Liberal Arts and the Public Good: Community Engagement Spring Series
Through immersive learning within and outside of the classroom, Middlebury students and faculty work to contribute to local and global communities. This event series will feature stories from and conversations with Middlebury College undergraduates and faculty members who have unique perspectives on engaging in community during the pandemic.
Global Community Engagement during COVID
Three current students will share how they are engaged in experiential learning across cultural and geographic boundaries through course projects, volunteer service, and student-led co-curricular activities. Alex will share her experience leading a virtual MAlt trip on immigration in partnership with RAICES, Patrick will share his virtual and in-person hybrid project with a high schoolers in Kenya, and Mai will share her experience partnering Middlebury College School students with a school in Nepal.
Moderator: Christina Brook ’18
Panelists: Patrick K. Wachira ’23; Mai Thuong ’22; Alex Burns ’21.5
Watch the panel video here.
Student Perspectives On Building Community Across Distance
This event features four students engaging in projects that cultivate a sense of place and full participation in their communities. From facilitating virtual cooking classes for Addison County youth to working to get-out-the-vote during the lead up to the 2020 elections, these students have creatively found ways to make a positive impact in their communities this year.
Moderator: Kira Waldman ’20
Panelists: Jordan Saint-Louis ’24; Izzy Hartnett ’21.5; Mollie Ockene ’21; Kenzo Okazaki ’21
Public Scholarship at Middlebury: Community Connections within the Academic Curriculum
Faculty and student leaders discuss the power of community-connected learning in areas like the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster’s internships and capstone experiences, and in an online course unpacking historic artistic representations of slavery for a modern audience.
Moderator: Ashley Laux ’06
Panelists: Héctor Vila, Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric; Isabella Cady ’22.5; Sanae Eda, Associate Professor and Director of the School in Japan