On Saturday, February 22, Middlebury College’s student organization Sister-to-Sister is bringing renowned author Tanya Lee Stone from 2-4 p.m. at Hillcrest 103. A professor in the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College, Stone is the author of Girl Rising, a book that accompanies and expands upon the widely popular 2013 documentary of the same name. This documentary has spawned a whole movement. Around the world, the Girl Rising organization works with local partners. It provides customized tools and curricula to build confidence and agency in girls and to change attitudes and social norms so that entire communities stand up for girls and against gender discrimination. To illustrate her talk, Stone will screen one chapter of the movie, which includes narrators such as Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington.
Around the globe, there are 130 million girls who are not being educated. What can we do about it? According to Stone, educating girls is the single most powerful tool we have to make our world a safer, healthier, more functional place. In her talk, she will unpack the major obstacles to education, including where and why they happen and how we can easily be activists.
Sister-to-Sister’s activities are normally only targeted towards female-identified 6th graders and middle schoolers. In a first in its 15-year history, the organization is opening this event to the entire community. The group hopes that this will stimulate an intergenerational dialogue about what it means to be a girl in Addison County. In an early celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, the group will provide snacks from around the world. The event is co-sponsored by MCAB, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House.
For further information, please contact Karin Hanta by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (802)443-5937.
The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its fifteenth summit for female-identified students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center.
“Sister-to-Sister” brings together students from
Bristol, Middlebury, and Vergennes with female-identified Middlebury College
students. In a one-day summit on November 9 and monthly follow-up events during
the rest of the school year, the students try out new things outside of the
classroom (a-capella singing, hip-hop dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.).
“Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of such topics as body image, relationships,
and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American
Association of University Women (AAUW), “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop
strategies that support female-identified students. The program recognizes that
in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens
in the hallways, between classes, and outside of school. “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive
difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of 6th, 7th,
and 8th graders.
The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that female-identified
students face in this day and age. It enables them to develop friendships with
other students, 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 Community Engagement Center, and the local branch
of AAUW. “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 schoolers,” 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. Sister-to-Sister provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Please let us
know of any food allergies. To register and reserve your attendance pack,
please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email email@example.com.
year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Feminist Resource Center at
Chellis House celebrates all the nominees for the Feminist of the Year Award.
On May 11, 2019, a large group of Chellis House friends gathered in the
backyard to celebrate the strides we made during another successful school
year. Integral to making these strides are the many feminist activists and
knowledge producers who never tire of investing their intellectual and
emotional energy towards making this world a more equitable place. After
enjoying delicious treats and the poetry of GSFS major Sam Boudreau ’19, we
honored the award winners. Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins
garnered the prize in the staff category. Her nominator noted that “Kristen [had] devoted the past five years
to promoting and deepening cultural understanding on this campus, in the local
communities through her K-12 outreach, and in Japan through her Japan Summer
Service Learning program. For years now she has led community-focused anti-bias
response trainings. Students and staff alike have found them tremendously
This year, the committee decided to
distinguish two professors in the faculty category. Eliza Garrison, Associate
Professor of History of Art and Architecture, was lauded for “consistently
bringing a feminist lens to her classes in the Art History department. In
particular, her class ‘Medieval Bodies’ in fall 2018 analyzed how women and
other (literally) marginalized people were treated in medieval art and what the
social and political ramifications of these representations were.” In all of
her classes, Professor Garrison makes a point “both to assign feminist analyses
of works of art and to discuss misogyny and othering in art.” The other
professor who won the award was Lana Povitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of
History. Her nominator highlighted her ability “to craft socially conscious and relevant syllabi in
all of her classes, which require students to engage with the highly political world
around them, allowing no one to remain apathetic or ignorant of the issues that
dictate our lives. Her assignments allow students to self implicate, explore
their own narratives, and counter traditional modes of history that sustain
This year, the selection committee
decided to distinguish five students with the award although many more had been
nominated. Throughout their four-year career at Middlebury, Miranda de Beer ’19
and Mika Morton ’19 often engaged in activism in tandem. By conceiving the
“Middlebury 5K: Steps Towards Reproductive Justice” three years ago, they
created an event with staying power. The event now draws close to 100 people who learn about
reproductive justice through signs on the golf course while running or walking.
They expand their knowledge at t-shirt making activities after the event where the
event leaders are on site to talk about reproductive justice and hand-out
pamphlets. Mika and Miranda also created a template for other students to
continue their effort.
Mika and Miranda often collaborated
with Toria Isquith ’19, Grace Vedock ’20 and Rebecca Wishnie ’20. Toria raised
awareness about the reproductive dangers associated with the proliferation of crisis
pregnancy centers that pose as health care facilities to spread misinformation
about pregnancy and abortion. For her senior project with Professor Carly
Thomsen, Toria developed the “Bonefish” animation series, which brings to light
the realities of abortion access and lived experience for women seeking
In addition to being an activist against sexual violence and
helping establish a digital archive for feminist activism at Middlebury,
Rebecca Wishnie investigated the power dynamics of the Charles Murray visit
throughout the past school year. In the course, “Gender and the Making of
Space,” and at the student symposium, she examined how the architecture of
McCullough helped to lend an air of legitimacy to Murray’s visit. For the 2018
Student Summer Symposium, Rebecca, together with Professor Sujata Moorti,
investigated state-sanctioned violence and state-sanctioned mourning by comparing
the film series The Handmaid’s Tale
with the Charles Murray visit.
Over the past three years at
Middlebury. Grace Vedock has demonstrated a great passion for combating sexual
violence. Tirelessly collaborating with Taite Shomo ’20.5 in the “It Happens
Here” speak-out, she also testified before the Vermont State Committee on
Education in favor of a bill that supports victims of campus sexual assault in
Vermont. Grace also is a strong advocate on behalf of all queer students who
were affected by this voices contesting their humanity on this campus.
Please congratulate all the winners
when you see them.
Caption: 2019 Feminists of the Year Toria Isquith ’19, Miranda de Beer ’19, Professor Lana Povitz, Grace Vedock ’20, and Mika Morton ’19. Not pictured: Professor Eliza Garrison, Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins, and Rebecca Wishnie ’10.
Saturday, December 8, 2-4 p.m., Chellis House (56 Hillcrest Road)
Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister Program invites all middle school girls to create a ginger bread village with them. The event is free and includes tasty snacks. To sign up, please contact Karin Hanta at (802)443-5937 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its fourteenth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Chellis House. “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 such topics 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 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. Sister-to-Sister provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Please let us know of any food allergies. To register, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email email@example.com.
Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister program invites all middle school girls for a “Gal-o-ween” on Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chellis House. We’ll decorate Halloween treats, make masks, and write our own ghost stories.
Please also mark your calendars for our annual summit on Saturday, November 10 from 9 to 4 p.m., which features various workshops (dance, yoga, STEAM science projects) and discussion groups.
Both events are free and include snacks (October 27) and breakfast and lunch (November 10)! To sign up, contact Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for panel on immigration and DACA in our current political climate with Viveka Ray-Mazumder ’11, Manager of Youth Organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Susana Muñoz, Assistant Professor at the School of Education at Colorado State University; and Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego at 4:30 in Wilson Hall. If you would like to continue the conversation with these expert, please join us for an Atwater Thai dinner immediately following the event at 6 p.m. If you are a student, please reply to CCSRE@middlebury.edu and indicate your ID number. If you are a staff or faculty member, simply send an email with your name.