A student works with a HOPE volunteer to organize the food shelf.
A student works with a HOPE volunteer to organize the food shelf.

Learn in the classroom and in the world. This is community-connected experiential learning.

Privilege & Poverty (P&P) is comprised of a growing group of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners who share a common interest in studying Privilege & Poverty. We believe that collectively grappling with the problems associated with inequality—in both its domestic and global forms—represents a remarkably good application of a liberal arts education.

If you are interested in exploring the Privilege & Poverty Cluster please reach out to any of us for a conversation. We would be delighted to advise you on how to get started with the study of Privilege & Poverty at Middlebury.

Matt Lawrence

Faculty Director, Privilege & Poverty

Matthew Lawrence is Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Barksdale, Jr. Faculty Fellow. Professor Lawrence teaches a range of courses, with a particular focus on education, inequality, social mobility, social statistics, data and research methodology.

Professor Lawrence serves as the Academic Director for the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster. 

Munroe Hall 412
Office Hours:
Fall Semester: Wednesdays 4:15-5:15, and Thursdays 10:30-12:30 in MNR 412

Jason Duquette-Hoffman

Assistant Director, Privilege & Poverty

Jason Duquette-Hoffman is an Assistant Director at the Center for Community Engagement, and serves as the Internship Director for the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster. In this role, he coordinates the experiential learning, co-curricular programming and community partnerships that underpin the P&P educational experience. Jason also teaches the CCE’s Community Connected Learning course, advises student Community Engagement Organizations focused on economic inequality and democratic engagement, and supports the works of community partner organizations and coalitions. 

Book a time to talk with Jason 

Ashley Laux


Ashley Laux is the Director of the Center for Community Engagement, one of the three Middlebury College Experiential Learning Centers. In her role at CCE, Ashley supports and leads a host of community-connected academic and co-curricular initiatives that connect students and learning to the larger community. 

26 Blinn Lane
Tom and Nancy Shepherd
We are deeply grateful for Nancy Hamilton Shepherd ’53 and her late husband Tom Shepherd for their vision and initial funding that helped to launch Privilege & Poverty at Middlebury.

Center for Community Engagement
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-3580