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Virtual Summer Counseling Workshops!

A Shared Shelf:  Building a Meditation Practice A 5-week virtual series inviting you to intentionally set aside a few moments each week to engage in meditation practices as a community.  Each week a different instructor (Michelle Kaczynski, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor; Carter Branley, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor; Brain Tobin, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor; Maddie Hope, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Education; Rabbi Danielle Stillman, Charles P. Scott Center Jewish Chaplain) will introduce you to a variety of meditative practices.  Practices will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 12:30 PM.  No experience is necessary.  You can join any time during the series and attend sessions when you can.  This space is an invitation to gather and practice together when we are apart.  This 5-week virtual series will take place July 7 – August 6, 2020. To sign up and receive the zoom link, contact Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

Summer in “the Weirds”:  Being a College Student During COVID-19 A 4-week virtual workshop series where we will gather together to learn skills to honor self-care and practice self-compassion during this time of uncertainty.  Let’s intentionally begin to prepare for what the Fall may bring as a college student during COVID-19.  Whether that be returning to campus, remote learning, taking a gap semester, still deciding, or another alternative plan, EVERYONE is welcome.  Join at any point in the series and attend any of the workshops.  This workshop series will take place July 21 – August 11, 2020 and will be co-facilitated by Carter Branley, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor and Michelle Kaczynski, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor. The workshops will occur weekly every Tuesday from 2 – 3 PM.  To sign up and receive the zoom link, contact Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

Summer 2020 Self-Care Series:  Nurturing Yourself Through the Season  Okay, I am really excited about this 5-week virtual workshop series!  This workshop series will be an opportunity to build a self-care practice that works for YOU and a chance to connect with and support the Middlebury, VT community (who miss you!) as they share how they engage with self-care.  Each week a different Addison County local business will join us to take you on an interactive journey and offer up their real challenges remembering to incorporate self-care in their lives.  Venture virtually onto a flower farm with Diddle & Zen.  Learn how to make homemade pasta with The Arcadian.  Mindfully sip tea with Stone Leaf Tea House.  Be cozy and talk about how reading books builds empathy with Vermont Bookshop.  Make your own at-home skin care masks with Parlour Salon and Spa.  Join at any point in the series and attend any of the  workshops.  This workshop series will take place July 15 – August 12, 2020 and will be co-facilitated by Carter Branley, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor and Michelle Kaczynski, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor. The workshops will occur weekly every Wednesday from 2 – 3:15 PM.  To sign up and receive the zoom link, contact Michelle Kaczynski at mkaczynski@middlebury.edu

Mindfulness & Meditation A 4-week virtual workshop series offering an introduction to mindfulness and meditation.  Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students.  This 4-week virtual workshop series will take place July 22 – August 12, 2020 and will be co-facilitated by Carter Branley, Middlebury College Counseling Counselor and Maddie Hope, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Education.  The workshops will occur weekly every Wednesday from 11 AM – 12:15 PM.  To sign up and receive the zoom link, contact Carter Branley at cbranley@middlebury.edu or Maddie Hope at mhope@middlebury.edu

The EU, Universal Basic Income, and COVID-19: an Interview with Maeve Moynihan ’17

CCE VISTA Member Ellie Dickerson ’19 interviews Maeve Moynihan ’17 about her work with Europe’s Stories, a University of Oxford project researching European opinions on critical social, political, and cultural issues.

Maeve Moynihan ’17 is a writer, researcher, and advocate of social change primarily interested in issues of migration and mobility. While at Middlebury, she engaged deeply with community-connected learning though CCE programming and majored in History and minored in Spanish & Art History. After graduating, Maeve received a master’s in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently working with the Europe’s Studies research team, a project of the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, to research European opinions on critical social, political, and cultural issues. 

Maeve Moynihan ’17 is writer, researcher, and advocate of social change interested in issues of migration and mobility and is currently working with the Europe’s Studies research team at the University of Oxford.

