Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Tom Gawarkiewicz
Class of 2015

Posted June 02, 2014

Tom Gawarkiewicz (Economics and Mathematics/Government & Legal Studies), a rising senior from North Falmouth, MA, first became involved in community service at Bowdoin his freshmen year through Common Good Day and Mount Ararat Middle School Mentoring. That spring, he began to help in a local 4th grade class through the America Reads and Counts Program. Tom continued tutoring, primarily in math, through his sophomore year and continues still to mentor a new student every year at Mount Ararat Middle School.

As a Mathematics and Economics major Tom has developed a strong interest in public policy, particularly after taking Prof. Deborah DeGraff's Human Resources and Economic Development course. Through the McKeen Center's Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship, Tom worked at the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), researching and writing on a variety of topics from child hunger to tax policy. His main project was The State of Working Maine report, a comprehensive look at trends in Maine’s labor market. This experience with MECEP clearly demonstrated the link between economic policy and societal issues and has encouraged Tom to pursue a career in public policy economics.

This past year Tom was the co-president of the Bowdoin College Finance Society.

This summer Tom will working at Bowdoin on an independent research project exploring relationships between political tensions and international trade in Asia.

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“I see the common good as using your own interests and passions to help others in your local, regional, and global community, whether it is through volunteering, general philanthropy, or your career.”