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Mon, Oct 10, 4:30: “The Empathy Gap” Screening and Discussion

danaPlease join us on

Monday, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

for a screening of

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change

(Thomas Keith, USA, 2015, 70 mins.)

and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Keith

In his new documentary, Thomas Keith looks closely at the ways sexist and misogynistic messages in American culture short-circuit men’s ability to empathize with women and respect them as equals, undercutting their innate capacity for caring and empathy. Along the way, Dr. Keith draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, spelling out how each is rooted in cultural norms that discourage empathy, and shows how men who break with these norms live happier and healthier lives.

Sponsored by the Athletics Department; Brother-to-Brother; Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center; Feminist Action at Middlebury; the Gender Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program; Queers & Allies; Queer Studies House; the SGA Committee on Relationship Respect; Sister-to-Sister; Women of Color

-Karin Hanta

Open Door Clinic Volunteer Training

Interested in community healthcare?
Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
The Open Door Clinic provides medical care for individuals and families who are under-insured or without insurance. They seek volunteers to help with Spanish/English medical interpretation and administrative tasks. Services are provided in a compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive manner. The Open Door Clinic is located at 100 Porter Drive, just a mile away from campus.
The Open Door Clinic is holding a Volunteer Training on Saturday, October 1st in MBH 219.
Non-Spanish speakers: 10-11am / Spanish Speakers: 10am – 4:30pm
Contact Chris Kokubo, ckokubo@opendoormidd.org, to receive a volunteer application and more information about the training.

Apply Today: Flex Fund Review Committee

official-flex-fund-logoThe Service Cluster Board is accepting applications to serve on the 2016-2017 Flex Fund Review Committee!

Download the application here.

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 27th

Submit application via email to scboard@middlebury.edu. 

The Service Cluster Board Flex Fund provides funding for individuals, ad-hoc groups, teams, and official student organizations to carry out volunteer service. The Committee works with the SCB Co-Coordinators in order to review and approve applications grounded in service. Examples of previously funded initiatives are: transportation to teach a foreign language at Monkton Elementary, service trips during winter and spring breaks, and dinners at a local homeless shelter.

Responsibilities of SCB Flex Fund Review Committee Members include:

  1. Review funding requests from individual students, ad-hoc groups and student organizations for community service projects.
  2. Attend fall and spring trainings.
  3. Respond to funding requests via email within 24 hours.
  4. Attend Review Committee meetings during the semester.

Please Note: Although the Flex Fund Review Committee will meet intermittently during the semester, much of the Review Committee communication regarding applications will be conducted electronically. It is crucial that potential candidates are diligent about responding to e-mails.

Benefits of being an SCB Flex Fund Review Committee Member:

  1. Ability to help positively impact the community by empowering new service initiatives.
  2. Gain advising/program coordination experience by reviewing applications and programming.
  3. Gain budget management experience by balancing and dispersing funds from a $5,700 discretionary budget.

Criteria for Applicants:

  1. Passion for volunteer service.
  2. Ability to be responsive to applications within 24 to 48 hours.
  3. Ability to adhere to the Flex Fund philosophy and goals through sound decisions on funding initiatives.

WomenSafe Volunteer Training – Begins 9/21


WomenSafe is now accepting applications for volunteers! Help to make your community a more just and safe place to live.

WomenSafe is a community organization that serves people across the gender spectrum who experience sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. Volunteer your time, talents and energy for tasks like answering the hotline, speaking to community groups, assisting in planning events or helping with administrative duties. The organization is also seeking volunteers to help educate and raise awareness, assist with court advocacy and childcare as well as monitor supervised visitation.

Mark your calendars! The annual training begins September 21, 2016.

For more information or an application, call 802-388-9180 or email info@womensafe.net.

The application can also be found online.


Why Clinton Supporters Shouldn’t Panic

First the bad news for Clinton supporters.  The national polls have indisputably tightened since Clinton’s peak post-convention bounce in early August.  On August 8, the HuffPost aggregate polling had her up by 8.4%, 48.3%-39.9% over Trump, consistent with pundits’ predictions that this would be a blowout election.  As of today, however, her aggregate lead is down […]