Dean, K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
Fagan has proudly served the communities of North Central Massachusetts for over twenty years, both in her role as staff for a State Representative and in her roles at MWCC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Science in Applied Communications from Fitchburg State University. Fagan oversees the college’s Division of Access & Transition, which houses College Access programming, including GEAR UP and TRIO, and Early College & Dual Enrollment. She also has oversight of the Brewer Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement, and the United Way Youth Venture program. Fagan has been deeply involved in educational changework over her tenure at MWCC, serving in leadership capacities in Portrait of a Graduate of North Central MA, statewide and national Civic Learning working groups, and currently serves as an Early College Mentor for Massachusetts Alliance 4 Early College. Her leadership at MWCC has supported the successful launch of four Early College Designations and the Carnegie Classification in Civic Engagement.
Shelley Errington Nicholson is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Music. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Finally, Shelley received a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies.
Shelley has worked at several institutions including WPI, MCPHS, Rice University, and the University of Edinburgh. Shelley is the co-editor of the text Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives and Practice from Feminist Perspectives. In her current role at MWCC as the Director of the Brewer Center, Shelley coordinates service-learning and community-based internships for MWCC students, oversees the SOS Peer Mentoring Program and Food for Thought: Campus Pantry, as well as budget management and strategic planning. Shelley has been a member of The Democracy Commitment since 2013 and serves as TDC Campus Coordinator at MWCC.
Please take a moment to check out our annual Brewer Center reports to see the progress we have made over the past few years in partnership with the community.