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The University Relations (UR) division, led by Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mary Jeka, comprises departments that serve the entire university community and act as liaisons to our host communities and the general public.

UR 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.

Community Outreach

Government & Community Relations hosts Tufts Community Day. This annual event attracts more than 3,000 neighbors for a day filled with musical performances, kids activities, and a free BBQ lunch.

The Tufts Neighborhood Fund is a giving option of the Tufts Community Appeal. Each year, Tufts University employees make donations to this fund. 100% of the money raised goes to nonprofit organizations in our host communities: Medford, Somerville, Boston, and Grafton.


We create the bridge between Tufts University and its host communities of Medford, Somerville, Boston, and Grafton.

Our job is to tell the story of Tufts and its people, and make sure key audiences see these stories and are inspired to engage with the university.

We exist to ensure that the university’s commitment and goals toward equal opportunity are integral components of Tufts’ policies.

Our goals are to provide, manage and coordinate quality legal services for the university; minimize legal risks and costs; reduce litigation; and promote legal compliance. We aspire to provide these services efficiently, reliably, and professionally.