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Strengthening Democracy

Tufts is marshalling resources to articulate the values of democracy through coursework, scholarship, and opportunities for civic and community engagement. Through such activity, Tufts endorses a larger vision for universities as institutions who do not sit on the sidelines, but who rather are engaged with protecting and advancing human freedom, dignity, and respect.

  • The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life received the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation--one of only five institutions chosen from nearly 100 nominations.
Jennifer Bailey, A09 portrait

Jennifer Bailey, A09, walked through the U.S. Senate cafeteria on Capitol Hill in January 2015, alongside a rabbi and a Buddhist monk.

Signe Peterson Flieger portrait

Signe Peterson Flieger, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts, woke up on November 9, 2016, wondering what Donald Trump’s presidency would mean for U.S. health care. Candidate Trump promised to repeal Obamacare soon after he took office.

Four 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program fellows

Looking back on his undergraduate years, Alan D. Solomont, A70, A08P, says it was “probably not until I was a sophomore or junior that I started getting the most out of my Tufts education, and then it was life changing.”