Working Together to Make an Impact
The Center for Community Engagement programs work to strengthen communities, prepare students for lives of meaning and impact, and contribute to the public good. Collaborating community members, schools, and nonprofit organizations in Addison County, throughout Vermont, and around the world support this work.
We rely on community partners’ knowledge and understanding of local issues to determine the best methods for addressing community needs, striving to build relationships with partners where power and resources are shared, and developing projects that reciprocally benefit community partners and Middlebury students and faculty.
MLAA supports these collaborations and projects by providing you the opportunity to share project needs and ideas, and for faculty to share details of courses and research programs looking to incorporate community-connected work.
We will support partners at all stages, ranging from those with fully formed project ideas, to those just getting started, and everything in between. Please contact the MLAA team at CCE to discuss your ideas! You can also review examples of past MLAA projects.
MLAA is for engaging with course-based or faculty research opportunities. If you are interested in other forms of engagement (e.g., volunteers, interns, hiring students or alumni, etc.), please contact the respective offices as detailed at Community Engagement at Middlebury.
What Past Partners Have Said
The students did an amazing job with their research and assembling a very complex series of related items to the topic. Very, very well done. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and the students on this useful project!
The report exceeded my expectations. The students found multiple solutions and their recommendations should provide ideas for policy makers and state agencies to move the industry forward.
The students provided insight into landscape characteristics of water quality in this region. This collaboration is a way to utilize students’ skills and generate community involvement between groups that might not otherwise interact.
The students took an expansive view of the material and brought to light some recommendations that are a little outside of the box, which can be a challenge when working on a project as a practitioner. Because the students came at the topic without bias based on past experience, they illuminated possibilities that may have been dismissed prematurely by those of us who work on this subject every day.
The students’ thorough research, interviews, analyses, and recommendations provided a very deep and important foundation of information upon which we—and policy makers—can turn to and build from as the state potentially explores putting a price on carbon pollution. Their research provided a breadth and depth of analysis we have yet to have—and likely wouldn’t have had at such a level. It provided very valuable context and insight and offers some clarity on how the state might begin to address challenges imposed by this potential policy to ensure we mitigate any negative impacts.
The quality of the content and the presentations was consistently high across the four student teams. Some of my personal highlights were how the policy team integrated the work of the other teams to inform their recommendations; the fact that the geospatial team addressed potential concerns of releasing their risk potential maps showed that they were thinking about applications of their work; the thorough and candid presentation of uncertainties; and the fact that there were so many questions and that the students answered them so masterfully.
Thank you so much for this opportunity; it was a pleasure working with you. I hope that the students also benefited from working with a health nonprofit and state health department on a project that connects public health and the environment.
We plan to reflect seriously on the research and findings and will likely pivot off of some of the concerns or recommendations identified by both student groups. Their research and one-on-one interviews and focus groups provided some very real, tangible, and important context to inform and shape our work moving forward.