Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy

Inquiry Program for High School Students

Inquiry is a global issues simulation program for high school students. Inquiry provides a unique opportunity for high school students from across the country to spend six months learning about an issue and being mentored by Tufts students and then to participate in a weekend-long intellectual and challenging simulation centered on a pertinent international or domestic issue. Inquiry creates a forum for young students to engage deeply with compelling issues through intensive study, role-play, and mentorship. The Inquiry simulation prepares students for global citizenship and develops leadership skills by emphasizing a cooperative approach to achieving progress on complex problems. In the past 30 years, more than 5,800 high school students and 900 Tufts students have participated in the program.

For high schools interested in participating, contact Heather Barry.

For Tufts students interested in taking the course (2 SHUs a semester), the course code is CVS 0050-06.

Past Inquiry Simulation Topics

2023 Global Reparations for Slavery
2022 Climate Change: “Code Red” for Humanity
2021 The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken: China as a Regional and Global Influence
2020 Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Myanmar
2018 The Future Nuclear Imperative
2017 Syria: The Future
2016 Europe: Facing an Uncertain Future
2015 Russia's Future with Post-Soviet States
2014 Democracy and Sectarianism in the Middle East and North Africa: Iraq
2013 Conference on the Next Big One: Preparing for a Global Pandemic
2012 Confronting Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

To get involved, contact Heather Barry, Special Adviser for Global Strategy.