About University Relations

The University Relations division, led by Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mary Jeka, comprises departments that serve the entire university community and act as a liaison to our host communities and to the general public. The University Relations division enhances and protects Tufts’ reputation by communicating the quality and distinctive identity of the university, safeguarding the university’s legal interests, ensuring its commitment to equal opportunity and fostering positive relationships with government and the communities we serve.

The four arms of the division are the Office of Communications and Marketing, the Office of Community and Government Relations, the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of University Counsel.

The Office of Communications and Marketing provides a wide range of strategic communications services, through four primary departments:

  • Editorial: Conveys Tufts’ key messages through print, digital, photography and multimedia and produces the print and online versions of Tufts Magazine, the five alumni magazines and the university’s main news and information site, Tufts NowUniversity Photography: provides documentary, news, editorial and event photography for the Tufts community and maintains an online image archive of thousands of Tufts-related photos, which are available to the community free of charge.
  • Marketing and Branding: Produces a wide range of print and digital communications, from event invitations to integrated marketing campaigns, serving university clients and advancement priorities. The group oversees the university’s visual identity and manages the Tufts homepage and upper level, its main social media channels, the university events calendar, and web applications. We also partner with Tufts Technology Services to provide Drupal web design, development and hosting services to university clients.
  • Public Relations: Keeps the university’s profile high, positive and in support of the Tufts brand across all external news media. The team also provides issues and crisis management and helps develop special communications plans.

The Office of Community and Government Relations promotes strong partnerships and interactions between Tufts and members of its host communities, including neighbors, community organizations, municipal government offices, and government officials at the city, state and federal levels.

The Office of Equal Opportunity works to promote an environment at Tufts University that is free of discrimination and harassment. This is done through training for faculty, staff, and students. OEO resolves allegations of discrimination and harassment for all members of the Tufts community.

The Office of University Counsel coordinates the delivery of all legal services on behalf of Tufts University, providing support to university personnel on a broad range of matters and coordinating the selection and supervision of outside counsel for matters requiring additional expertise.