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

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

2018-2019 Service-Learning Community Partners

The following 133 community-based organizations, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies partnered with a Service-Learning course in 2018-2019:

  • 826 Boston
  • Access Sport America
  • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
  • Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) – University High School
  • Active Minds
  • Art Resource Collaborative
  • Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Balfour Academy
  • BalletRox
  • Beachmont School STEAM Club
  • Beacon Hill Village
  • Belmont SPORT
  • Bikes Not Bombs
  • Bird Street Community Center
  • Boston Breakers
  • Boston Building Resources
  • Boston Cares
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • Boston Debate League
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Public Schools – Boston Latin Academy
  • Boston Public Schools – Central Administration
  • Boston Public Schools – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • Boston Public Schools – William Carter School
  • Boston Scores
  • Bowdoin Apartments
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Hennigan Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Jordan Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Sumner Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Yawkey Club of Roxbury
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston
  • Camp Harbor View
  • Castle Square Tenants Organization
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – El Centro del Cardenal
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – Laboure Center
  • Catholic Charities of Boston – Teen Center at St. Peter’s
  • CharlesNewtown Housing Cooperative
  • Chester Square Neighborhood Association
  • Citizen Schools
  • City of Arlington
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Chelsea
  • City of Newton
  • City of Revere
  • City of Somerville
  • Claremont Neighborhood Association
  • Community Call
  • Community Servings
  • Daily Table
  • Dig Boston
  • Digital Grandparents
  • EHS Alumni & Friends Tutoring Center
  • Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation
  • Ellis Memorial
  • Emmanuel Gospel Center
  • Engage Boston
  • Everyday Boston
  • EVkids
  • Feminist Student Organization
  • Fenway Community Center
  • Fenway High School
  • Fenway News
  • Fit Kids at Madison Park
  • For His Children (Ecuador)
  • Franciscan Hospital Adaptive Ice Skating
  • Franklin Park Coalition
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Generation Citizen
  • Global Land Tenure Security Index
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Hong Lok House
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Quincy Towers
  • Hattie B Cooper Community Center
  • HEARTH at Elsie Frank House
  • HEARTH at Ruggles Assisted Living
  • Hernandez After School Program
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Hosteling International Boston
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • Latino STEM Alliance
  • Latinx Student Cultural Center
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • Literacy Volunteers of MA
  • Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
  • Lower Roxbury Coalition
  • Madison Park Village
  • Mason Place Housing Development
  • Mass Children’s Alliance
  • Mass Network for Foster Care Alumni
  • Massachusetts Network of Foster Care Alumni
  • Maverick Landing Community Services
  • Morville House
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
  • National Council for Adoption
  • New Hope, Inc
  • Old Colony YMCA
  • Old West Church
  • Raising a Reader
  • Rebuilding Together Boston
  • Resilient Sisterhood Project
  • Round Table
  • Scholar Athletes
  • Shooting Touch
  • Smarter in the City
  • Social Impact Center
  • Spaulding Adaptive Sports
  • Speak for the Trees
  • SquashBusters
  • St. Mark Community Education
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
  • Stearns Housing Development
  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Symphony Plaza West
  • T.O.P.S Basketball
  • T.O.P.S Soccer
  • The Clubhouse Network
  • The Sonny Walker Computer Center
  • Timothy Smith Network
  • United South End Settlements
  • Victory Programs
  • Wang YMCA of Chinatown
  • YES (Youth Enrichment Services)
  • YMCA International Learning Center
  • You’re With Us

Northeastern-Based Partners

  • Bridge to Calculus
  • Family Gym
  • Human Rights Organization
  • Husky Environmental Action Team
  • Marine Science Center
  • Northeastern ASL
  • Northeastern Students4Giving
  • Peace Through Play
  • Slow Food

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 Service-Learning between Fall 2013-Spring 2018:

  • 50 Cents for 50 Million
  • Adventure Challenge Program
  • Afro Flow Yoga
  • All Campus Divestment Collaborative
  • All Dorchester Sports League
  • Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Artists for Humanity
  • Asian Women for Health
  • Behind the Smile
  • BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program
  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Youth Worker Program
  • Boston DoIT
  • Boston Public Health Commission, Peer Leadership Institute
  • Boston Public Schools, West Zone Learning Center
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Boys & Girls Club of Boston, Orchard Gardens Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Blue Hills Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Charlestown Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Edgerley Club (South Boston)
  • BraverlyRise
  • Burundi Friends International
  • Campus Compact
  • Casa Nueva Vida
  • Castle of Our Skins
  • Cathedral High School
  • Center for Community Research Education & Health
  • Children’s League of Massachusetts
  • CiviLink
  • Climate Action Business Association
  • Climate Creatives
  • Community Academy of Science & Health
  • Community Work Services
  • Corporate Accountability International
  • Boston Public Schools, Curley K-8 School
  • Divest NU
  • Doc Wayne Youth Services
  • Eagle Eye Institute
  • Emerge Massachusetts
  • Emmanuel Gospel Center
  • Enabling Engineering at Northeastern University
  • Engineers without Borders NU
  • English for New Bostonians
  • Ethos
  • Feminist Student Organization
  • Fenway Community Development Corporation
  • Fenway High School
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Foster Skills
  • Friends of the Children – Boston
  • Future Boston Alliance
  • GreenRoots
  • Greentown Labs
  • Haitian Multi-Service Center
  • HandsOn Tech Boston
  • Harvard-Kent Elementary School
  • HOME, Inc.
  • 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
  • LIFT-Boston
  • Lower Roxbury Coalition
  • Madison Park Development Corporation
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
  • Massachusetts DoIT
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Youth Scholars Program
  • Massachusetts International Academy
  • Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
  • Massachusetts Treasury
  • MathPOWER
  • Mattapan Community Health Center
  • Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
  • Mattapan United
  • Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement, City of Boston
  • Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • 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
  • Northeastern Crossing
  • 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 Speech-Language & Hearing Center
  • Northeastern University, College of Computer & Information Science
  • Northeastern University, Department of Applied Psychology
  • 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
  • RENEW Energy Partners
  • Rosie’s Place
  • Roxbury Multi-Service Center
  • Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  • Russell Call Children’s Center
  • Sarah Greenwood School
  • Science Club for Girls
  • Second Nature
  • Sneakers to Beakers
  • St. Ambrose Family Shelters
  • St. Francis House
  • Steps to Success
  • Susan Bailis Assisted Living
  • Sustainable Business Network of MA
  • Symphony Plaza East
  • 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
  • Wediko Children’s Services
  • Wikipedia:Wikimedia
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • WriteBoston