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The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch College studies and promotes the civic and political engagement of young people at Tufts University, in our communities, and in our democracy.
Tufts students working on the Mystic River in a canoe

Kyrielle Lord, E24 and Sam Markowitz, A23 combined their interest in environmental stewardship and passion for social change as Tisch Summer Fellows at the Mystic River Watershed Association this summer.

Illustration of people standing around a large hand, with ticked boxes. Tisch College’s 2022 fall speaker series highlights civic leaders exploring topics such as voting rights, gun violence, misinformation, abortion, and education policy

Tisch College’s fall speaker series highlights civic leaders exploring topics such as voting rights, gun violence, misinformation, abortion, and education policy.

David Hogg speaking into a microphone

When youth-led movements are willing to work with politicians on both sides, life-saving change is possible, says activist and Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg.

Images of Tisch College's fall 2022 speakers in a large grid.

Tisch College will welcome speakers to campus this semester who are grappling with a central theme: the fight for democracy. Hear from leaders like March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Sherrilyn Ifill and many more.

Dean Dayna Cunningham

Dayna Cunningham, the new Tisch College dean, outlines key opportunities and responsibilities for higher education in shaping the next generation of engaged citizens.


  • Civic Studies
    The Civic Studies major is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides an intellectually rigorous foundation to engaging with communities and solving problems.
  • Tisch Summer Fellows
    Each summer, more than 100 Tufts students hone their professional skills while contributing to communities near and far through substantive summer internships that pursue the public good.
  • Students with Tufts Banner in front of cactus
    Tisch College and Tufts University offer incoming students the opportunity to participate in a first-semester program that combines academic and experiential learning with a focus on community engagement and social and environmental justice.


  • People sitting on a panel in front of a blue background
    Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement conducts some of the nation's leading research on youth voting, civic education, and young people's participation in democracy.
  • IDHE
    Our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, which studies and promotes the political learning and engagement of college students, will soon release aggregate data on voting and registration rates of students in more than 1,000 institutions.
  • The Massachusetts State House
    Our newest research center focuses on publishing expert, scholarly, nonpartisan analyses on pending legislation and ballot questions in Massachusetts.


  • Students table for JumboVote
    Tisch College's student-led voter education and engagement initiative works to ensure that all Tufts students are registered and ready to vote in every election cycle.
  • Jumpstart
    Tisch College supports the Tufts chapter of Jumpstart, an early education organization that helps local children in underserved schools thrive.
  • Talloires Network
    Founded and housed at Tisch College, this international association of universities committed to strengthening civic life globalizes our mission and expands our impact around the world.
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