Assistant Dean, K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
Room 332 (Gardner Campus)
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Psychology, Fagan Forhan has consistently and passionately been involved in many facets of community service and has served on numerous boards and committees. Before coming to the Brewer Center in 2006, Fagan worked for six years with the Massachusetts State Legislature as Chief of Staff for former State Rep. Brian Knuuttila as a liaison for local nonprofits and constituents.
In her current role, Fagan provides strategic direction and oversight for the Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, as well as the college’s Division of Access and Transition. She serves as a member of the Board of Higher Education’s Study Group on Civic Learning, a National Steering Committee Member for The Democracy Commitment, and a Steering Committee member for the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment. Fagan is also certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). She also advises the Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and serves as an advisor for Otaku United.
Room 152 (Gardner Campus)
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.
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Room 152 (Gardner Campus)
Rose Calder is a two time graduate of Salem State University receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre/Education and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education for Student Affairs. Prior to joining the MWCC community, Rose has worked at SNHU, Keene State College, UChicago, and Saint Anselm College.
In her current role at MWCC as the Civic Engagement Coordinator, Rose coordinates programming and event planning for the center, directly engages with students, helps oversee the SLiCE and SOS programs, as well as oversees related software platforms and social media for the center. Her role also supports internships and service-learning initiatives in partnership with MWCC faculty.