Spring 2018 Service-Learning Program

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Table of Contents Welcome 3 The S-L Team and Street Team


S-L by the Numbers 5 Spring 2018 S-L Courses 6-7 Spring 2018 Community Partners


Course-Community Collaboration Award


Service-Learning Advisory Board 13-14 Thank you 15 Sample Questions to Ask Presenters



Welcome Good morning and welcome to the Spring 2018 Service-Learning EXPO! I want to thank everyone involved with the Service-Learning Program at Northeastern University. All of you represent pieces of our puzzle, connecting each semester to build a network that incorporates community partners, faculty, the Service-Learning Advisory Board, Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs), Service-Learning Team Managers (S-LTMs), Street Team, students and the staff in the Center of Community Service and City and Community Affairs. Our service-learning puzzle grows each year, to build further connections within the communities across the city of Boston. Over the past few semesters we have been able to build upon our diverse course offerings, not only in number of courses offered, but in the depth and sustainability of our partnerships. We are grateful for and humbled by the ability to learn and collaborate with all of you in our service-learning network, which is made possible from the support of our amazing community partners, student leaders, and faculty members. On behalf of myself and the rest of the Service-Learning teamAmanda Tompkins, Asta MacKie, Kelsie O’Flanagan, and Lisa Roewe hope that you enjoy learning about the enriching experiences students had this semester through serving in and with the community. Thank you to each and every one of you for being here today- and we look forward to connecting with you further and continuing to find new ways to put the pieces of the puzzle together in building a better, stronger Boston and beyond.

Becca Berkey Director of Service-Learning Center of Community Service 3

Spring 2018 Service-Learning Program Staff

Meet the people behind the magic! From creating partnerships, to coordinating social media accounts, to planning the EXPO, this team is responsible for connecting all of the pieces of our Service-Learning puzzle. (From left to right: Amanda Tompkins - Program Assistant & Co-op; Becca Berkey - Director of Service-Learning; Lisa Roe - Assistant Director of Service-Learning; Asta MacKie - Program Assistant; Kelsie O’Flanagan - Program Assistant & Service-Learning Team Manager)

Spring 2018 Street Team

The Service-Learning Street Team is a student leadership opportunity in the S-L Program. This team of trailblazers focuses on two primary areas, (1) accompanying S-L students to their orientation or first day of service while providing an asset-based perspective of our communities, and (2) extending the marketing and outreach capacity of the S-L Program both on campus, in the community, and through social media.


(From left to right: Meiling Zhang, Kylie Schreck, Danielle Dottor, Anna Moore, Rain Dimen, and Sophia Gunzberg. Not pictured: Ping Chou and Street Team Coordinator Ben Sanders.)

Spring 2018 Statistics

Faculty Members: 39

Students: 710

S-LTMs: 5

Courses: 46

Community Partners: 98

Street Team Members: 7

S-LTAs: 33

Total Hours* Served by Students: 9,979

*Numbers reported by 4/17/18 date 5

Spring 2018 Courses Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Doctoral Seminar: Leadership, Consultation, & Supervision    with Ami Popat-Jain Physical Therapy Project 2 (2 sections)    with Diane Fitzpatrick, Lorna Hayward & Ann Golub-Victor Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare Seminar    with Ann Golub-Victor & S-LTA Tavia Allen

College of Arts, Media & Design

5D Fundamentals: Experience & Drawing* (2 sections)    with Kara Braciale & S-LTAs Asta MacKie & Laura Martz Music & Social Justice*    with Rebekah Moore & S-LTA Porter Warrick Hess Video Basics*    with David Tames & S-LTA Matthew Cox

College of Computer & Information Science

Data Information & Presentation*    with Cody Dunne & S-LTA Caroline Boschetto Special Topics in Data Visualization: Information Visualization    with Michelle Borkin

College of Engineering

Cornerstones of Engineering 2* (2 sections)    with Susan Freeman & S-LTA Lauren Scornavacca

College of Professional Studies

Community Learning* (5 sections)    with Lucy Bunning, Frank Garro, Alex Oliveria, Lisa Roe & Hilary Sullivan    & S-LTAs Taylor Drysdale, Kelsie O’Flanagan & Cici Wang Education in the Community*    with Polly Attwood & S-LTA Lauren Silva

