Program History

lori luft

When Dr. Lori Levinson Luft ’69 and a small group of Brandeis friends created the Waltham Group in 1966, they sparked a movement at Brandeis that continues to inspire students today. Now fifty years later, Brandeis students annually provide over 40,000 hours of volunteer service through more than 40 community service clubs, founded and led by student leaders like Lori. Generously funded by her family, the Community Engagement Ambassador Program will engage talented Brandeis students whose passion for community service and values reflect those of Dr. Lori Levinson Luft ’69. Their work will honor Lori’s memory and be a fitting tribute to her remarkable contributions to Brandeis.

Community Engagement Ambassador Program

Each year, four students with strong leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement will be selected by the Department of Community Service (DCS) to serve as Ambassadors within the Community Engagement Ambassador Program (CEAP). Community Engagement Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 stipend in the fall semester and a $1,000 stipend in the spring semester (total of $2,000 stipend). Each Ambassador will contribute eight hours to the role each week during the academic year. As part of a prestigious leadership cohort, these Ambassadors will work with DCS professional staff to build the capacity of all Brandeis community service clubs.

Community Engagement Ambassadors will collaborate with each other and the DCS professional staff to:

  • Provide peer-to-peer training that promotes best practices in community engagement
  • Strengthen Brandeis’ community engagement impact through coordination across clubs and campus partners
  • Develop programs that increase awareness of community service opportunities
  • Assist staff in building and evaluating community partnerships
  • Team with other campus leaders to address student needs regarding community engagement
  • Serve as peer mentors to volunteers to help these volunteers enhance their understanding and problem solve
  • Collaborate with Community Connections to lead day of service events throughout the academic year
  • Take the lead on one of the following focus areas: Assessment & Impact, Partnerships & Collaboration, Marketing & Outreach, and Training & Retention

Community Engagement Ambassadors must:

  • Be an undergraduate student seeking a degree at Brandeis University
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Remain on campus the entire 2018-2019 academic year
  • Feel comfortable with engaging in outreach initiatives with peers
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to community engagement initiatives, with preference given to those who have engaged in at least one officially-recognized Brandeis community service club/Waltham Group program for at least one semester
  • Be able to commit to 8 scheduled hours per week to serving as a Community Engagement Ambassador

The 2018-2019 academic year application has closed. Applications for the 2019-2010 academic year will open in Fall 2019 and be due by March 26, 2019. 

For questions, please contact the Department of Community Service at (781) 736-3237 or the Community Service Specialist at lshortall@brandeis.edu.