The Office of Community Impact fosters transformative learning experiences for PSU students to engage in active citizenship, explore their sense of purpose, and grow into conscious leaders who cultivate love and connection throughout our local and global communities.
High impact community engaged learning provides experiential opportunities for students off campus with partnering organizations. In this way, students apply what they are learning in the classroom in practical settings that develop professional skill sets while positively impacting the community.
PSU is dedicated to serving the community within which we live. Through community engaged learning we are able to connect students, faculty and staff with service opportunities throughout the region.
We are committed to raising awareness of local, national, and international social concerns; an awareness which will mobilize us to action. We connect students to one-time on and off campus service events, on-going volunteer opportunities, and week long service trips.
Opportunities on campus and with local and global partners.
- Days of Service: Campus wide opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in state wide service projects.
- Social Action Trips: International and domestic service trips focused on community identified projects. A learning experience of a lifetime through social and cultural connections.
- Angel Tree Project: Annual project that provides a gifts to local children for the holidays.
- Student Organizations: PSU Volunteers, Student Support Foundation, Social Action Trips
Service learning provides students with the opportunity to earn academic credit by actively participating in and learning from scholarly activities undertaken to serve community needs.
Off Campus Work Study
Opportunities for students to use work study at local non-profits.
Leadership development for students who are interested in making a positive impact in the broader community.
For more information about the Office of Community Impact, please check out our annual reports:
Interested in becoming a partner?
Please click here.
Plymouth State University’s strong commitment to its motto, Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, is embodied through the work of the Office of Community Impact. This work would not be possible without the Student Ambassadors who contribute their skills, knowledge, energy, and hearts into helping to build a more compassionate and equitable world.
Jessica (Jess) Dutille ’03, ’04, ’20
Director of Community Impact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess (pronouns: she/her) serves as a catalyst for developing transformative high impact community engagement experiences that benefit students, off campus partners, and the broader community. She graduated from Plymouth State with her B.S. in Marketing in 2003, her MBA in 2004, and her Ed.D. in 2020. She conducted her doctoral research on the significance of love and love-based practices in educational environments. Jess leads Plymouth State’s Office of Community Impact and is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education and Youth Development. She served as the Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center for twelve years and co-founded the Faith, Hope & Love Foundation of NH. As an advisor for the International Social Action Trip program, she has led four trips to Jamaica. She is also a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and Co-Host of the Happiness Quest PBTV show. As an educator and parent, Jess is passionate about empowering youth and young adults to grow as active citizens in cultivating a more compassionate, equitable, and loving world.
Assistant Director of Community Impact, email@example.com
Casey (pronouns: she/her), a deep believer in the power of community, social justice, and creative education, is passionate about raising the consciousness of students, and bringing a heightened awareness to social justice issues through critical pedagogy. Casey is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, where she served for a year at the NH Coalition to End Homelessness. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, and graduated from Ohio University with an M.Ed. in Critical Studies in Education Foundations, and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel. She has a strong interest in strengths-based development in individuals and communities, and creating impact through immersive service and experiential learning.
Impact Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melina (pronouns: she/her), is fiercely passionate about helping others and truly believes that each and every person has something beautiful to bring to the table. Melina is the Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, NH; which serves as an after school empowerment program that serves youth and families of Grafton County. She believes in providing a safe and welcoming space for all people to grow into their full potential. Melina is a Bridgewater State University aluma, where she received her B.S. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. It was at Bridgewater State University where she began to understand and love the deep impact of community engagement. She is currently a Graduate Student at Plymouth State University, obtaining her M.A. degree in Human Service Leadership, concentrating in Personal and Organizational Wellness. Melina believes in providing experience-based learning as a transformative experience to guide young people towards embracing their inner power to achieving their dreams.
AY2020-21 Student Impact Ambassadors
Tam Tallie Phan ’20 Tylor Austin ’21 Cody Roberts ’22
Emily Infinger ’23 Jonah Rosenberg ’25 Breanna Kender ’23
Interested in getting involved?
Please contact us at: email@example.com