Northeastern University: Center of Community Services

About Us

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning for students and a teaching tool for faculty that purposefully integrates academics and service or community-engaged projects to meet classroom and community goals throughout the semester. As part of their coursework, students partner with community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies as a way to learn the course material.

In addition to service-learning courses, the Service-Learning Program supports research related to service-learning and community engagement, as well as publicly-engaged scholarship in partnership with the community.

Explore our 2018-2019 Year in Review


The Service-Learning Program is supported by 2 full-time professionals as well as seasonal co-op students, program assistants, and graduate assistants.

Becca Berkey, Ph.D.

Director of Service-Learning
Phone: 617-373-5840

Lisa Roe

Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Phone: 617-373-4823

Chelsea Lauder

Service-Learning Program Associate
Phone: 617-373-4206

Rafi Nizam

Service-Learning Program Assistant & Co-op
Phone: 617-373-2237

Meet our 60+ service-learning student leaders for Fall 2019 here!

Service-Learning Advisory Board

The Service-Learning Program is also supported by a Service-Learning Advisory Board represented by faculty and staff across the institution.

Shan Mohammed, Co-Chair

Director, MPH Program in Urban Health
Associate Clinical Professor, Health Sciences
Bouve College of Health Sciences

Becca Berkey, Co-Chair

Director of Service-Learning
Center of Community Service

Katherine Calzada

Assistant Dean for Research Development
College of Arts, Media, & Design

Elise Dallimore

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
College of Arts, Media & Design; Joint appointment in D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Kaitlin Fulton

Associate Director of Admissions
Undergraduate Admissions

Lori Gardinier

Director, Human Services Program
College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Audrey Grace

Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

Ellen Goldman

Senior Associate Director, Career Development
Career Development

Ann Golub-Victor

Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy
Bouve College of Health Sciences

Lorna Hayward

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Bouve College of Health Sciences

Brooke Hoger

Assistant Director & Academic Advisor
Northeastern Explore Program

Olivia LeClair

Associate Director for Advising
Bouve College of Health  Sciences
Office of Student Services

Moira Mannix Votel

Associate Co-op Coordinator & Director of Cooperative Education
Bouve College of Health Sciences

Brie McCormick

Director of Residential Life
Residential Life

Melissa McElligott

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Biology

Brian McGrath

Senior Associate Director for Analytics
University Decision Support

Giordana Mecagni

Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Snell Library

Barbie Papalios

Academic Advisor
University Honors Program

Aspa Papanastasiou

Associate Director, Global Employer Relations
Career Development

Richard Porter

Professor of Mathematics
College of Science

Lisa Roe

Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Center of Community Service

Carmen Sceppa

Associate Professor, Health Sciences
Director, Graduate Programs in Exercise Science
Bouve College of Health Sciences

Hilary Schuldt

Director of Project & Team Strategy
Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning Through Research

Kathryn Schulte Grahame

Associate Teaching Professor

College of Engineering

Lisa Worsh

Senior Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator
College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Katherine S. Ziemer

Vice-Chancellor for Learner Engagement
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Fall 2019 Service-Learning Community Partners

The following community-based organizations, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies partnered with a service-learning course in Fall 2019:

