Who We Are

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster at Middlebury College is comprised of a growing group of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners who share a common interest in studying privilege and poverty. We believe that collectively grappling with the problems associated with inequality—in both its domestic and global forms—represents a remarkably good application of a liberal arts education.

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Privilege & Poverty features interdisciplinary learning at its best, drawing together faculty and students from a range of departments and programs into a community of discourse in order to understand inequality from multiple angles. Students participating in the Cluster will have opportunities to join theory and practice as they work with community organizations that address community-identified needs and help create a positive impact. Drawing together resources and expertise we find at the College and in our community relationships , we are cultivating skills, knowledge, capacities, and moral sensitivities essential to effectively addressing issues of inequality.

If you are interested in exploring the Privilege & Poverty Cluster—or any part of it—please reach out to any of us for a conversation.  We would be delighted to advise you on how to get started with the study of privilege and poverty at Midd!



We are deeply grateful for Nancy Hamilton Shepherd ’53 and, her late husband, Tom Shepherd for their vision and initial funding that helped to launch Privilege & Poverty at Middlebury College