Scott/Ross Center for Community Service

Learning That Changes Lives

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. This goal reflects the College's four core values:

  • We are at our best when students come first.
  • We cross boundaries to create opportunities.
  • We prepare students for life's work.
  • We make a collective investment in community.

Learn more about undergraduategraduate and faculty opportunities with the Scott/Ross Center.


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.