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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.
Masks that say Vote

From published research to student initiatives, Tisch College is spearheading efforts to boost the student vote in the 2020 election.

charts of Tufts student polls

Tufts undergraduates in Tisch College Professor Brian Schaffner's election polling seminar conducted and analyzed a survey of a representative sample of Americans before the 2020 election.

This fall, we're hosting more speakers and events than ever before. Meet the diverse civic leaders virtually visiting Tufts this semester, including Van Jones, Chairman Adam Schiff, Ijeoma Oluo, LaTosha Brown, Hank Azaria, Yamiche Alcindor, and many more. Learn more and register at the link!

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The Tufts Votes 2020 website brings together news, research, resources, and other timely nonpartisan information about the 2020 elections on campus and beyond. Get informed, get involved, and vote!

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.
  • Students working on a computer
    In partnership with Amigos de las Americas, we're offering an online gap semester program that allows students to enjoy a virtual "volunteership" and for-credit Tufts coursework.

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.
  • The Massachusetts State House
    Our newest research center focuses on publishing expert, scholarly, nonpartisan analyses on pending legislation and ballot questions in Massachusetts.

Practice

  • 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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