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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Community Partnerships

Tisch College facilitates strong, meaningful, and sustainable relationships between Tufts and its host communities. We support and encourage students and faculty members to work with partner communities in addressing community-identified needs. These partnerships can take many forms, including academic research, curriculum development, forums and conferences, coursework, internships, volunteer work, and more.

Our partnerships are guided by several foundational principles:

  • To focus primarily, though not exclusively, on communities where Tufts University’s campuses are located, especially Medford, Somerville, and Boston’s Chinatown—as well as the Greater Boston area.
  • To plan, conduct, and manage teaching, service, and research activities in full collaboration with community partners, taking into consideration the assets of local communities as well as the challenges that they face
  • To fully orient and prepare Tufts students to work in local communities, and to elevate the knowledge of community members about Tufts in order to maximize the contributions to the education of Tufts students, to faculty research, and the benefits to communities.

Learn more about our host communities and check out our map of community partners:

Special Programs

The Tisch College Office of Community Partnerships also supports two specific initiatives aimed at improving educational equity and college access in out host communities:

College Access is a national movement to increase access to higher education, particularly among students from underrepresented backgrounds. Our College Access Initiative, led by a steering commitee of Tufts undergraduates, partners with youth-serving organizations on college access and success through campus tours and workshops among Tufts host communities. Through the program, high school students are exposed to college life and encouraged to begin the college application process.

STEM Ambassadors are student representatives from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering who share their passion and excitement for the sciences and engineering with local middle and high school students in Medford, Somerville, and Boston. STEM Ambassadors share the opportunities for growth, knowledge, and socialimpact to a diverse population, with a special focus on underrepresented groups in the STEM fields such as girls, youth of color, and first-generation college-bound students.

For more information, contact Shirley Mark, Tisch College’s Director of Community Partnerships, at shirley.mark@tufts.edu.

The Tisch College Community Partnerships Office maintains a calendar of events in local communities that may be of interest to Tufts students, faculty, and staff.