Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

June Forum

Stay tuned for information and registration details for June Forum 2019.

June Forum 2018: Pushing Our Practices: Changemaking Beyond Disciplines was held from June 11th to 13th, 2018 at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus. 


We want to make the world a better place through social innovation.

We are educators.

We have worked abroad and at home.

How do we equip students to explore and find their place in social innovation?

What skills, knowledge, and tools do students need as agents of social change? 

How do we teach them?      

Should we encourage risk-taking and nurture resilience?


Located at our Bread Loaf campus, Middlebury’s June Forum is a chance for colleagues from across the U.S. and beyond to share ideas on building the best opportunities for students who want to make a difference in the world. (See highlights from our previous June Forums).



During the 2018 summer conference, which is themed “Pushing Our Practices: Changemaking Beyond Disciplines,” participants will learn the ways of modeling and teaching collaboration beyond disciplinary boundaries to better equip their students to observe, analyze, and solve social issues. They will leave with an adaptable curricular toolkit to apply in their future endeavors, discussing concepts and competencies that are most critical to students confronting contemporary societal challenges, forging relationships and partnerships around the fire, over a glass of wine, in a workshop, or on walks in the woods.

Some of the topics we usually consider include:

Transcending borders                       Intercultural Communication

                          Community-based learning              

                                           A teaching toolkit for Social Entrepreneurship 

Social Innovation and International Development

                                                           Storytelling and Social Change


Pricing (includes room and board)

Ashoka U Exchange Participants: $475

Middlebury Faculty and Staff and Local Educators (excluding room and board): $275

Regular: $600



2018 Vision Award Recipients

Each year, Middlebury College and the Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship honor the contributions of leaders who share a commitment to the ideals embedded in the center’s mission of preparing individuals to lead a life of social change through the presentation of the Vision Award, designed to recognize leadership and vision in the world of social entrepreneurship. For past recipients, please see here. This year, we wil be presenting the award to two leaders in the field of social impact education, in line with our theme.


Marina Kim‘s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She co-founded and leads Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in Forbes.com, SSIR.org, and the Diversity & Democracy Journal, and Ashoka U has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton. Marina holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University


Anita Fernández is a scholar activist at Prescott College (Arizona) and teaches in both the undergraduate Education program and the graduate program in Social Justice and Human Rights.  Anita’s work in education began as a high school English teacher in Tucson, Arizona which later influenced her research to focus on preparing activist teachers who are both compassionate and critically conscious.  Anita is locally and nationally involved with organizations that focus on Latinx access to education, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education.  Anita has worked closely with the now banned Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, and in that work she created a structure for the eliminated classes to continue on in a non-formal setting for college credit from Prescott College.  Anita co-founded La Tierra Community School, a K-8 Expeditionary Learning school in Prescott, AZ, and is also the co-founder and Director of XITO.



Workshop Facilitators at June Forum 2018

  • Veda Sunassee (Head of College, African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda; formerly Faculty, African Leadership Academy (ALA))
  • Kyle Williams (Program Manager for Recruiting, Marketing and Placement for ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame, and Design Thinking and Life Design Professional)
  • Baishakhi Taylor (Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Middlebury College)
  • Tanya Purdy (Director of Health Promotion at Brown University)
  • Barbara McCall (Director of Health and Wellness at Middlebury College)
  • Christopher Hoyt (Assistant Professor of Theatre at Central Connecticut State University)
  • Katherine Noble-Goodman (Manager of SolutionsU by Solutions Journalism)
  • Marcy Hessling O’Neil (Assistant professor of anthropology and Advisor for the Peace and Justice Studies program at Michigan State University)
  • Pam Berenbaum (Professor of the Practice of Global Health at Middlebury College)

Travel Information

The Bread Loaf campus, the location of our retreat, is in the small town of Ripton in the heart of Central Vermont. We are a four-hour drive from Boston, five hours from NYC. If you plan to fly, we are one hour from Burlington VT (the closest airport) and two hours from Albany NY (the next closest). (We recommend at least allowing for 2 to 2.5 hours of flexible time between landing in Burlington and the 2:00 PM beginning of the retreat on Monday June 11th.) If you want to take advantage of the New England setting, renting a car makes some sense; otherwise you can arrange a rideshare through Middlebury Transit. We will provide more information in our confirmation survey and future correspondence.

The Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship
118 South Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753
For inquiries, please contact Charlotte Sullivan, Social Entrepreneurship Associate at cxsullivan@middlebury.edu.



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