Spotlight on Citizenship Tutoring

Graduates of the IOP Citizenship Tutoring program from 2016 were recognized at an annual dinner with Harvard President Drew Faust.

The Citizenship Tutoring program at the Harvard University Institute of Politics is deeply rooted in the ideals of service and community, and its goal is to build greater civic engagement throughout the Harvard community. The program is a partnership between the undergraduate program members and the Harvard Bridge Program, an adult education and training program open to all Harvard University staff and faculty offering a wide range of classes.

Citizenship Tutoring Chair Maria Mendoza '19

Every week, through the citizenship preparation one-on-one training program, citizenship tutors meet with employees from various departments within the Harvard community to help them study for the four components of the U.S. citizenship test: civics, speaking, reading, and writing. The program is also actively involved with immigration groups and activist organizations on campus through advocacy efforts and events aimed to create further dialogue around immigration and citizenship issues. Through Citizenship Tutoring, members at the Institute of Politics strive to foster civic engagement and maintain our strong, diverse Harvard community.

If you have questions about Citizenship Tutoring, email Maria at

“Citizenship Tutoring allows us to give back to some of the hardest-working members of the Harvard community. Our membership is a diverse group of immigrants, first generation Americans, and students whose families have been in the U.S. for generations. Through weekly tutoring, service events, and inter-program collaborations, we aim to provide support to any and all immigrants in the Harvard community undergoing the naturalization process.”
— Maria Mendoza '19, Chair of Citizenship Tutoring