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“Sister-to-Sister” Summit for Middle School Girls on Saturday, November 14 at Kirk Alumni Center

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its twelfth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 14nbfrom 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of topics such as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women, “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support girls. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and even outside of school. “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House (Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center), Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and private donors. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle school girls,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.

“Sister-to-Sister” Summit for Middle School Girls on Saturday, November 14 at Kirk Alumni Center

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its twelfth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 14nbfrom 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of topics such as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women, “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support girls. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and even outside of school. “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House (Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center), Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and private donors. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle school girls,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.

Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother Invite All Middle School Students to their Events

Middlebury College’s student groups Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother invite all middle-school students to sign up for their free fall activities. Both programs are designed to foster new friendships in a fun atmosphere outside of the classroom. Brother-to-Brother will kick off its events on Friday, October 16 at Middlebury’s McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with team-building games and a free dinner at the Grille restaurant. Sister-to-Sister is hosting a pumpkin carving event on Friday, October 16, as well. This event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Chellis House at 56 Hillcrest Road (behind Proctor Dining Hall). To sign up, please contact btb@middlebury.edu for Brother-to-Brother and khanta@middlebury.edu for Sister-to-Sister.

The 2014 Feminist of the Year Awards

A time-honored tradition, the Feminist of the Year Awards took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the annual GSFS/Chellis end-of-the-year fest in the backyard of Chellis House. These awards honor people who have made outstanding contributions to and shown great leadership in improving the status of women and/or fostering gender equity in the Middlebury College community. This year, 24 people were nominated: Marianne Anderson, Lily Andrews, Jeanne Bartlett, Luke Carroll Brown, Sally Caruso, Veronica Coates, Rebecca Coates-Finke, Andrew Catomeris, Rebecca Crochiere, Anna Flinchbaugh, Joanna Georgakas, Elli Itin, Maddie Orcutt, Jackie Park, Xhesika Pasholli, Alex Strott, Angie Walker, and Sade Williams in the student category; Shannon Bohler-Small, Barbara McCall, and Stacey Reardon in the staff category; and Suzanne Gurland, Harshita Kamath, and Roberto Lint Sagarena in the faculty category.

The jury had to make hard decisions and select among all the worthy nominees. In the end, Veronica Coates ’14, Jackie Park ’15, and Alex Strott ’14.5 won the Student Feminist of the Year Award. Veronica was chosen because of her long history in organizing and participating in feminist events on campus and for her “grounded non-judgmental presence even as she speaks hard truths in the classroom.” Jackie garnered the award for her tireless efforts to create a more inclusive community at Middlebury through student organizations such as Women of Color and the Queer Studies House and for “living out her passion for feminism every day.” Alex received the award because over the past two years she has made consistent efforts to integrate intersectional feminist topics into the campus conversation through the student organization Feminist Action at Middlebury by organizing events such as the poetry slam “Sister Outsider.” A resident and organizer at the Queer Studies House, Alex also is a trained MiddSafe advocate, serving as a resource for anybody who has been affected by sexual assault.

Shannon Bohler-Small garnered the Feminist of the Year Award in the staff category. Since she started working at Middlebury six years ago, Shanon has been the staff representative of Vermont Women in Higher Education. This organization aims to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education and promotes women’s leadership. Shannon has made great efforts to encourage staff and faculty members to attend VWHE’s annual two-day conference and many participants have remarked on the useful and inspiring nature of the event.

Harshita Kamath from the Religion Department was chosen as the faculty Feminist of the Year. Harshita has been an energetic and central member of the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, playing major roles in organizing the feminist pedagogy workshop and the Gensler Symposium. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Please Nominate your Feminist of the Year!

NOMINATIONS ARE REQUESTED — The Program in Gender, Sexualities and Feminist Studies and Chellis House are accepting-

“Feminist of the Year” nominations for any person who has made outstanding contributions to and shown great leadership in improving the status of women and/or fostering gender equity in the Middlebury College community during the past year. We will accept nominations until Monday, May 5, 9 a.m.

