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Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Ed-Free Registration to Midd Students!

AASHE 2021 Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

The Future Is…

October 12 – 14

Middlebury is excited to be a Host Institution for this three-day
 virtual conference offered by AASHE (Assoc for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed).

FREE REGISTRATION is available for interested Middlebury students/faculty/staff and includes access to all sessions and events during the live conference 

plus eighty days of post-conference on-demand access (through December 31).

REGISTER NOW! Link and instructions at go/AASHE2021

Many interesting sessions and keynotes – check out the full schedule:https://www.aashe.org/conference/program/schedule/

The failure of many entities to respond effectively to a deadly pandemic, coming at a time when society is already reeling from intensifying climate-related disasters, ongoing systemic racism and rising authoritarianism, has resulted in profound apprehension about the future. With a theme of “The future is …”, this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education reflects the uncertainty about the future that many feel and invites participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient. We seek to highlight inspiring examples of higher education leadership that empower participants to envision and create such a future. Ultimately, the future is ours to make. Are you committed to leveraging the power of higher education to forge a brighter future?  

Keynote Events

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:00a ET

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College, will share a vision for a new model of higher education with poverty reduction as a core purpose.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:00p ET

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University at San Marcos, will draw from her forthcoming book Illegitimate Nation: Privilege, Race, and Accountability in the U.S. Settler State to argue that a sustainable future must simultaneously incorporate Indigenous knowledge and a decolonial ethic of political accountability to Indigenous nations for its ongoing genocidal settler structure.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 10:00a ET

Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President, The European Students’ Union (ESU), Daphne Frias, youth organizer, and Chloe Maxmin, Maine State Senator, will share inspiring examples of how young people are leading the way to a sustainable future on campus and beyond.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:00p ET

Dr. Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss how the climate movement cannot succeed unless race, class and gender solidarity are at the heart of everything we do.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 10:00a ET

Heather McGhee, author, will discuss her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, with particular emphasis on the way in which racism hurts higher education and limits the prospects for climate action.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:15p ET

Inspired by a recent essay series entitled The Pedagogy of Transition: Educating for the Future We WantDr. Tracey Osborne, Director, UC Center for Climate Justice Associate Professor and UC Presidential Endowed Chair, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced, Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan, Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics, Northeastern University, and Dr. Stephen Sterling, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University, will reflect on the shifts in educational policy and practice necessary to create a sustainable future.

Learn From Farm & Food System Practitioners-Oct. 15 Deadline for Registration Scholarships

Register for our 2021 It Takes a Region Conference!

Registration is open!

NESAWG’s annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, we look at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role our network can play in shaping its future. We offer in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.Register today!We extended the scholarship deadline!The new deadline to apply is October 15th at midnight. 

We prioritize youth, farmers, farmworkers, BIPOC,  those from front-line and marginalized communities, those living with disabilities, elders, and low-income individuals in selecting recipients. Scholarship awards will cover your entire registration fee for the conference. Learn more and fill out our simple, short application here.Apply now!
We extended the scholarship deadline!The new deadline to apply is October 15th at midnight. 

We prioritize youth, farmers, farmworkers, BIPOC,  those from front-line and marginalized communities, those living with disabilities, elders, and low-income individuals in selecting recipients. Scholarship awards will cover your entire registration fee for the conference. Learn more and fill out our simple, short application here.
Apply now!

Future Leaders Climate Summit Opportunity 2020

Join fellow change-makers, experts and thought leaders in Chicago for three days of learning, networking and sharing experiences.

We welcome any future leader to apply for the Summit. Successful applicants will typically be between the ages of 18-30 years old with a demonstrated interest in climate change and leadership.

They are still accepting applications on a rolling basis. 

The inaugural Future Leaders’ Climate Summit will gather ~100 young and diverse leaders from around the US for three days to discuss climate policy, communications, advocacy, and individual action with climate and energy experts. The Future Leaders will work with these experts to develop ideas and recommendations for wicked problems facing their communities today, from mitigating climate change, to adapting to extreme weather impacts, to preparing for a rapidly changing world that likely will include more political unrest, forced migration, and security issues. The Future Leaders will form work pods to develop local action plans and make pledges to go back to their communities and engage with local elected officials, educate their community, and provoke action.

Apply HERE to attend the Future Leaders’ Climate Summit in Chicago from March 26-29, 2020. Thanks to recent Middlebury alum Kitty Pollack, Program Coordinator, Energy & Environment Program at The Aspen Institute for this lead!

