The summer 2017 Privilege & Poverty local interns meet weekly at the Center for Community Engagement for breakfast and discussion. Interns begin the summer sharing experiences from their internship, challenges and surprises, misconceptions and frustrations. Throughout the summer, they explore with P&P faculty and staff complicated moral questions related to economic inequality, bringing their internship experiences into the discussion to inform how they think about this complex social problem.
The tradition continues! Our Privilege & Poverty Addison County interns gathered last night with community partners, SHECP national interns based in Vermont, and our colleagues from UVM for a wonderful reflection and discussion. Thank you to Nancy and Katie Shepherd, and Bern Terry for their gracious hospitality and a great evening of conversation and delicious food!
Our Privilege & Poverty national interns attended the SHECP 2017 Frueauff Opening Conference at Marymount University this weekend. This conference began to explore themes of poverty, incarceration and race, which will be the focus of the Closing Conference and Annual Symposium. Additionally, interns engaged in discussions on living and learning environments and cultural humility, getting to know one another before they travel to their internship sites and begin their internships!
At the Privilege & Poverty End-of-Year Reception in May, students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Privilege & Poverty program this year, and in particular, of one student, Taylor Banaszewski ’17. Taylor is the first student to complete the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster – an Economics major and Sociology minor, Taylor took the Flagship Course in the fall of her junior year and completed a national P&P internship the summer before her senior year. She served as a Financial Capability Intern with Foundation Communities in Austin, TX, where supported financial coaching services and collected client success stories for the non-profit.
Adding in electives from a variety of disciplines, Taylor completed the Cluster with her senior thesis in Economics as her Capstone. In her thesis, which received Highest Honors, she conducted a quantitative analysis of the effect of status on a person’s willingness to acquire debt. She presented her thesis at the Spring Symposium in April and at the Economics Senior Thesis Poster Session in May. After her graduation from Middlebury this month, Taylor will begin a role at Bank of America this summer.
Privilege & Poverty students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Center for Community Engagement for a lunchtime discussion of the “American Dream.” Organized by Privilege & Poverty CCE student interns with faculty guest Matthew Lawrence (Sociology), students discussed together how the concept of the “American Dream” has impacted how we think about inequality, privilege, and poverty.
This year, Internship Director Tiffany Sargent ’79 and Academic Director James Calvin Davis are joined by three team members:
- Emma McDonald ’16 is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Poverty Initiatives Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement, and will help coordinate the Privilege & Poverty Cluster. A 2016 graduate of Middlebury, Emma has taken the Flagship Course and worked with the Center for Community Engagement as a student staff member. She is looking forward to a great year!
- Kate Johnson ’18 will continue in her role as a Privilege & Poverty CCE student intern. Kate was a 2015 SHECP intern at Tapestri in Atlanta, GA, and looks forward to continuing her involvement in the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster.
- Taylor Banaszewski ’17 served as a 2016 SHECP summer intern at Foundation Communities in Austin, TX. She will work towards completing the Cluster this year and is excited to be part of the P&P team.
Summer 2016 Privilege & Poverty interns participated in a poster session as part of the 2016 Clifford Symposium, the theme of which was “Fully Present: The Art and Science of Mindful Engagement.” Read more about interns’ Clifford presentations here.
We celebrated our Privilege & Poverty interns’ presentations afterward with a P&P BBQ at the Center for Community Engagement for faculty, students, and staff involved with P&P.