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The Center for Service and Social Action provides weekly service and one time service opportunities for John Carroll University students with more than 75 community partners throughout the greater Cleveland area. To facilitate these service opportunities, the CSSA office hires work study students to serve as Student Liaisons.

Student Liaisons contribute significantly to the culture of service at JCU. These student leaders serve as ambassadors that connect the University to the community, facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow students, lead reflection, and transport students to and from community partner locations.

Do you have a good driving record and embrace the JCU mission of being a “man or woman for others”? Do you enjoy participating in service and interacting with students and the community? If so, become a CSSA Student Liaison!

The Center for Service and Social Action provides weekly service and one time service opportunities for John Carroll University students at over 75 community partners throughout the greater Cleveland area. Transportation to and from many of the sites is provided by John Carroll University in university-owned vans.

As a CSSA representative, Student Liaisons serve as peer service leaders and van drivers as they facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow JCU students.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • participating in the service activity
  • serving as a CSSA ambassador for the community partner
  • transporting students to and from service sites
  • ensuring accurate attendance records
  • providing pertinent information to CSSA staff members
  • attending mandatory training sessions
  • facilitating reflection


Qualifications for the position include:

  • passion for standing in solidarity and partnership with those who are living on the margins
  • a valid drivers license and a good driving record
  • a desire to engage in ongoing reflectionleadership, and learning.

Federal work study eligibility is preferred.

To apply for this position with CSSA, click here to complete this form.

Each academic year, eight Student Liaisons are selected to serve as part of the Student Leadership Team. In addition to their regular responsibilities, members of the Leadership Team facilitate the mentor group program, create and shape monthly liaison training sessions, facilitate and help to redesign the reflection process in service, and work as one unit to assist in guiding the programming of the office.

Click here to watch our video and learn more about the SLT!

Delaney Burns

Delaney Burns

 "The world is full of light that often feels overcast by darkness. For me going into service helps me to bring light to situations that may feel hopeless or to people who may be hurting. We all suffer from the challenges and weight of the life, but by choosing to find joy and serve others—I think the world becomes a whole lot brighter. The relationships that are formed from being open to learn from each individual I meet is extremely powerful. It reminds that we all belong to each other, especially when we choose to serve by giving the love that is in our hearts and letting love flow in just as freely."

Delaney is a Senior from Columbus, OH who has done service for six consecutive semesters at John Carroll. She appreciates everything it has taught her. Getting to explore new schools as an Early Childhood Education major through the Carroll Reads program has given her an outlet to get off campus and explore her passions. Working with children from underserved schools brings her joy because of the friendships that are formed with these children during service. Delaney also was a part of an immersion experience to Ecuador which gave her the opportunity to further develop her reflection skills by hearing about the lives of many diverse people. Delaney believes that service helps to deepen our thoughts, form meaningful relationships, and strengthen our gifts! She also serves the John Carroll and Cleveland community by being the president of the Dance Marathon for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s because "dancing it out" helps to bring balance to the service she does.

 

Caroline Maltese

Caroline Maltese 

Caroline is a Senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Philosophy. In her role as a liaison, she has served at Julie Billiart Special Education School, CMHA's Griot Village, Hope Alliance Church, and Gearity Elementary School. Caroline is an Honors Program Scholar, a Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry department, president of Seeds of Hope, and has participated in an immersion experience to Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has also served as a Student Coordinator for the Appalachia Immersion. This will be Caroline’s second year participating in the Rainbow Connects at University Hospitals. She is very excited to work with this program again to identify and connect patients and their families with social resources.

 

Maya Williams

Maya Williams

Maya is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio and double majoring in Environmental Science and French. In her role as a liaison, she has served at the Juvenile Detention Center, Famicos Foundation, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, and the Fatima Family Center. Maya is an Arrupe Program Scholar, the French Club President, a French tutor in Grasselli Library, in Women in STEM on campus, plays clarinet in the JCU woodwind ensemble, and has participated in the Montgomery, Alabama immersion. She has also served as a student coordinator of the Cleveland immersion. This summer, Maya had the opportunity to intern (remotely) with the CWRU Swetland Center for Environmental Health. She was able to work on a food cooperative research project with the center, as well as build new skills and meet Cleveland community members. This fall, she will have the opportunity to work with the CSDI MELT program as an intern.

 

Drew Kleinmann

Drew Kleinmann

Drew is a senior from Buffalo, NY and majors in Accounting and Entrepreneurship. As an Arrupe Scholar, he has been participating in CSSA as the Coordinator for Jesuit Day of Service for three years. He is the incoming President for the Carroll Ballers program and plans to work for non-profits supporting youth incarceration while he finishes up his undergraduate degree. This summer he participated in an internship with KPMG and worked on an advocacy project for the Arrupe Program. Drew is excited to dive into senior year with an open mind and keep the CSSA values and family alive.