Sports and Entertainment Career Fair – Tuesday, April 7

The annual Sports & Entertainment Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 7. This great networking event offers career opportunities for eager professionals and current college students looking to break into the Sports & Entertainment industry. The registration fee includes admission to the career fair as well as a ticket to the Red Sox vs Rays game that evening. Dress code is business professional. Please bring copies of your resume.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to purchase tickets!

BE BOLD: Women’s Leadership Conference 3/13-16

Hosted by Bold Cohort 2!

This conference is a platform for members of different groups in our community to come together to explore women’s leadership and the many forms it takes as we navigate college and life beyond.

There is an amazing platform of alumni and guest speakers who embody the purpose of why a conference like this comes together! Check out the Bios of the Bold speakers at go/BeBold. See you there!!!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Conference Kickoff Atwater Dinner

Thursday, March 14, 2019

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Movie Screening: Confirmation

Friday, March 15, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Keynote: Leilani Brown

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Networking and Cocktails

Saturday, March 16, 2019

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Panels: Courage and Vision

Katrina, Atlanta, and NCAAL


Katrina poses in front of the National Conference of African American Librarians’ banner.

Middlebury’s Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer attended the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) in Atlanta, Georgia. See a brief video from the opening session shared on Twitter and read more coverage of the event in American Libraries’ Magazine.


How was your conference?

OMG, great! I feel like this conference was Middlebury’s personal gift to me. It fed my soul, which was hungrier than I expected.

What made it great?

For the first time ever, I actually got to stay on site where the conference I was attending was being held. That makes a huge difference– to not have to catch a taxi, bus or train to the conference site and navigate inclement weather/downpours of rain, and also to be able to retire to one’s room to take breaks between sessions was a blessing!

There were beautiful people in the city. Beautiful black people. With braids, twist-outs, locks. . . And it was the first time that I’d seen black and white people voluntarily spending time together on such a scale. When I’ve seen this in the past, it has been rather exceptional and episodic. There I saw people from both groups treating each other fraternally. I can’t say I was expecting that and I can’t say, after 30 years, that I’d seen it before as such a normalized part of a landscape. But, to see that and to juxtapose it with the news from Charlottesville, Virginia is mind-boggling. Progress in terms of racial politics in this country, to say the very least, is spotty.

With much help from Davis Family Library’s Marlena Evans, the banners to be used during the February 2018 Black History Month display have been designed. Katrina’s presentation posed the question, “What do I put on display?” and encouraged librarians to think critically about their choices.

What was your presentation on?

The title of my proposal was “What I Wish I Would Have Known” and referred to my education on black history and blackness as a child growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Succinctly, the Transatlantic Slave Trade impacted almost the entire Western hemisphere, not just the United States; the struggle for civil rights and social justice did not end in the 1960s; and black peoples are not defined by the violent scenarios and oppressive societies we encounter, yesterday, today, or tomorrow.

Katrina (far left) poses with librarians and archivists who all graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with library and information science degrees.

A screenshot from the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library website.

What did you do?

I visited historic and cultural sites, for example, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library that serves Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. I also spent time with several alums from my library and information science alma mater, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

What did you learn?

  • Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College are all served by the same library.
  • The AUC’s archives currently hold Dr. Martin Luther King’s briefcase.
  • Malcolm X wrote postcards home from Lebanon and signed them “El Hajj Malik El Shabazz,” also held in the AUC archives.
  • Despite the fact that many HBCUs are suffering in terms of securing funds to properly maintain their grounds and facilities, the AUC is tremendous, popular, and well maintained.
  • There’s a published book of photos on Muhammad Ali’s life and fights that weighs over 70 pounds! A copy is held in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s archives.
  • The library and information science field is more intimate than you might think!
  • Black librarians are interested in revamping the ways in which we teach about black history.
  • Tom Joyner is famous and funny. And he says he met his wife in a library.
  • BCALA is interested in recruiting new members to its body.

Were you inspired to pursue new projects? Come up with any news ideas?

Screenshot of an image published on the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) website


  • First, Leo and Kathryn were essentially looking for ways to recruit and retain people of color within their libraries at their respective institutions. As someone from that target demographic, I have thoughts, strategies and insight I want to share with them.
  • Second, I learned that BCALA publishes its own seasonal newsletter, BCALA News, in which, among other pieces, literary works are reviewed. I’ll pitch an idea to the editor.
  • Third, in every conference bag, there was a save-the-date type of invitation to 2018’s Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. I wasn’t aware of the meeting but now I want to attend.

Anything you might do differently next time?

It would be great to have my presentation entirely prepped before departing for the conference site so that when I’m there, all I have to be concerned about is showing up.