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As the Center’s Assistant Dean for Community Based Programs, Sarah is responsible for encouraging and supporting MIT student community engagement, managing immersive cohort programs, and developing strategy for public interest advising and other PKG initiatives, with a focus on local and national projects. Sarah manages intensive community-based programs on campus and in the United States, connecting students to practitioners and organizations addressing complex social challenges. She develops and maintains relationships with community organizations to foster student engagement and serves as a lecturer for PKG Center courses. Sarah received an MIT Excellence Award in 2020.
Sarah is passionate about working with communities to forge partnerships that address social challenges and advance universal human rights. For the past ten years, Sarah has worked with a variety of nonprofits, international NGOs, and institutions to serve marginalized populations and promote individual and community health in the United States and abroad. She has worked in the arenas of civic and community engagement, social services and public housing, immigration and refugee services, youth organizing, and trauma-focused counseling. Sarah received her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Ethics, MSW in Clinical Social Work, and MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. She also holds a graduate certificate in Human Rights and International Justice and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts.