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.
Ashley Tarbet DeStefano, 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.
Tara Jacobsen, Jumpstart Site Manager
Tara Jacobsen began working with Jumpstart, a non-profit that strives to prepare children to succeed within the classroom, when she was a sophomore at Emerson. Through that experience, Jacobsen realized how even one person, one team, or one organization can have an impact. As a young student, Jacobsen was greatly impacted by the work of Jane Goodall and even tried dressing like the conservationist and animal advocate for a time. She is passionate about environment conservation and children’s rights and hopes to one day combine those interests in a professional field. Jacobsen holds a BS in Psychology from Worcester State University and has worked with volunteers at Cradles to Crayons. Jacobsen is thrilled to be back at Jumpstart and Emerson!
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Office of Service Learning and Community Action (SLCA)
120 Boylston Street (Walker Building), 10th Fl, #1008