#CapturingCommunity Mackenzie Montgomery

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Role within service-learning: Service-Learning Team Manager

What is one thing everyone should know about service-learning? 

It is a two way street! Meaning, the relationship between the student and the community partner/population served is mutually beneficial.  The student is learning from the community partner they serve with in a way that helps them concretely develop understandings not only academically, but civically. At the same time, the student is hopefully bringing skills from their academic and life experiences to assist the community partner in achieving their goals. I think it is rare for volunteer roles to be as symbiotic as service-learning is.

How are your values expressed through your community engagement and service-learning work?

A trait I have been told I have and a value that is important to me is conscientiousness. I think this value is expressed through my  service-learning work because I place careful thought into every action I do relative to community engagement. In order to do what is best for myself, community partners, students, professors, fellow S-LTA’s, and the service-learning program as a whole, it is important for me to think through each and every one of my actions or decisions. I always make sure to ask myself before making a decision– no matter how small– what is my purpose? Who does this decision benefit? Who does this decision harm? etc. I think being conscientious while engaging in service-learning can be a helpful way to pause and consider all of the stakeholders’ perspectives and do what is best for all.

If service-learning was a type of color what would it be?

Service-Learning would be purple! Maybe I am thinking too far into this but…since purple is made from red and blue, the red would represent Northeastern (since it is one of the school’s colors) and the blue would represent the community (because it is known as a calm and harmonious color). When you mix the two together, you get a lovely purple (which throughout history was a color of power). Therefore, when NU and the community unite through service-learning, we hold a unique combined power to make change!


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