The McKeen Center recently hosted the Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony and Reception in Moulton Lounge to distribute grants to eight local organizations. The Common Good Grant Committee is a student-driven program that provides grants to nonprofits in the greater Brunswick area. Since 2001, the committee has given out more than $240,000 in grants to over 85 organizations.
Bowdoin's Purple Media Plunge Project, a month-long challenge in which students stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and instead make an effort to read news from the other side, finds itself in the news. WCSH's Caroline Cornish interviewed Daniel O'Berry '17, Justin Pearson '17 and Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Associate Director Tom Ancona for their perspective on how reading news headlines from the left and right affects views on politics and the media.
The McKeen Center for the Common Good recently hosted a panel of four alumni who are providing affordable housing in Maine and beyond. The four guests work for a social services agency, a law firm, a nonprofit affordable housing investment fund, and a nonprofit affordable housing developer. They answered a range of questions, from addressing the nitty gritty of their jobs to speaking about the entrenched social inequalities, market realities, and political inaction that can lead to homelessness.
In partnership with Miriam El-Baz ’18, Nassar is using her talents to feed people well beyond her family kitchen. The two juniors have started a new club, The Bite for the Better Project, to offer free cooking classes at Brunswick’s Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. The nonprofit runs a food pantry and soup kitchen close to the college, and has opened its kitchen up to the students.
Members of the Bowdoin community recently gathered in the Cram Alumni Barn to celebrate the conclusion of the Alternative Winter Break program and to hear from student participants about their experiences.
Several dozen students attended the Spring Volunteer Fair held on January 27, 2017, one of two such events sponsored annually by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good. Fifteen student groups were represented, including several offering mentoring and tutoring work at local schools, colleges, and in one case, even prisons.
Approximately 85 Bowdoin employees volunteered last week for a morning's worth of service. They cleaned library windows, helped update a land trust's computers, sorted items at the local food pantry and also prepped for lunch, played music for senior citizens, and more.
The student organization Bowdoin Public Health Club recently invited four alumni who work in healthcare to discuss with students the Affordable Care Act and the future of medicine, particularly in light of President-elect Donald Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare.
It’s been three years since Lonnie Hackett ’14 received a small Bowdoin grant to launch a nonprofit in Zambia to help improve the health of young students there. In that short time, Hackett has significantly expanded the size, reach, and ambition of his organization. He is speaking at Bowdoin on Nov. 2.
Before packing into the Helmreich House common room to watch last night’s final presidential debate, students attended a pre-debate panel on the state of the election. Moderator Liam Gunn ’17 started off by asking what makes this election different from previous ones. One professor responded: “This is the most important election that I will ever vote in in my life.”
Students gathered in Jack Magee's pub Wednesday night to debate San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem. They discussed what the football player's gesture says about patriotism, dissent, the black lives matter movement, and the possibility for change.
Liam Gunn ’17 has been coordinating with the McKeen Center's Andrew Lardie, as well as with Bowdoin Student Government and students in the campus's three political groups (Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, and the nonpartisan Bowdoin Political Union). They're organizing election-themed events and registration drives leading up to election day.
A student journalist at Bowdoin has been selected by ProPublica to take part in its Emerging Reporters program. The nonprofit news organization launched the program last year as a way to increase diversity in investigative journalism by giving stipends and mentoring help to college journalists of color.
Willy Oppenheim ’09 recently visited Bowdoin to meet with students and discuss some of the "problems and possibilities" that come with volunteering abroad. His visit was one of the McKeen Center's "What Matters" dialogue events. In response to events and cultural debates that arise in the news cycle, the McKeen Center organizes public discussions on campus, inviting staff, faculty, students, and community members to share their thoughts and questions.
From Wednesday to Saturday, all incoming first year students are exploring a part of Maine with their Orientation Trip groups, either doing community service or outdoor activities. A few of the groups are based near campus at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, or are staying on campus.
To get a sense of where the students travel for their orientation trips, we've made a map showing where all the trips are based. Some groups will camp in one spot and make day trips; other trips — like the backpacking and some canoeing trips — will start and finish in different locations.
This summer, 22 Bowdoin students received Community Matters fellowships to work for Maine-based nonprofits in a number of different areas, from hunger and homelessness to economic development. The group of students is divided between those who focus on social and civic issues and those who work with environmental organizations.
Calling all students, faculty, staff, and alumni: find out how you can be involved in our annual celebration of community service! This year's Common Good Day is Saturday, September 17th and will connect members of the Bowdoin community with over 50 local partner organizations.