Europe’s Stories’ March 2020 survey, designed in consultation with the Bertelsmann Foundation’s eupinions survey project, provides insight into the current and future state of the EU, including, perhaps, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the region. In one of the more striking survey results, 70% of the 12,000 EU & UK respondents supported a Universal Basic Income (UBI), while 84% backed a mandatory minimum wage.

I was thrilled when CCE Director Ashley Laux asked me to reach out to Maeve to learn more about the project because of my interest in the topic, but also because Maeve is awesome. I first met Maeve during a Middlebury club frisbee practice in fall of 2015, my first semester at Middlebury. Standing on the sidelines waiting for our turn to get into the scrimmage, we bonded over our shared Nebraska roots (Maeve lived 6 months in Omaha, I grew up in a small town in the north central part of the state) and discussed all things Midd. When I described my intense anxiety with writing essays, Maeve assured me that it would be okay and offered to help me with any assignments, or simply sit next to me while I wrote. “Writing buddies,” she said. 

The interest and commitment Maeve showed to me, an anxious first year whom she had just met, meant a lot to me at the time, and serves as a great example of her character. When I say Maeve is awesome, I mean that she is one of those rare people who makes time for others while also engaging deeply, and impressively, with community and academic research. While at Midd, Maeve was a solid Prankster (I, on the other hand, only “played” on the frisbee team for one semester and never in any tournaments), a Juntos Compañeros volunteer, a MiddView Transfer and Exchange Leader, a Service Cluster Board Coordinator, a Kellogg fellow, and a Fulbright award winner among other activities and accomplishments.

Keep reading to learn more from Maeve about Europe’s Stories, her role on the research team, and her take on survey results, with particular emphasis on UBI and (im)migration issues.

Maeve, could you tell us a little more about Europe’s Stories and your role on the research team, as well as what led you to the position?

Europe’s Stories is a multi-year research project that seeks to illuminate the many narratives of Europeans in the 21st century. Dramatic changes in the past few years, including Brexit and the growth of populist movements, suggest that a new story of Europe is emerging. Oxford Professor Timothy Garton Ash leads our team in exploring the diverse strands of these narratives.

I joined the team as a Dahrendorf Scholar in early 2019 during my Masters at Oxford and focus primarily on analysis and evaluation of our interviews. Our research is currently based on two main pillars: interviews with individuals across Europe and public opinion surveys in collaboration with eupinions. Interviewees are invited to share their formative, best, and worst European moments, allowing us to see trends among political, cultural, and social events. Our public opinion surveys allow us to get a broad perspective on what young Europeans think about topics like climate change, populism, migration, and more. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our team launched a self-interviewing feature which has allowed us to broaden our audience considerably.

What aspects of working with Europe’s Stories have you most enjoyed? What has been surprising or challenging?

We have an incredible international team of researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds who regularly challenge me intellectually. Our discussions push me to consider not only the current state of Europe, but what the future could look like and how we can play a role in shaping it. Unfortunately, as in any research project, it’s difficult to reach every voice and hear every story. I’ve found it challenging to know that our results so far do not represent the full spectrum of experiences of Europe. In particular, our results represent very few marginalized groups, such as irregular migrants and refugees, people of color, and those that are already silenced in many aspects of the EU. In the coming months, I am hoping to develop this aspect of our project and enrich our pool of respondents.

70% of the 12,000 EU and UK individuals surveyed support a universal basic income (UBI), while 84% back a mandatory minimum wage. Did these statistics surprise you–or not in light of the financial crises and uncertainties brought on by COVID-19?

Europe has a very robust public welfare system, so the widespread support of UBI and a mandatory minimum wage did not surprise me as it would have in the U.S. These results came from a survey completed during March 2020, when many Europeans began to confront the economic threat of COVID-19. Whether or not that threat is directly related to the support for UBI and minimum wage is hard to tell, as the pandemic was just starting to take hold in Europe at that point.

