Developing Civic Leaders

Our communities face complex problems and our world needs leaders who can bring together diverse communities to identify and implement sustainable solutions. Tisch College cultivates such leaders.

Transformative Opportunities
Mimi Briskman, A10, and Rebecca Weinstein, A10, are among the 82 students who’ve participated in a unique experience only Tufts provides: an extensive mentoring, networking and internship program in Washington, D.C. The program features substantial work opportunities open exclusively to Tufts students, in-depth mentoring with Tufts alumni and networking sessions. The two School of Arts and Sciences graduates, who’ve taken on leadership of the program, say the experience transformed their career paths. “The program provided resources to pursue my passions after graduation — a network of engaged alumni, an understanding of the job market and professional contacts within D.C.’s premiere private and federal organizations,” said Weinstein, now a litigation case assistant at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. “Participation gave me a chance to learn more about myself and what I wanted in the future,” added Briskman, a legislative affairs specialist with the Department of Justice. “Tufts students are lucky to have this program which can teach them, prepare them and expand their horizons concerning Washington, D.C. and their professional potential.”
Supported by Active Citizenship Summer (ACS)

Addressing the Root Cause
 Karen Kosinski, EG11, has made significant advancements in the prevention of schistosomiasis, a waterborne disease that affects over 200 million people around the world. As a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kosinski not only worked with Ghanaian nurses to treat children suffering from the disease, but she and her team built a clean water facility that significantly reduced infections in Adasawase, a rural community in Ghana. As part of her research effort, Kosinski mentored Tufts undergraduates, helping them develop skills in community health research and leading cultural competency trainings. Embracing this aspect of her work, Kosinski now serves as a lecturer of community health, School of Arts and Sciences.
Supported by Active Citizenship Summer (ACS)

Medical Mentors
 Jonathan Brower, M13, and Michael Kwak, M13, developed and implemented an interactive science literacy curriculum for over 100 seventh graders. Collaborating with teachers from a district with a college enrollment rate of only 14%, the pair built on existing curriculum to emphasize health disparities the middle schoolers identified in their own community. “For these students, childhood dreams are meeting with the realities of their community,” said Kwak. “The opportunity to connect with and learn from a diverse group of Tufts medical students is invaluable in keeping them passionate about success while giving them the tools to make those visions a reality.” Engaging over 30 medical students as tutors and mentors, the program fulfills the School of Medicine’s requirement that all students complete 50 hours of community service learning. The win-win program is now being replicated by five medical schools across the country. “Tufts students are learning skills critical to patient care,” said Brower. “They learn to communicate crossculturally, identify individual values and advocate for their patients.”
Supported by the Civic Engagement Fund (CEF) and the Tufts-Schweitzer Fellowship

Building to Last
 Dean Ladin, A10, had served on a high school student jury for juvenile cases and came to Tufts wanting to start a similar program. Connecting with local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office, Ladin refined his vision to create a Juvenile Diversion Program which met local needs. The program’s focus on connecting juvenile offenders with their community through tailored service experiences has been so successful that it has expanded into dozens of cities and towns. Working on this throughout his time in the School of Arts and Sciences, Ladin learned firsthand how to listen to community needs and develop sustainable solutions. Passionate about serving youth, Ladin now works for Teach for America as a social studies teacher on the South Side of Chicago. The diversion program has only continued to flourish since Ladin’s graduation. Anjuli Branz, A13, who ran the program last year, increased the capacity of local organizations to provide service opportunities and developed a service learning curriculum. She gained so much from the experience that it led her to intern as a victim and witness advocate for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office over the summer.
Supported by Tisch Scholars for Citizenship and Public Service

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