Boston Mayor Tom Menino recognizes Simmons' 10 years of community service
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service (S/RC) celebrated its 10th anniversary of service to the community yesterday. The center has been integral in connecting Simmons students with volunteer and service learning opportunities. It works with more than 60 community-based organizations and provides countless ways for students to get involved, make a difference, and learn leadership skills.
In honor of this event, Mayor Menino has named the week of October 17 to October 21, Scott/Ross Center for Community service week!
Simmons has been connecting students with service opportunities for more than 100 years, but the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was established ten years ago with the help and oversight of Board of Trustees member Emily Scott Pottruck '78. The S/RC has consistently been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is the only school in Massachusetts to receive this "Honor with Distinction" four times.
With the help of the S/RC, service learning classes combine topics such as racial and class disparities with real world experience. Students spend part of their class time volunteering in a community-based organization to learn about issues first hand. Assistant Professor of Education Daren Graves says students not only learn about the issues but feel like they are doing something to help.
"[These are issues] that we're reading about. These are things we are watching movies about. These are things we're debating in the class about. Then we get a chance to really put that to the test. It's one thing to study all these issues, and it's another to give students the opportunity to study them more in depth, but also to put themselves in the position to be part of the solution."
Students on campus recognize the difference the S/RC makes in their lives. Whether it's on their own or through a service learning class, most students, undergraduate and graduate, take part in some type of community service during their time at the College.
Second year student, Ashley Deleon '14, says her work in the Scott/Ross Center and as a Meetings Coordinator for Girls' Leap has helped her grow in all aspects of her life.
"The skills you get [with the Scott/Ross Center] and also the experience you get will not only help you with getting future jobs but also with your academic work, because everything seems to apply."
Have you taken part in community service? Alternative spring break? Girls' Leap? Women's lunch place? We want to hear about your experience!