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January 23, 2023

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. Many of our students have faced challenges over the past few years but have continued to meet them 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 2023 Presidential Award for Civic Life. Please make your nominations online through Tisch College’s website. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 24, 2023. 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’ 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 before they come 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 charge. We are proud of the local, national, and international influence 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