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Sarah Seames, Director

Sarah Seames, Director

Sarah works with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to foster collaboration between the College and communities in ways that augment student learning and benefit the public good. In addition to directing the Center, Sarah facilitates campus discussions on privilege, manages the Center's alumni network, and coordinates the Leading for the Common Good student development series.  Her professional interests include meaningful dialogue facilitation and reflection as a tool to connect experience and learning. Sarah currently serves on the Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine and the Volunteer Engagement Advisory Committee for the United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

Sarah’s interest in civic engagement and public policy and her experience with non-profit organizations inform her daily work with students. Before coming to Bowdoin, Sarah coordinated community service programs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and promoted student civic engagement at the state level in her work with the New Hampshire and Maine Campus Compacts. Nationally, Sarah has served as a Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Ambassador for the Points of Light Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. Sarah completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School for Public Service, where her capstone research focused on connections between student socio-economic status, working while at college, and participation in campus activities.

Contact Sarah at sseames@bowdoin.edu

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Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator

Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator

Shawn is responsible for the daily running of the offices of the McKeen Center. Providing administrative support for the Center director, staff, students and faculty working with community service and community-based teaching/research programs, her primary responsibilities include management of the departmental budget and finances, event coordination, oversight of the departmental web pages, development of office publications, and general public relations.

Shawn was raised with the idea of community participation and service as part of her everyday life – giving whatever you can - no matter how little. Mostly through informal and unorganized service, she and her family regularly helped elderly neighbors and fellow church congregants in whatever way they needed. Currently Shawn is the chair of the board for Family Focus, an non-profit organization committed to providing affordable community-based services (childcare, special needs programming, information and referral, parenting support and education) for families with children in the Midcoast area. She also participates regularly in service projects directed through First Parish Church.

Contact Shawn at sgerwig@bowdoin.edu

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Andrew Lardie, Associate Director for Service and Leadership

Andrew Lardie, Associate Director for Service and Leadership

Andrew oversees our co-curricular service programs, including the Alternative Break program, student volunteer groups, and annual service events such as Common Good Day. He also works with our Assistant Director, Nhi Nguyen, on our youth and education programming and will be the primary contact for students exploring community engagement opportunities and for community partners seeking to work with our students.

Andrew has been an educator and mentor for ten years, and is passionate about using education to promote a more just and democratic society. He has taught K-12 math and science in Maine and Georgia, and worked in Admissions for highly selective liberal arts colleges. He completed his BA in Biology at Reed College and his Master of Arts in Teaching at Emory University.

Some of Andrew's interests include quantitative and media literacies, hiking, music history, audio production, and mindfulness meditation. He has lived in 5 US states and is excited to be settling into midcoast Maine with his wife Margaret Boyle, Assistant Professor in Spanish, and family.

Contact Andrew at alardie@bowdoin.edu

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Nhi Nguyen, Assistant Director

Nhi Nguyen, Assistant Director

Nhi helps connect Bowdoin students to community partners and opportunities in the community.  Her primary responsibilities include overseeing Bowdoin’s school-based mentoring groups, the America Reads and Counts tutoring program, the Common Good Grant program, Community Immersion Orientation Trips, and Aspirations in Maine programming. Nhi also co-advises the 32 student-led service groups that make up the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps.

Contact Nhi at nnguyen@bowdoin.edu

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Michelle Vazquez Jacobus, Interim Associate Director

Michelle Vazquez Jacobus, Interim Associate Director

Having joined the McKeen Center from USM’s Lewiston campus where she was an Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as USM LAC’s Community Engagement Scholar, Michelle's work here at Bowdoin focuses on the intersections of our academic and community lives.  She oversees the Community Matters in Maine and Denning Summer Fellowships and works regularly with faculty teaching Community Engaged courses.

Working from backgrounds in both social work and law, Michelle’s work at USM focused on community-engaged learning and community capacity building, particularly through promoting diversity and multiculturalism. Michelle has co-authored several articles and organized multiple events and collaborative projects with diverse communities in Maine, including pieces focusing on local immigrant populations; policy implications of food access; collaborative multi-disciplinary community engagement projects; and the importance of community engagement on pedagogy and social justice.

Michelle earned her J.D. at Stanford Law School, her MSW at New York University; and her BA at Duke University. Michelle was 2014 Libra Diversity Scholar at the University of Maine; a 2011 National Finalist for the Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement; and the 2006 winner of the Maine Campus Compact Harward Award for Faculty Leadership in Community Engagement.

Contact Michelle at mvazquez@bowdoin.edu.

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