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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.
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Join the 2022 cohort of TSF! Participants will engage in fellowship positions with public and non-profit organizations, attend events and reflection sections, and meet alumni through formal and informal mentoring opportunities. Applications are open through January 28.

Tisch Scholars

The Tisch Scholars is a unique leadership development program that combines academic coursework, fieldwork in local communities, skill-building, and critical reflection. Applications are open now through February 25.

Civic Engagement College Choice Graph

The results of a recent survey conducted by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life show the role and experiences of civic engagement and service among students and alumni over the past 70 years at Tufts.

Tisch College's Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) released Democracy Counts 2020, a national report on student participation in the 2020 election. Read the full report to learn more about the record-breaking student voting rates at the link.

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Dr. Kenann McKenzie to lead the Generous Listening and Dialogue (GLAD) Center at Tisch College; center focuses on civic engagement, listening and dialogue on challenging issues

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.


  • 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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