Dear Friends of the Goldfarb Center,

Welcome to our new, vibrant website that showcases the exceptional students, events, and programs that make up the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College. Even in a year that has proven to be an uncertain and complicated one, the Goldfarb Center has continued to build the leadership skills of students and to connect our community to public affairs issues.

We shifted to virtual events, which expanded our reach well beyond Mayflower Hill and is a practice that will continue long after the impact of Covid-19. We are finding and funding student internships and faculty research that can still be creatively conducted during a pandemic. Perhaps most importantly, we are listening to our student leaders and creating programs with them that they feel are critical to Colby.

Our public policy theme and focus this year is on the U.S. criminal justice system and the racial inequities it has created. Conversations about racism are difficult but imperative, and my hope is that we will become a hub for informative and thought-provoking conversations about the role of policy and policymakers on civil rights issues. Join us on October 28th or watch the recording of our conversation with Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus, a former judge and defense attorney, and author of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

As you look through our new site, I encourage you to read about what inspires the leaders on the Goldfarb Student Executive Board to stay engaged. Read about our first ever winner of the Franko-Maisel Public Policy Prize, Gal Cohen. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list so that you know about our upcoming virtual events and can stay engaged with the Center. I always welcome your feedback and ideas.

Reach out to me anytime at [email protected].

Best Regards,

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Executive Director
Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Colby College

Kimberly Flowers


• Be a vibrant information hub on the most pressing current events in the world
• Increase awareness of the role of public policy to address these complex challenges
• Inspire active citizenship among the Colby Community
• Empower and build the leadership skills of Colby students
• Create networking opportunities to connect students to alumni and world leaders who have established careers in public affairs
• Spark thought-provoking public policy conversations
• Provide forum for open, healthy discourse for all (all majors, all opinions, all people)