Tisch College plays an important role promoting and facilitating community service, political participation, and other forms of civic engagement at Tufts University. Much of that work is carried out by students, both individually and, especially, through myriad student organizations on all Tufts campuses that advance Jumbos’ participation in civic life.
We are proud to have an especially close relationship with several of these student groups which we consider Tisch College affiliated organizations, and to which we offer various forms of support.
Learn more about these student organizations:
ACTION (Advancing Civic Thought in Our Nation) is a student-run organization which aims to promote youth civic engagement in the greater Boston area.
The Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to promoting discourse relating to security and foreign policy affairs. Through joint education, research, and collaboration, ALLIES provides students and professionals, military and civilian alike, the opportunity to explore significant topics, events, and policy while developing lasting relationships.
Amnesty International is the world's largest human rights organization that seeks to promote and fight for human rights around the world. Through weekly discussions, events, and campaigns, the Tufts Amnesty International chapter aims to raise awareness of human rights abuses among the Tufts community and in the greater Boston area. Founded in 2009, the Tufts chapter has been actively promoting awareness of human rights abuses around the world to the Tufts community. Our weekly meetings include in-depth discussions on both current events as well as the priority campaigns outlined by Amnesty International USA.
Andrew Goodman Foundation / Vote Everywhere - Tufts Chapter
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) works with America's colleges and universities to provide resources, visibility, and mentoring to a national network of students who are committed to engaging their peers in participatory democracy through long-term voter engagement, public policy and social justice initiatives. It strives to amplify young voices by showcasing young activists and leaders.
Cooperation and Innovation in Citizenship (CIVIC) works to engage undergraduate students with each other in conversations about policy, current events, and the fundamental principles that drive American democracy. Since its founding at Tufts University in 2015, CIVIC has worked to ensure that it remains a safe but challenging environment in which students must consider their opinions and articulate their thoughts to a wider audience. As Tufts’ only multi-partisan community, CIVIC has become an outlet for many students to engage in weekly political discussions, learn civic-action skills, and develop friendships with those across the political spectrum.
JumboCode is a student-run Tufts University club that designs and builds apps and websites for non-profits and charities, free of charge. It strives to offer these services to the organizations that need them most while providing a platform for Tufts undergraduates to gain a practical, first-hand software development experience.
In the run-up to the 2016 general election, Tufts University launched JumboVote as a multifaceted, university-wide initiative to boost political learning, engagement, and voting in that year’s presidential election—and beyond. Spearheaded by Tisch College with support from the Office of the Provost, there are JumboVote representatives in every Tufts school and major administrative department, as well as among the student body. The initiative worked to facilitate voter registration, tackle barriers for Tufts students to vote in local communities, increase voter education, and support events and programs that foster political engagement.
Leonard Carmichael Society
The Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) is the largest student-run community service organization at Tufts University. LCS operates as an umbrella group for more than thirty service-oriented sub-groups. They work alongside the neighboring communities of Medford, Somerville, and Boston to challenge students to adapt a meaningful view of service and become civically engaged with the world around them.
The Middle East Research Group (MERG) is a collaborative, student think-tank and outreach initiative devoted to producing dialogue, scholarship, and nuanced explorations of the region. The group is designed to cultivate future leaders and to inspire students to realize the powerful results of its multi-perspectival model of thinking and acting.
Petey Greene Program
The mission of the Petey Greene Program is to support the academic goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people through high-quality volunteer tutoring programs, while educating volunteers on the injustice manifest in our carceral system. The Petey Greene Program at Tufts brings student volunteers into correctional institutions to provide free and quality tutoring to incarcerated people.
South Asian Regional Committee (SARC)
The Tufts South Asian Regional Committee (SARC) is an academic discourse and research group focusing on the 8 countries that fall under the region which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. This group focuses on social, political, historical and economic affairs, with a special focus on current issues facing the South Asian subcontinent. Though bi-weekly discussion meetings and a number of panel discussions, we hope to create a pace for students of all backgrounds, ideologies, Identities and ages to come together to develop a nuanced understanding of the region. For more information email SARC or follow SARC on Facebook.
Strong Women, Strong Girls
The mission of Strong Women, Strong Girls is to utilize the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to encourage girls and young women to become strong women themselves. By building communities of women committed to supporting positive social change, Strong Women, Strong Girls works to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls.
Tisch Council for Philanthropic Leadership
The Tufts Council for Philanthropic Leadership focuses on creating opportunities to empower the leaders of tomorrow by functioning as a foundation board that allocates funding to non-profits in Tufts' surrounding communities. The organization also organizes service projects, coordinates a philanthropic leadership speaker series, and promotes conversations about the social sector.
Tufts Latin American Committee
The Latin American Committee (LAC) is a student-led organization that is dedicated to promoting discourse on cultural, social, political, historical and economic issues in Latin America. It is a space open to students of all backgrounds, identities and ideologies to discuss and learn about the Latin American region; they want to spark conversation about the region by facilitating the learning process for students. LAC members engage in weekly discussions on given topics and host a series of events throughout the year in collaboration with faculty members and other Latin American and Caribbean student groups around the Boston area.
Women in International Relations
Women in International Relations (WIIR) is committed to exploring opportunities for women in international relations (IR). WIIR aims to strengthen the IR community at Tufts. Through mentorship and networking events, we strive to build a safe space for dialogue, empowerment, and career-building. The IGL’s mission has always been to educate students to become leaders committed to their community and devoted to solving complex global issues that may involve social, political, and ethical implications. As women and femme-identifying individuals have only been able to celebrate their identities in recent years, WIIR wishes to help amplify women’s capabilities and guide their roles as global leaders.