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Membership: The Active Citizenship and Public Service working group was chaired by Rich Lerner, Professor of Child Development, School of Arts and Sciences. Detailed member information is listed below.

Guiding Questions:

  • What is active citizenship? What is public service? What is the difference between the two concepts and should Tufts emphasize both equally?
  • How do emphases on active citizenship and public service affect: (1) how, what, and who we teach; (2) the type of research and scholarship we conduct; and (3) how we reward faculty, students, and staff?
  • What more should we do to realize our active citizenship and public service goals? What are the constraints we face?
  • What should we stop doing, or start doing very differently, if we aim to achieve our active citizenship and public service goals?


Name Title Email Phone
Rich Lerner (Chair) Professor of Child Development, A&S 7-5558
Emily Schipper (Staff) Project Assistant, Provost’s Office 7-3317
Gary Bedell Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, A&S 7-2854
John Durant Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering/Tisch College 7-5489
Chris Economos Associate Professor of Nutrition, Friedman/Tisch College 6-3784
Paul Joseph Professor of Sociology, A&S 7-2470
Laurel Leslie Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Medicine 6-5090
Alice H Lichtenstein Senior Scientist and Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, HNRCA/Friedman 6-3127
Emily McCobb Director of the Shelter Medicine Program, Cummings/Tisch College 8-4570
David Paul Associate Professor of General Dentistry, Dental 6-6819
Christine Rioux Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Medicine 6-3734
Anjuli Branz Student, Psychology
Gabrielle String Student, Mechanical Engineering