For more than a decade, Sarah and Tom Pattison have been stalwart supporters and friends of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute. They are the major supporters of the Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Program.
On April 23–May 4, 2018, the Preparatory Committee of states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) met in Geneva. Leaders, researchers, and students from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Middlebury Institute participated in various ways.
Two student clubs, the African Nations Club and the Mixtape Exchange Club, organized and hosted a one-day Global Solutions Arts and Music Festival on May 6th, a "coalition of the arts, music, and human ingenuity."