  • 826 Boston
  • A.D. Makepeace Company
  • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
  • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) – University High School
  • Balfour Academy
  • BalletRox
  • Beachmont School STEAM Club
  • Belmont SPORT
  • Bird Street Community Center
  • Boston Breakers/Boston Self Help Center
  • Boston City Singers
  • Boston Debate League
  • Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Higher Education Working Group
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Indicators
  • Boston Public Schools – English High School
  • Boston Public Schools – John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics
  • Boston Public Schools – Parent University
  • Boston Public Schools – William Carter School
  • Boston Scores
  • Bowdoin Apartments
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Blue Hills Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Hennigan Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Yawkey Club of Roxbury
  • Cambridge Public Schools, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School
  • Castle Square Tenants Organization
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – El Centro del Cardenal
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – Laboure Center
  • Chester Square Neighborhood Association
  • Citizen Schools
  • City of Arlington
  • City of Boston
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Revere
  • City of Somerville
  • Codman Academy
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Data Harmony
  • Digital Grandparents
  • Eat Your Coffee
  • Edmit
  • EHChocolatier
  • EHS Alumni & Friends Tutoring Center
  • Ellis Memorial
  • EVkids
  • Fenway News
  • Fit Kids at Madison Park
  • For His Children (Ecuador)
  • Franciscan Hospital Adaptive Ice Skating
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Freedman Healthcare
  • Friends of the Hernandez, Afterschool Program
  • G-Code Project
  • Generation Citizen
  • Governor’s Energy Office, State of Maine
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Hong Lok House
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Quincy Towers
  • Green Streets Initiative
  • Hattie B Cooper Community Center
  • HEARTH at Ruggles Assisted Living
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • IDC (International Data Corporation)
  • Julia Butler Center/Lenox Apartments
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
  • Madison Park Village
  • Mason Place Housing Development
  • Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
  • Millie
  • Morville House
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
  • National Council for Adoption
  • Old West Church
  • Page Academy
  • Price Challenge
  • Resilient Sisterhood Project
  • Resilient Urban Neighborhoods + Green Justice Coalition (RUN-GJC)
  • Resonant Energy
  • Round Table
  • Roxbury Community College
  • Roxbury Innovation Center
  • Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  • Scholar Athletes
  • Sea Sisters
  • Senior Citizen Housing Corporation of Boston
  • Shelburne Community Center
  • SquashBusters
  • St. Mark Community Education
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
  • Stantec
  • Stearns Housing Development
  • Sustainable Consumption Research Action Initiative (SCORAI)
  • T.O.P.S Soccer
  • Terracea
  • The American City Coalition
  • The Bay State Banner
  • The Clubhouse Network
  • The Foundation for BCYF: Family Gym Program
  • The Sonny Walker Computer Center
  • Timothy Smith Network
  • United South End Settlements
  • Vine Street Community Center
  • Wang YMCA of Chinatown
  • White Mountain Chaga
  • Women in Music
  • YED Corp
  • YMCA International Learning Center
  • You’re With Us

Northeastern-Based Partners

  • Active Minds NU
  • First Lego League Northeastern
  • Human Rights Organization
  • Husky Environmental Action Team
  • Northeastern Students4Giving
  • Peace Through Play
  • Peer Health Exchange
  • Sexual Assault Response Coalition (SARC)
  • Slow Food NU
  • Students to Seniors
  • The Scope

Additionally, some students sought out their own service opportunities to fulfill their course requirements. Those community-based organizations are not listed above.

Previous Community Partners

The following organizations have partnered with a service-learning course between Fall 2013-Spring 2019:

