Bowdoin’s 20th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.
This summer, the twenty-four fellows chipped away a little at all that needs to be done to help our society and environment. They worked for nature advocacy and conservation groups; they interned at organizations feeding hungry families; they provided free healthcare to low-income people.
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.
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.
Ariel Gonzales is spending his summer in Guatemala as an intern with Safe Passage, a nonprofit started nearly twenty years ago a Bowdoin alumna to help some of the region’s poorest children.
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.
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.
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.