Community Service Blog

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 for Children, and has been a research assistant in the School of Social Work. Promising Pals is a literacy/mentorship program that pairs students at the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury with an adult pen pal from the greater Boston area, with letter exchanges throughout the year culminating in a celebratory breakfast in the spring. If you're a Simmons graduate student or faculty or staff member and would like to become a pen pal, complete the survey by November 1 or contact Alex at

Roxanna Villalobos is our Special Projects Liaison. She is an M.A. candidate in the Gender/ Cultural Studies Program and returns to the S/RC for a second year, having served as a Community Engagement Scholar at the YWCA Boston last year. She coordinates the Graduate Community Engagement Scholar Program and the Graduate Civic Engagement Liaison team, so if you are interested in either of these opportunities, give her a shout at

I, Amy Keresztes, am the Communications Coordinator, so you'll see me on this blog, our Facebook page, and website, as well as other outlets around campus. I'm an MSW candidate in the School of Social Work and an intern at the John D. O'Bryant School in Roxbury.

Stay posted to read more about Scott/Ross Center happenings, stories from our partner organizations (including a closer look at MACC Americorps*VISTA and Strong Women Strong Girls), and opportunities for YOU to serve your community!