  • 50 Cents for 50 Million
  • Access Sport America
  • Adventure Challenge Program
  • Afro Flow Yoga
  • All Campus Divestment Collaborative
  • All Dorchester Sports League
  • Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Art Resource Collaborative
  • Artists for Humanity
  • Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Asian Women for Health
  • Beacon Hill Village
  • Behind the Smile NU
  • Bikes Not Bombs
  • BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program
  • Boston Building Resources
  • Boston Cares
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Youth Worker Program
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • Boston DoIT
  • Boston Public Health Commission, Peer Leadership Institute
  • Boston Public Schools – Boston Latin Academy
  • Boston Public Schools – Central Administration
  • Boston Public Schools – Curley K-8 School
  • Boston Public Schools – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • Boston Public Schools – Fenway High School
  • Boston Public Schools – West Zone Learning Center
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Boys & Girls Club of Boston, Orchard Gardens Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Jordan Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Sumner Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Charlestown Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Edgerley Club (South Boston)
  • BraverlyRise
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston
  • Burundi Friends International
  • Camp Harbor View
  • Campus Compact
  • Casa Nueva Vida
  • Castle of Our Skins
  • Cathedral High School
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – Teen Center at St. Peter’s
  • Center for Community Research Education & Health
  • CharlesNewtown Housing Cooperative
  • Children’s League of Massachusetts
  • City of Chelsea
  • City of Newton
  • CiviLink
  • Claremont Neighborhood Association
  • Climate Action Business Association
  • Climate Creatives
  • Community Academy of Science & Health
  • Community Call
  • Community Servings
  • Community Work Services
  • Corporate Accountability International
  • Daily Table
  • Dig Boston
  • Divest NU
  • Doc Wayne Youth Services
  • Eagle Eye Institute
  • Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation
  • Emerge Massachusetts
  • Emmanuel Gospel Center
  • Emmanuel Gospel Center
  • Enabling Engineering at Northeastern University
  • Engage Boston
  • Engineers without Borders NU
  • English for New Bostonians
  • Ethos
  • Everyday Boston
  • Feminist Student Organization
  • Feminist Student Organization NU
  • Fenway Community Center
  • Fenway Community Development Corporation
  • Fenway High School
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Foster Skills
  • Franklin Park Coalition
  • Friends of the Children – Boston
  • Future Boston Alliance
  • Global Land Tenure Security Index
  • GreenRoots
  • Greentown Labs
  • Haitian Multi-Service Center
  • HandsOn Tech Boston
  • Harvard-Kent Elementary School
  • HEARTH at Elsie Frank House
  • HOME, Inc.
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Hosteling International Boston
  • Hurley K-8 School
  • Hyde Park YMCA
  • Imagine Tolerance
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Italian Home for Children
  • James P. Timilty Middle School
  • John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
  • John Winthrop School
  • Jumpstart
  • Kenmore Abbey Apartments
  • La Alianza Hispana
  • Latino STEM Alliance
  • Latinx Student Cultural Center
  • LIFT-Boston
  • Literacy Volunteers of MA
  • Lower Roxbury Coalition
  • Lower Roxbury Coalition
  • Madison Park Development Corporation
  • Mass Children’s Alliance
  • Mass Network for Foster Care Alumni
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
  • Massachusetts DoIT
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Youth Scholars Program
  • Massachusetts International Academy
  • Massachusetts Network of Foster Care Alumni
  • Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
  • Massachusetts Treasury
  • MathPOWER
  • Mattapan Community Health Center
  • Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
  • Mattapan United
  • Maverick Landing Community Services
  • Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement, City of Boston
  • Microgrid Implementation
  • Mission Hill Afterschool Program
  • Mission Hill Health Movement
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
  • Mothers for Justice & Equality
  • National Center of Afro-American Artists
  • New England Center for Art & Technology
  • New England Disabled Sports
  • New Hope, Inc
  • Northeastern ASL
  • Northeastern Crossing
  • Northeastern University Bridge to Calculus
  • Northeastern University Campus & Planning Development
  • Northeastern University Center for STEM Education
  • Northeastern University Civic Engagement Program
  • Northeastern University Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Northeastern University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Northeastern University Marine Science Center
  • Northeastern University Speech-Language & Hearing Center
  • Northeastern University, College of Computer & Information Science
  • Northeastern University, Department of Applied Psychology
  • Old Colony YMCA
  • Operation PEACE Boston
  • Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive
  • Outreach 360
  • Oxfam America
  • Palaver Strings
  • Peterborough Senior Center
  • Playworks Massachusetts
  • Progressive Student Alliance
  • Quest Adventures
  • Raising a Reader
  • Rebuilding Together Boston
  • RENEW Energy Partners
  • Rosie’s Place
  • Roxbury Multi-Service Center
  • Russell Call Children’s Center
  • Sarah Greenwood School
  • Science Club for Girls
  • Second Nature
  • Shooting Touch
  • Smarter in the City
  • Sneakers to Beakers
  • Social Impact Center
  • Spaulding Adaptive Sports
  • Speak for the Trees
  • St. Ambrose Family Shelters
  • St. Francis House
  • Steps to Success
  • Susan Bailis Assisted Living
  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Sustainable Business Network of MA
  • Symphony Plaza East & West
  • Symphony Plaza West
  • T.O.P.S Basketball
  • Tatleaux De Pera Solar Group
  • The 51 Fund
  • The Boston Indicators Project
  • The DREAM Program
  • The Filminist
  • The Fresh Truck
  • The LEAH Project
  • The NAN Project
  • The Neighborhood Developers
  • The Urban Labs
  • Tierney Learning Center
  • Tutors for All
  • Union Capital Boston
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Residents in Academy Homes II
  • Urban Farming Institute of Boston
  • Vibrant Boston
  • Victory Programs
  • Wediko Children’s Services
  • Wikipedia:Wikimedia
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • WriteBoston
  • YES (Youth Enrichment Services)