College of Science

Inquiries in Biology*    with Missy McElligott & S-LTA Cassandra Barrett

College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Advanced Chinese 1*    with Ann Cai & S-LTA Jenny Chan Advanced Chinese 2*    with Jianna Chang & S-LTA Jenny Chan Advanced Spanish Conversation: Global Communication*    with Maria Brucato & S-LTA Angelica Fiuza


College of Social Sciences & Humanities Continued

Advocacy Writing    with Greg Goodale & S-LTA Megan Ingram Boston in Literature*    with Nicole N Aljoe & S-LTA Amanda Tompkins Child Intervention & Treatment*    with Emily Mann & S-LTA Julia Bugeau-Heartt Energy Transitions & Climate Resilience    with Jennie Stephens & S-LTA Jash Shah First-Year Writing* (4 sections)    with Bret Keeling, Sebastian Stockman & Caitlin Thornbrugh    & S-LTA’s Chelsea Lauder, Hannah Lesnik, Jess Lynch-Foust & Tyler Nicholson First-Year Writing: Inquiry, Action, and Social Change*    with Sarah Finn & S-LTA Hailey Konisky First-Year Writing for Multilingual Learners*    with Caitlin Thornbrugh & S-LTA Griffin Rademacher Human Services Professions*    with Lori Gardinier & S-LTA Sara Flynn Intermediate Russian 1    with Maria Andrianova & S-LTA Erin Bourque Intermediate Russian 2    with Katya Burikova & S-LTA Erin Bourque Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations*    with Kate Marple & S-LTA Bree Hussong The Non-profit Sector, Philanthropy & Social Change*    with Rebecca Riccio & S-LTA Allegra Mangione Writing & Community Engagement*    with Belinda Walzer & S-LTA Amanda Tompkins

D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Becoming a Global Leader    with Paula Caligiuri & S-LTA Shelbe Van Winkle Consumer Behavior (3 sections)    with Mary Steffel & S-LTA Kaleem Ahmid Global Social Enterprise    with Ja-Nae Duane & S-LTA Maggie Walsh Skills for Managerial Excellence (2 sections)    with Curtis Odom & S-LTAs Mike Henetz & Amanda Wassenar

*Represents the classes who have presentations here today*


Thank you to our Community Partners that complete our S-L Puzzle 826 Boston Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Afro Flow Yoga Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) Alzheimer’s Association Balfour Academy BalletRox Belmont Sport Bird Street Community Center Boston Cares Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Boston Debate League Boston Housing Authority Boston Latin Academy Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston - Edgerley Club, Sumner Club, & Yawkey Club of Roxbury BravelyRise Camp Harbor View Campus Compact of Southern New England Casa Nueva Vida Castle of Our Skins Castle Square Tenants Organization Cathedral High School Catholic Charities - Laboure Center and Teen Center at St. Peter’s CharlesNewton Housing Cooperative Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association Citizen Schools Claremont Neighborhood Association Community Servings Corporación Para Sus Ninos Daily Table Digital Grandparents Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corporation Ellis Memorial Emerge Massachusetts Environment Massachusetts Ethos Everyday Boston Franciscan Hospital Adaptive Ice Skating Generation Citizen Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center - Hong Lok House & Quincy Towers Green Gas Hearth - Elsie Frank House & Ruggles Assisted Living Hernandez After School Program Horizons for Homeless Children Hyde Square Task Force


Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) Italian Home for Children John Winthrop School Jumpstart Let’s Get Ready Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Madison Park Development Corporation Mason Place Housing Development Mass Network of Foster Care Alumni Microgrid Implementation Morville House Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MUA) Old West Church Operation P.E.A.C.E Boston Palaver Strings Playworks RENEW Energy Partners Round Table Scholar Athletes Second Nature St. Francis House St. Mark Community Education Program St. Stephen’s Youth Programs Stearns Housing Development Susan Bailis Assisted Living TOPS Basketball The LEAH Project The Urban Labs Timothy Smith Network Union of Concerned Scientist United South End Settlements Wang YMCA of Chinatown William Carter School YMCA International Learning Center