 

Alana Okuley

Alana Okuley

Alana is a Junior from Sylvania, OH. She is majoring in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Leadership Development. This is Alana’s fourth semester as a liaison, previously serving at Marion Sterling Elementary, Julie Billiart Elementary, and with Rainbow Connects through University Hospitals. As a liaison, she loves how service unites us, highlights how we are all more alike than we are different, and gives us the opportunity to celebrate and cherish those differences. Alana is also a summer orientation leader, an RA on campus, a student ambassador, involved in campus ministry, and a team leader for the Recreation Department. 

 

Reilly Haas

Reilly Haas

Reilly is a junior from Cincinnati Ohio majoring in Sports Administration and Business. Reilly has been a liaison since her sophomore year, and she has enjoyed learning more about the greater Cleveland community. Some of her favorite service placements have included Hope Alliance Church as well as Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries. Along with the student leadership team Reilly works in the athletic office on campus. Reilly is also a member of the leadership scholars’ program as well. She is excited to be back for another year with CSSA and looks forward to what this year holds.

 

Jordan Spradlin

Jordan Spradlin

Jordan is a junior from Pittsburgh, PA and is double majoring in Exercise Science and Psychology. Jordan has been a liaison since the end of her freshman year and has enjoyed every moment. On campus, Jordan recently co-founded a club called Best Buddies and is now the Vice President. She is on the Executive Board of The Labre Project and is in charge of cooking all the food given to our friends on the streets. Jordan has been a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority since her freshman year and is currently serving as the Vice President of Operations. She is also on the Dance Marathon executive board serving as public relations chair. This past January, Jordan was fortunate enough to go on an immersion trip to Mandeville, Jamaica for 10 days. This summer she participated in CSSA's Summer in The City Internship where she was placed at Boys Hope Girls Hope for 10 weeks. Jordan is so thankful for all of the doors that CSSA has opened for her and is looking forward to this new experience!

 

Ray Flannery

Ray Flannery

Ray is a junior at JCU studying Sociology and Criminology concentrated in community health. He is also minoring in Population and Public Health, as well as Spanish, and Leadership Development. This is his second year serving as a liaison, and he has served in various placements such as Green City Growers, Griot Village homework help, and Roxboro Middle School after school tutoring. Aside from service placements, Ray is as a Resident Assistant, leads retreats for Campus Ministry, and is a two-time national qualifier for the JCU Speech and Debate team. This year, he is excited to serve as a Rainbow Connect volunteer with University Hospitals, in addition to working with other community partners as well. He is excited to aid the needs of our community in these difficult times.

 

Erin Kipp

Erin Kipp

Erin is a Sophomore double majoring in Sociology and Peace Justice and Human Rights and minoring in leadership. She is from outside of Boston, MA. In addition to being a part of the SLT, she is grateful to be a part of Arrupe, lead a Carroll Faith Community, and the Office of Admission as a tour guide. Service played a large role as to why she chose John Carroll, and continues to love it! Her favorite placement thus far has been at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center as she gets to have meaningful discussion with the residents there. She is looking forward to the upcoming semesters and all of the different opportunities that John Carroll CSSA has to offer.

Do you have a good driving record and embrace the JCU mission of being a “man or woman for others”? Do you enjoy participating in service and interacting with students and the community? If so, become a CSSA Student Liaison!

The Center for Service and Social Action provides weekly service and one time service opportunities for John Carroll University students at over 75 community partners throughout the greater Cleveland area. Transportation to and from many of the sites is provided by John Carroll University in university-owned vans.

As a CSSA representative, Student Liaisons serve as peer service leaders and van drivers as they facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow JCU students.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • participating in the service activity
  • serving as a CSSA ambassador for the community partner
  • transporting students to and from service sites
  • ensuring accurate attendance records
  • providing pertinent information to CSSA staff members
  • attending mandatory training sessions
  • facilitating reflection

Qualifications for the position include:

  • passion for standing in solidarity and partnership with those who are living on the margins
  • a valid drivers license and a good driving record
  • a desire to engage in ongoing reflectionleadership, and learning.

Federal work study eligibility is preferred.

To apply for this position with CSSA, click here to complete this form.

“Always keep an open heart and mind. Be open to trying new things and experiences. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Be inspired by beauty everywhere. Service work has taught me all of those ideals and more. Most importantly, service has taught me to put myself in another person’s shoes. To learn from them. It has completely changed my perspective on life and has allowed my story to be shaped by the other individuals I have met. I hope that I can help impact someone else’s story as well.”
-Molly Killeen ‘20, CSSA Student Liaison and Student Leadership Team Member