Tufts University announced a $15 million gift Thursday from alumnus Jonathan M. Tisch and his wife, Lizzie, that is aimed at promoting civic education and research.
The donation will establish professorships, fellowships, and internships in what will now be called the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, the university said.
Jonathan Tisch, cochairman of the board of Loews Corp., earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976. He helped establish the Tisch College a decade ago with a $40 million donation.
“Their generous support will enable Tufts and the Tisch College of Civic Life to help prepare every student for this important role, whether they’re studying to be a physician or diplomat, an actor or an engineer, and will advance Tufts’ position as an intellectual center for studying civic life,” president Anthony P. Monaco said in the statement.
The term “civic life” encompasses the belief in a healthy democracy and activities such as voting, organizing, and advocating for issues.
“What we’re seeing here at Tufts is that young people today want to be engaged,’’ Jonathan Tisch said in the statement. “They want to make a difference,” he said. “Hopefully they will bring the experience and knowledge from Tisch College with them as they work with others to create an even better world.”
Tisch College is known as a leader in education and research on US youth voting and civic engagement, the university said.
Alan Solomont, dean of the Tisch College, said civic education at the school will help prepare students to play a role in the political process and public discourse.
“Our research shows that young people are passionate about social issues, engaged as leaders in our communities, and eager to be a part of something greater than themselves and leaders in our communities,” Solomont said.
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