UBI & mandatory minimum wage are two progressive economic reforms that could benefit society’s most vulnerable. On the other hand, COVID is exacerbating border tensions and nationalistic sentiments within the EU, leading governments and individuals to feel an even greater need to protect their borders, their medical supplies, and their food. In your interview for the European Moments project, you discuss how you see restricted policies around movement as the EU’s most defining issue. What factors do you think will be most important in harnessing the more positive results of COVID while reining in the negatives, especially around issues of movement and mobility?

As we have already seen, COVID-19 is a liminal moment when our societies can carefully construct a more thoughtful future. From my perspective, the most important factor with regards to COVID and migration is clear, data-driven research, policy, and communications.

In the context of mobility in our research, the story is particularly interesting. The majority of our respondents, most of whom are EU citizens, have indicated the freedom of movement as the most important thing the EU has done for them personally. However, very few mention the inherent lack of movement for non-citizens. The recent border closures due to COVID-19 have given Europeans a lens into the lives of people on the move, for whom borders are almost always closed, whether bureaucratically or physically. Many governments have used the pandemic to further develop already hostile practices in Croatia, Malta, and the Mediterranean, for example. In order to facilitate a sustainable and just recovery with regard to immigration, Europeans need to understand precisely how (im)migrants contribute to European society economically, culturally, and socially. When you actually look at the numbers, scholars have shown that the 2015/2016 refugee crisis, rife with xenophobic tendencies, was not in fact a crisis of refugee arrival, but rather a crisis of the failure of EU governance. Similarly, the anti-immigrant Rhetoric that defined the Brexit Leave campaign was rooted in xenophobic rhetoric. Just four years later, Europe and Britain are witnessing the literally life-saving impact of immigrant essential health workers during the pandemic. Clear, unbiased, data-driven research can drive appropriate policy that would finally establish mobility as an asset to Europeans, rather than a liability.

Thank you, Maeve!

Ralph Myhre has golf for Faculty, Staff & Retirees

It’s finally that time of year! The Ralph Myhre Golf Course and driving range are now open for the season.  Stop by the golf shop and grab a bucket of balls, sign up for a lesson or play a few holes!

There’s never been a better summer to pick up golf!  Click here to get all of the details

Ralph Myhre Golf Course 317 Golf Course Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753 9/7/2018

GMHEC Well Being

Yoga and our lunchtime workouts with Yoo-Sun and Jeff are on this month!  Our partnership with True Center Yoga continues and in July TCY is offering nine different yoga classes per week.  There is something for everyone including those who are completely new to yoga.  Check out the schedule here.  If you need a quick pick me up at lunch check out Yoo-Sun and Jeff’s classes.  Yoo-Sun focuses more on cardio while Jeff focuses on strength training and both will modify the workouts to meet all levels.  All the info you need about these classes and everything else we’re got going on is in the calendar (password GMHECWell-Being) and on our Facebook page.  

Get ready to get your challenge on!  Our first team-based physical activity challenge using our platform DIEMlife is coming soon.  In this point to point challenge, participants from our four GMHEC schools will work together to race from VT to CA.  Participants will walk, run, bike, dance, swim, row and engage in a variety of activities of their choice to earn steps to move their team to the destination.  The challenge will begin on Monday, July 13th and will last until the first team makes it across the country.  All participants will be eligible to win prizes including gift cards and Garmin Forerunner watches.  Everyone who participates will have an equal chance of winning a prize.  Additional details and registration information will be posted on the GMHEC Facebook page and the GMHEC Well-being website by Wednesday, July 8th.  We hope you’ll join us and support your team to earn the title of “Fastest Moving GMHEC College”.

Beginning mindfulness series:  Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness and how to implement a mindfulness practice into your life?  Join Coach Cami, founder of Guided Resilience for this eight week series.  Come away from this series feeling grounded with evidence-based self-care practices, supported in growing in self-awareness and a positive mind and feeling gifted with mindfulness skills and resources to support your growth.  Weekly on Wednesdays.  July 15th through September 2nd 4:00-5:00 pm EST.  We must have a minimum of ten participants to offer this program.  To register contact Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org no later than 5:00 pm EST on Friday, July 10th

Edge nutrition series:  Are you interested in learning more about using food as fuel, anti-inflammatory foods, protein needs, meal planning and understand food labels? If so, join the dietitians and health coaches from The Edge for this four part nutrition series. Offered via zoom, weekly on Thursdays from July 16th through August 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. Preregistration is required and we must have a minimum of ten participants in order to offer this opportunity. To register contact rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 10th.

