The Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research

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  • Suzanne Hinton

    Suzanne Hinton, 617-824-8774
    Director of the Office of Service Learning and Community Action

    Suzanne Hinton seeks to build bridges between Emerson and local communities by engaging faculty in embedding service learning into the curriculum. Trained in philosophy and ethics, she has taught liberal arts courses at several institutions, including Emerson. In addition to serving on several committees and task forces, Hinton serves alongside students through the Office of Service Learning and Community Action’s Alternative Spring Break, and co-founded the Proyecto Boston-Medellín, through which she collaborates to produce transnational multimedia art exhibits. While her parents are her greatest role models, she has been impacted profoundly by radical activists and writers such as Leslie Feinberg, bell hooks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Angela Davis. Hinton has most enjoyed creating and contributing to initiatives centered around social justice in her work as a feminist activist, arts advocate, teacher, and administrator. She is proud to be a longtime mover and shaker in communities of Boston artists, crafters, and musicians.

  • Ashley Tarbet DeStefano

    Ashley Tarbet DeStefano, 617-824-8526
    Administrative Associate

    Ashley Tarbet DeStefano ’09 was a double major in Political Communications and New Media at Emerson College and now works with the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research and the Office of Service Learning and Community Action. Tarbet DeStefano aims to provide opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to engage with and learn from their communities and realize how they can each use their talents and passions to contribute to and even lead the way in social change. In her role as Administrative Associate, Tarbet DeStefano runs the Alternative Spring Break program and contributes to initiatives such as Emerson's Civic Engagers Network and the Charles Beard Arts & Communications Exploration summer program, and coordinates many of the events and activities hosted by the Elma Lewis Center. As an Emerson student, Tarbet was a volunteer and activist with many organizations and programs, including Jumpstart, Alternative Spring Break, ACT Leaders, and Emerson Peace and Social Justice. From a young age, Tarbet’s parents inspired her to take part in service and community building activities and instilled in her the value of making personal sacrifice to benefit the greater good. She hopes to live to see the day when a child’s parents’ income does not determine the quality (or lack thereof) of education that a child receives, and to see a world that provides an equal educational opportunity for all. 

Carnegie Foundation for Elective Community Engagement Classification Seal

Emerson Receives Community Engagement Classification

Emerson College recognized nationally for its high level of commitment to civic and community engagement.

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The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Seal

Emerson named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Emerson College once again recognized for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in its community.

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