McKeen Fellows for Community Engagement

McKeen Fellows are student leaders of McKeen Center programs. They hold regular office hours in the center, assist students, faculty, and staff in making community connections, and serve as the student advisory group for the center. Meet the 2014-2015 McKeen Fellows below and learn a bit about the programs they help run.


Alternative Breaks - Courtney Chuang '15 and Kelsey Freeman '16 (spring) Courtney Chuang '15 Kelsey Freeman '16

Alternative Spring Break trips are intensive week-long, student-led service trips. Courtney and Kelsey help coordinate these trips and is in charge of the semester-long leader seminar.

Contact Courtney at

America Reads and Counts -Kyle Nowak '15 Kyle Nowak '15

America Reads and Counts is a Federal Work Study program enables students to work as tutors in local schools. Kyle helps to train and schedule tutors and maintains communication between tutors and schools.

Contact Kyle at

Abby Roy '16Aspirations/BASE - Abby Roy '16

Students from all over Maine come to Bowdoin to experience life on a college campus. Each student, usually a high school freshman, is matched with a Bowdoin mentor for the day to follow their schedule, sit in on a class, and eat lunch in the dining hall. There are also "mini-classes", organized specifically for the visiting high school students. After having lunch in the dining hall, students hear briefly from an Admissions staff member, who gives a brief overview of the financial aid and admissions processes, and then have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of Bowdoin students who grew up in Maine.

Contact Abby at


Bowdoin Volunteer Corps - Rachel Henderson '15 and Jesse Ortiz '16 Rachel Henderson '15 Jesse Ortiz '16

The Bowdoin Volunteer Corps is an umbrella organization for student-run service programs and serves as a link between student volunteers and community agencies. Rachel manages organizations' budgets and funding and trains student leaders on the skills needed to effectively run their volunteer programs. Jesse works with the student-run mentoring programs to help them run the most effective programs and meet all mentoring-specific requirements.

Contact Rachel at and Jesse at


Common Good Grant - Adrienne Chistolini '15 and Michelle Johnson '15 Adrienne Chistolini '15

Michelle Johnson '15

Students on the Common Good Grant Committee learn about philanthropy while allocating grants to local non-profit organizations. Adrienne and Michelle facilitate committee meetings, introduce students to grant writing and fundraising skills, and communicate with non-profit organizations on how to apply for the grant.

Contact Adrienne at and Michelle at

Global Citizens Grant - David Silverman '15 and Maggie Acosta '16 (spring) David Silverman '15 Maggie Acosta '16

Bowdoin students can apply for funding through the Global Citizens Grant to work with non-profit agencies in the developing world. David manages this program, including publicity and supporting the grant recipients before they leave and when they return.

Contact David at


Service News - Diamond Walker '17 Diamond Walker '17

In addition to ongoing community projects, the McKeen Center supports the efforts of students, faculty, and staff who seek to be publicly engaged. Diamond helps individuals figure out how to get involved in the community, is editor of the weekly newsletter Service News, and supports all programming of the McKeen Center.
Diamond's office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Contact Diamond at

Spring Leadership Series - Juliet Eyraud '16Juliet Eyraud '16

This program gives students a better sense of how to think about all of the different ways to be engaged in a community.  In addition to regular meetings, students attend a series of talks by alums and community members. By recounting their stories, the speakers will challenge students to think about their own future in service at Bowdoin and beyond.
Contact Juliet at

Website Special Projects - Jordan Lantz '15 Jordan Lantz '15

Jordan works with the McKeen Center staff to keep the McKeen Center website up to date.  In particular he will gather profiles from current students, faculty, staff, and alums to be posted regularly.
Jordan's office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Contact Jordan at

If you have any questions regarding McKeen Fellows please contact Sarah Seames at