Community Impact

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.

WelcomeMeet Our Team

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.

Community Engagement

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

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

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’s programming, please check out our most recent Annual Report

Interested in becoming a partner?

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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 Dutille ’03, ’04
Director of Community Impact
jadutille@plymouth.edu

Jessica (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 and her MBA in 2004, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in the EdD program. Jessica 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 the co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and co-host of the Happiness Quest PBTV show. Jessica is passionate about empowering students to grow as active citizens on their journeys of discovery and to create meaningful connections throughout our local and global communities.

Casey Krafton
Assistant Director of Community Impact cakrafton@plymouth.edu

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.

AY2019-20 Student Ambassadors 

   

   Makayla Adam ’21      Molly Cassidy ’20       Shannon Meighan ’20

      Tam Phan ’21            

Interested in getting involved?

Please contact us at: psu-communityimpact@plymouth.edu