Public Engagement Fellows are awarded a financial scholarship and academic credit to design and lead projects and initiatives that focus on building relationships between campus and community.
Public Engagement Fellows are campus leaders and are charged with building student capacity, participation and civic engagement through curricular project based work and co-curricular programming. PE Fellows collaborate with MECA students, faculty, and staff to creatively address critical community needs.
Sara Inacio ’17: The Phileo Project
The Phileo Project was initiated by MECA Faith in efforts to help meet some of the needs of homeless people in Portland. The goal of the project is for MECA students to get together to reach out to the homeless community by creating and giving. This includes donations of handmade items such as hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, handmade sketchbooks/journals, and more. MECA Faith hosts events and workshops where students can get together to learn and create items to be donated to the Preble Street Resource Center.
Sarah Milkowski-Dahlgren ’17: Focus on Climate Change + Sustainability
Sarah leads the MECA student group Trash Talkers. Trash Talkers is an environmental group and takes action institutionally as well as within the community of Portland. Since the focus on climate is also a global issue, the group participates in global actions such as 350’s Global Climate March, organized around the Paris Climate Summit. Sarah’s work also focuses on institutional goals, including composting in the MECA Cafe, recycling, and conserving energy.