A Campus Culture for Civic Engagement and Psychosocial Well-Being: Program Development and a Longitudinal Study

Category 3: Demonstration Site Grant

"Overall, the strategy of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University is to build a campus climate that enhances all Tufts students_ civic engagement and psychosocial well-being through the pervasive _infusion_ of civic engagement themes into all aspects of student_s campus life. The demonstration project at Tufts University gave us the opportunity to investigate the empirical connections among: Tufts programs (curricular, extracurricular, and community-based), undergraduates_ civic engagement, and their psychosocial well-being. The key findings are used as key evidence-base for major strategic changes at Tisch College. These include: 1) students needed to perceive the social change aspects of their engagement; 2) students engage in diverse ways and one type of programming does not fit all needs; 3) the social connections that students form through civic engagement is a key pathway to flourishing; and 4) our programs must address civic opportunity gaps for students of less affluent backgrounds."