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Team Q Program and Peer Leaders

Team Q

Team Q is the LGBT Center Peer Leader program. Team Q is a way to make friends and learn about gender and sexuality in a supportive and open environment. As peer leaders, we offer guidance, support, and resources to first-year students. We plan queer-themed social events and are a great introduction to queer life at Tufts!

You do not have to identify as LGBT to attend Team Q events or be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader. Events are open to all Tufts students, but for events that require registration (like our annual Provincetown retreat), Team Q mentees will receive priority.

To be assigned a Team Q Peer Leader, e-mail Nino Testa.

Meet Our Peer Leaders!

Team Q PLs are mentors, friends, and resources for first-year students, particularly those interested in gender, sexuality, and identity. Any interested first-year may request a Peer Leader. PLs will organize group meals, discussions, and help you explore all that Tufts and the Boston area have to offer. To be assigned a PL, e-mail Nino Testa.

My name is Abby, and I am a cisgender pansexual lady (pronouns: she, her, hers). I am studying international relations, and will be a senior in the 2015/2016 academic year. I've been around Tufts for a while, but watching the lgbtqia community grow is a pleasure that never gets old. My hobbies include dancing, reading, and baking ridiculous amounts of delicious sugary desserts. I look forward to meeting new members of the Tufts community, catching up with old members, and helping enrich the queer environment at Tufts in the coming year!
Bruce is a junior studying Biochemistry and Spanish, potentially looking to go to medical school after graduation. They are currently doing research in the Walt Lab at Tufts, detecting cytokines as biomarkers for the early detection of infectious disease. In addition to academics, Bruce sings in two choirs on campus, models in the LUX Fashion Show, and is involved in Tufts Queer Students Association and Action for Sexual Assault Prevention.
Christin is a junior majoring in Clinical Psychology and Community Health. Aside from being involved with Team Q, she is an intern at the LGBT center, an Hermana from Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad / Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., and the director of Soccer Stars from LCS. Her interests include LGBT activism for people of color, reading, soccer, watching Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, and eating the new Dewick cookies! She really hopes her mentees will love to go eat froyo once a month and do other fun stuff with her!
Dominik is beyond excited to be joining Team Q for the 2015-16 academic year! Heís a junior, double majoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies. On the side, Dominik is a mime with Hype! the coolest, hippest, and best-looking student group on campus and dances with the Tufts Dance Collective (TDC) . He loves watching YouTube dance videos, midnight cookie dough runs, and an excessive amount of hugs. Dominik canít wait to meet the class of 2019 and talk about the many ways we can improve our campus and community.
Hi, my name is Jamie! I'm a rising senior and I use she and they pronouns. I am a biology major and a studio arts minor and I hope to go into animation after Tufts. I love running, drawing, backpacking, Disney movies, and horror movies. On campus I'm involved in AMPT, oSTEM, Animal aid, and the marathon team (feel free to ask me for more details about these organizations!).
Julia is a senior from Austin, Texas majoring in astrophysics and philosophy. She is very enthusiastic about all things physics and all things queer, and focuses her activism in outreach to those queer in the professional and academic sectors of STEM fields; she started and currently runs the Tufts chapter of oSTEM (out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) which aims to do just that. She's incredibly excited to be involved in Team Q, and help with outreach and orientation of incoming students!
Iím Madeleine, an international student from London enrolled in the dual degree program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. At Tufts Iím majoring in Art History and minoring in Colonialism Studies, and at SMFA Iíve mostly been working in performance, but I love painting and drawing too. At Tufts Iíve loved being a part of the LGBT center and being involved in parts of the queer community, and Iím looking forwards to being even more involved as a member of Team Q. Outside that, I play flute and piccolo in Tufts Symphony Orchestra and Flute Ensemble, and Iím a part of Tufts Art History Society and Medium, the art history journal.
My name is Shakura, PGPs are she, her, and hers. I am majoring in Biology and Community Health, and I am in Tufts' 5 year B/MPH (bachelors/ masters of public health) program. I identify as pansexual, which I define for myself as pretty much just liking people; gender and sexual orientation aren't factors that I consider when it comes to whether or not I am attracted to a person. I didn't start using that label until coming to Tufts, however, as freshman year is both the year that I learned about pansexuality as a term and the year that I decided I wanted to deal with my sexual and romantic identity. I love running, drawing, and conversing about anything under the sun, so please come talk to me whenever! I personally felt super overwhelmed by the LGBT community when I first came to Tufts because I felt like everyone knew so much and I knew nothing, so if you ever feel like that, or want to know more about me or any of my interests, please come and ask me. I am happy to answer any questions I can, and point you in the right direction for questions I can't answer myself.