Leading for the Common Good

The Leading for the Common Good series provides students with the opportunity to meet regularly with peers to learn about service and leadership at Bowdoin, as well as the many ways to stay involved with the common good beyond Bowdoin. A leadership development opportunity and a space to think about life beyond Bowdoin, this seminar is open to students from any class year. Led by McKeen Center Director Sarah Seames and McKeen Fellow Lily Woodward ’17, this small group will meet for eight weeks to have discussions with alumni and community members involved in work related to the common good, a group service project, facilitated reflection, and opportunities to think about how service, leadership, and the common good intersect.

Apply HERE. Due January 16, 2017 at noon.

Speakers and activities will include:
• Trustee and alumna Dr. Shelley Hearne '83, a leader in public health and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health;
• An affordable housing panel featuring Mark Swann ’84 of Preble Street, Cito Selinger '81 of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, Bill Shanahan ’74 of the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund (NNEHIF), and Matt Peters '04 of Avesta Housing;
• Recent alumnae Monica Bouyea '14 of Family Crisis Services and Adrienne Chistolini '15 of Bank of America’s community engagement initiative;
• The Giving Games, a program of The Life You Can Save. This is a facilitated activity that teaches about philanthropy and the ways to give most effectively where participants will think about their own personal criteria for giving and learn how to channel their own future donations to where they will do the most good;
• A group service project, where participants will have the opportunity to work directly with a local Brunswick organization. The day, which will fall on a weekend, will also include group discussions on how to design and lead meaningful service opportunities, create reciprocal partnerships, and facilitate educational reflection activities.

Other speakers are still being scheduled and will include community members who will share their experiences in government, nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, and/or other topics related to the pursuit of the common good.

Meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm in the McKeen Center common room unless otherwise noted, beginning January 30th and ending April 10th.

If this sounds like the program for you, we ask that you complete a short application so that we can learn more about you. The link to this year's application can be found HERE.

Applications are due by December 12th, 2016 at noon.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Seames (sseames@bowdoin.edu) or McKeen Fellow Lily Woodward '17 (lwoodwar@bowdoin.edu).