Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

Middlebury residents: Take a student survey on COVID-19 perceptions

This notice is posted on behalf of students enrolled in a course, Sociology of the Pandemic.

We are Middlebury College students exploring the ways in which the return to campus during COVID-19 has impacted how students and townspeople perceive one another. If you are a Middlebury resident, we would love to hear your perspective. Take our College COVID-19 Perceptions Survey and be entered to win a $50 Hannaford’s gift card. Questions? Contact emauer@middlebury.edu, lrinzlerday@middlebury.edu, or mjoinnides@middlebury.edu.

4/13 Community Engagement panel: Student Perspectives on Building Community Across Difference

We welcome you to join the Center for Community Engagement for the second webinar in the Liberal Arts and the Public Good spring virtual series. Register to attend here.

Student Perspectives On Building Community Across Distance
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
12:00 p.m. EDT

This event features four students engaging in projects that cultivate a sense of place and full participation in their communities. From facilitating virtual cooking classes for Addison County youth to working to get-out-the-vote during the lead up to the 2020 elections, these students have creatively found ways to make a positive impact in their communities this year.

Moderator: Kira Waldman ’20

Panelists: Jordan Saint-Louis ’24; Izzy Hartnett ’21.5; Mollie Ockene ’21; Kenzo Okazaki ’21

March 18th event: Global Community Engagement during COVID

Please join the Center for Community Engagement for the Liberal Arts and the Public Good: Community Engagement Spring Series. Through immersive learning within and outside of the classroom, Middlebury students and faculty work to contribute to local and global communities. This event series will feature stories from and conversations with Middlebury College undergraduates and faculty members who have unique perspectives on engaging in community during the pandemic.

Register here for the first event on March 18th to hear current students Mai Mai ’22, Patrick Wachira ’23, and Alex Burns ‘21.5 share how they are engaged in experiential learning across cultural and geographic boundaries through course projects, volunteer service, and student-led co-curricular activities.  Alex will share her experience leading a virtual MAlt trip on immigration in partnership with RAICES, Patrick will share his virtual and in-person hybrid project with a high schoolers in Kenya, and Mai will share her experience partnering Middlebury College School students with a school in Nepal.

Questions? Contact Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu.

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors Available to Support K-12 Youth in Staff and Faculty Families

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors is a network of Middlebury College students looking to support Middlebury College and MIIS staff and faculty with tutoring services for children K–12. Midd V.T. arose during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to a direct request from staff and faculty and was an expression of solidarity and gratitude for the deep care staff and faculty members have always given to the students. It is volunteer-based and we coordinate pairings between the Middlebury College students and children based on selected subject areas, skills and schedules. 

Go to our website found at the link go/MIDDVT and submit the request form for a tutor. You can also access the form through this link.

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors

Middlebury Volunteer Tutors is a network of Middlebury College students looking to support staff and faculty with volunteer tutors for children K-12. Midd V.T. arose during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to a direct request from staff/faculty and was an expression of solidarity and gratitude for the deep care staff/faculty members have always given to the students. It is volunteerbased and we coordinate pairings between the Middlebury College students and children based on selected subject areas/skills. Visit go/middvt to learn more and fill out the application for your child to be matched with a volunteer tutor. Questions? Contact Center for Community Engagement advisor Tenzin Dorjee, tndorjee@middlebury.edu.

Community Friends mentoring program for children ages 6-12

Community Friends is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children ages 6-12 in Addison County.  The program was started in 1960 and is currently in its 61st year of operation. After getting matched with a student, mentees begin to meet regularly one-on-one with their mentor for about two hours each week. The mentor and mentee coordinate the timing of that meeting, based on mutual availability. 

In non-pandemic times, mentors and mentees often play games, construct crafts, and attend group events. This fall, mentoring will happen virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other service providers can fill out the mentee referral form here to start the application process. For questions or inquiries about Community Friends, please contact Lead Student Coordinator Maddie at comfriends@middlebury.edu, or Mentoring and Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA member Tenzin Dorjee, tndorjee@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5082.

Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79 Retires, Leaving Strong Community Engagement Legacy

Please visit this post on the Center for Community Engagement blog as we celebrate some of Tiffany’s major career accomplishments, announce the new Public Leadership Award created in her honor, and share reflections from colleagues and from Tiffany herself during this time of transition.