Author Archives: Carolyn Meyer

MIIS staff and faculty invited to First Friday Staff Meet-Ups 12-1

The MIIS Staff Advisory Team (SAT) invites all staff and faculty to our monthly meet-ups this spring.

Join colleagues every first Friday from 12-1/1:30pm in MG 100 (unless otherwise noted).

The next meet-up will feature David Gibson and Eva Gudbergsdottier on Friday, March 6 from 12-1pm in MG 100. They will provide an update on marketing and internal communications.

This is a “brown bag” meeting. Light dessert will be provided.

Learn more about SAT events or contact anyone on our planning team at

Stay up to date on MIIS information and meeting minutes across a range of leadership and planning teams at (login required).

College students participate in Institute JTerm programs in Monterey and Cuba

This January five Middlebury College students and one alumnus participated in the following Middlebury Institute courses:

Traveling Cuba’s National Freeway: The Road to Revolution

The Cuban Revolution was not just a historical event; on the contrary, it is an ongoing project. Led by Dr. George Henson, this course focused not only on the historical and geographical roots of the Cuban Revolution but also its present-day political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural realities, as they relate to education, healthcare, tourism, international relations, and trade. Correlative topics of race, gender, LGBT activism, the arts, and sports were also covered.

International Development and Social Change

Students developed skills in program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation of projects supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students also conducted appreciative inquiry interviews with local noprofits including Read to Me, Gathering for Women, Peacocke Acres, Big Sur Land Trust, and First Five Monterey County.

Frontier Market Scouts Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

Frontier Market Scouts selects and trains compassionate and capable professionals to become talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world. 

FMS training instructors are leading practitioners in the impact space and work with organizations that include Omidyar NetworkCordes Foundation, Accion Venture Lab, and Unreasonable Group. Through the combination of teachings and applicable projects, participants walk away with a comprehensive understanding of who the key players in the impact sector are, how to design an innovative impact-focused business model, and what it takes to implement and scale a social venture.

Institute to Welcome Prof. Pieter Broucke for Spring Course on Public Space and Development

Professor of History, Art, and Architecture, Pieter Broucke, will teach a spring graduate course at the Institute on Public Space and Development March 23-April 10.

Architecture may be defined as the deliberate transformation of the natural environment into a cultural environment. It should also be seen as a means for building (literally!) sustainable solutions to problems pertaining to public space, access, and identity. In this course, students will explore the intersection between architecture and development through case-studies that range from the large to the small, all centered on a number of typologies: markets, schools, places of worship, clinics, transportation nodes, water points and more. Students will work in teams to analyze existing solutions to significant development problems that involve the use of public space. They will then create alternative solution strategies that incorporate systems thinking, human-centered design, development theory, and, sound public policy.

Fund for Innovation International Security Simulation to Host 6 College Students in Monterey September 5-6

MIIS Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism Deputy Director Kris McGuffie (College and Institute alumna) will be traveling to Vermont in March to provide information on an International Security Simulation taking place in Monterey September 5-6. There are six funded spots for College students to travel to Monterey to participate. Contact for more information.

Salon Jane Exhibit Opening March 6 in honor of International Women’s Day

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day while enjoying the artwork of Salon Jane at a viewing and reception.

Where: McCone Upper Atrium

When: Friday, March 6 from 5:30-7pm


Salon Jane is an artist collective of six women photographers—Martha Casanave (MIIS alumna), Susan Hyde Greene, Jane Olin, Anna Rheim, Robin V. Robinson, and Robin Ward—who all work outside the traditional sense of straight photography, experimenting and expanding their creativity with the support and honest feedback of the rest of the group.

Photography will be on display through June 2020.

This event is hosted by the Institute Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) and Middlebury Institute Advancement Office.

About iCAPP

The creation of the MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP) is official. The group was developed to mirror the College’s CAPP that was established on the Vermont Campus in 1994.

The idea for MIIS CAPP started through a design-thinking activity that explored findings from the 2015 “Live the Brand” report. MIIS community members brainstormed ways to illustrate the transformative experience. After monthly meetings in spring 2015, the group determined the need for coordination and use of public art as one method for showcasing the learning journeys and transformative experiences of the MIIS community.

In service of this aim, MIIS CAPP has been charged with achieving the following goals:

  • Establish a program of exhibition of art in public places.
  • Illustrate the mission of the Institute, as well as the work of our students and alumni, by providing interesting and challenging artwork of high quality.
  • Elicit gifts and loans of artwork that can enhance the aesthetic and educational mission of the Institute.
  • Involve a broad representation of the community in choosing, placing, and interpreting art in public places to improve overall campus aesthetic, while preserving historical pieces.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to secure funding for the purchase, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of works of art in public places.
  • Work with relevant departments to ensure the security and care of these objects.

We look forward to bringing a unified approach to public art displays on campus to illustrate and improve the MIIS experience.

ICAPP welcomes your involvement. Please contact any committee member to suggest a project or to get involved.

