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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.
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.

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

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The Tufts Campaign School, offered virtually in January 2022, is a unique, week-long opportunity for college students to learn how campaigns work, to hear directly from industry experts, and to explore future careers in the exciting world of political and advocacy campaigns. Apply now to reserve your spot!

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Tisch College and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government are excited to co-host the (virtual) 2021 Talloires Network Leaders Conference. Tufts students can receive a code to attend for free.

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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