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Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement Blog 2018-02-20 18:54:39

Catherine Harrison talks with prospective Sister-to-Sister members.

Sister-to-Sister aims to support the middle school girls in the Addison County area. The mentors interact individually with the girls in an informal and comfortable environment and discuss common issues in the girls’ lives, including school, body image, peer pressure and relationships. Many of the participating girls suffer from physical or mental disabilities or have difficult home lives. The mentors act as a support system for the girls which in turn has led to more participants to return regularly for the monthly events. Monthly events have included log rolling, zumba, and game night.

The STS Summit is the highlight of the year, and it is on the basis of the Summit that many girls keep returning to the monthly events. It gives a chance for the girls to spend an entire day bonding with other girls from their school and the surrounding area, in addition to learning new skills and talents in workshops and sharing their experiences and difficulties of middle school.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sister-to-Sister, please click here.

This week’s Student Leadership Spotlight is Catherine Harrison, president of Sister-to-Sister.

Why should folks join your org? What will they take away from the experience?

Sister to Sister is a great way for a busy student to get involved because our events are only once-a-month. This allows for us to really put our all into each event. The events are tons of fun and they’re a great way to bond with the younger “sisters.” We learn as much from the girls we are mentoring as they learn from us.

Why did you first join Sister to Sister?

I joined Sister to Sister as a sophomore, last year after transferring to Middlebury in February. Every summer I work as a counselor at a children’s sleep-away camp, so I was looking for a way to work with kids during the year. Sister to Sister was the perfect fit as the events combine fun activities such as scavenger hunts and spa nights with meaningful conversation that allows us to act as mentors to the younger girls.

What has been your most memorable experience as a member of Sister to Sister?

The first Sister to Sister event I attended was my favorite. It was cold outside so we had a pool day in the gym, and we had a raft building competition. We helped the girls build these massive rafts out of pool noodles and duct tape and then we had a race. I had forgotten how much fun it is to do stuff like that.

What have you learned, either about yourself or the world around you, as a member of Sister to Sister?

I’ve found Sister to Sister to be a valuable experience as it has allowed me to get back in touch with what it was like to be kid. In our group discussions at the events, the girls really open up to us and talk to us, and that’s when you realize that in a lot of ways, 21 isn’t really so much different than 12. I think so many adults find it easy to dismiss children because of their lack of life experience, but when you actually talk to these kids, you realize that they really are insightful and what they have to say is valuable.

Where are you from and what’s your major? What other activities are you involved with on campus?

I’m from Tampa, Florida. I’m a Film major and I’m also pursuing a Theater minor. I sing a cappella with the Middlebury Paradiddles and am one of the group’s social chairs, and I’m on the board of Chromatic social house as well.

Latin American Economic Development Internship in DC this summer (PAID)

We invite applications for the “Internship on Latin American Economic Development” for this coming summer. These have been established to encourage students to continue their study of economics throughout the summer and will provide an opportunity for working on research projects with Staff from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and, indirectly, Middlebury Economics faculty members.

The topics of the fellowships vary from year to year. While the theme is not yet finalized, the one or two interns likely will focus on the analysis of Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) in Latin America and the Caribbean or analysis of school dropout rates. The successful candidate will spend approximately 8 weeks in Washington DC, based in the Social Protection and Health Division of the IDB, under the supervision of Drs. Marco Stampini and Pablo Ibarraran. The intern will provide research assistance in the support of ongoing research projects in this theme. The stipend will be approximately $3000.

Apply now, details here:  https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1302562


IPE Majors: come to your Field Guide and learn about what alumni are doing with their degrees

Field Guide: International Politics & Economics

Alumni will be on campus to share their paths and professional lives with you to help you think broadly about their IPEC major. Events are Thursday, March 1 – Friday March 2.

What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now? Find out at these events!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Alumni Panel 5:00 p.m.
Dinner with alumni, 6:15 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!

Friday, March 2, 2018

One-on-one Alumni Chats,
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Adirondack House – Click the link below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation.

International Career Conversations via Zoom,
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Adirondack House – Click the link below to SELECT A SLOT for a Zoom Career Conversation.



Career Conversation with Alex Alben P ’18

Thursday, March 15 at 12:15 in ADK Library

Alex Alben is Washington State’s first Chief Privacy Officer, an office created by the state legislature in March of 2015. He coordinates privacy and data policy for the state and consults with the Governor and Legislature on technology issues impacting citizen privacy.

As a technology executive, Alex helped launch ESPN.com and ABCNews.com, and served for six years in senior management at RealNetworks. At the outset of his career, Alben served as a researcher for CBS News covering the 1980 Presidential campaign and went on to work for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports. In the 1990’s, Alben worked as an entertainment lawyer for Orion Pictures and Warner Bros. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from Washington State’s 8th Congressional District in 2004.

Alex Alben and John Kerry 2004 campaign

A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Alben writes for The Seattle Times and other publications on the intersection of media, technology and politics. He is the author of Analog Days—How Technology Rewrote Our Future.

As one of only five Chief Privacy Officers in the country, Alex has initiated state-wide programs for enhanced privacy training, consumer education and “Privacy Modeling.” In March of 2017, Gov Tech Magazine named him one of the country’s top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” in state government.

Join us in the ADK Library for a small group career conversation. He’s available to talk to students about digital privacy, net neutrality, and exciting opportunities for both tech and non-tech students interested in careers in tech fields!

Privilege and Poverty Addison County Internship – Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects

Calling all First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors! Internship application deadline: March 7th at 11:55 pm

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is a private non-profit poverty relief organization serving residents of Addison County, Vermont. Their mission is “to improve the lives of low income people in Addison County, Vermont, by helping them to identify and secure the resources needed to meet their own basic needs.” Those resources may include government assistance programs, private financial help, increased knowledge and skills in the areas of budgeting, food preparation, and much more. HOPE is not an organization that provides a static set of options, rather we work to fill unmet needs. They don’t tell people “this is what we have”, rather they ask “what do you need?”

Read the full internship posting in Handshake.

“The intern would spend most of his or her time in direct contact with our clients. The position would include staffing the reception desk, triaging clients and other visitors, writing vouchers for laundry, gasoline, and medical prescriptions, signing people in to use the Food Shelf, making referrals, and assisting with the various day to day clerical tasks and other office responsibilities. S/he may be called to assist in the creation of cooking demonstrations using locally grown produce. The intern would be invited to design a special project with the director, and would be given the time to complete that project during the internship.

The intern will learn about the extent of poverty in the community, will learn about the interface of various community programs addressing poverty, the programs and services available, and the many issues related to poverty. The intern will increase skills in communication and gain exposure to a very wide range of people, including those with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The intern will work at HOPE for a minimum of four 8 hour days, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, with a 30 minute break for lunch. The remaining 3 hours of the weekly 35 may be spent at HOPE, in the field with a HOPE staff member, or reading on poverty issues.

The intern will need to have basic computer skills, customer service skills, and ability to interact with a wide variety of people in a non-judgmental manner, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, and the ability to lift 25 pounds on a frequent basis. Must be able to travel from campus to HOPE each day.”

Funding is provided by the Center for Community Engagement and the stipend is approximately $3,500.

On Presidents Day, We Celebrate The Guardian of the Presidency

It is Presidents Day – a time to repost my traditional column commemorating the late, great Richard E. Neustadt. This year the post seems particularly timely, given the controversy surrounding our current President – particularly the fear that his authoritarian tendencies will undermine the presidency and the Constitutional order.  As I hope becomes clear by reading […]