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Scott/Ross Center Graduate Student Civic Engagement Liaisons, 2014-2015

Get to know our Special Projects Coordinator, Roxanna Villalobos, and the team of Graduate Liaisons! Roxanna says: "The Scott/Ross Center, in particular, has allowed me to place my analytical studies into practice through community service. Further, the S/RC has opened...

Sharing the Passion of Dance

"It isn't work; it's sharing a passion." "One of the parents said to me 'thank you for bringing music and dance into my child's life. It's important for them to have somewhere to go after school." These are the words...

Thanksgiving Community Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with loved ones and expressing gratitude for the good things in life. It is also an important time of year for service. Here are three great ways to give back to our community. Community...

Back to School with the Scott/Ross Center

The autumn term is well underway, and the Scott/Ross Center is bustling. We have three new Graduate Liaisons in the office: Alex Mazariegos is our Promising Pals coordinator. He is a candidate for the M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. in Writing...

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

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 walk...

A2CE Student Reflection - Women's Lunch Place

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 a...

Reading Break

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 was...

Service with a Smile

Earlier this month, the S/RC Fellows finished their nine week immersion into the nonprofit and grant making worlds. This culminated with an inspirational final presentation at the Boston Foundation, where Marissa, Leah and Jen shared their transformative experiences. Beyond the...

Summer Time Perspectives

Summer can be a quieter time on campus. There is a lot of planning, reflecting and anticipation for the coming fall and the welcome of new students and return of current students. For the Scott/Ross Center Fellows it is a...

Extending Kudos

Simmons College was recently recognized as one of the top higher education institutions in the area of student community service in the country. This is the fifth time that the College has been named to the "Honor Roll with Distinction"...

New England Patriots Give a Shout Out to Simmons Community Service Student Leader, Shauna Deleon

Shauna Deleon, Simmons Girls LEAP student leader is the New England Patriot Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Week! This huge honor recognizes Shauna for her 3 years of volunteerism and leadership in keeping girls safe! This week (November 11-17th) the...

Learning by Giving: Philanthropy in Practice

This spring, Simmons undergraduate students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the grant-making process through a new hands-on course made possible by the Learning by Giving Foundation. In MGMT/SW 290 Learning by Giving: Philanthropy in Practice, Simmons...

Pursuing a Career in the Nonprofit Sector?

This summer, the Scott/Ross Center Fellowship in Nonprofit Management provided three Simmons students an opportunity to explore nonprofit management to learn if this was a potential career path for them. In addition to spending over two weeks at an intensive...

Americorps in Action at Simmons

Americorps members pledge to bring Americans together, to strengthen our communities and get things done. Here at Simmons, we greatly benefit from our Americorps VISTAS and Student Leaders in Service. These dedicated members commit to fulfilling and promoting service and...

Celebrating Service and STANDING for Racism

This past Friday, April 27th, Simmons staff, faculty and students celebrated Global Service Day. Over 120 middle school kids came to campus to participate in service activities and tour the school. Highlights were visits to both the academic and residence...

Mentoring on my Mind

Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, where something is on your mind and suddenly you see and hear about it everywhere? - in the news, on your favorite TV shows, and in your every day conversations and work...

Rich in Leadership

This week, Simmons students returned to the classroom after several weeks of winter break. At the Scott/Ross Center, the first students to return to the office are our student leaders who oversee our mentoring, literacy and tutoring programs. They are...

Holiday Giving and the Simmons Spirit

The winter holidays can be a time of celebration and joy but can also be stressful and sad. For many of the community partners that we work with, their clients feel all of the above. Lucky for them (and for...

Simmons Students Connecting Service and Learning

It is hard to believe it is already mid-semester and the service learning projects that were launched in September have only a few weeks left. There is some great work being done this semester and I thought I would share...

Simmons Builds in Waynesburg

The Simmons Builds team will spend spring break in Waynesburg, PA, where they will volunteer to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Laini Cassis '14, Naomi Chick '14, and Meghan O'Beirne '12 will lead the team of 12 students in...

10 Years and 5 DOLLS

This past week, The Scott/Ross Center celebrated its' 10th Year Anniversary with a wonderful reception that included former S/RC student leaders, alumnae/i, faculty, staff, community partners and many others associated with the College and the S/RC. It was an amazing...

Eye-opening, Inspiring, Outstanding

This summer, three highly dedicated, determined and focused Simmons students discovered how the nonprofit sector might fit into their career goals. Kecia Lopes SW'11, Brighid McHugh-Mullane SOM'12 and Alana Clark '12 were the first Fellows selected for the launch of...

Summer Fun

Are you off for the summer? Is it slow in the summer? These are questions we are asked often in the S/RC. Summer definitely runs on a different pace. Fewer students dropping by, major planning time for the academic year,...

The Last Mountain

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Boston premiere of the documentary The Last Mountain. This film focuses on the coal industry and their practice of lopping off the top of mountains, in this case in Appalachia,...

25 years of Promising Pals

Last Friday, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Promising Pals program at the James P. Timilty Middle School. Over 280 Simmons alumnae/i, staff, faculty and graduate students participated in this pen pal mentoring program. It was awesome to see...

Closing Time?

These past few months have brought a number of worrisome potential closings. In December, we first heard that the Farragut Elementary School was on the list of potential Boston Public Schools to close at the end of the academic year....

Saturday's Bread

This weekend I volunteered at a soup kitchen in downtown Boston. It had been a busy and productive week at work complicated by all the weather related issues and on top of all that my daughter had her four wisdom...

Thanks and Giving

The winter holidays are approaching and this time of year is full of celebration and hopefully thoughtful giving. In the S/RC, we are lucky to be part of a community, which responds with generosity and caring. So far, we have...

Boston By Night - Are the Streets Safe?

The news in the last month seems especially full of youth violence - from the murders in Mattapan to the national rise in bullying and teen suicides. It is hard to understand why these things happen and incredibly discouraging. I...

Money or time - what should you give?

The fall semester is off to a roaring start. In the Scott/Ross Center we are delighted to be further strengthening and developing our community partnerships. The Women's Lunch Place is our community partner of the year and we are inspired...

Volunteer Recognition

The semester has come to a close and the past couple of weeks have been filled with students completing service projects. It is a great time of year as we reflect on what has been accomplished but also bittersweet as...

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...

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Our Mission

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates and promotes community service and service-learning for Simmons College students, faculty and staff in Greater Boston and beyond. By developing reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations, we enrich and expand students' educational and co-curricular experiences.

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