The Anderson Freeman Resource Center (AFC), located in Carr Hall, works to promote an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for the Middlebury community. In particular, this work includes support for students of color; first-generation college students; students from low-income backgrounds; LGBTQ+ students; international students; and other students who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in U.S. higher education.
In conjunction with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), the AFC provides resources and programming that encourage the holistic development of Middlebury’s increasingly diverse undergraduate students as they attain their goals of academic achievement and personal growth while exploring and sustaining their identities and cultures.
The staff and faculty of AFC and CCSRE serve as advocates for student and alumni constituencies, their families, and their communities.
“The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”
—Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook, edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin
Mary Annette Anderson, valedictorian of the Class of 1899, was the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury.
Martin Henry Freeman, salutatorian of the Class of 1849, was the first African- American president of a U.S. college.