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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.

Become a Student Liaison

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.

Student Leadership Team

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.

Liaisons are like the yolk – the binding agent – that thickens a sauce and makes it what it is intended to be. Without them, a service experience, like a sauce without a yolk, are just ingredients in a bowl.
-Dr. Ed Peck, speaking to CSSA Student Liaisons in September 2015

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.

2019-2020 CSSA Student Leadership Team
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 junior from Columbus, OH who has done service for four 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.

 

Danny DiMillo

Danny DiMillo

Danny is a senior from Lockport, NY and is majoring in Supply Chain Management with minors in Italian Studies and Entrepreneurship. Danny is the Vice President of the Society of Supply Chain Students and the President of Carroll Ballers, as well as a member of Take Back The Night and the Arrupe Scholars Program. Along with the Student Leadership Team, he also works in the Office of Admissions as a Tour Guide.  This past summer, Danny co-lead an immersion in the Appalachian Region to Spencer, West Virginia were he learned about the social justice issues surrounding the area. At home, Danny volunteers with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry and organizes an annual blood drive where he has helped collect over 108 donations of blood throughout the years.

 

Molly Killeen

Molly Killeen

“For me, service is about opening my heart to others and experiences. It is a journey of knowledge and small differences that amount to change. It is about taking a step in someone else’s shoes and learning from them. Service has completely transformed my perspective of life and has allowed my story to be shaped by the individuals I have met. I hope that I can help impact someone else’s story as well.”

Molly is a senior from Hudson, Ohio majoring in Communication on the Integrated Marketing track and she is double minoring in Entrepreneurship and Peace, Justice and Human Rights. In her role as a liaison, Molly has served at numerous sites including CMHA's Griot Village, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Eliza Bryant. Molly is also very involved on campus. She is a scholar in the Arrupe Scholars Program, a member of the Women's Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. She has also served as the previous Director of Community Service and Philanthropy of her sorority, Chi Omega, and now serves as the Sisterhood Director of Chi Omega. In summer of 2017, Molly was selected as the Marketing and Events Intern for Engage! Cleveland. In the Summer of 2018, she was selected as the Communication Fellow for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. Most recently, Molly served as the Interim Marketing Coordinator at Catholic Charities. Through her work experience, she has learned the ins and outs of the non-profit field. Molly has also participated in John Carroll's immersion program where she traveled to Honduras. In the summer of 2019, Molly also traveled to Tanzania to teach English in remote villages of the country.

 

 

Caroline Maltese

Caroline Maltese

Caroline is a Junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is double majoring in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology. 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, an Honors Program peer mentor, a Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry department, president of Seeds of Hope, in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization on campus, and has participated in an immersion experience to Guayaquil, Ecuador. This semester, Caroline is combining her passion for service and her career aspirations in medicine by volunteering at University Hospitals through the Rainbow Connects program.  She is very excited to work with this new program in CSSA to identify and connect patients and their families with basic social needs.  

 

Kaylee Bowersock

Kaylee Bowersock

“I’ve always loved service, but I’m especially grateful for my service experiences through JCU. I’ve learned so much about service and social justice since working with CSSA. One thing that stands out is learning the cornerstones of service. My favorite cornerstone of service is mutuality—I love the concept of service being an equal exchange of gifts. In addition, I love sharing my passion for service with others.” 

Kaylee is a senior from Ashland, Ohio and is majoring in Biology with a Pre-Health focus. Since becoming a Student Liaison her freshman year, she has served at University Hospitals, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, Northeast Reintegration Center, and Fatima Family Center. In addition to her work with CSSA, Kaylee is a team leader for the Department of Recreation and a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador. Kaylee participated in an immersion experience to Honduras in May 2018 and was a student coordinator for the 2019 Honduras immersion. In the summer of 2019, Kaylee was a Shepherd Intern in Savannah, Georgia at the African-American Health Information and Resource Center. Beginning in the fall of 2019, Kaylee will be working with Campus Ministry as a fair-trade intern.

 

Lillia Smyers

Lillia Smyers

Lillia a senior from Pittsburgh, PA and is majoring in International Business with Language and Culture and minoring in Spanish and History. Lillia just spent a semester abroad in Lima, Peru. In her past semesters of being a liaison, she has worked regularly with the L'Arche Community and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Lillia is the Vice President of the JCU Rowing Team, a Boler Ambassador, and a Financial Coordinator for Carroll Crazies. During her freshman year, Lillia was a participant in the Immokalee Immersion, and this January, she is co-leading the US/Mexico Border-El Salvador Immersion.

 

John (Nick) Hupka

Nick Hupka

"I have been involved in service since I was a freshman in high school, and being a part of the Cleveland community in this way has become part of my identity. Being from Cleveland, I have learned a lot more about my city by being a part of and sharing experiences with all the different communities within Cleveland. While it was my parents who taught me how to treat people with respect, it is my experiences within my own home city that teaches me why."

John (Nick) Hupka is a senior Accounting major from Cleveland.  Nick has been a student liaison since his freshman year and has been a part of the Student Leadership Team since his sophomore year.  He has served at a variety of places including Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men's Shelter, Fatima Family Center, and YouthAbility.  On campus, Nick is in ROTC, in the Boler Business Leadership Society, and in charge of financials for Labre.

 

Jillian Schaefer

Jillian Schaefer

"Service, instead of purely volunteering, is about being in solidarity with those we serve.  By doing service, we are able to see a community beyond the demographics and learn the stories, the culture, and the attitudes that make up the community.  When we build close relationships with those we do service with, we become better equipped to support and empower people against social injustices."

Jillian is a senior from Toledo, Ohio majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Spanish.  As a student liaison, Jillian has served at the Juvenile Detention Center participating in the Power Source program, at Northeast Reintegration Center participating in Women’s Spirituality, and at the Domestic Violence Center.  She has presented at the National IMPACT Conference with three other liaisons about John Carroll’s work at the Juvenile Detention Center as well.  Jillian is also in the Arrupe Scholars Program, has gone on an immersion to the U.S./Mexico Border, and has completed the “Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty” internship at Blue Ridge Literacy being a teacher’s aide in ESOL courses.  This summer, Jillian completed internships with Catholic Charities in their Human Resources Department as well as with EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute.

 

Kathryn Scarvelli

 

Kathryn Scarvelli

 

Become a Student Liason

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.