pp-website-graphic-1Learn in the classroom. Learn out in the world. Welcome to community-connected learning.

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster at Middlebury critically examines the material, social and environmental contexts of economic inequality. We are a learning community that brings classrooms and communities together to address the causes and consequences of poverty, and cultivate lifelong ethical participation in society.

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Middlebury, Vermont (August 11, 2016) – Middlebury College Community Engagement program student Nora O’Leary works at HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) project. (Photo © 2016 Brett Simison)

The Cluster is not a formal major or minor, but rather a program including faculty from a range of academic disciplines that gives students the opportunity to study specific interests with depth, breadth, and coherence as a complement to any other major course of study. Participating students have opportunities to combine theory and practice through summer service-learning internships or other field-based learning experiences. Their work with partnering organizations will directly address community-identified needs and help create a positive impact.

If you are interested in issues related to economic privilege and poverty—with an eye toward a future career path, or simply in your maturation as a concerned global citizen—then we invite you to join the students, faculty, and staff who are active in the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster. Please see one of the directors for more information.