to improve treatments of the disease in animals and humans. More recently, the Engens have given $2.5 million to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals renovation project. The gift has helped the school reach 50 percent of its goal for this year, in response to a matching challenge grant (see A Critical Challenge, left). When the hospital opened in 1985, it anticipated caring for 12,000 animals a year. It now sees more than 28,000. The renovation is critical to continuing to provide the highest level of service to its patrons as well as attracting the best students and faculty to the school. Of giving back to Tufts, Anne Engen says, “My fundamental belief is that you look around and ask, what draws me to help? And you choose a worthy object that touches your heart.” Spring 2014

iana Davis Spencer regards the film A Civil Action as a turning point for corporate social responsibility. The tragedy of children dying from cancer led to revelations of a company’s concealed toxic dump. The film impacted the nation’s conscience and prompted business and law schools to introduce courses on business ethics. Now the Fletcher School will forge a new path for corporate social responsibility thanks to a generous $2.5 million gift from Diana Davis Spencer and her family, which endows a new professorship created in honor of her father. The Shelby Cullom Davis Professorship of International Business will lead the way for influential graduates to enforce the values that Diana Davis Spencer considers the bedrock of society. “The primacy of social responsibility is as old as our nation,” she says. “Civilization cannot survive if you undermine those values that create a society. Fletcher has the potential to do nothing less than change the global landscape of corporate social responsibility. Tremendous good comes from having influential Fletcher alumni around the globe, in embassies and boardrooms, redoubling the power of our shared commitment to everyone’s welfare.” James Stavridis, the Charles Francis Adams/Raytheon Dean of the Fletcher School, shares her aspirations for this pioneering work; the new professorship will be the only one of its kind offered in a premier foreign affairs curriculum like Fletcher’s. “This professorship will enable us to engage in the critical role of private-public partnerships and corporate social responsibility,” he says. “We are very excited about this new hire in an emerging dimension of inter­ national business.”

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Laurent Jacque, the Walter B. Wriston Professor of International Finance and Banking and director of the Master of International Business program, expects the new faculty member will evaluate standards for corporate social responsibility that “guide companies to do the right thing for the

The new professorship’s namesake, Ambassador Shelby Cullom Davis

population at large.” Academic Dean Ian Johnstone says the professorship will capitalize on Fletcher’s strength in emerging markets and “give all students a greater understanding of the role of the private sector in bringing people out of poverty.” Shelby Cullom Davis, a noted philanthropist, was ambassador to Switzerland in the Nixon and Ford administrations. The Shelby Cullom Davis Professorship in International Security Studies at the Fletcher School is also endowed by his family.

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Trisha Pérez Kennealy, left, with Nasrin Morovaty in the kitchen of The Inn at Hastings Park.

“In New England, we have such a vibrant history related to agriculture. I’m trying to support local farmers. What I admire most about New Entry is that they really understand the science and the art of agriculture.”

Businesswoman helps sustainable farming program thrive By Catherine O’Neill Grace Trisha Pérez Kennealy and Nasrin Morovaty come to the farm-to-table movement from different directions, but they share a mission: providing locally sourced, environmentally sustainable produce to Massachusetts diners. “My connection with Tufts is through the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project,” says Kennealy, who opened The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Mass., this winter. New Entry is a joint project of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Lowell, Mass.–based Community Teamwork Inc. The program works with people of limited resources who are interested in small-scale commercial agriculture. The organization provides a range of training, from marketing to land access to crop management, and runs a communitysupported agriculture program (CSA) to distribute the farmers’ products.

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For the past three years, Kennealy has helped organize a spring fundraiser for Tufts’ New Entry that highlights locally grown food. This year, she donated a one-night stay and dinner at her new inn to be auctioned at the event. All money raised supports the organization’s Farm Fresh Food for All initiatives, including one that enables people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits,

often referred to as food stamps, to purchase a CSA share at half price. Kennealy, who spent her early childhood in Puerto Rico before moving to Lexington, has an M.B.A. from Harvard. She left a successful career as an investment banker to train at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. As a chef and as a mother of three, she is committed to knowing where the food she serves comes from. “I’m Puerto Rican,” she says. “In their backyard, my grandmother and grandfather had avocados, coffee, guavas, and bananas. It was a moveable feast.” She wants everyone to have a similarly direct connection with the food on the table. Groups like New Entry have led to a renaissance of interest in agriculture, Kennealy believes. New Entry is working nationally to get other farm incubator programs started. “In New England, we have such a vibrant history related to agriculture,” says Kennealy. “I’m trying to support local farmers. What I admire most about New Entry is that they really understand the science and the art of agriculture.” Kennealy and executive chef Matthew Molloy have been connecting with New Entry as they develop menus for the inn’s restaurant, Artistry on the Green. That means local farmers like

