The Anderson Freeman Resource Center grew out of a movement during the 2013-14 academic year by students working for a more just, inclusive, safe, and supportive environment at Middlebury College. Recognizing a demographic shift in the student body over the past decade, the students requested that the College create a space that visibly represented diverse students and educated the campus community on issues of identity and privilege. They urged the administration to develop and institutionalize a campus intercultural center to more fully support the College’s mission to “challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community.”
Then-President Ronald D. Liebowitz approved the opening of the intercultural center and secured the funding. In December 2014, Shirley M. Collado, vice president for student affairs and dean of the College, announced appointment of a director, Roberto Lint Sagarena, and associate director, Jennifer Herrera.
In May 2015, Middlebury’s trustees approved naming the new center the Anderson Freeman Resource Center for two of Middlebury’s earliest alumni of color: Mary Annette Anderson (1899) and Martin Henry Freeman (1849).
The Anderson Freeman Resource Center officially opened in the fall of 2015 in Carr Hall, alongside the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). The AFC provides a student life complement to the academic mission of CCSRE. The pairing of the two centers creates opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to work together across academic and student life.