The Middlebury Institute is host to a large number of Fulbright students from around the world who make their mark on the campus culture with their enthusiasm and shared desire to use their education to have a positive impact in their home communities.
For Middlebury Institute student Katie Barthelow, taking a course titled “Starting Your Own Social Change Organization” proved prophetic, as her classroom concept pitch led to piloting a project connecting classrooms in the US and Panama through language exchange.
“I felt like a thousand candles were lit, inspiring people to help save our oceans,” said one audience member at Wednesday evening’s event with legendary marine biologist, author, and ocean activist Sylvia Earle, hosted by the Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy.
A hub for data analysis learning and training on campus, the Middlebury Institute’s META Lab also offers students the opportunity to work on community projects, providing meaningful support to local non-profits while gaining valuable work experience.
Middlebury Institute professor Gabriel Guillen is piloting a program to connect eager Spanish language students with the Hispanic community in Monterey County by facilitating regular tandem English/Spanish sessions.