Nasrin Morovaty, who came to the United States from Iran with her husband on a student visa in 1977. After the revolution in their country, they remained in the U.S. and have raised their daughter here. Three years ago, Morovaty, who loves gardening, came across New Entry on the Internet and decided to find out more. “When I went for my first meeting, they scared us by telling us about the difficulties of the business,” she says. “But I realized, ‘Yes, I want to do this even though it’s hard,’”—and she completed New Entry’s farm business planning course. Morovaty does small-scale farming at the organization’s incubator training farm in Dracut, Mass. She grows herbs such as Thai basil, sage, mint, oregano, and summer savory, as well as other crops like beets, salad greens, and eggplant, and this year will try calendula (marigolds). “There are so many edible things that can be grown sustainably,” she says. “I want to teach people that there is more to eat than lettuce.” Kennealy hopes that Morovaty will help teach that lesson by providing herbs and edible flowers to the Inn at Hastings Park. Through supporting New Entry, both as a business owner and a donor, “I want to make a commitment to people who are developing the agricultural skills that are so needed in our community.”

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Morality in Action By Catherine O’Neill Grace

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Photo by Anne-Marie Vu, A15

hen Anne Heyman heard Paul Rusesabagina speak at Tufts in 2005, her thoughts turned immediately to action. Rusesabagina had saved the lives of more than 1,200 Rwandans by sheltering them in his hotel during that country’s genocide. He told her that more had to be done: His country needed a way to help the orphans left behind by the genocide. “Anne had the vision to say, ‘Israel has done this in absorbing the orphans of the Holocaust,’” recalls Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Neubauer Executive Director at Tufts Hillel and a longtime friend of Heyman and her husband, Tufts trustee Seth Merrin, A82. She also had the determination to bring her vision to reality. In January, Heyman died tragically in a horseback riding accident in Florida, at age 52. But she had already forged an enduring legacy at Tufts and in Rwanda. After World War II, many Holocaust orphans were welcomed into Israeli youth villages, which provided a hybrid of educational and living quarters. Heyman replicated that model in Rwanda. Just two years after she met Rusesabagina, with

the help of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Heyman founded Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a residential and educational community and farm located on 144 acres in rural Rwanda. The village now shelters some 500 young people, who go to high school, farm, and learn trades. Heyman, whose husband serves on the Tufts Hillel Board of Directors, was a driving force behind Moral Voices: The Merrin Distinguished Lecture Series. Supported by the Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin Family Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund, the series includes an annual lecture on campus about a social justice issue, augmented by educational programming and activism. Rusesabagina was the first speaker in the series. For the past five years, Tufts Hillel has sent interfaith groups of students to Agahoza-Shalom, and has been involved in service learning at the village, raising funds to support the work. Summit hopes this involvement will continue to keep Heyman’s dream alive. He says, “Anne inspired our students but was so approachable that she made them believe that they, too, could have a transformative impact on the world.”

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Anne Heyman inspired Tufts students with her global vision To read the full version of this article, please see giving.tufts.edu/Heyman. For opportunities to support Tufts Hillel, please contact Fran Kantor, director of development, at 617.627.2863 or fran.kantor@tufts.edu.

Eight-year-old Gaswiga walks with Erica Rigby, A15, in his village of Rwamagana, Rwanda. “We devised this little game where one of us would stroll as an elephant, and the other would mirror the animal back,” recalls Rigby, who traveled to Rwanda with other Tufts students to visit the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village founded by Anne Heyman. The rapport Rigby felt with Gaswiga and others she met made abstract concepts like global human rights more real and pressing for her, she says: “I’m more conscious now.”


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The Long View It takes imagination to see possibility in a time-worn factory. But witness the transformation of 574 Boston Avenue. Tufts is customizing four sprawling floors to encourage collaboration and discovery by students and faculty from different fields, including occupational therapy, human factors engineering, physics and astronomy, child development, and community health. The project reflects smart thinking about repurposing older spaces and about boosting the creative interactions of the people who work within them. Seeing possibilities, generating fresh, relevant research—that’s Tufts. We’re getting ready for the future now.

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