The Center for Community Engagement prepares students for lives of meaning and impact though local, national, and global community connections. By strengthening students’ civic identities, knowledge, and skills, our programs work to strengthen communities and contribute to the public good.
Our Signature Programs
Language in Motion
Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MAlt)
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)Read more
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, MAltRead more
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)Read more
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)Read more
This is Community-Connected Learning (INTD 0121)
“…my streetwear label, VOICI… is about building a community and telling the story of the community…My project for the class was titled “Still Chocolate City” and was centered around the U Street Corridor in Washington D.C…. The CCL course made me realize that my responsibility is to tell the stories of my community and educate my generation on the issues we have so that in the end we can come together to fix that… “ - Jordan Saint-Louis ‘24
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?
This is Community-Connected Living
Beginning Fall of 2021, The Center for Community Engagement is thrilled to be supporting a housing “superblock” for students who are committed to community connection and engagement! This house provides a space where resident students who are leaders, learners and participants in community connected learning courses and student organizations can build on their commitment to civic engagement through shared living, reflection and programming. Stay tuned to hear about - and be a part of - all of the ways that the participating students will build community within their house and beyond - as great neighbors, active community members and engaged learners.