Community Service Blog

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" level of the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Simmons has been recognized for it's community service programs for all seven of the years this has been given out.

The Scott/Ross Center is central to the facilitation of community service and service learning programs. A total of 1,359 undergraduate and graduate Simmons students provided at least 20 hours of service during this year; and 556 students provided service in conjunction with their academic course learning.

There are many players who make this happen. Students who take on leadership roles and participate in the over 15 student-led community programs and Jumpstart. Faculty who plan and embrace service-learning. Community partners who welcome, share resources and knowledge and give our students life-changing personal and professional opportunities. And of course, the many staff and departments that support and enhance the S/RC and community work that happens on and off campus.

Service is a year round activity on the Simmons campus. Even during quieter times such as the summer you will find community partner youth on campus attending summer programs and the Scott/Ross Center Fellows completing nine intensive weeks of service and grant making projects. This week during spring break, a team of Simmons students traveled to New Mexico to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, another group with their COF counterparts spent the week with Boston Immersion learning about food justice and GSLIS students spent time getting the Boston Teacher's Union School library up and running.

We can all feel really proud to belong to a community where service holds such strong meaning. Thank you!