Student Voices

“Every volunteer experience has expanded my passion for social justice and enabled me to become an advocate for international justice… By volunteering at various organizations, I adopted an important philosophy, “Listen, Learn, and Respond.” By following this philosophy, I helped make small and large differences in the lives of individuals that are often ignored by society.” ~Heather Yoon '15

"Putting a smile on the faces of those I help is the reason I keep on giving." ~Sabrina Libretti '15

"Volunteers know when to help others succeed." ~Janice Vazquez '15

Celebration of Service 2018

Used by Media Technology Services

2018 Celebration of Service 

The 2018 Celebration of Service was a major success! Over 140 students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni gathered in Sherman Function Hall to celebrate the various accomplishments of students who excelled in community service in the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to a sit-down dinner, the evening included entertainment options such as a live jazz band, a photo booth, and a creative reflection project for each table. T.A.P.S. Coordinator Herlyne Das was our student speaker. In addition, the Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellows presented about their community impact projects, and the alternative service break trips shared a slideshow of their trips and collective impact. We ended the wonderful evening by honoring the 2018 Commitment to Service medal winners. The 49 winners honored completed 23,734 hours of service over their four years, which is a $586,000 impact for our local and global communities, according to the Independent Sector. The theme of the evening was "classy fun," and a classy, fun celebration was indeed had by all!

Check out photos from this year's event! 

Total Medal Winners: 47
Total Hours by All Medal Winners:  22,907.5 hours
Economic Impact (via Independent Sector): $552,987.05

Gold Medal Winners (900+ Hours of Service)

Brandon Tran
Herlyne Das
Marissa Lazaroff
Nina Feinberg

Silver Medal Winners (600+ Hours of Service)


Dahiana Loaiza
Lee Wilson
Felicia Lee
Lillian Elderkin
Ruaidhri Crofton
PJ Tran
Sooyoung Jeong
Matthew O’Leary
Lan Mi

Bronze Medal Winners (300+ Hours of Service)

Divanna Eckles
Gabrielle Schwartz
Emily Wu
Julia Wolinsky
Saren McAllister
Menachem Bandel
Hannah Malin
Lauren Cohen
Michaela Gawley
Janny Zou
Noa Cardin
Jordin Carter
Lily Wageman
Malika Briggs
Daniel Klein
Ceara Genovesi
Nathan Schneider
Ariana Traub
Tamia Burkett
Anne Kat Alexander
Emile Kahn-Boesel
Jade Eckels
Ji Eun Bae
Linda Forrester
Michael McGinnis
Madalyn Gibson-Williams
Anthony Arcese
Daniella Cohen
Tahlia Quartin
Jacqueline Jeon-Chapman
Julie Joseph
Licheng Shen
Shana Criscitiello
Caitlin Kelly

2019 Celebration of Service: 

The Department of Community Service will honor the hard work and service that all of our Brandeis members and partners have done this year. We invite students, faculty, staff, and partners who have engaged with the Waltham community to come share their stories, meet others involved in service, and celebrate our commitment to engaging our community! Join us for a Commitment to Service awards ceremony, live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, guest speakers, and more! Kosher and vegetarian options will be available.  

We encourage all students to invite their faculty, staff, peers, and partners to celebration their dedication to our community. This is a truly wonderful event that marks an important tradition on our campus. 

The Celebration of Service is co-sponsored by the Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group.

Celebration of Service Speaker

Are you a good public speaker? Have something to say about service? Apply to be a featured speaker at the annual Celebration of Service event on April 23rd! One exceptional student leader will be chosen to give a 5-7 minute speech about engaging in service with the Waltham.