Author Archives: Jennifer Herrera

Nominate Students for Leadership Awards

There are so many students that are doing great things, in and out of the classroom, and on and off campus. We hope you will take the time to recognize their leadership, talent, and impact by nominating them for any of the student leadership awards and prizes available.

Visit go/awards to learn more. Deadline to nominate is March 17.

Any questions? E-mail Jennifer Herrera at .

LGBTQ Ally Training for Faculty & Staff

Social Justice educator and facilitator, Chris Woods, will lead two three-hour trainings that will provide foundational language, terminology, and tools to being an effective ally to LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, 11/12 from 1-4pm | McCullough Wilson Hall
Friday, 11/14 from 9am-12pm | McCullough Wilson Hall

Space is limited. Please register for one of the trainings offered at go/allytraining by November 7.

Chris Woods is the program administrator at the New York University LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. His research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith make meaning of their multiple intersecting identities, highlights his passion for engaging spirituality in queer spaces. Other passion areas and practical interests include engaging students in conversations about social justice outside of LGBTQ/multicultural  spaces, the experiences of queer survivors of sexual violence, and bi/multiracial identity development, to name a few.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Herrera at .

Seeking Nominations for the Annual Student Leadership Awards

We have such amazing students that are doing great things, in and out of the classroom, and on and off campus. We hope you will take the time to recognize their leadership, talent, and impact by nominating them for any of the student leadership awards and prizes available.

Visit go/awards to learn more and to submit nominations electronically by March 20.

Any questions? E-mail Jennifer Herrera at .


Linking Diversity and a Campus Community

Please join us for the following talk:

Linking Diversity and a Campus Community:
An Architectural Approach

Susan Sturm
Columbia Law School

Tuesday, January 15
7:30 pm, Dana Auditorium

Professor Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, a partner in the Mellon Creating Connections Consortium (C3). She also helped author the amici curiae brief submitted by Middlebury in the Supreme Court case Fischer v. University of Texas at Austin. Professor Sturm will talk about connecting diversity within different institutions, building welcoming environments for students of diversity, and the mission of diversity vs. the mission of the college.

Sponsored by SGA Institutional Diversity Committee and MCAB Speakers Committee.

Middlebury Dance Marathon-Fundraiser for Vermont Children’s Hospital

Saturday, January 19

Middlebury students are in process of organizing the Middlebury Dance Marathon: a fundraising event for the Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. We will spend a fun and entertaining 12 hours dancing the night away in McCullough Social Space on Saturday, January 19th from 4pm – 4am to support local families and the medical needs of their kids.

Registration for the event is now open at go/dancemarathon! It will be a great night filled with good music (live band, DJs), activities, free food (Ben and Jerry’s and the Grille), all in support of a great cause.

The kids from the hospital and their families will join us for the night and really enjoy dancing with the College students and sharing their stories. It would be amazing to see you many Middlebury faculty and staff there as possible.

CREATE a TEAM with friends and come join the party.  It costs $10 to register and all proceeds go towards our fundraising goal of $10,000.

Have an Announcement You Want to Send to Students?

In an effort to reduce the number of all-student e-mails, MiddNotes is now the primary means of communicating with the entire student body (excluding announcements related to emergencies, health, policy and compliance, or other special circumstances). Special permission to send all-student e-mails must be granted by the Dean of the College.

All students, faculty, and staff can make college-related announcements via MiddNotes. Once a week, on Friday mornings, a “digest” version of the content will be sent to students via e-mail, with links that take them back to the full text of the announcement.

How to post to MiddNotes:

  • Visit go/post
  • Log in with your Middlebury username and password
  • Fill in the title (“Enter title here”)
  • Put your message in the text box
  • Click on “Save Draft” in the right-hand toolbox (“Publish”)
  • “Preview” your work
  • Click on the “Publish” button

Posts will not be viewable to the public until they have been reviewed and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College.

We hope you’ll use MiddNotes for your announcements, to help reduce all-student e-mails. All announcements posted at MiddNotes by 8 p.m. on Thursdays will be included in the weekly summary to students on Friday mornings. Please plan ahead.

If you have questions about using MiddNotes, please send them to

Student Resource Guide Now Available

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome back to a new year at Middlebury. I hope you enjoyed a productive and wonderful summer.

I write to share with you the latest edition of the Student Resource Guide. The guide introduces students to what we value and highlights key campus resources that allow them to have fun, be safe, find help, and become active, engaged members of our community. In addition, we created the Student-Athlete Resource Guide that highlights valuable information relevant to being an athlete at Middlebury. Although these guides should not be confused with Middlebury’s official College Handbook, which provides the complete text of all College policies, they offer an overview of some of the most important of those policies and the goals behind them.

While we wrote and designed these guides with students in mind, we think they will be a useful resource for faculty and staff, too, as you work closely with students. New students, residential life staff, new faculty, and first-year seminar faculty received a printed copy of the Student Resource Guide during Orientation. Other faculty and staff may access the guide by visiting go/resourceguide. We have distributed a limited number of guides to locations throughout campus, so if you would like one, you may pick one up. The Student-Athlete Resource Guide is available by visiting


Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College