McKeen Center

Common Good Symposium Showcases a “Little Bit of Everything”

A wealth of projects and programs were showcased at the McKeen Center’s Spring Symposium, Bowdoin and the Common Good. Posters, presentations, photographs, and video were on display in the Morrell Lounge of the Smith Union, representing more than sixty examples of Bowdoin’s commitment to the wider community.

McKeen Center Honors Those Who Give A Lot

About 1,000 students, more than half of the student body, participate in McKeen Center programs each year. Out of this large group, the McKeen Center each year highlights a few students, staff, and community members for their contributions to the community at its annual Awards Ceremony for Community Engagement and Commitment to the Common Good.

‘Common Good’ Students Present Grants to Local Nonprofits

The Common Good Grant Program began in 2001, when an anonymous donor began contributing $10,000 to Bowdoin annually for students to distribute to local agencies who are searching for funding to jumpstart new initiatives and to support existing programs.

Prof. Erin Johnson Honored for Bringing Community Service to the Classroom

Erin Johnson, a visiting assistant professor in the departments of Visual Arts and Digital and Computational Studies at Bowdoin, is being recognized for making public service an integral part of her classes.

Variety of Opinions Heard in Campus Conversation on Guns

There was no arguing, there were no raised voices and there was no attempt to change anybody’s mind. The contentious issue of gun rights came to Bowdoin’s gun-free campus on April 4, 2018.

First the Alternative Spring Break, Then the Reflection

Over Spring Break, over fifty students travelled to six different locations across the world with the Bowdoin McKeen Center’s Alternative Spring Break program. It is a tradition at Bowdoin that these students gather again, soon after they have returned to campus, for an evening of reflection, hosted by the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

Rooting Out Gender Inequality with Middle School Boys

Ben Ray ’20 said he jumped at the chance to help launch the inaugural CCLIMB group. The acronym stands for creating compassionate leadership in Maine boys. “I’m an education student and I’m a student of gender and women’s students,” he said. “I believe gender is not talked about enough at schools, and ignoring it is actively causing problems in our society.”

Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.