Community Service Blog

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 many doors for me and other students alike to gain professional and leadership skills directly linked to the issues we feel most passionate about. Overall, the S/RC is a phenomenal place for students to gain exposure to different community issues as well as different environments, while committing to community service and social change."

The S/RC Graduate Student Liaisons develop and implement community service opportunities for graduate students while building and enhancing leadership skills. Because graduate students have a busy lifestyle, we work to identify barriers to graduate student engagement and seek to implement opportunities graduate students may both benefit from and enjoy. Overall, we aim to build a strong community of graduate students on campus, while also providing them with the necessary tools for success beyond their stay at Simmons.

Who We Are:
Left to right:
Beverly Gill - School of Library and Information Sciences
Anna Katia Zbikowski - School of Social Work
Roxanna Villalobos, Special Projects Coordinator
Heather Mooney - Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Wesley Leftwich - School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Not pictured: Xue Yu - School of Management

What We Do
• Expand the number of service opportunities for graduate students.
• Create valuable and meaningful community engagement initiatives.
• Increase the number of graduate students participating in service.
• Grain knowledge in social entrepreneurship, non-profit leadership and management.

Our Events - Join us!
The Graduate Student Liaisons put together several events important to the S/RC and Simmons College. We hope to make these events happen again this spring:

• GLOBAL SERVICE WEEK [April] - Simmons College celebrates service and diversity during a weeklong series of events and activities during the mid-to-end of April. The campus-wide initiative reflects the Simmons community commitment to service and the Boston community. Events include on and off campus volunteer opportunities, informative panels and workshops. Last year, students got out into the community by making nutritious meals at Community Servings, cleaning up Nira Rock Park and having high tea at Mount Pleasant Seniors Residence. On campus, students attended informative discussions on South Sudan and joined Brown Bag Lunches with Daily Table.

• STAND AGAINST RACISM with YWCA Boston [APRIL 24, 2015] - SAR is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual events. As a participating site, Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center will host our own "stand" around issues surrounding racism and racial equity in the Boston community. Last year, the event included: a pledge signing of over 400 students and faculty, a Bystander Awareness Training workshop, an innovative fitness session with InnerCity Weightlifting, and a film screening of a newly released documentary titled "Broken on All Sides", followed by a critical panel of local activists.

Keep an eye out for new events and join us this spring semester by volunteering!