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Susie Dorn — Director

Susie works with Center staff as well as students, faculty, and community partners to create avenues for collaboration between the college and communities in ways that augment student learning while providing benefit to the public. In addition to oversight of the Center as a whole, Susie works with student leaders to run the Common Good Grant program, the Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship and the Global Citizens Grant. She is interested in issues of philanthropy and social entrepreneurism and helping students capitalize on their good ideas to find creative solutions to public problems.

Having taught for over a decade in both public and private schools in California, Montana, and Casablanca, Morocco, Susie realizes the significance of an educational approach to service and public engagement. Her experiences living and traveling throughout Africa, Europe, and Eastern Europe inform her commitment to connecting students to international as well as local communities. Before coming to Bowdoin, Susie worked at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University where she was able to transition her leadership in community service programs and service learning pedagogy at the secondary level to higher education. Her own community engagement has revolved around work with the YWCA and Youth Community Services. Currently she serves on the Maine Campus Compact Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Merrymeeting Bay Mentoring Coalition.

Janice Jaffe — Assistant Director for Public Engagement

Janice works with faculty, students and local agencies to develop and strengthen partnerships that enhance student learning through public engagement while fostering mutually beneficial ties between the campus and community. In this capacity, Janice coordinates the Community Course Liaison program and the Symposium celebrating community-based learning, and works with faculty, staff and students to organize events that engage the campus in issues of broad public concern on local, national and international levels.

In her fifteen years as a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin Janice saw students’ depth of understanding and sense of civic engagement increase as they put classroom theory on international problems such as migrancy and immigration into practice at the local level. Mentoring students in course-based collaborations with agencies including the Maine Division of Migrant and Immigrant Services, Preble Street Resource Center, People’s Regional Opportunity Program and the Maine Migrant Health Program also enabled Janice to deepen her longstanding commitment to addressing the needs of immigrant communities. She has taught ESL in Portland, led workshops for immigrant interpreters at Catholic Charities and assisted in interpreter training for United Way’s Language Access for New Americans program. At present, Janice is actively involved as a volunteer with the Casco Bay Friends of Safe Passage and as a medical interpreter and interpreter trainer with Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic.

Craig McEwen — Senior Faculty Fellow

Craig McEwen serves as Senior Faculty Fellow at the McKeen Center while teaching Maine Social Research and Sociology of Law as a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Maine Social Research course provides him the chance to work collaboratively with students and local organizations in doing research that serves the needs of the local community. At the Center, Craig participates actively with staff in planning and programming and works with the other faculty fellows and staff to deepen the Center’s connections to the academic program at the College.

Promoting public engagement through the Center resonates with Craig’s own rewarding experiences working on issues of inequality, housing access, and civil and criminal justice. At present, he serves on the State of Maine’s Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine, and the Mid Coast Community Housing Coalition. When he came to Maine in 1975, he began a 25 year involvement with criminal justice reform, serving on the state’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, the Maine Civil Liberties Union Board of Directors, the Maine Council of Churches’ Criminal Justice Committee, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on State Correctional Facilities Improvement. He has also had the chance to serve on the state’s Legal Needs Commission and the Commission to Study the Future of Maine's Courts, and the Board of Overseers of the Bar as well as its Grievance Commission.

Sarah Seames — Assistant Director for Community Service Programs

Sarah oversees the McKeen Center’s Service and Leadership programs. As the primary contact for annual service events, the Community Immersion Pre-Orientation, the Alternative Spring Break program, and the leaders of Bowdoin’s 26 student-led service organizations, Sarah helps introduce student volunteers to community issues through service. She works closely with the McKeen Fellows for Community Engagement, the student leaders of the McKeen Center, to create quality programs that connect service, learning, and public engagement.

Sarah’s interest in civic engagement and public policy and her experience with non-profit organizations daily inform her work with students. Before coming to Bowdoin, Sarah coordinated community service programs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and promoted student civic engagement at the state level in her work with the New Hampshire and Maine Campus Compacts. Nationally, Sarah has served as a Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Ambassador for the Points of Light Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. Sarah lives in Brunswick, serves on the boards of the Brunswick Teen Center and the Community for All Ages initiative, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Maine’s Muskie School for Public Service.

Sean Gerwig — Administrative Coordinator

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