Where are we?

The Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group are on the second and third floors of the Shapiro Campus Center, respectively. Please stop by to get involved.


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Who to Contact

Unsure who to contact in the Dept. of Community Service to get your question answered? Check out this easy reference sheet for a quick breakdown of which staff member does what!

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Meet the Staff

Community Service Staff

lucas maloLucas Malo
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579 

Lucas Malo has been passionately involved in community engagement for almost 25 years and is eager to support and facilitate opportunities locally and globally as an active member of the Brandeis and Waltham community. Lucas began his career at Brandeis in 2005 and continues to be inspired by the passion of our students and pride of our community partners. Lucas holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Michael's College and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maine. Beyond Brandeis, he enjoys playing tennis, shopping, traveling and playing board games. Lucas invites students to visit his office on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center to explore service opportunities, seek assistance with training and reflections, develop community needs assessments, address risk management and make connections to the local community.

Katie McNamara

Katie McNamara
Senior Department Coordinator for Community Service & Student Activities
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579

Katie joined Brandeis in 2017 as the Senior Department Coordinator of Community Service and Student Activities. Prior to Brandeis, she worked as the Campus Programs Assistant at Dexter Southfield, managing summer camp and after school programs. Katie earned her bachelor's degree from Saint Michael's College, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Outside of Brandeis, Katie enjoys skiing in Vermont, traveling, New England sports, and spending time with friends.

Colby Sim
Community Service Specialist Colby Sim Headshot
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579

Colby Sim joined Brandeis's Department of Community Service in the Spring of 2019. Colby is a resource for student leaders engaged in co-curricular community service initiatives including directly advising the Waltham Group, supporting the Community Engagement Ambassador Program and Community Engaged Leader Series, and coordinating logistics of student-run volunteer programs. Prior to Brandeis, Colby served as the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at Pratt Institute where she oversaw community engagement programs and student clubs and activities. Colby holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Community Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. In her spare time, Colby enjoys swing dancing, learning to play the drums, volunteering, and going to see musicals and comedy shows.

Will Brummett 
Program Coordinator for Service Initiatives Will Brummett
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579

Will Brummett joined Brandeis's Department of Community Service team in the Fall of 2017. In Will's role, he supports students and organizations going on alternative break service trips, helps coordinate the Commitment to Service Award program, and oversees the Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellowship. Will's greatest joy is working alongside students to find the intersections between their passions and ideas and the community's strengths and needs. Before Brandeis, Will served for four years as the Student Development Coordinator for the Bonner Center for Service-Learning at Carson-Newman University where he oversaw their Bonner Scholar program. Will graduated in 2013 from Elon University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and minors in Nonviolence Studies and Political Science. At Elon, Will was active in their Kernodle Center for Service learning as well as their Leadership Fellow program. In his free time, Will enjoys exploring the outdoors with his fiance Grace, watching West Wing marathons, and practicing his uncoordinated dancing.

Bakhtawer Abbasi
Waltham Group Graduate Assistant for Training & Retention SupportBakhtawer Abbasi
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579

Bakhtawer Abbasi is a graduate student at Heller pursuing her Master’s in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence. Having lived her childhood in Dallas, Texas and youth years in Karachi, Pakistan, she likes to think of herself as an amalgamation of the East & West. Prior to moving to Massachusetts for her studies at Brandeis, she worked as a Trainer at ‘Beyond the Classroom Education’, a social initiative aiming to induce in children the values of Tolerance, Empathy, Inclusion and Independent Critical Thinking through experiential learning, striving to create harmony within societies. After her undergraduate studies in Business Administration and her initial years of work experience in Marketing, she realized that creating impact in social issues and finding their solutions was a passion so profound that she had to switch fields to fulfill her true calling. She is excited to link her learning experiences as a trainer in community development and of life to outreach with the local community in Waltham. Given how much she finds herself indulged in painting, poetry, and music in her free time, she'd vouch she'd be an Artist in another life!

Elif Karatas
Waltham Group Graduate Assistant for Assessment & Reflection
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579


Office Assistants: dcsdsaofficeassistants@gmail.com

Abby Bergman

Abigail Gardner

Sarah Khimjee

Maria Kulchckyj

Shanshan Wu

Community Engagement Ambassadors: brandeisceap@gmail.com

Emily Kessler

Maya London

Bits Sangiorgi

Maegann Stafford