The Boston College PULSE Program is a pioneering service-learning program that has offered 3.2 million hours of service to the greater Boston community throughout its 50 year history.
PULSE 50 In the News
PULSE by the Numbers
“PULSE connects the world in a way that other programs don't; people who normally would not talk to each other or know each other or develop a relationship are able to do that through PULSE. I think that, to me, is the most valuable thing about service learning opportunities—it's not abstract, it's real.”
Watch extended interviews with key members of the PULSE Community
Founder, PULSE Program
“It was a time of great social upheaval in the country. The civil rights movement had been developing for about five or six years and Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated the previous spring..."
Cooney Family Director, PULSE Program
“As students get to know people, their hearts are broken open and they begin to care in a deeper way — they experience sadness, but they also experience joy."
Jonathan Scott ’79
Founder & President Emeritus
“I have been in my PULSE placement since the mid-70's — actually it's really the only job I've ever had. Slim resume me!"
M Shawn Copeland
Professor Emerita, PULSE Program
“... they learn something about what it means to be in solidarity with other people — in an honest way..."
Anthony Smith ’19
Suffolk County House of Correction PULSE Student
“... building compassion and building honest, vulnerable relationships... made me critically reflect on the criminal justice system..."
Tammy Lee ’19
Boston Living Center PULSE Student
“PULSE is probably the best opportunity to learn in class and apply those methods outside of class..."
Andrew Weisner ’21
Haley House PULSE Student
“...it's a different type of soup kitchen because it's a much more personal one..."
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Share Your PULSE Story
PULSE is collecting impact stories from alumni/ae that will be shared with others during the anniversary year. We invite you to contribute to any of the following questions:
What is a particular class memory you have and how did it shape you? This could be a reading, a topic, a professor, a classmate, a discussion, etc.
What is a particular service memory you have and how did it shape you? This could be a supervisor, a client, something that happened at your service site, etc.