Lauren Gervais ’22 - Goldfarb Center

“The Goldfarb Center has provided me with an outlet on campus to connect the things I learn in the classroom to current events outside of Mayflower Hill.”


Q&A with Lauren Gervais ’22

Why are you engaged with the Goldfarb Center? 

I am engaged with the Goldfarb Center because I enjoy talking with others about public affairs. Goldfarb events provide a space for me to listen to incredible speakers, then engage in a dialogue about the issues with members of the Colby community. I think the Goldfarb Center is an invaluable educational resource for students at Colby to engage with issues outside of Mayflower Hill.

What does leadership mean to you as someone on the Goldfarb Student Executive Board? 

To me, leadership means acting in the best interest of those you represent. As a member of the Goldfarb Student Executive Board, I hope to create events that will get the Colby community excited to engage with current events.

What do you think is the most interesting thing happening right now in public affairs? Or, why do you think it is important for Colby students to care about public affairs?

I think right now it is the growing partisan divide in the United States. This us vs. them attitude has grown to impact every public policy issue in the country. I think engaging in an open dialogue about public affairs is a critical step towards understanding the perspectives of others and working towards a more unified and tolerant population.

Is there a moment you will always remember or a favorite memory you have with the Goldfarb Center? 

Some of my favorite memories with the Goldfarb center this year have been the debate watch parties we hosted. It is fun to see Colby students come together in an informal setting and listen to the candidates’ debate issues. Sometimes the relaxed chatter with your peers produces the most valuable engagement with current events.