Service Learning & Community Action
Service Learning & Community Action Staff
Meet the SLCA staff and learn about their work with our community partners.
Suzanne Hinton, Associate Director
Hinton, a New Hampshire native and longtime Boston resident, holds degrees in philosophy from Drexel University in Philadelphia and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has worked in higher education as a gender task force coordinator, diversity trainer, and professor of service-learning courses in philosophy, ethics, and gender studies. Hinton has also taught social justice to Bahraini college students at the Institute of Banking and Finance in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Hinton’s work directing the Office of Service Learning and Community Action has taken her to South Boston to address issues of homelessness, to South Florida where she lived and worked with her students in a community of migrant farm worker families, and to South America, where she collaborates with students and professors from Emerson and the Nacional Universidad de Colombia on a multimedia project on images of everyday life as a peace force. She teaches Communities and Race Relations, Sociology of Everyday Life, and Action for Community Transformation.
Kelsey Buckley, Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Kelsey Buckley is a sophomore Theatre Studies major with a concentration in Arts Management. Kelsey is the Treasurer of Stroopwafel, Emerson's short form improv troupe, an arts enrichment and administrative intern at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Fundraising chair of Emerson's communicative arts and professional sorority, Kappa Gamma Chi, and a writer for the Catharsis, an online literary magazine.
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.
Dylan Manderilink, Arts and Lectures Coordinator
Dylan Manderlink is a junior studying a self-designed and interdisciplinary major, Investigative Theatre for Social Change. Apart from coordinating Arts & Lectures, Dylan is the President of Emerson Peace & Social Justice, the Recruitment Outreach Intern at Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing, the Vice President of Emerson's communicative arts and professional sorority, Kappa Gamma Chi, and a featured social justice blogger for the non-profit Community Works. In addition to her social and environmental justice involvement at Emerson, Dylan is actively involved with many student-run theatre productions and is a member of Emerson Dance Company.
Gina Varamo, Communications Manager
Gina Varamo is a senior Print and Multimedia Journalism major. Gina is a Lead Teacher with Girls' LEAP, a local non-profit that works with girls 8-18 in the greater Boston area teaching physical self-defense, as well discussing topics such as identity development, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships. She is also a Citizen Teacher with Citizen Schools, writing and teaching a curriculum on wetland and watershed science for middle school students at Dever McCormack School.
Office of Service Learning and Community Action (SLCA)
120 Boylston Street (Walker Building), Room 205