Northeastern-Based Partners Behind the Smile Engineers Without Borders Feminist Student Organization Fit Kids @ Madison Park Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Husky Environmental Action Team (HEAT) John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Northeastern Campus Planning and Development Northeastern Students4Giving Northeastern University Dining Services Peace Through Play Slow Food NU


2018 Course-Community Collaboration Award The Course-Community Collaboration Award celebrates Northeastern’s ServiceLearning faculty, students, S-L student leaders, and community partners who have made an exceptional impact through their partnership. Congratulations! Nicole Aljoe, faculty member - Nominated by Jennifer (J.J.) Javier at 826 Boston Amanda Tompkins, S-LTA - Nominated by Dr. Nicole Aljoe Course & College Affiliation: Boston in Literature, CSSH

Pictured: Amanda Tompkins and Nicole Aljoe “I’m not sure if this or any letter could accurately describe how much Nicole means to us. If I could include photos, sound bites of the many satisfied sighs and yelps talking about her individual work and her work with us, the smile Josue Sakata, the Vice President of Social Studies & History in Boston Public Schools, had on when we bragged about her and Paul’s [History teacher at the O’Bryant School of Math and Sciences] passion for raising marginalized stories...then maybe you would truly feel what we feel. Nicole is an exemplar of assets-based community development, an inspiring educator, and a partner, friend, and beloved member of the 826 Boston family. There is no one more deserving of this award than her.” –Jennifer Javier (J.J.) of 826 Boston


“Amanda has been an amazing teaching assistant. By far, she has been the best teaching assistant I have ever had. She has outperformed, by far, every single graduate TA I’ve had. Not only is she incredibly organized and very conscientious, but also proactive and creative and her level of professionalism has been absolutely incredible...She has helped me to think differently about my development of the course, and I will definitely incorporate her work about the Busing crisis (and give her credit, of course) in future iterations of the course. And most importantly, I have been consistently impressed with Amanda’s thoughtfulness and her commitment to equality and social justice and working with her has compelled me to be a better teacher, scholar, and person.” –Nicole Aljoe

Sue Freeman, faculty member - Nominated by student Christopher Scianna Adreenne Law, community partner at Timothy Smith Network nominated by faculty member Sue Freeman. Course & College Affiliation: Cornerstones of Engineering, COE

Pictured: Adreenne Law and Sue Freeman “Adreenne and I are partners in a thriving Lego Robotics program in Roxbury, but it is more than that, we are a team, we are friends, working together on a regular basis to make sure that every child and parent in Roxbury and every Northeastern student get the best experience that can impact their lives. Adreenne is involved and invested, she can be found visiting any number of sites that meet every afternoon and evening every week. She is engaged, and present when she visits, she spends time chatting with the kids, taking them aside if they need some personal time or a bit of a talk, encouraging them and taking thousands of pictures. We cannot do this without each other, I provide 70 students and 20 mentors every semester, and they feel valued and engaged, she provides the sites, Lego kits, site leaders and local children to go to these sites week after week and year after year (now in our 4th year on this endeavor). We hold a showcase at the end of every semester, I do some organizing, she does some, and we put it together as a team.” -Sue Freeman “I am a fourth year engineering student and have had the luxury and honor of working with Professor Freeman all four years at Northeastern University. After piloting an after school program at local Boys and Girls Clubs, in 2014 the program expanded to include a single group from her Cornerstone in Engineering course. I had the privilege of being one of the four students who went to Orchard Gardens, a K-8 Citizen Teaching school in Roxbury. This 4 month experience has changed my life forever... Professor Freeman’s service learning classes have touched so many students. It has opened the door for dozens of us to be leaders in the community and gain endless amounts of skills and knowledge. It made it possible for me to become a teaching assistant every year since my freshman year and has encouraged me to write a paper on the effects of service learning on engineering students. Professor Freeman is the hardest working individual I know, always putting the needs of the community over her own.” -Student, Christopher Scianna


