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Navigating the Pandemic: Knowledge, Resilience, Civic Purpose and Engagement

The pandemic is confusing and unpredictable. For some, it can be isolating, damaging, and even tragic. As a major research university, Tufts offers a wealth of resources to learn about the disease and its social impact and how to take care of ourselves, help others, and be civically engaged during the pandemic.

To address these issues, during the summer of 2020, Tisch College is offering an 8-part, weekly webinar series aimed at supporting students and the entire Tufts community as we all navigate the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing crises related to racial injustice.

Topics include:

  • emotional resilience in the face of trauma and uncertainty
  • issues of equity and racial/social disparities
  • civic engagement and voting
  • dispelling COVID-19 misinformation with science
  • the public policy and economic implications of the pandemic
  • physical health and nutrition
  • building and maintaining connections despite social distancing

These free weekly seminars will be offered Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST starting June 10 and will be open to current and incoming Tufts students, 2020 Tufts graduates, and other members of the Tufts community. Students who attend at least six of the eight sessions will qualify for a certificate of completion.

We will draw on the expertise of Tisch College faculty and staff, Tufts University faculty in a variety of academic disciplines, and experts from Boston-area universities, hospitals, and community nonprofit organizations. Each webinar session will feature multiple speakers, workships, or activities. Tufts students (including incoming students and 2020 graduates) will be able to participate directly in the sessions, as well as in discussions for smaller groups. Other members of the Tufts community and the general public can watch a live stream of each session or watch the recording on their own time.

This effort reflects Tufts' commitment to promote social emotional resilience and wellbeing across the University. Ticsh College Senior Fellow Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Tisch SEL-CE Initiative Associate Director and Department of Education faculty member, is leading this effort alongside Tisch College Associate Dean Peter Levine. Tisch College is funding the initiative.

How to Sign Up

Current Tufts students and 2020 Tufts graduates: Sign up for the webinar as a "course" on Canvas. The link is here. Information and resources, including the access link for each session, will be posted on Canvas throughout the summer.

Incoming Tufts students, other members of the Tufts community and the general public: Please register for the webinar by filling out this short online form. For incoming students, we will follow up with instructions on how to access the webinar series. Others will receive a weekly reminder with the link to watch the live stream.

Questions? Email

To learn more about how you can support our work to enhance the civic lives of all young people, please contact Director of Development Karen Culbert at or 617 627-2728.