The Citizenship Tutoring (Cit Tut) program at the Harvard University Institute of Politics is rooted in the idea that public service can build greater civic engagement throughout the Harvard community. Cit Tut’s founding principle is that the practice of public service is central to our understanding of American politics, and that through tutoring members can build a more engaged understanding of immigration. The program is a partnership between the undergraduate program members at the IOP and the Harvard Bridge, an adult training program open to all Harvard University staff and faculty. Every week our tutors meet with employees from various departments within the Harvard community to help them apply for citizenship and study for the four components of the U.S. citizenship test: civics, speaking, reading, and writing.
The program also actively engages with immigration groups and organizations on campus through advocacy efforts and events aimed to foster dialogue about immigration and citizenship. Program meetings consist of lessons and training to improve tutoring skills, guest speakers and discussions about U.S. citizenship and immigration, and joint meetings with other IOP programs on campus. Through Citizenship Tutoring, members of the Institute of Politics can be involved with public service hands-on and help give back to the wider Harvard community while engaging with broader issues of immigration in the United States.
What are the responsibilities of a citizenship tutor?
Tutors are expected to:
- Attend a one-hour training session offered by Harvard Bridge to Literacy, an employee education program at Harvard with which we partner in this project.
- Meet with the employee you are matched with once a week for one hour.
- Attend meetings once a month in which tutors will have the opportunity to ask each other questions and provide each other with ways in which they have made their tutoring sessions more effective.
- Attend Citizenship Tutoring Dinner and Discussions once a month with professors, politicians, and others who are involved with immigration issues.
- Have fun. This is a great opportunity to give back to the Harvard community, and it is also a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and country of the employee you are tutoring.