Brewer Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement

Welcome to the Brewer Center

The Senator Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement promotes positive social change and healthier, more vibrant communities through innovative programming and partnerships that benefit our community and Mount Wachusett Community College.

The Brewer Center’s programs engage students, faculty, and staff with the community through:

  • service learning
  • volunteerism
  • internships/co-ops
  • civic outreach

With individuals, organizations, and businesses in north-central Massachusetts as our partners, we achieve true impact and deliver tangible outcomes through programs and initiatives such as The Democracy Commitment and United Way Youth Venture.

Brewer Center Hours and Contact

We are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Brewer Center is headquartered in Room 152 at the Gardner Campus. You can reach us at 978-630-9187 or via community@mwcc.mass.edu.

What’s Happening at the Brewer Center?

Upcoming Events

Dialogues

Are you passionate about a topic and want to see our MWCC community talk about it? Facilitate a dialogue with us, join us as a guest speaker, or propose a topic to us! Fill out our Dialogue Topic Suggestions form.

*Note* The April 14th Dialogue has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. 

Spring Dialogue Schedule 2021

Explore some of our community dialogues here:

Spring 2021 Dialogues “Engage Beyond Voting”

Resources:

As promised in that conversation, here are the sources that were used by the Brewer Center, and additional resources shared by others. Feel free to reply all to this email if you have sources as well.

From the BC:

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-gun-policy-global-comparisons

https://www.statista.com/statistics/476409/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-weapon-types-used/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/14/ar-15-mass-shootings/339519002/

https://www.center4research.org/copy-cats-kill/ 

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-gun-policy-global-comparisons 

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/colorado-king-soopers-shooting/index.html 

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ 

https://gunsandamerica.org/story/19/08/04/what-is-a-mass-shooting-why-we-struggle-to-agree-on-how-many-there-were-this-year/ 

https://www.cnn.com/2015/10/02/world/can-legislation-prevent-mass-shootings/index.html 

From others:

-Please see the attached PDF resources on this email sent by Professors Jim Bigelow and Katie Wahrer.

-Racial profiling: https://www.aclu.org/other/racial-profiling-definition

-Talking with children about gun violence: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/table-talk/gun-violence-mass-shootings

-Toxic masculinity - https://mwcc.kanopy.com/video/tough-guise-2

-One of the parents of a child who was killed at Sandy Hook started the Choose Love Movement where she created and distributes a FREE social emotional learning curriculum for schools.  https://chooselovemovement.org/

-"Ricochet", by Richard Feldman, longtime NRA Lobbyist is an inside look at how the NRA leadership (Wayne Lapierre) shifted their focus from promoting training and responsible firearms ownership to fighting all gun legislation.

-"Lost Boys: Why our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them" by James Garbarino, PhD. is a book on mass shootings and the complex causes.  Garbarino, unintentionally, has become the academic authority on mass shootings in the US, as he does lengthy local research after each event.

Fall 2020 Dialogues “Check to Elect”

The Brewer Center and the MWCC Community are focused on finding actionable steps we can begin taking to change the cycle of racism, intolerance, and for many, the status quo. As such, we have held a number of discussions to listen and learn from each other as we move forward. The recorded discussion below is focused on how to speak to children about racism. More resources for discussion and education can be found on this page The Mount Blog: Resources for Discussion and Education on Racial Issues. We are updating this collection of resources continually.

Dialogue - Talking to Children About Racism from Mt Wachusett Community College on Vimeo.

Other Community Activities

Invest in Your Community at MWCC

Director of the Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Shelley Errington-Nicholson, talks about service learning at MWCC.
“If you have the opportunity to participate in service learning, don’t hesitate.”

Taryn Holly, Physical Therapy Assistant

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