four smiling people seated
Scott Center staff from left to right:  Program Coordinator Ellen McKay Jewett, Dean of Spiritual & Religious LIfe Mark R. Orten, Rabbi/Associate Chaplain Danielle Stillman, Associate Muslim Chaplain Zahra Moeini Meybodi.

Welcome Class of 2027.5!

The Scott Center is the hub of spiritual life on campus. It’s the place where students gather to explore big questions, celebrate together, find time to reflect, and enjoy social time with other students from all walks of life. This ranges from students who do not identify religiously at all, finding The Scott Center to be a radically hospitable and relaxing place to be, to students who are hoping to delve deeply into one or more spiritual traditions while at college.

Everyone is welcome!

We look forward to meeting you and hope you can come to some of our Feb 2024 Orientation events; see below for a complete list.  Click here to see a walking map to our home at 46 South St.

If we can help make this semester a smooth transition and these years a successful and fulfilling part of your life’s journey, please do not hesitate to let us know. Please give us a call at (802) 443-5626.  

We look forward to being a part of your life at Middlebury College.

Peace and Blessings,

Ellen McKay Jewett, Program Coordinator

Zahra Moeini Meybodi, Associate Muslim Chaplain

Mark R. Orten, Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life

Rabbi Danielle Stillman, Associate Chaplain

February 2024 Orientation Activities with The Scott Center


Wednesday, Feb. 7:  Family Resource Fair

3:00-4:00 pm

Atwater Dining Hall


Wednesday, Feb. 7:  Opening Convocation

4:30 pm

Middlebury Chapel


Thursday, Feb. 8:  Self-Care Fair: Mindful Tea

1:00-3:00 pm

Atwater Dining Hall


Thursday, Feb. 8:  Unlearning at Midd — Mindfulness as Anti-Oppression Practice

5:30-6:30 pm

Location TBD

Borrowing from a Buddhist perspective, the way to anti-oppression is through right view to right awareness (mindfulness). This workshop gives a basic introduction to mindfulness, and explores related definitions of violence, hierarchy, and power. We will examine oppression as embodied discrimination and offer alternative views and responses, as well as strategies for adaptation, thriving, resisting, and healing.


Thursday, Feb. 8:  Unlearning at Midd — Islamophobia and Antisemitism on Campus and In Our Lives

5:30-6:30 pm

Location TBD

This session will invite participants to explore and reflect on definitions and encounters with Islamophobia and antisemitism in our societies. We will have a conversation about the different forms and manifestations of these discriminations. The session will conclude by exploring how these biases can show up on campus and how to best disrupt them and create a stronger community at Middlebury.


Friday, Feb. 9:  Student Resource Fair

9:30-11:00 am

Atwater Dining Hall


Friday, Feb. 9:  Orientation to Mindfulness for College

11-12 noon

Crest Room, McCullough Student Center


Friday, Feb. 9:  Shabbat Dinner

6-7 pm

Jewish Center in the Freeman International Center (FIC)

End your first week at Middlebury with Rabbi Danielle Stillman and students active in Hillel, with Shabbat dinner at the Jewish Center in the Freeman International Center (FIC).  We will bring in the Jewish day of rest with blessings over wine and challah, followed by a great meal.  All students are welcome at this event, regardless of whether you have a Jewish background or not. You must register for this event by Wednesday January 31st so we can plan the food amounts accordingly!!!!  Link for registration:

Sunday, Feb. 11:  Orientation to Mindfulness for College

8-9 am

Crest Room, McCullough Student Center

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Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
46 South Street
Middlebury, VT 05753