January 1, 1999

National Coalition Building Institute's Middlebury College Chapter Moves Forward

Initiated in June 1998, the Middlebury College chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) continues to develop a core group of individuals on campus who are able to train others in skills for prejudice reduction, inter-group conflict resolution, and coalition building. NCBI is open to all members of the Middlebury community-staff, faculty and students-and strives to enhance the college experience through skill training and the creation of effective venues for problem-sharing as a first step to problem-solving.

Since the initial three-day Train the Trainers Workshop led by members of the national NCBI affiliate last June, Middlebury chapter members have continued to train themselves and others. In September, Assistant Dean of Students David Donahue and Associate Director of Student Activities Francy Magee led a Prejudice Reduction Workshop for the residential life staff. Later in the fall, Middlebury NCBI team members traveled to Maryland to participate in a three-day retreat. To more effectively lead Middlebury's efforts, Magee joined Liane Barrera of the College's Information Technology Services, Professor Tom Beyer of the Russian department, and Associate Director of Admissions Onis Cheathams to meet other NCBI teams to strengthen leadership skills and develop meaningful connections with other groups focused on similar efforts around the nation. In November, Barrera, Beyer and Magee presented NCBI's mission to Middlebury College faculty, and demonstrated ways to address prejudice and reduce its impact on campus.

Next January, the Middlebury chapter will offer two more opportunities for people to become involved. On Friday, Jan. 15, a full-day Prejudice Reduction Workshop organized by Director of Residential Life Kathy Ebner will be held in the Kirk Alumni Center. Modeled on the September workshop for residential life staff, the January session will be open to the entire College community. To register, contact Karen White of the Residential Life Office at 443-5386.

From Tuesday, Jan. 19-Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Kirk Alumni Center, two NCBI leaders from the parent organization will return to campus to again offer the three-day Train the Trainers Workshop, which was successfully received on campus last June. Nearly 40 members of the Middlebury College staff and faculty attended the June session, and Middlebury's current NCBI team was formed from that original workshop. The goal of January's Train the Trainer Workshop is to provide the opportunity for students as well as additional faculty and staff to participate in the training session to continue to encourage a broad community of coalition builders and NCBI workshop leaders on campus. To register, contact the Student Activities Office at 443-3103.

For more information about NCBI activities, contact Tom Beyer at 443-5536.