Course-Community Collaboration Award Honorable Mentions Hannah Flath S-L Team Manager nominated by S-LTA Taylor Drysdale “Hannah is always organized, on time and engaged in our meetings and it is obvious she genuinely loves Service-Learning and cares about each of us. I feel so lucky to have had her as my S-LTM this semester because I never felt alone while embarking on my first semester as a TA. In all, Hannah has gone above and beyond her job description of simply being a liaison between us and the broader program. She knows each of us as an individual and cares about how we are doing. She truly deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work.” Sabrina Kantor Student nominated by Cara Solomon of Everyday Boston “From the very beginning, Sabrina was the consummate professional: responsive, resilient, hardworking, consistent. At any level of the workplace, these qualities are hard to find, let alone in a college student working for free. As a result, at a critical point in Everyday Boston’s growth, Scout Labs has produced a website that represents our character and our work in a way that does us all proud. But with her spirit and her can-do attitude, Sabrina led that team to excellence, which is why I strongly believe she deserves this award.” Kian Kiat Lin Student nominated by Karen Liberatore of United South End Settlements “Talk about going above and beyond! Kian is hard working, dedicated, and thoughtful. He is consistent and clear with his communication. He is a strong young leader and positive male role model- this is something that we value highly in our program because many of our youth come from female headed, single parent households.” Austin Vyas Student nominated by S-LTA Cassandra Barrett “Austin Vyas has shown enthusiasm for service since the first day of class. When I introduced Service-Learning, I could see from the front of the room how excited he was to be involved in this class and this program. In the Inquiries in Biology class, there are students that actively work with community partners and there are students that make the lesson plans for the active group. Austin is part of the planning group for our LEAH Project team. Despite being on the planning team, he went to orientation to introduce himself to the community partner and establish a relationship with our contact. Because of his connection with the community partner that he established, he took on the role of being the liaison of the LEAH project and the rest of the class.” Cici Wang S-LTA nominated by Cynthia Wilkerson of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly “As a S-L student, Cici helped start a new activity site in a senior building with a large Mandarin and Cantonese speaking population. She was an active participant and a key reason the site was, and continues to be, successful. Every week, Cici showed up with enthusiasm and warmth, organizing activities and sharing things she was learning in class. She made everyone feel welcome and was often at the center of a lively conversation. Cici’s involvement with LBFE and the elders we were work with has continued since her official service has ended.”


Jasmin Watson Student nominated by Nina Vansuch of Boys & Girls Club of Boston-Sumner “It is very challenging to jump in, mid-year, to an established program and find one’s footing. Jasmin has been open and gracious to our kids and finds a way to connect, however small or large. For kids whose connections are sometimes dubious at best, Jasmin’s presence is calm, clear, and compassionate. The kids ask if she is coming every day!”

S-L Advisory Board Gail Begley, Co-Chair

Teaching Professor in Biology; Director of University Pre-Health Program College of Science

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

Susan Freeman

Director & Teaching Professor, First-Year Engineering Program College of Engineering

Kaitlin Fulton

Associate Director of Admissions Undergraduate Admissions

Lori Gardinier

Director of Human Services Program College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Ellen Goldman

Senior Associate Director of Career Development Career Development

Ann Golub-Victor

Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Lorna Hayward

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Moira Mannix Votel

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


Brie McCormick

Director of Residential Life Residential Life

Shan Mohammed

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

Barbie Papalios

Academic Advisor University Honors Program

Aspa Papanastasiou

Associate Director of 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 of Health Sciences Director of Graduate Programs in Exercise Science BouvĂŠ College of Health Sciences

Lisa Worsh

Senior Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Yevgeniya (Zhenya) Zastavker

Director of Research Institute for Experiential Learning Science (RIELS)


Thank You! Thank you to all of the community partners, students, faculty members, S-L Student Leaders that come together to create our Service-Learning puzzle each and every semester. Thank you to the Service-Learning Advisory Board for their dedication, support, and guidance with the Service-Learning Program. Lastly, thank you for all supporters of the Service-Learning Program, including the Center of Community Service and City and Community Affairs. Sincerely, The Service-Learning Team


Sample Questions to ask Presenters 1. What did you do this semester in your Service-Learning course? 2. What was the mission of your community organization and how did you    contribute to it? 3. How did your service experience connect with what you were learning in   class? 4. What interesting facts have you learned about Boston’s communities    through doing this work? 5. Has this service impacted your college plans or career path for the    future? If so, how?

Our refreshments today: Haley House - Roxbury Flour Bakery - South End El Pelon - Fenway Mike’s Donuts - Mission Hill

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