Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy

Pre-College and Special Programs

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From immersive summer programs for high school students, to collaborations for lifelong civic learning, Tisch College prepares people and communities to make a difference. 

Pre-College Programs

Leadership for Social Change

A two-week summer experience for high school students who are passionate about making a difference in the world and having an impact on local and global issues.

Inquiry Program for High School Students

High school students from across the country participate in a weekend-long global issues simulation and an investigative trip, typically during the winter intersession, to the country or region of interest. Inquiry is part of the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) program.

Programs Open to Non-Tufts Students

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Tufts Campaign School

The Tufts Campaign School, an innovative week-long program during Tufts Winter Term, provides a unique opportunity to learn how campaigns work, hear directly from industry experts, and explore future careers in the exciting world of political and advocacy campaigns.

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Tufts Initiative for Leadership and International Perspective

Each year delegations of students from the U.S. service academies and universities throughout the world travel to Tufts to attend the annual Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) symposium, present their research, and interact with their peers.

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Freedom Summer

The Freedom Summer Fellows program provides the short-term capacity and expertise to co-create and implement with communities. Graduate students and undergraduates from top universities are trained, supported and deployed to cities and towns across the United States.

Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College

In partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and Massachusetts Department of Corrections, TUPIT offers accredited college courses to incarcerated people, who can complete an associate’s degree while in prison and can transfer to a state university after completing their sentence. TUPIT also offers a 4-course college re-entry program at no cost to people who have been incarcerated through the MyTERN program. Tufts students, faculty, and staff can volunteer as MyTERN Navigators to support MyTERN students and mentors.

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