S-L Student & Faculty Reflections

#CapturingCommunity: Amanda Tompkins

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Amanda Tompkins
Role within Service-Learning: Service-Learning Program Assistant & Co-op and Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for Boston in Literature and Writing & Community Engagement

How are your values expressed through your community engagement and Service-Learning work?
I try and look at the world through a social justice lens and my work so far in S-L allows me to do that with ease. My students for one of my courses are tutoring at the O’Bryant High School, which is part of BPS and many of them are learning from the students they are helping. BPS is 86% minority enrollment and 70% economically disadvantaged, which is just a small snapshot of the inequity of access to education in the Greater Boston education system and across the U.S.

What is one thing everyone should know about Service-Learning?
Service is so incredible important in all of our lives, but to introduce students to the different types of service among our community partners through their classes is more impactful than just sitting in a class listening to a lecture. The real world application of course concepts is so helpful for all students.

If Service-Learning were a color, what would it be and why?
Puce! S-L is fun and engaging, but it’s also hard work. I chose puce because it is a combination of colors, which is is reflected in the S-L world with the additions of Community Partners, student volunteers, Service-Learning Teaching Assistants, Service-Learning Team Managers, Street Team members, faculty members, and program directors who keeps Service-Learning running! Puce is what’s up!

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