Resources for Fall Internships

Dear Students,

We know that many of you have made the hard decision to take a leave of absence for the Fall. Some of you may want to find internships for the Fall, so we thought it would be a good time to remind you of CCI’s Find an Internship page.  Although CCI does not have funding for Fall or Spring internships, you will find both paid and unpaid opportunities in the resources below. 

Here are our top 5 tips for seeking internships.

  1. We suggest starting with Handshake. Click on the “Jobs” tab and then “Internships.” Select a location if desired. Next use your filters. We suggest searching by industry area (scroll through the industry areas and select those that interest you) and then do another search by job function to bring up other options. If you are only interested in remote opportunities, type “remote” into the search bar at the top of the page.
  2. Next check out Handshake’s Resource section. (To navigate from Handshake’s home page, click on Career Center and then Resources.) Sample resources you’ll find include:
    • CCI’s Career Path Pages – once on the career path of your choosing, navigate to the resources tab to find specific databases and web sites related to your interests.
    • Midd2Midd – log in and then select MiddConnect to search for alums in your location, industry area of interest, or major.  This platform is not to be used to ask directly for an internship but to ask for advice. Feel free to reach out to alums but always do your homework first and send a thank you when alums respond. See the Networking Guide in #4 below.
    • List of Past Internships – see what Midd students have done in the past and contact them for questions about their experience.
    • GoinGlobal – in addition to searching internships outside of the US, you can use the US city guides for seeking internships in your preferred US city.   
    • Idealist.org – lots of social impact internship and volunteer opportunities.
    • And more, such as ArtSearch, Jopwell, Vault, and USAJobs. 
  3. Use LinkedIn to search “jobs” and then “internships” under experience level. Or reach out to alums for advice.  Again, do your homework – see Networking Guide below for tips. 
  4. Research organizations on your own – start by searching the organization’s web site for internships. If you don’t find opportunities listed, then reach out with a well-crafted email to ask if they would be willing to take you on as an intern.  See CCI’s Resume and Cover Letter Guides and tips on Networking
  5. CCI Advisors are available for appointments during the summer. Schedule an appointment via Handshake with the career advisor that matches your interest. 

And for those who are interested, here are a few bonus ideas for Virtual Volunteering or “for fee” international virtual internship programs: SIT Study Abroad Virtual Internships, CEA’s Virtual Internships Abroad, and Global Experiences Virtual Internships.

Good luck!  CCI is here for you! 

Peace Corps Information Session July 14

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join us at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 PM ET

Click HERE to register in Handshake and get the Zoom link

National Committee on US-China Relations looking for fall interns

The National Committee on U.S-China Relations is looking for both full-time and part-time Fall Interns! The internship offers an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to learn more about the dynamics in the U.S.-China relationship, while working directly on programs that impact and inform that evolving relationship.  The internship is unpaid, but commuting costs are reimbursed. 

Location: New York, NY

Fall term: September 2020 – December 2020

Application due: July 15, 2020

Internship responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Research assistance for programs and briefing kits for delegations to China and visitors from China
  • Archiving historical and current material
  • Translating materials and correspondence (English – Chinese)
  • News circulation
  • Developing and completing an impactful internship project

Qualifications:

  • Excellent research, writing, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work well and thrive within a team environment
  • Academic background in Chinese studies, political science, international relations, or other relevant field
  • Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese
  • Ability to work a minimum of two days per week during business hours

How to Apply:

Please click here to apply for our fall 2020 internship. The fall internship program will be held virtually unless otherwise noted. The application requires the following components:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in and qualified to work at the National Committee
  • Short writing sample (a published article, academic essay, etc.)

For more information, please visit our website