AmeriCorps Assistant Director Meghan Jaird named Admission Counselor

By: Buff Lindau

meghan jairdMeghan Jaird '10 was named Admission Counselor for Saint Michael's College. Jaird was Assistant Director of National Service Programs for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau, an AmeriCorps program, from 2011 to the present.

"I so much enjoyed my experience at Saint Michael's that I wanted to share my passion and enthusiasm with future students," said Jaird, a Dean's List student who graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology and minors in political science and peace and justice studies.

"Now I have 'come home' to St. Mike's and can talk with confidence about how liberal studies helps in the real world," she said. 

In her new position, she will travel as an ambassador on behalf of Saint Michael's to areas in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, portions of upstate New York, Illinois and Ohio. 

Following graduation, Jaird, a community engagement intern, developed a leadership council for middle school children in Selma, AL, at the Edmundite Southern Missions. She also developed a homework club and art program for elementary students in Selma. 

"The youngsters in Selma taught me more than I taught them," she said. "They were very knowledgeable about Civil Rights history, especially about the Montgomery to Selma March in 1965."

Service and organizational work as a student

As a Saint Michael's student, Jaird was a MOVE Core Team Member, helping run student volunteer activities. She also developed and coordinated the Homework Club at the JFK Elementary School in Winooski, VT, from spring 2008 to spring 2010. Additionally she worked with a program to bring Saint Michael's students together with elementary-age refugee children in Winooski in a mentoring program. And as founder of the Saint Michael's College New Sudan Education Initiative, she worked for four years to help establish schools in Southern Sudan through fundraising and advocacy. 

Jaird, a Burlington resident, graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Her grandmother, Aline Bowen, resides in St. Albans. She is a group fitness instructor and a big fan of ice hockey and running.

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