Introduction to the Scott/Ross Center
Although many of you may be familiar with the Scott/Ross Center, many of you may not be, so I thought that I would start my first entry with a brief intro. The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service (SRC) was established in 2000 through the generosity of Emily Scott Pottruck '78 and her husband David. The SRC facilitates and promotes community service and service learning for Simmons College students (both undergrad and grad), faculty and staff while also developing reciprocal community partnerships. We have many exciting programs and opportunities for students and are actively working to expand these to alumnae/i.
This month, we received some tremendous news, for the fourth year in a row, we were named to the President's Honor Roll.This award is granted to commend higher education institutions for their exceptional dedication to community service. For three years we have received the special "with distinction" category and are the only college in Massachusetts to have been honored as such.
You may wonder what the difference is between community service and service-learning. This is a question we get all the time and often the terms are used synonymously but they are definitely different things. Service-learning is always connected to a course. It includes a reflective component and is designed to both fulfill a need in the community and meet curriculum learning objectives. Sometimes service-learning can look similar to community service and students may be doing the same activity at the community partner site ex. tutoring or serving meals in a homeless shelter but service-learning is designed to result in a deeper and richer experience.
We have some amazing community service and service learning initiatives happening at Simmons and I look forward to sharing them with you.