Please nominate one person per “category” — staff, faculty and student — or only in the category where you can comfortably make a choice. Please include a brief nomination paragraph (see below). The Chellis House Board will review all nominations and determine the winners in each category.

The winners will be announced at the

Chellis House End-of-the Year Celebration on

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. — 4 p.m.

CHELLIS HOUSE BACKYARD to which all of you are cordially invited.

FEMINIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM

Please return this form by email to Karin Hanta at khanta@middlebury.edu or print and send to Karin Hanta, Chellis House.   Alternatively,  free to leave a voice mail message with Karin Hanta at #5937

 

I’d like to nominate _________________ for student feminist of the year because:

 

 

I’d like to nominate __________________ for staff feminist of the year because:

 

 

I’d like to nominate __________________ for faculty feminist of the year because:

Brother-to-Brother Kickoff Event on May 3

Middlebury College’s newly founded Brother-to-Brother Program invites all Addison County middle-school boys to our free kickoff event on May 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s McCollough Social Space on Old Chapel Road. We are planning a day of FUN , games, a chance to interact with male college students and a time to reflect about the middle-school experience. This is the first of a series of events which will continue in the fall and explore what it means to be a young man in a group mentoring setting. For more information and to register, contact Karin Hanta by phone at 443-5937 or by email: khanta@middlebury.edu. Please help us spread the word and invite your middle-school son, grandson, nephew, friend to join us!

MC.Brother-to-Brother Team

Red Tent Event, March 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., McCullough Social Space

Chellis House, Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center, invites all people who identify as women*) to its first “Red Tent Event” at McCullough Social Space on Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Intended to rejuvenate and empower us at the end of the long winter months, this fun day will provide us with an opportunity to actively “lean out.” Women of all ages are encouraged to meet new friends and have meaningful conversations in a supportive and open environment. Brought to life in Anita Diamant’s novel, the ancient tradition of the Red Tent serves to nurture and empower women, strengthen community and deepen connectivity not only with other women, but with our own wisdom.

We will set up a red tent on the stage of McCullough Social Space in which Nicole Burke, Alyson Young, and Kestrel Plumb will lead three workshops: “The Story of Woman: Remembrance of Sacred Traditions” (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) will explore the history of the Red Tent and its place in today’s world. “13 Clan Mothers” (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.) will focus on the bonds of sisterhood, and giving life to the creative force within ourselves to heal ourselves and the world. In the “Women’s Moonlodge,” (2 – 3 p.m.) participants will deepen their connection with their own knowing and plant seeds of intention. Space is limited for the Red Tent workshops. Non-student participants can sign up at the event. We invite you to wear something red and bring a small objects that holds your personal energy.

 

On the main floor of McCullough, no sign up is required for the following workshops: yoga, financial security for women with Heather Jerome, menstrual health and Arvigo massage with Dr. Sarah E. Wylie, and sex toys with “the naughty girlfriend” Jenn Buker. There will also be tables for henna body painting, smoothie-making, organic beauty products, and creative expression through crafts, as well as informational tables on reproductive health, and young women in the Vermont economy (staffed by Vermont Works for Women). Some items will be available for purchase. Free snacks will be served. Think chocolate!

 

*) While we recognize that there is no universal “woman” subject, for the purposes of this article, we used the terms “woman” and “women” to refer to anyone who claims that identity, regardless of their assigned sex, sexuality, etc.

 

Sponsored by the Red Tent Foundation, an organization founded by a former Middlebury student, and Chellis House, Middlebury’s women’s resource center.

 

There will also be a movie screening with general information about Red Tent events on

Friday, March 7, 7 p.m., Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College

Movie screening: The Things We Don’t Talk About”

In her 72-minute documentary “The Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent”, Isadora Leidenfrost documents how the Red Tent movement is changing the way that women interact and support each other by providing a place that honors and celebrates women. The documentary weaves together healing narratives from inside the Red Tent to shine a spotlight on this vital, emergent women’s tradition.