Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy

Initiative for Global Leadership

For more than three decades, the Initiative for Global Leadership’s offerings have connected theory to practice, engaged students in the complexity of global issues, and developed new generations of effective and ethical leaders. Aligned to the mission and vision of Tisch College, IGL has grown into a vibrant platform for local and global partnerships, student programs, courses and service opportunities, and groundbreaking research focused on robust, inclusive democracy.

Tisch College embraces student-led, transformational learning opportunities that build the skills of local, national and global civic leadership and welcomes the opportunity to build on IGL’s strong legacy of student leadership, global impact and a robust and engaged alumni network.

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Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 logo

The work of Tisch College’s Initiative on Global Leadership (IGL) is generously supported by the Cummings Foundation.

IGL Student Groups

Student groups affiliated with IGL host weekly meetings, events, speaker forums, and promote discourse on global issues and topics. These groups include, Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), Amnesty International, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Middle East Research Group (MERG), South Asian Regional Committee (SARC), Latin American Committee (LAC), and Women in International Relations (WIIR).

Student Group Spotlights

ALLIES Civil-Military Relations Conference

Over Veterans’ Day weekend, ALLIES hosted its tenth annual Civil-Military Relations Conference. This year’s topic focused on contested territories, and featured panels on Taiwan, the Russia-Ukraine war, and Nagorno Karabakh. Associate Dean McField delivered opening remarks ahead of the keynote address by Dr. Jaw-Ling Joanne Chang, the former Deputy Secretary General on Taiwan’s National Security Council. Over the course of two days, panelists offered analyses and insights into these the challenges faced in these regions and fielded questions from the audience. ALLIES students also welcomed delegations of students from the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy. Tufts Alumni Amb. John Hennessey-Niland, former ambassador to Palau and other Pacific Ocean sites, and Dr. Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, returned to campus as panelists. Tufts Faculty members Oxana Shevel, Political Science, and Michael Glennon, The Fletcher School, also participated.

Students pose with ALLIES Banner