From advising and mentoring to community-building and celebrating identity, the Anderson Freeman Resource Center provides its students with a variety of offerings to support them in all aspects of academic, social, personal, and communal life.
Learn more about our robust and ongoing programs below. For support services, we provide the following:
- Student mentoring, advising, and connections to campus resources
- Self-care and wellness support
- Counseling (by appointment at 802-443-5141)
- Support for student cultural organizations and PALANA
- Peer writing tutoring (weekly)
- Peer career advising (weekly)
Graduation and Alumni Wall-Signing
The Anderson Freeman Resource celebrates graduating seniors who identify as POC, First-Gen, Queer, and Transgender every May during the AFC Graduation Celebration. Graduating seniors are invited to tag their name and pose for pictures under the graduation cap on the AFC Alumni Wall of Fame, located in the basement of Carr Hall. Although this new tradition was started in 2018, all alumni returning to campus are invited to stop by the AFC and sign their names.
AFC Outdoors is an initiative that aims to foster engagement with the outdoors, provide resources for outdoor recreation, and host diverse outings for underrepresented students on campus who want to explore outdoor spaces at Middlebury in a safe community where they feel empowered, represented, and celebrated.
Peer Mentorship Program
The AFC Peer Mentorship Program is open to all students served by the AFC. The purpose is to connect first-year and sophomore students with juniors and seniors for individualized support based on shared identities that are important to them.
First-generation students are the first in their families to attend a four-year college. As a first-generation student at Middlebury College you have the opportunity to join the First-Gen Experience, aimed at supporting your academic and social success. Annual events and programs include First@Midd pre-orientation program, the AFC Peer Mentorship Program, National First-Generation College Celebration, 1vyG Conference, First-Gen community events, First-Gen Fridays, and the First-Gen Graduation Celebration.
Martin H. Freeman Lecture Series
The Martin H. Freeman Lecture Series aims to create an inclusive environment bringing faculty and students from STEM disciplines together to learn about other prominent scientists of color who have aspirational careers. The event is also about building community for STEM students of color on campus and beyond. Presented in conjunction with the STEM departments and the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.
Middlebury Intercultural Leaders Coalition
The Middlebury Intercultural Leaders Coalition (MILC) is a cultural org cluster, and works together with the Anderson Freeman Resource Center to facilitate communication and cooperation between student cultural organizations, and offer programs to the campus.
Queer and Transgender Students
Students identifying as queer and/or transgender (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual +) can find support, explore their identity, and join community at the Anderson Freeman Center. The AFC has many active and welcoming resources and programs for queer and transgender students, including but not limited to Pride Week, Queer Sex Ed, Coming Out Campfire Stories, Trans Day of Remembrance, and Lavender Graduation.
Students of Color
The Anderson Freeman Resource Center offers resources and programs to support the holistic development of Students of Color so that they can obtain their goals for academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation, and cultural development.
Social Events and Study Breaks
Self-care and healing activities, movie nights, field trips, game nights, mixers, study breaks, and “Stressbusters” during midterms and finals week.
Student Leadership Awards
Student Leadership Awards recognize the leadership, talent, and impact Middlebury students have on campus and in the local community. The AFC gives out the following awards annually.
The Angels Award is given annually to a sophomore woman of color who throughout her first year demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and activism in the college community. The purpose of the award is to encourage academic excellence and affirm the important role of diversity on campus.
Alexander Twilight 1823 Diversity and Community Leadership Award
The Alexander Twilight 1823 Diversity and Community Leadership Award is given to the student who best exemplifies Twilight’s leadership and determination to effect change within the Middlebury community by transcending boundaries of race, class, and gender through active collaboration.