Moving the Needle: The Impact of Online and Residentially-based Foundations for Student-Community Engagement on Psychosocial Flourishing

Category 3: Demonstration Site Grant

"The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University is developing and evaluating two scalable, innovative projects designed to make civic learning opportunities more accessible and effective for students and communities.
The Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellows Program provides academic and civic engagement support to incoming students throughout their first year on campus. Based in first year residence halls, ACE Fellows help new students understand university and community assets. Its objectives are three-fold: to ease the transition to college; to position academic success; and to promote civic engagement as a valued facet of college life and in society.
Civic Seed is an interactive online learning experience designed to prepare students for effective community engagement. Civic Seed curricular goals include explorations of asset-based community development, reciprocity in campus-community partnerships, professional standards and conduct, cultural humility, sustainability, connecting academic interests to career aspirations, and leadership development."