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Congratulations to faculty members Lucy Bunning and Ilka Kostka for the recent publication in The Reading Matrix. Abstract: This study examined undergraduate international students’ communication-related experiences during service-learning, focusing specifically on their goals and strategies and the role of communication. Participants included 28 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in two sections of a service-learning course in a university pathways program in the United States. For 11 weeks, students attended a one-hour service-learning class and completed up to three hours of service work per week at a community-based organization. After each service-learning encounter, students completed metacognitive wrappers designed to focus ...

Applications are now due Tuesday, July 3rd – Click here to learn more! Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning for students and a teaching tool for faculty that purposefully integrates academics and service to meet classroom and community goals throughout the semester. As part of their coursework, students serve with community partners as a way to learn the course material and contribute to the organizational mission. We use a Request for Partnerships (RFP) application process to identify the goals of community-based organizations (community partners) so we can best connect them with Northeastern students and faculty through the Service-Learning Program. ...

ASB Recap!

04/04/2018

Over Spring Break, 17 groups of students ventured across and out of the country to complete a week of meaningful service. From installing solar panels in Arizona to making water filtration systems in the Dominican Republic 165 students and 17 staff members chose to dedicate their week off to various communities.   Johanna Loepke spent her spring break in the Bahamas, studying sea turtles as part of a citizen science project aimed at shaping future conservation practices. She and ten other Northeastern students worked with scientists from Earthwatch, a nonprofit environmental organization, taking tissue samples, and tagging them with tracking devices. “By ...

Applications due Monday, April 9th! Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Read more about each program and access the application through the following links: SERVICE-LEARNING TEACHING ASSISTANT PROGRAM SERVICE-LEARNING STREET TEAM PROGRAM The Center of Community Service also has 3 co-op positions open for July-December. Click here to learn more and apply through NUcareers! ...

NU|ACES Peer Leader, 2017 – 2018 Laura Krause is a fifth year psychology major with minors in global social entrepreneurship and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. She is hoping to pursue a masters in art therapy after graduation and eventually work with children (how cool is that?). Laura became an ACES PL after having such a great experience her freshman year with 826 Boston. About 826 Boston, Laura says, “I met some really amazing students there, and I think about them all the time. Sometimes I see their faces in the 826 email newsletter or I come across notes from them in my room. The relationships I ...

Co-facilitated by the Service-Learning Program and the Teaching & Learning Group at Northeastern, the Service-Learning Fellows Program is a 1.5 year long program which leads a small cohort of participants through an examination of the service-learning and evidence-based teaching literature, includes collegial sharing with and between faculty and community members, and results in the implementation or deepening of a service-learning course or component. Participants build knowledge and awareness related to enhancing student learning and engagement, connecting courses with social issues, and strengthening community relationships. Click here to learn more! ...

We are thrilled to announce that we have chosen this year’s CCS Community Grant winners. In the past, our Center has offered grants every spring to Northeastern student groups for projects that worked with local community organizations. This year, to better address community needs, we offered the grants directly to the organizations themselves.   This year’s grant winners are: 826 Boston, Growing a Diverse Library for 826 Boston Student Authors Castle Square Tenants Organization, Media Makers and Film Curators Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc., Nazareth Residence Health and Wellness Program Charlestown High School, “Every Student Will Love to Read” Community Literacy Development ...

NU|ACES Leadership Spotlight: Jacqueline Addona

03/01/2018

By ACES Ambassador Marisa Thomassie

NU|ACES Peer Leader, 2017 – 2018 Jacqueline Addona is a third-year Biology major hoping to pursue medical school after graduation to become an orthopedic surgeon. After her first year as a Civic Engagement Program student, she really valued the core idea of community involvement and wanted to have the opportunity to encourage first-year students to feel the same way she does. She also liked the idea of acting as a resource to first-year students adjusting to college because of how supportive her Peer Mentors were. To Jacqueline, civic engagement means playing a role in your community, whether by volunteering or community meetings or ...

We’re excited to highlight the service-learning course Community Learning, part of Northeastern University’s American Classroom program in the College of Professional Studies, by speaking to several of the faculty members, S-LTAs (Service-Learning Teaching Assistants), and community partners involved! Read more to see how faculty members Lucy Bunning and Barbara Shimer, community partner Cynthia Wilkerson of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE), and S-LTAs Taylor Drysdale and Kelsie O’Flanagan contribute to the learning goals of the students and the goals of the community partners involved with this course! Click here to read the full article on the S-LOG (Service-Learning Blog)! ...

NU|ACES Student Spotlight: Lindsay Lewis

02/22/2018

By ACES Ambassador Marisa Thomassie

NU|ACES First-Year Participant, 2017 – 2018 Lindsay Lewis is a first year Nursing major who joined ACES because she had volunteered all throughout high school and wanted to become involved when she moved to Northeastern. She came to Boston hoping to connect to the network of prestigious hospitals and has volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital in addition to her work through ACES at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. “I really want to be a nurse because I can always be giving back to my community, no matter where I work.” The ACES office received a shout-out about Lindsay from her partner ...

NU|ACES Student Spotlight: Julia Borgida

02/15/2018

By ACES Ambassador Grace Wang

NU|ACES First-Year Participant, 2017 – 2018 Julia Borgida is a first year Environmental Studies and Political Science major originally from Farmington, Connecticut. Looking to connect with other new students, she joined NU|ACES. “I joined NU|ACES because it seemed like a unique opportunity to meet other motivated and enthusiastic students, while also learning more about the Boston community and how we can all be engaged,” she said. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and watching movies. Her favorite food is chocolate chip cookies and her favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation. If she were an animal, she ...

The Northeastern Center of Community Service has offered community focused grants for the last 10 years. Historically, these grants were offered to students or student groups seeking to engage with a local community organization. This year, the grant applicants are available to local nonprofits, schools or community organizations who are seeking to partner with Northeastern students, staff or faculty. Learn more about these grants and apply here!   ...

NU|ACES Student and Leadership Spotlight: Kaitlin Toal

02/01/2018

By ACES Ambassador Grace Wang

NU|ACES First-Year Participant, 2017 – 2018 ACES Ambassador, Spring 2018 Kaitlin Toal is a first year Health Science major originally from Malvern, Pennsylvania. After enjoying her ACES experience in the fall, Kaitlin decided to apply for an ACES Ambassador position to become more involved. “I feel like I have more of a voice in the group now, and it’s really cool that I was able to apply for a position like this as a freshman,” she said. For this semester, Kaitlin is excited to build relationships with service organizations around Boston and explore the city. She also has the goal of hosting at ...