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Scott/Ross Center for Community Service

Learning That Changes Lives

For more than 100 years, Simmons College has inspired its students to combine learning with action for a more just and equitable world. Today, the Scott/Ross Center (S/RC) for Community Service takes the lead in advancing this commitment to visionary education and civic engagement. Established in 2000 through the generosity of Emily Scott Pottruck '78, a trustee of the College, and her husband David Pottruck, the S/RC provides life-changing opportunities for our students through mutually enriching community partnerships. The Center is named in honor of Emily and her mother, Arlene Ross Gross '47.

The S/RC works closely with nearly 60 community-based organizations. Whether it's tackling social justice issues such as homelessness and hunger, mentoring youth on literacy, science, and math, or becoming a pen pal to a middle-school student, we offer our entire campus a variety of ways to get involved, among them, stimulating service-learning courses and exciting all-College signature initiatives. We're also one of the only community service centers in the country to provide comprehensive service programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Community Engagement Scholars !

The Simmons College Community Engagement Scholars program aims to recognize students who are actively involved in long-term community service. During the 2014-2015 academic year, up to eight students will volunteer in identified Boston-area nonprofit organizations. Scholars will complete at least 250 hours of service over the course of the year, carrying out tasks and projects that have been determined through conversation with the organization. In addition to their individual service, scholars will participate in two group service events, service reflection and will have opportunities for profession development  Potential community partners include: Mothers for Justice and Equality, YWCA Boston, MissionSAFE, Citizen Schools and GLAD. Opportunities are also available for GSLIS Students at Boston Teachers Union School and the Mather School. At the conclusion of their commitment, Scholars will earn a $1000 award.  Contact Amanda Moser, program supervisor, at for more information or stop by the S/RC in MCB E103.

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Recent Blog Entries

A Look at Finance, Fundraising and Board Practices at YW Boston

Posted on August 14, 2014 3:27 PM by Carolyn Grimes

This summer, Victoria Glover'15 spent part of her S/RC Fellowship at YW Boston. With an interest in finance and as a long time Bostonian she reports about her experience working at such a venerable organization. For years, I would more »

A2CE Student Reflection - Women's Lunch Place

Posted on April 3, 2014 3:31 PM by Carolyn Grimes

Natalie Lowell reflects on her experience with A2CE a multiyear service and leadership development opportunity for Simmons undergraduates through which she spent four years with the Women's Lunch Place. I roll over, turn off my alarm and realize it's more »

Reading Break

Posted on January 13, 2014 4:13 PM by Carolyn Grimes

Students are back and the spring semester classes begin this week! As great it is to see them all, it is was also nice to have the chance to get caught up some reading over the extended break. I more »

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