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Tufts Earns Place on National Community Service Honor Roll

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The recognition highlights the University's strong practices related to community service and civic leadership activities.


Tufts University was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation, awarded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Tufts was selected because of its deep commitment to having a positive impact on society. In the past academic year alone, over 3,100 students participated in more than 240,000 hours of service – including 1100 hours by veterinary students, 7,876 hours by dental students and 49,980 hours by medical students.

Beyond this direct service work, Tufts has taken an expansive view of “active citizenship” – through the work of Tisch College, encompassing traditional concepts of service as well as integrating civic knowledge, skills and values throughout the academic experience.

Tufts seeks to address issues of high priority to its host communities of Medford, Somerville, Boston and Grafton through the efforts of many programs around the university.

Housed by Tisch College, the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) is Tufts’ largest student organization and connects 20 percent of undergraduates with local communities. Over 1,000 Tufts undergraduates volunteer through LCS during the academic year, tutoring and mentoring youth, working on hunger and homelessness, doing health education and outreach, and fundraising for community partners.

In addition to organizing and coordinating a diverse range of service opportunities, LCS is committed to the university-wide goal of cultivating and training the next generation of civic and community leaders. The society actively shares best practices across initiatives, and conducts on-going evaluations to identify challenges, refine strategies, and expand upon success.

The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is transforming the teaching and learning of engineering, helping to develop a robust Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields pipeline. It is a leader in multi-disciplinary research and practice, with faculty, staff, and students from engineering disciplines and the education department. The Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) sends undergraduate engineering students into local classrooms in over twenty schools on a weekly basis to help teachers integrate hands-on STEM projects into the curriculum.

The work of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and researchers at the Center create many avenues of engagement, producing curricula and lesson plans, training teachers and doing professional development, conducting service learning research, working with practicing engineers to integrate service into their daily lives, and training the next generation of field leaders with the tools and practices of citizen engineers.

Another example of Tufts’ extensive programming is Tisch College’s flagship Tisch Scholars program. A unique, intensive four year experience, the program combines service, community partnerships, research, and academic study to develop and train civic leaders. Consciously building knowledge and skills year-by year, students learn to understand community assets, identify root causes of issues, enter communities as outsiders, and manage projects.

This is the fourth year that Tufts has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Tufts’ continuing place on the Honor Roll is a testament to the exciting community programs taking place in all Tufts schools, where community service is a way of life, positively impacting over 17,000 residents annually.