Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement seeks 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member

The Center for Community Engagement is seeking a 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our team and we would love if you could share this announcement with your networks including graduating college seniors, recent alumni, or other individuals who might be interested in spending a year of service to work with college students and local youth!

Do you love working with and for kids?  Interested in social justice work at the youth development level? Come join the Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement (CCE) as a Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA member in Middlebury, Vermont! This VISTA supports youth and mentoring programs advised by the CCE by offering guidance on best practices to groups, deepening relationships with community partners, providing volunteer screening and support, and more!
We seek a motivated and compassionate individual for a one-year position beginning August 2018 to work closely with the CCE team and help coordinate eight youth and mentoring programs advised by our office. More information here. Feel free to contact CCE Program Director Ashley Laux, with any questions.

Nominate a student for a 2018 Public Service Leadership Award

Dear Staff and Faculty colleagues, Please consider nominating a student for a Public Service Leadership Award!

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement is pleased to announce the Middlebury College 25th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards.  These awards are part of a campus-wide celebration of student leadership. Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, and advocacy—and these awards recognize our student body’s contributions to Middlebury College, the surrounding community, and beyond. We hope you will consider nominating a Middlebury College student who has contributed positively in the realm of public service.

For more information and to nominate a student, please click here. The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2018. Questions?  Please contact Ashley Laux, Program Director, Center for Community Engagement at (802) 443-3099 or

Attend the 2017 MiddAction Fair!

The MiddAction Fair will be hosted on Tuesday, September 19 from 6-7:30 pm in Wilson Hall of the McCullough Student Center.

Representatives from over 50 community partners and student service organizations will be in attendance. These groups will offer you the opportunity to become involved with local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities.

This event will provide opportunities to connect with community partners related to your curriculum or research, become more engaged within Addison County, and network with civic-minded colleagues and students.

Program areas represented will include education, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, food security, housing support, and poverty alleviation.

In an effort to increase student attendance at the 2017 MiddAction Fair, we are hopeful faculty members will join the CCE in encouraging their students to visit this event as a way to connect their academic interests with opportunities in the local community.

Please contact Miller Thornton, AmeriCorps VISTA for the Center for Community Engagement, with questions at or (802)-443-5512.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Middlebury College Relay for Life: Register your team!

Saturday, April 22nd, 1-9:00 p.m., Battell Loop, Middlebury College.

The annual Relay for Life event will celebrate all cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their battles and fight back against this disease by raising money for cancer research and patient support programs. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, lawn games, empowering speakers and a luminaria ceremony. To sign up your team and start fundraising now please visit our website here. Guests are also welcome to register the day of the event, with a suggested $10 donation to the American Cancer Society. If you are a cancer survivor please contact as we would love to celebrate all survivors with a special, catered dinner at our event.   

This post is being submitted on behalf the students planning this year’s Relay for Life. Contact with any questions.

For Faculty: Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) Grants of up to $4,000

Deadline: April 3rd

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was created by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna’s thesis project, is used to provide support to faculty and students who wish to pursue community-connected projects and integrate “real world” issues within academic course work.

AOE grants are administered by Community Engagement and provide financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), community-based learning, participatory action research, service-learning, and more.

AOE grants help fund community-connected research, modify an existing course, or prepare a new course offering. The application is available to download at go/aoe.  If your idea meets the following criteria, then please consider applying for an Academic Outreach Endowment grant.

  • Involves collaboration with a community organization
  • Addresses one or more community-identified needs
  • Relates to a course that you will teach

AOE grants can be used to pay for the following examples of expenditures (you may think of other needs or ideas!):

  • the wages of a student T.A., to help oversee the logistics of a course-related community-connected project
  • associated travel costs for you, your students, the community partners, and/or other involved parties
  • refreshments or catering for a semester-end presentation of your students’ findings
  • materials or supplies needed to carry out the project
  • modest honorarium to be given to participating community partner(s) for time, collaboration, and expertise
  • publishing costs to print hard copies of report or project findings, etc.

If you have any questions regarding this RFP process, Contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Sargent,

Hands on Henna Event 1/30

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend “Hands on Henna,” a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Middlebury Alternative Break Trips to San Miguel de Allende where students will volunteer over February Break. Attend yourself or bring your family to learn about henna and get a beautiful temporary henna design on your hand!

Saturday, January 30th 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Rm. 103

$5 – $10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Mariam Khan,

See the event flyer: HANDSONHENNA

Faculty/Staff Family Holiday Party @ Palmer House

This is being posted on behalf of residents of the Palmer House.

Join the student residents of Palmer House on Saturday, December 12th from 11 am – 1:30 pm for a Faculty/Staff Family holiday party! Our house theme this year is Youth Engagement, so we’re excited to show our space to children and families from the college. We will be decorating sugar cookies, coloring and making holiday crafts, listening to festive music, and getting to know each other!  Snacks and beverages will be provided. We hope to have you stop by to say hi!

Date: Saturday, December 12th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Palmer House (access through Ridgeline Parking Lot)


Directions to Palmer House:

​Drive on College Street past ADK Circle as if you are heading to Cornwall. Take a left into Ridgeline Parking Lot (across from the right turn to BiHall). There are usually lots of open spaces if you take the first right turn when you enter the lot.  You will see the Mods — look for the red balloon on the pathway across from the Mod buildings and walk up the path. Take a right turn and walk over the small footbridge (keep following the red balloons!). Take the slight right turn (at the fork right past the footbridge) — Palmer House will be directly in front of you, and you can enter through our back patio. If you get lost, just look for the red balloons and they will lead you to our building.