Nadia Rabesahala Horning
Social Entrepreneurship Faculty Director and Assoc. Prof. of Political Science
Through her teaching and research in African governance and natural resource management, Nadia Rabesahala Horning has made critical contributions to the curriculum of the political science department at Middlebury College, as well as to the programs in Environmental Studies and African Studies. Her research examines connections across three levels of decision-making–community, national, and international—to explain persistent deforestation in Madagascar, Tanzania, and Uganda. Her new research project investigates why African professionals do or do not return to Africa to live and work. The recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright-Hayes, and the World Wildlife Fund, Dr. Horning graduated from George Mason University (B.A. in international studies and M.A. in international transactions), and from Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative politics). She is currently the Director of African Studies and Academic Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College. She likes to bake cupcakes and has done so at sea level, high altitude, gluten-free, dairy-free, and on three continents.
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Charlotte X.C. Sullivan
Social Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Charlotte X.C. Sullivan co-founded May West, a design studio and material research laboratory specializing in milkweed-based textile innovation. She serves on the Board of Directors at Cabin-Time, a roaming artist residency program to remote places. Previously, she co-founded the Frontier Fellowship with Epicenter, a rural design resource center in Green River, Utah. For several years she worked at Queens County Farm, the longest continuously operated farm in the state of New York on the largest tract of undisturbed farm land left in New York City. She is a graduate of Bennington College in Vermont.
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Heather Neuwirth ’08
Director of Programs, Center for Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
After graduating in 2008 as an English Literatures and Italian joint major, Heather returned to Middlebury College in 2011 to help launch the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. As Director of Programs at the Innovation Hub, Heather worked to integrate three different departments into a center in 2016 and now manages operations and communication for the 23 programs in creativity, innovation and social entrepreneurship. She is Middlebury College’s Clinton Global Initiative University staff liaison and mentor, an Ashoka U Change Leader, Middlebury’s LaunchVT Collegiate liaison and serves on Middlebury’s Projects for Peace selection committee.
Heather works with students in creative, innovative and entrepreneurial programs including: Old Stone Mill, Midd Ventures Community, MiddChallenge, The Hunt, Projects for Peace, MiddSTART, TEDx Middlebury, Tree House Fund and New Millennium Fund. She also works with faculty on programs in Global Health, Social Entrepreneurship, Oratory, and the MiddCORE leadership, innovation and collaboration course. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, volunteers as a counselor at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut and proudly serves on the Board of VSECU, a credit union devoted to improving the lives of all Vermonters.
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