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The Asian American Center supports Tufts's Asian/Asian American communities and seeks to create a positive environment for their academic and personal development. It was founded in 1983, in response to a racial incident in which members of a Tufts fraternity had pledges yell racial slurs in front of the Asian American House, also known as Start House. For decades, Start House functioned as both residential Asian American student housing and as the Asian American Center, but the arrangement made accessing the space both difficult and intimidating for non-residents. In 2018, the Asian American House was relocated to Hillside Apartments, and Start House was fully designated for Asian American Center programming and opened to the Tufts community.
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