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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.
2017 Presidential Awards

The awards are the highest honors conferred by Tufts University for achievements in leadership, service, and civic engagement.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Tisch College hosted Congressman Joe Kennedy III at a special event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

2017 Middle School Symposium

The symposium serves as a great example of Tisch College’s commitment to working with community partners and inspiring the next generation of civic leaders.

Frontiers of Democracy 2017

At Tisch College's annual conference, civic leaders, researchers, theorists, and practitioners came together to share ideas about this unique political moment.

Tisch Summer Fellow Program Grows

More than 125 students have summer internships working for the public good.

Featured Research

Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement has created a new tool to highlight counties with high potential for increased youth civic engagement.

Education

  • Tisch Courses
    Eight unique Fall 2017 courses, co-created or supported by Tisch College, will allow students to learn in the classroom about vital aspects of civic life.
  • Tisch Summer Fellow in Washington, D.C.
    More than 125 Tufts students are currently honing their professional skills while contributing to communities near and far through substantive summer internships that pursue the public good.
  • Our Tufts 1+4 program keeps growing, with new sites and our largest group of students to date who will experience a transformational year of service.

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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