Honos Civicus at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at Fletcher. Inductees have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their commitment to engagement in communities around the world. The award also reflects Fletcher’s goal of educating internationally-minded students who are committed to active citizenship throughout their professional careers.
Strong candidates will have:
- A demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement in the U.S. or abroad.
- Demonstrated leadership and dedication.
- Made a positive impact.
- A commitment to Fletcher’s mission of increasing international understanding and promoting relationships of mutual benefit, security and justice around the world.
- A strong record of professionalism, ethical behavior, and academics.
Honors are for degree-seeking students who are in good academic standing only. Eligible students include those graduating in May or August of the same calendar year, or Januarians graduating the following February.
The benefits of membership in the Honos Civicus Society include:
- Recognition at a ceremony of Class of 2018 Fletcher students accepted into the Honos Civicus Society.
- Recognition at graduation and an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown.
- Features on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications.
- Membership in the Honos Civicus alumni group.
Applications will be reviewed by The Fletcher Honos Civicus Committee, which includes administrators across departments at The Fletcher School and representatives from the Tisch College of Civic Life.
- January 3, 2018: Application period opens
- March 5, 2018: Application due
Frequently Asked Questions
What is civic engagement?
Civic Engagement includes the ability to:
- Think critically about civic problems in the United States and internationally.
- Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities.
- Communicate powerfully.
- Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups.
- Understand your own values, motivations, passions, and ethics—and act on them.
- Recognize one’s responsibility to a larger community, both within the United States and on a more global scale.
What types of activities should I have participated in to apply for Honos Civicus?
Suggested activities and/or combination of activities – above and beyond degree requirements and paid jobs or internships – include but are not limited to the following:
- Everyday acts of volunteer service.
- Participation in social movements, advocacy, or electoral politics.
- Community outreach through Fletcher student organizations that involve underserved or vulnerable communities or population groups.
- Campus-community partnerships.
- Volunteer work with non-governmental organizations.
- Service and commitment to improving communities based either in the United States or internationally.
Can I nominate a peer?
Yes, you are welcome to submit nominations. To nominate a classmate, please send an email to Lucia.Foulkes@tufts.edu and include one or two sentences why you believe your nominee would be a good candidate for the Honos Civicus Society. The Honos Civicus committee will contact your nominee to encourage them to apply.
Do I need to be nominated in order to apply?
There is no nomination requirement for Honos Civicus. If you have participated in community service or civic engagement you may apply directly for Honos Civicus by completing the application on this website.