Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

The Presidential Award for Civic Life is the highest recognition for service, leadership, and civic engagement conferred by Tufts University. Each year, Tisch College is proud to help select and celebrate outstanding students who combined academic achievement with a profound impact on communities near and far, helping address some of the biggest problems in our society.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are compelled to celebrate these remarkable young leaders a little differently. Their commitment to a wide array of civic involvement reminds us how much we need the passion, innovation, and civic commitment of Tufts students now more than ever. The 21 students to whom we present this prestigious honor make us proud and optimistic about the future even in these difficult times.


Amanjot Sarao, D20

During her four years at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Amanjot was a leader in global service learning programs. She participated in TUSDM’s service trips to the Dominican Republic and to Zambia, first as a volunteer and in subsequent years as a student coordinator for both trips. In that role, Amanjot managed participants before, during, and after the trips; in Zambia, especially, she showed exceptional leadership and creativity under difficult and changing conditions. Amanjot also served as a coordinator for the Tufts Give Kids a Smile project and as a member of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), and on the Executive Board of the Tufts Implant Study Club. She was selected as a Dean’s Research Scholar in 2016 and was inducted into the Robert R. Andrew’s Research Honors Society in 2018. 

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