Academic Engagement & Community Action

For Community Partners

Somali Development Center's Open House

Emerson visits the Somali Development Center's Open House

My organization is looking for:

Sustained student assistance for between three to four months

If your organization is looking for a student, or group of students, to help for a few hours a week (or approximately 20 hours per semester) for the length of a semester (mid-September to the beginning of December, or the end of January through the end of April), you’re in the right place. We connect nonprofit organizations with professors who integrate service into their classrooms so that students can apply what they are learning in real-world capacities. Visit this page to read about what service learning is and to see examples of previous service learning courses.

Suzanne Hinton, Director of Academic Engagement and Community Action, can reach out to Emerson professors, instructors, and department heads.

Sustained student assistance for between five months to a year, and/or intensive student assistance

If your organization is looking for a student to serve for longer than four months, or an intern to work more than a few hours a week, contact Career Services at

Student assistance for a one-time event we are hosting

If your organization is looking for a group of students to help prepare for and/or staff a one-time event, contact:

The Office of Student Life

Sam Neary, Director of Off-Campus Student Services and Community Engagement, helps find volunteer activities for individuals and student organizations.

Jason Meier, Director of Student Activities, advises Greek organizations.

Tikesha Morgan, Director of Multicultural and GLBTQ Resources, advises various cultural affinity groups.


Pat Nicol, Athletic Director, can reach out to her staff; all athletes at Emerson are required to participate in service.

The Office of Residential Life 

Seth Grue, Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life, can reach out to his staff; all resident assistants are required to schedule service activities for their residents.

Student-generated media

If your organization would like students to create a video, animation, or other forms of media, contact:

Visual and Media Arts Department

Alice Lee, Administrative Assistant/Assistant to the Chair, advertises media opportunities to VMA students.

Television, Radio and Film Department  

Jane Pikor, Production Manager.

Assistance with donations or drives

Mary Higgins, Director of Community Relations.


Ashley Tarbet, Program Coordinator for the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research.

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