Academic Engagement & Community Action

ACT Leaders

The ACT (Action for Community Transformation) Leaders Program offers students 1 non-tuition credit for a commitment of two to five hours a week of community service, participation in leadership and skills workshops, and the initiation of awareness and advocacy activities.

The goal of ACT Leaders is to increase student involvement in the community, while promoting awareness and action around important issues and working toward social change.

Here's what students are saying about the ACT Leaders Program:

  • "Many people believe there cannot be two leaders in the same group. ACT was a group made entirely of leaders, and it was incredibly supportive! I came out realizing that being a leader is about seeing a need and taking action, not dominating others."
  • "I was better able to understand Boston and its rich history by volunteering. By actively participating with neighborhood youth and building relationships, I felt a sense of belonging."
  • "ACT really helped me build networks with students in the group, because all the students are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and are willing to help. Also, as a freshman, it helped me become familiar with the different offices and organizations at Emerson."
  • "I realized I can incorporate my service like I incorporate my daily coffee; it needs to become a habit and, at the end of the day, it makes you feel better."
  • "I thought that service and activism were things I just wasn’t cut out for. What I found, however, was that it’s what you put into it. Anyone can contribute because every little bit helps."
  • "I would highlight the skills I have learned in planning an event, whether it is planning it, publicizing it, or taking the proper procedures to make it a success."
  • "I did a lot of work to prepare for my campus impact project, and it was great to see so many people attend. It felt good to see my efforts pay off."