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Kathryn on her Shepherd Intern Experiences

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Kathryn Haderlin ’16 is participating in the Addison County Poverty Internship Program for the second time, currently as an intern at United Way of Addison County.


My first experience with the Community Engagement Office was as an Addison County Shepherd intern during the summer of 2014. Specifically, I worked with DREAM, a non-profit that provides summer programming for kids living in subsidized housing units. Seeing people’s lived experiences and hearing stories about the challenges of becoming financially stable and self-sufficient encouraged me to desire a greater understanding of factors that drive issues of poverty. Why do so many people live with incomes below those that meet their basic needs? What kinds of barriers hinder low-income families from achieving financial self-sufficiency? Is it a structural issue for policymakers to address or a community problem for private organizations? And why, despite the millions of dollars that go towards anti-poverty issues, is it so difficult to move people permanently out of poverty?
While no one has solved poverty (yet!), I’ve learned a lot about different strategies and organizations that are working towards an ultimate solution during my J-term and summer internships at the United Way of Addison County. I’ve learned about different welfare benefit programs through research opportunities, heard from leaders in the community on issues of food insecurity and homelessness at different conferences and meetings, and chatted with actual people struggling with these issues while collecting data as part of a community-based survey. It’s been very rewarding to apply the skills I’ve learned in the classrooms of Middlebury College to real-world issues of Addison County and beyond, and the Community Engagement Office has connected me to so many helpful people and systems of support along the way. The mission of the United Way is to “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good,” and it has been awesome to be part of two organizations (the United Way of Addison County and the Middlebury College Community Engagement Office) that really live out that statement.

Hillary Clinton: Campaigning in Prose

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“You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose,” former New Yorker Governor Mario Cuomo famously proclaimed. Hillary Clinton is likely to prove Cuomo wrong; her campaign rollout speech yesterday on New York’s Roosevelt Island suggests she is determined to campaign in prose as well. Indeed, it was about as prosaic a speech as one could […]

One Day Only Sale!

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Today we are having a ONE-DAY ONLY SALE!


Krysty on the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Below is a reflection from Krysty Shen ’17, a student who attended the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Krysty was awarded a Community Engagement Mini-Grant to attend the trip.

Below is a reflection from Krysty Shen ’17, a student who attended the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Krysty was awarded a Community Engagement Mini-Grant to attend the trip.
I had the pleasure of attending the White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) on May 12, 2015.  This Summit was sponsored by the White House Initiative on AAPIs, and it was the first one of many to come.  Many attended, including AAPI political, social, and cultural leaders.  Being sponsored by the government and in Washington D.C., I was awed by the government officials who took time to be present on panels and those who lead small sessions discussing issues pertaining to the AAPI community.
One thing I really appreciated from this conference was its attention to Southeast Asians.  With past AAPI conferences that I’ve attended, I noticed they emphasized East Asian, which were the first Asian settlers in the United States during the 19th and early 20th century.  In more recent years, Asian immigrants are primarily coming from Southeast Asia, usually as refugees.  Their experience is completely different compared to the East Asians who immigrated over half a century ago.  Southeast Asian refugees experience higher levels of poverty and are usually lacking support in education and other methods of advancement.
Also, this conference was a good mix of discussing issues and celebrating achievements.  The opening and closing ceremonies included a mix of performing arts and panels.  Within the panels, there were ones with political figures (e.g. U.S. Secretaries) and ones with entertainers (e.g. actors).  There was also a wide variety of break-out lunch sessions to attend, and I wish I could have gone to more than one.

As someone who identifies as Asian American, it was extremely inspiring to see so many older and successful AAPIs also involved in issues pertaining to our community.  I am aware that this racial fight has been present for a long time, but it never really occurred to me how so many AAPIs of different generations are still involved in the strive for racial equality.  Also, as a second generation in the United States, I’ve never seen older AAPIs so politically involved because my immediate community was heavy on immigrant parents trying to make a living; racial discrimination and speaking out against it was not a primary concern for most of these first-generation parents.  This conference gave me a very welcoming insight of how I hope be like in a few years — still very involved with advancing the AAPI community.
For more information about the aim of the conference Krysty attended, see http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/aapi/white-house-summit/.
-Krysty Shen ’17


America, Do You Feel The Bern?

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Psst. Hey, you there. Yes, you – the one drinking from the “Bernie Speaks for Me” coffee mug.  Are you like me? Did you wake up this morning, brow furrowed, worried about the future of the “yuman” race? Did you find yourself dropping your “r’s” from the end of words, emphasizing the beginning t of […]

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Sanders vs. Todd: Fifty Shades of Bad

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Is it time to take Bernie Sanders’ candidacy seriously? Apparently not – at least that’s the impression one might get based on Chuck Todd’s disturbing interview of Sanders on yesterday’s Meet the Press. Rather than provide any evidence on which to evaluate Sanders’ candidacy, Todd instead reminded us why, as political scientist Tom Patterson documents […]