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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.

At a panel celebrating President Kennedy's centennial, leaders emphasized the potential of national service to solve problems and bring people together.

Bill Kristol and Neera Tanden

Democrat Neera Tanden and Republican Bill Kristol debated the future of the country as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series.

Shawn Kim with President Clinton at Northeastern

Tufts dental student Shawn Kim, D20, fused dentistry with medicine and entrepreneurship to create an affordable HIV diagnostic kit.

Tufts University Prison Initative at Tisch College

Through the Tufts Prison Initiative at Tisch College, Tufts students and incarcerated people study literature together and learn from each other.

Tufts Voting

According to a report released today, Tufts students turned out to vote in 2016 and greatly increased their participation over 2012.

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Students line up at voting booths in the 2016 election

Tufts University’s Tisch College today released an analysis of the voting patterns of millions of students in 2016. Overall college-student turnout increased by more than three percentage points—from 45.1% to 48.3%—from 2012 to 2016.

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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