Vol 13 | No 3, March 2016

Exponential Potential


Community Partners Talk Politics at 2016 Presidential Symposium

On Wednesday, March 9, Tufts University held its 14th annual Presidential Symposium on Community Partnerships, which brought together more than 100 leaders from our host communities whose collaborations with Tufts students, staff, and faculty, are critical to the work of the University. This year’s Symposium focused on political learning and voter engagement.

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Research Spotlight


Total Youth Votes in the 2016 Primaries and Caucuses

Young people have been voting in record numbers this primary season, especially in Republican contests, while in Democratic primaries overwhelming youth support for Senator Bernie Sanders has helped him stay competitive against Secretary Hillary Clinton. Exclusive analysis from our Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement looks at the breakdown of youth participation in 2016. Read more.



Tufts University to Collaborate with City Year to Expand Tufts’1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program

We are pleased to announce a first-of-its-kind agreement with City Year in which fellows in the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning program will have the opportunity to serve in high-need urban school districts across the United States. This is the first time that City Year has established a formal relationship with a university bridge-year program, and this unique collaboration will strengthen and magnify the impact of Tufts 1+4. Read more.


Driving the Conversation on Youth Engagement in Politics

This month, Tisch College leaders published two articles in The Conversation, an online publication that combines academic rigor with a journalistic style to offer research-based commentary and analysis on current issues. In “How can universities encourage young people to vote?” Dean Alan D. Solomont focuses on the challenges and opportunities for increased electoral engagement on college campuses. In “The waning influence of American political parties” our Associate Dean for Research Peter Levine considers what young people’s disengagement from political parties means for the future of these institutions.


A Global Classification for Recognizing University Civic Engagement

At the recent Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference held in Boston, the Talloires Network hosted a panel on university rankings. Higher education leaders from four different continents, including Tufts professor and Talloires Network Director Lorlene Hoyt, discussed the challenges and opportunities of incorporating measures of community service and civic engagement in global university rankings. Read more.

Gabe Brazil

Tufts 1+4 Blog: Connections, Divergences, and Endings

Read up on the latest posts on the blog of our Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning program! This past month, Justin discussed the similarities and differences between his work in Spain and that of other Fellows across the ocean; Abredeen shared the special connection she has forged with her “host sister,” and Gabriel reflected on the impact of his experience as he and the other Brazil Fellows wind down their service year.
Check out more from the Tufts 1+4 blog here.


Latest News

Catch up on some of the Latest News from Tisch College! Students from the Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning Program shared their experiences of community engagement in their annual symposium; major media outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post featured our research on youth voting in the 2016 nominating contests; and Tisch College highlighted the civic efforts of the private sector with a conference on impact investing and an award for our 2016 Corporate Citizen Fellow. Read more.


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