Service Learning & Community Action
Service Learning & Community Action Staff
Meet the SLCA staff and learn about their work with our community partners.
Suzanne Hinton, Director
Hinton, a New Hampshire native and longtime Jamaica Plain and Roxbury resident, earned philosophy degrees from Drexel University, and The University of Tennessee. As an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, she taught gender studies and ethics courses, and intensive classes for first-generation students. She also spent a semester in the Kingdom of Bahrain teaching a social and political philosophy college course for Bahraini students. In addition to designing and facilitating diversity retreats for Bentley faculty, staff and students, Hinton managed the Gender Issues Council, and helped found the Sexual Orientation Action Team and the student-led Women’s Center. At Emerson, Hinton runs the Office of Service Learning and Community Action, through which she helps faculty integrate service learning pedagogy into the curriculum. She sits on the Sustainability Committee, serves alongside students through the Alternative Spring Break Program, and helps produce transnational multimedia art exhibits through the Proyecto Boston-Medellín. Hinton teaches Communities and Race Relations, Sociology of Everyday Life and Action for Community Transformation.
Sarah Baker, Communications Manager
Sarah Baker is a graduate student in the Communication Management Program with a focus on Public Relations and Stakeholder Communication. She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern Maine and is the 2012 recipient of The Outstanding Communication Scholar Award. Sarah has experience working in the communication, development, and marketing capacities of a number of non-profit organizations in her home state of Maine.
Ryan Catalani, Global Citizenship Coordinator
Ryan Catalani is a freshman Film Production major from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Apart from his role as the Global Citizenship Coordinator, Ryan serves as the web editor for Emerson’s campus newspaper, the Berkeley Beacon. He is also the co-founder and chief technology officer at Bookzingo, a startup that works towards changing the way students buy and sell textbooks.
Isabella Gordillo, Student Leadership Coordinator
Isabella Gordillo is a San Francisco native, majoring in Political Communication: Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy, with a minor in Photography. She is a member of the Communications Politics and Law Association, as well as the current Secretary of Students for Education Reform – the Emerson College Chapter, and a member of EmComm. Isabella was previously a member of Emerson Peace and Social Justice, and is very interested in non-profit management. She is also a San Francisco Giants fan.
Dylan Manderilink, Arts and Lectures Coordinator
Dylan Manderlink is a senior studying a self-designed and interdisciplinary major, Investigative Theatre for Social Change. Apart from coordinating arts and lectures in the Service Learning Office, Dylan is the President of Emerson Peace & Social Justice, the Communications Intern at both Pine Street Inn homeless shelter and a local nonprofit called Community Works, and the President of Emerson's professional and philanthropic sorority, Kappa Gamma Chi.
Bianca J. Padró, Student Leadership Coordinator
Bianca J. Padró is a sophomore studying Journalism with a minor in Post Colonial and Global studies. She was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where she developed an interest in Latin American culture and a strong sense of justice through community service. Apart from being the Student Leadership Coordinator for the Alternative Spring Break trips, she is also a member of Emerson Peace & Social Justice, Emerson UNITE (Understanding National Immigration Through Education), and Emerson PRIDE (Progressives and Radicals in Defense of Employees).
Office of Service Learning and Community Action (SLCA)
120 Boylston Street (Walker Building), 10th Fl, #1008