MIIS Community “Gift of Giving” 4th Annual Event

Naomi’s Office filled with toys in the Casa Fuente Building

Four years ago, our MIIS community started participating in a “Gift of Giving” Event which benefits the Monterey County Migrant Farm Workers.  The Non-Profit organization that runs this generous project is called “The Christmas Project” which was established in 1978 by a woman named Gladys Anderson located in Watsonville. The Christmas Project began in 1978 in response to the needs of many children in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, including children served by Child Protective Services. The story goes that Gladys Anderson met Maria, a twelve-year-old girl who wanted a doll for Christmas. She had never had a doll and her mother could not afford to buy one. After telling her office about Maria, a colleague brought a doll to work. Gladys’ children gathered toys to share, and The Christmas Project was born. Since that time, people from the community have volunteered countless hours to help with the Christmas Project. Their word-of-mouth efforts have brought Christmas joy to so many!!

Gladys has since moved to Las Vegas, but has a commitment to keep up this tradition and thus comes down every year in December to coordinate this wonderful community effort. This project has fulfilled thousands upon thousands of dreams and wishes come true and provided gifts and smiles to children and families in need.  Last year alone they brightened the lives of over 2,100 children and adults.

The Christmas Project provides toys, gifts, and food certificates to children in need. Each family member has the opportunity to make their Christmas wish request. In addition to gifts each family is given a food certificate to help brighten their Christmas meal. Volunteers deliver the beautifully wrapped gifts to the residents of the migrant labor camps in Monterey/Santa Cruz County.

This year, through our MIIS community’s heartwarming generosity and good heartedness, we transformed the lives of 98 children and adults.  In the past 4 years, we have helped make it possible for this program to bring such joy to nearly 500 children and their families!

This is a community event that I hope to continue for as long as I am here at MIIS and that when the day comes, that I am no longer here, it will be an honor to be the liaison for the project or pass the torch so that the event that has brought such great joy to our community, can be carried in wonderful and joyful service!! 

Naomi R. Braswell

Operations Coordinator | Office Services & Gift Shop | MIIS Landlord Housing Info

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Phone: 831-647-4120 or 831-647-3572

Email:  or

International Poetry Night December 15

The MIIS International Cultural Gathering invites faculty and staff to our last two events for this semester. Please find attached flyers related to the events.

  1.  International Music Night:  Thursday, December 5th  (6:00-8:00 pm @ Holland Center

Join us as we celebrate the end of the fall semester with live performances, karaoke, and songs from across the globe! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to share with us their musical talents or simply to come  and enjoy the international music and fun atmosphere.

  •  International Poetry Night: Sunday, Dec 15th (5:30-7:30 pm at the Faculty and Staff lounge (Lara Soto Adobe)

Join us in celebrating our first anniversary for the International Poetry Night . It is another opportunity to hear great poetry, connect, detox, rejuvenate, and celebrate the end of the semester!

Feel free invite your colleagues, friends and family.

Hope you have a great rest of your week!



Rana Issa

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Arabic Studies Program

Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation

and Language Education


Monterey, CA 93940

Tel. 831-647 4601

MIIS Community Annual Food Drive

Dear MIIS Faculty and Staff and Students: 

On October 31st, our MIIS Community kicked off our Annual Food Drive.  This is a community event that has taken place on campus for over 20 years.

Our Goal is to raise 1,000 lbs of non-perishable food items by NOVEMBER 18TH

Here is where we are after 8 days:

Please look in your cupboards over the weekend. Perhaps you have some items that you can bring and it won’t cost you a dime!  Bag them up, and bring them in! 

This year we have three collection barrels on campus – one in Samson Center Dining Area; one in the McCone Atrium; and, the third in Office Services.

If you would rather write a check to donate, there are some envelopes in Office Services, located in Casa Fuente, that you can obtain. 

For every $1 dollar that is donated, $5.00 worth of food is purchased . . . . and out of every dollar donation, 95% goes directly to feeding the hungry.

If you simply do not have the time, bring me the cash, and I will shop for you!!!

We will be sending out regular emails in the next 10 days to keep you updated on our community’s progress. Thank you all!

With deep appreciation!

Naomi Braswell and the Staff Advisory Team

Operations Coordinator | Office Services & Gift Shop

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Phone: 831-647-4120


Institute Holds 3-day Training on Restorative Practices

In effort to build community and foster more collaborative decision-making, the Middlebury Institute held a three-day training on restorative practices in mid-November on the campus in Monterey.

These practices are emerging many student life departments in universities, but can be applied more widely to foster creativity, collaboration, and well-being at the workplace. The training was guided by facilitators from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

This training was also offered on the College campus several times in the recent past.

Future training are likely in the works, but interested faculty and staff can learn more at the  International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP):

·         What is Restorative Practices?

·         Defining Restorative

o    Social Discipline Window

o    Restorative Practices Continuum

o    Nine Affects and the Compass of Shame

o    Fair Process

o    Restorative Conferences (including the restorative questions)

o    Circles

Ask any of these training participants about their experience to learn more:

Ashley Arrocha, Student Services

Laura Burian, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education

Jeff Dayton-Johnson, VP Academic Affairs

Lydia Gentry, Library

Alisyn Gruener, Student Services

Jeni Henrickson, Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

Rana Issa, Language Studies Faculty

Pamela Jungerberg, Library

Carolyn Taylor Meyer, Immersive Professional Learning

Betty Nguyen, Events Management

Grace O’Dell, Center for Advising & Career Services

Melissa Sorenson, Organizational Development

Patricia Szasz, Language and Professional Programs

Toni Thomas, Academics

Scott Webb, Center for Advising & Career Services

Julianne Merry, Alumna MAIEM ’15

Thanks to Melissa Sorenson for organizing this training with the IIRP.