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Tufts Once Again Named in President’s Honor Roll for Community Service

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The University continues to be recognized for its robust institutional commitment to service and civic engagement.

 

For the third year in a row, the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, has named Tufts University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary volunteer service.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement. Honorees were named to the honor roll based on scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

Tufts was selected because of its broad array of community-based work and an institutional commitment that is reflected across the university.  Over two dozen professionally staffed programs address literacy and science/engineering education, child development, health, animal welfare, the environment and other issues facing local and global communities.

Tufts University’s commitment to producing active, engaged, and effective citizens is driven by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. All Tufts students are part of this unique college that works across Tufts schools to prepare students from every field to be lifelong active citizens. Tisch College generates an enduring culture of engagement across the university by collaborating with Tufts schools, departments, and student groups to offer extensive programming for every member of the Tufts community.

Tisch College programs build faculty capacity to undertake community-collaborative research; increase student capacity to undertake service that addresses priority community needs; and introduce all incoming students to their role in addressing big social issues through a common book program.

Through Tisch College and the many programs around the university, Tufts seeks to address issues of high priority to its host communities of Medford, Somerville, Boston and Grafton. One initiative, Shape Up Somerville, changed the way the whole city is addressing nutrition, activity and obesity. Another project is changing the way community residents address air quality through window filters after identifying the impact of highway pollution on their neighborhood.

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.

The Corporation for National and Community service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

Originally published June 2011