Service   |   Engagement   |   Innovation

The Dukakis Center is a private, independent and non-partisan collegiate forum for research and outreach, with a focus on citizenship and civic engagement which is unique in Europe. Our fundamental mission is to inspire youth to take active and constructive roles in public affairs.

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It is Election Day, 1988. Michael Dukakis, the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States, is addressing young campaign volunteers. Dukakis has lost the election, but won their hearts.

There is nothing you can do in this world more fulfilling and more satisfying than giving of yourself to others, and making a contribution to your community and your state or your nation and your fellow citizens...
Michael S. Dukakis

This passion to contribute, this willingness to set aside one’s material interests to work for the good of their fellow citizens, is precisely what we mean by the phrase “public service.” It has animated the Dukakis Center since our founding more than two decades ago.

Part think tank, part service learning hub, the Dukakis Center is in fact a prototype for a new kind of academic and outreach center. Our core ethos of service and our vocation for innovative engagement are perfect antidotes to the uncertainties facing society today.

We are proud to carry on the legacy of Governor and First Lady Dukakis. I welcome you to visit our site, and to send any inquiries you might have about our many ongoing initiatives.

David Wisner
Executive Director
Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service