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

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

A Learning Community

We are a learning community that brings classrooms and communities together to address the causes and consequences of poverty, and cultivate lifelong ethical participation in society.

13.1% U.S. Poverty Rate (2015 Census)
43M U.S. People Living in Poverty
800M+ People Living in Extreme Poverty Worldwide

* Statistics from a 2018 American Community Survey

Academic Cluster

The Cluster is not a formal major or minor, but it is a program with coherence, relevance, and intellectual depth that complements any other major course of study. Participating faculty include a range of professors from across academic disciplines so that students study specific interests with depth, breadth, and connection.

How It Works

As a participating student you will combine theory and practice as you work with partner organizations. Together you’ll address community-identified needs and work to create a positive impact.

Taking advantage of an abundance of resources and expertise at Middlebury and in our community, you will cultivate the skills, knowledge, capacities, and moral sensitivities that are essential to addressing social and economic inequalities.

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Center for Community Engagement
20 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-3580