Academic Year 2021-2022

McKeen Center Highlights from the 2021-22 Academic Year
During the 2021-22 academic year, the McKeen Center was delighted for a return to our regular programming after the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to pause or reimagine many of our community-based programs. Over the past year we were able to send out seven Alternative Spring Break trips focused on topics ranging from queerness in Appalachia to environmental racism in urban planning in New York City; the Common Good Grant program awarded $34,000 to 13 organizations, our highest total ever; we supported students and professors in community-engaged courses and independed studies funded through the Ladd Fund, with results including an exhibit in the Maine Maritime Museum, a documentary about the impacts of climate change on Vinalhaven Island, and the ongoing Multilingual Mainers partnership with Kate Furbish Elementary School; we provided stipends for students to volunteer with organizations in their home communities over winter break in a continuation of the COVID-inspired Winter Break Community Engagement Fund program; and so much more! Below, you'll find a brief collection of highlights from the 2021-22 academic year that we hope will offer a deeper understanding of the McKeen Center's programming for those who are still learning about us, share some of the exciting details of programs and projects specific to this past year, and inspire students and community members to think about new ways to connect with the McKeen Center and create opportunities specific to their interests and experiences.
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