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Summer Social Impact Programs

Choose from 2-week intensive or 6-week semester-long courses in social change, international relations, climate resilience, and more.

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International Relations

July 21 – August 2, 2024
for-credit Tufts Credit
home Residential
car Commuter

Learn from world-renowned International Relations faculty, study a foreign language, and broaden your perspective on the world.

Leadership for Social Change

July 7 – 19, 2024 LIMITED SPOTS
for-credit Tufts Credit
home Residential

Equips current and future change agents with the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals.

Climate Resilience Institute

July 21 – August 2, 2024 CLOSED
for-credit Tufts Credit
home Residential
car Commuter

Students will learn the principles and key concepts of environmental change and resilience from experts in many fields.


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Tufts Summer Accelerator


The Tufts Summer Accelerator is designed to provide students with a chance to immerse themselves in the undergraduate experience, allowing highly motivated students to engage in their own academic interests and develop their own ideas. Students enroll in two college-level seminars per two-week session, designed specifically for high school students. These seminars are small (15-20 students), discussion-based, interactive sessions in subject areas from across the University. 

Choose from a variety of seminar topics including Social Psychology of Prejudice, Discrimination, and RacismRussia's war on Ukraine: why, why now, and what's next...Introduction to Children's MediaArt, Truth, and Misinformation, and many more. 

Meet Our Pre-College Program Leads

Calvin Zhao, Program Lead

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Calvin Zhao is the Senior Student Programs Administrator at Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life. He holds an M.A. in DEIJ Leadership from Tufts. In his role, he directs the Leadership for Social Change program, oversees the FOCUS Pre-Orientation program, advises student groups on campus, and manages the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement. Prior to assuming this role, Calvin coordinated the Tufts 1+4 and Tufts Civic Semester global programs at Tisch, supporting students as they engaged in community-based work abroad. Calvin also worked for 3 years at NYU Shanghai, a sino-US joint venture university in Shanghai, China, involved in various student support and community engagement roles. Outside of work, Calvin loves playing basketball and spending time outdoors, when he can!

Phoebe Sargeant, Program Lead

University College

Phoebe Sargeant is the director of the Pre-College International Relations Intensive Program. She also works as an administrative coordinator in the Tufts Political Science Department. Phoebe also attended Tufts University, where she received her BA in History in 2021 and her Masters in the Arts of Teaching for High School History education in 2022. While attending Tufts University, Phoebe participated in the Laidlaw Scholars Program where she completed research on the historical memory of the American Revolution. This research was later published as Phoebe’s senior thesis and investigated the origins and propagation of myths of the American Revolution and its connection to 20th century curricula. For the past five years, Phoebe has also worked for the Freedom Trail Foundation, where she leads tours of the Boston Freedom Trail, portraying historical figure Margaret Kemble Gage. Outside of work, Phoebe enjoys playing her cello, visiting museums with her fiancé, and rewatching The Xfiles.


Program Lead will be announced soon! 

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