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January 26, 2022

Dear members of the Tufts community,

Tufts University has honored our most inspiring graduate and undergraduate students with the Presidential Award for Civic Life for more than two decades, recognizing their outstanding achievement in civic leadership during their time at Tufts. And while the challenges of the past few years have at times seemed insurmountable, our students have met those challenges with grit, innovation, and compassion. Their accomplishments deserve our appreciation, and we need your help to identify exceptional nominees from across the University.

You can be part of this tradition by nominating students for a 2022 Presidential Award for Civic Life. Please make your nominations online through Tisch College’s website. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 25, 2022. Award recipients will be recognized and honored for their outstanding achievements at the end of the semester.

As you consider nominees and write your nomination, please reflect on Tufts University’s continuing commitment to anti-racism, social justice, and our broad definition of civic leadership, noting that awards recognize the full range of service activities in which our students participate. Examples of leadership can include a combination of volunteer service in established programs, informal kinds of service, new and innovative student initiatives, and participation in community activities and governance. Many of our students are already civic leaders prior to coming to campus. However, this award acknowledges students’ community engagement during their time at Tufts. A list of previous Presidential Award recipients is available on the President’s Office website.

At Tufts, we uphold education for social impact as a vital endeavor. We are proud of the local, national, and international impact of our students. The Presidential Awards Program honors this institutional commitment by celebrating the diverse ways our students lead impactful civic lives. Thank you for being part of this valued Tufts tradition.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco