What is PALANA?

The PALANA Intercultural Academic Interest House is a living-learning space dedicated to the principle that diversity and a larger worldview are integral parts of a complete academic, social, and residential college experience.

A Brief History

Established in the Fall of 1991 as the Black and Latino Bi-Cultural Center and located in Fletcher House on South Street. It was renamed the Pan-African Latino Asian Native American (PALANA) House in 1994. PALANA was located in Carr Hall from 2003-2007.

Where is PALANA?

PALANA is currently located at 97 Adirondack View. The house can accommodate a total of 8 students. We have 2 spacious doubles and 4 singles.

Who can live in PALANA?

Residency is open to all students in their sophomore year and beyond with a commitment to the academic, social and cultural exploration of issues of diversity and social justice. Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to apply.

What does it mean to be part of PALANA?
  • Being part of a vibrant living, learning, and social space for students interested in ideas of difference, change, and growth
  • Developing leadership at Middlebury surrounding intercultural initiatives and community development
  • Actively engaging in the academic and interpersonal study of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, class, ability, politics, and religion
  • Helping to bridge the academic and experiential education of students of all backgrounds as connectors in our community
  • Reaching out to the wider college community advocating for communication and collaboration for social change both on and off campus
Why would I choose to live in PALANA?

The PALANA residential experience offers students unique opportunities to learn and to build community. Leadership and scholarship are central to PALANA's mission. Students with demonstrated leadership and academic interest in diversity and intercultural issues broadly defined are highly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us:

Daniel F. Silva, Interim Director
Email: dfsilva@middlebury.edu
Fax: 802.443.3296
452 College St
Carr Hall, Middlebury College
Middlebury VT 05753