The Center for Community Engagement prepares students for lives of meaning and impact through service, scholarship, and citizenship. Our programs work to strengthen communities and contribute to the public good.

Farewell to Patrick Durkin ’79

Public Service Leadership Awards founder Patrick J. Durkin ’79 died on July 27. Patrick inspired students with his commitment, experience, and passion for civic participation and leadership. You can read his obituary here.

Looking for a Deeper Connection to the Community?

Want to use what you’ve learned in the classroom to help address real-world problems, or work with community-based professionals who are eager to support your engagement and learning? Want to develop new skills, discover new interests, or meet new people while making a difference in your community?

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Making Connections

  • Sarah and Brian believe that each student deserves equal access to higher education, so they became MiddCAM mentors, and later, MiddCAM copresidents. In leading the growth of the program to 25 mentor-mentee matches, their primary goal has always remained the same—to increase the program’s reach to those who might benefit most, such as students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

    Sarah Kavoogian ’20 and Brian Ketchabaw ’20

    Middlebury College Access Mentors (MiddCAM)

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  • Patrick’s journey with the CCE started with his first week on campus through his MiddView trip, Working Together to Effect Change. “I learned about Community Friends through my trip leader and knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Since then, he has joined Community Friends as well as other CCE programs such as Language in Motion, Malt Trips and Page One Literacy Project.

    Patrick Kuruga Wachira ’23

    Community Friends, Page One Literacy Project, Language in Motion, MAlt

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  • Martin believes education is the most powerful tool for change. He joined LiM during his first year at Middlebury and has been actively involved ever since. His favorite experience is the Fall Break Mini-MAlt trip, where he spends time with other LiM presenters and local Barre Spaulding High School students making presentations, cooking together, playing games, and going for walks. 

    Martin Troska ’21

    Language in Motion (LiM)

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  • Cynthia is one of P&P’s veteran members. Majoring in International and Global Studies with a focus on East Asia, she has nevertheless found no difficulty grounding her global academic focus in the local community. During the summer of 2019 she interned at the Charter House, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that provides basic necessities like food and shelter. Working and living at the Charter House gave her an unparalleled community experience just a fraction of a mile away from Middlebury college. 

    Cynthia Ramos ’21

    Privilege & Poverty (P&P)

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A signpost directing to the various community gardens student volunteers have helped create in food-insecure neighborhoods.

Privilege & Poverty

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster integrates coursework with experiential learning to critically examine the causes and consequences of economic inequality.

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