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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
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.
Presidential Award recipient Evan Cook with nominators, Tisch College Dean, and Tufts President Monaco

The Presidential Award is the highest recognition for service, leadership, and civic engagement conferred by Tufts University.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswomen Katherine Clark, Ayanna Pressley, and Lori Trahan speaking at Tufts

In a panel discussion hosted by Tisch College, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and three Massachusetts congresswomen talked about the urgent need to support childcare providers.

Ayanna Pressley speaking with Tisch College Dean Alan Solomont

At a Tisch College event, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley told a Tufts audience about her efforts to bring previously excluded communities to the political table.

Tufts Civic Semester in Peru

Our new Civic Semester program will allow incoming undergraduates spend their first Tufts semester abroad combining learning and community work

Map of the United States showing 2018 youth turnout in 34 states

Youth turnout went up in all 34 states for which we have data, according to research from Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).

Jeff Flake speaking at Tisch College

At a Tisch College event, former Republican senator Jeff Flake, told a Tufts audience that voters need to value politicians who govern on their principles.

Featured Research

Graph of Historical Youth Vote Choice

Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) is producing exclusive data and leading analysis of how young people shaped the 2018 elections.

Events

Education

  • 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.
  • First-Year Global Programs
    The Tufts Civic Semester and Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year allow incoming students to start their education with unique experiential learning opportunities around the world.

Research

  • 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.
  • Through rigorous scholarship focused on values, facts, and strategies, Civic Studies strives to provide the intellectual foundation to the movement to strengthen our communities and our democracy.

Practice

  • Community Partnerships
    Our partnerships with local governments and organizations, in our host communities and beyond, strengthen our work and help us better achieve our mission.
  • 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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