Associate Director for Courses and Research, McKeen Center for the Common Good
Center For Common Good
103A Banister Hall
Janice Jaffe, Associate Director for Community-based Courses & Research for the McKeen Center, works with faculty, students and local agencies to develop and strengthen partnerships that enhance student learning through curricular public engagement while fostering mutually beneficial ties between the campus and community. Her primary responsibilities lie in providing consultation and support for faculty interested and engaged in community-based teaching and research. Through oversight of the Community Course Liaison program and the Global Citizens Grant, Janice also advises students in connecting their academic passions with their commitment to community engagement near and far.
In her fifteen years as a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin Janice saw students’ depth of understanding and sense of civic engagement increase as they put classroom theory on international issues such as immigration into practice at the local level. Mentoring students in course-based collaborations with agencies including the Maine Division of Migrant and Immigrant Services, Preble Street, and the Maine Migrant Health Program also enabled Janice to deepen her longstanding commitment to addressing the needs of immigrant communities. Her work translating oral histories of Hispanic immigrants for Latino Voices in New England (2009) and as a leader of interpreter training workshops for immigrants at United Way of Portland’s Language Access for New Americans program continue to inspire her and inform her efforts to bridge cultural differences and connect students and faculty with international communities in Maine. Currently, Janice is actively involved as a medical interpreter, interpreter trainer and board member with Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic.