On Sunday April 13th, Emerson College students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Courtyard Marriot on Tremont for their annual Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards. The ERA Awards is a long-standing tradition at Emerson College to celebrate and recognize student and campus leadership while highlighting the infinite achievements of the Emerson community. This celebratory night not only recognizes our leadership, it gives student organizations the opportunity to pass the reins of leadership from one leader to the next.
Because Emerson is such an extra-curricular focused and organizational savvy school, this award ceremony celebrates the countless voluntary hours that student leaders put into their passions, majors, and desired career fields.
At this year’s award ceremony, Community Works’ Communications Intern was awarded the Jennifer Stowers Quintal Visionary Award. First presented in 2003, The Jennifer Stowers Quintal Visionary Award for Distinction in Community Service and Social Advocacy honors a student who has shown a commitment to social justice. This student has demonstrated an active participation in the community, social advocacy, and the education and empowerment of their peers. The award recipient is selected by a committee appointed through the Office of Student Life.
In addition to being a part of the Community Works family where she works alongside such passionate and dedicated social justice advocates and gets to cultivate her passion even more, she is also the Communications Intern at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, the Arts & Lectures Coordinator at Emerson’s Office of Service Learning & Community Action, the President of the professional & philanthropic sorority Kappa Gamma Chi, and the 3-term President of Emerson Peace & Social Justice. This year she also served as a Trip Leader for an Alternative Spring Break trip to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to work on a Lakota Sioux Native American reservation with the Cheyenne River Youth Project. She has volunteered regularly since being a student at Emerson and some of her volunteer experience and community involvement includes: Horizons for Homeless Children, the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights, Women’s Lunch Place, Rosie’s Place, St. Francis House, More than Words book warehouse, Prison Book Program, MassEquality, Pine Street Inn, Mission Safe, the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk, Relay for Life, Boston Rescue Mission, Boys & Girls Club in South Boston, 826 Boston, and the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Manderlink created her own major at the end of her freshman year to encompass her passions for theatre, human understanding through arts education, social advocacy, community engagement, and social justice. Since then, she has been Emerson’s only BA Investigative Theatre for Social Change major and has spent her full 4 years at Emerson promoting social justice, environmental awareness, and the equality of human and animal rights. Her passion for improving the quality lives of others runs deep and is authentically personal. Her leadership at Emerson has been aligned with the notion of motivating people to be leaders, not just followers.
Next year, she will be serving as a Digital Communications teacher at Cross County High School in rural Cherry Valley, Arkansas through Teach for America. Manderlink hopes to run with her passions wherever she goes and instill compassion, empathy, and a genuine care for the lives of others in everyone she meets, serves, and works alongside.
Congratulations to Dylan and all of the Emerson College ERA Award recipients for working together and using your passions to make this world a better place for us all!
(Picture of Community Works’ Intern, Dylan Manderlink and Award Presenter, Professor Quintal)