The SE Program is part of a vibrant Middlebury ecosystem. As a Middlebury student, alum or friend, you have a wide range of choices for learning how to engage.
Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI)
One of the goals of a Middlebury education is to encourage students to think independently and creatively. The Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI) was launched in 2007 to foster creativity and innovation by helping students to pursue challenging independent projects of their own design. The ability to take intellectual risks, to think creatively, and to create new knowledge and thought are all necessary for leaders to meet 21st-century challenges. PCI aims to make intellectual risk-taking and creative problem solving second nature to students. The range of student interests and projects is extraordinary—artistic work like the “Brain in Lights” that married science and art; creation of Brighter Planet, which has become the largest “green” credit card program in the country; a micro-hydroelectricity project that brought electricity to a village in Nepal for the first time; and the creation of a garden in the Bronx in partnership with elementary school students. Over the past five years, more than 800 students have taken advantage of the opportunities available to them through the dozen programs offered. The PCI additionally comprises MiddSTART, an initiative that helps connect students to the funding they need to explore their interests through creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative projects.
MiddCORE is a mentor-driven experiential learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities, and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. It empowers them to pursue their passions and prepares them for success in their lives post academia. The program engages College alumni, parents and friends to collaborate with students and to create an experiential learning environment. The MiddCORE curriculum includes a social entrepreneurship component, in which students are challenged to engage the topic and its challenges for a week during winter term. Likewise, the synchronous timing of the winter term MiddCORE course at Middlebury and the CSE annual symposium allow MiddCORE students to be introduced to the larger world of social enterprise.
Center for Careers and Internships (CCI)
The mission of the CCI is to empower students to apply their liberal arts education and engage the world through their professional pursuits, active citizenship, and life’s work. The advisors and resources at CCI help students connect to and prepare for opportunities in civic engagement, careers, health professions, fellowships, and internships, both traditional and self-designed. The CCI also provides funding for student-driven projects and guidance with the graduate school process. The partnership between the CSE and the CCI is a natural one, as both groups encourage students to apply their education and make a difference in the world. The combination of resources and support between the CSE and CCI enables the Middlebury College community to make a larger social impact in the world.
Community Engagement (CE)
The mission of the CE is to prepare students for lives of meaning and impact through service, scholarship, and citizenship. CE programs work to strengthen communities and contribute to the public good. Locally and around the world, CE helps Middlebury College students explore civic identity, develop essential life-long skills, and pursue projects in collaboration with communities, all while striving to contribute to the public good. CE staff can help students have an impact on issues such as social justice, poverty, youth mentoring, hunger, education, the environment, immigration, and literacy. Students will work with partners on campus, in town, around the country, and throughout the world.
Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL)
CSIL stands out among today’s social entrepreneurship programs because it’s designed to serve the full spectrum of emerging social entrepreneurs—from undergraduates to graduate students to young professionals, offering them both valuable learning experiences in the social enterprise field and seamless transitions from one stage of professional development to the next. As part of a bi-coastal partnership, CSE and CSIL are working together to expose and engage students to some of the most challenging social issues of our time through hands-on and experiential learning programs. One of these programs is the nationally recognized Ambassador Corps program. Ambassador Corps offers an entry point for a meaningful international career. Students work with socially responsible organizations around the world and experience digital storytelling, mentorship, and a rewarding connection to an international community. Internship assignments focus on education, sports and development, social entrepreneurship, empowerment for women and girls, and environmental sustainability.
Projects for Peace
Projects for Peace honor Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a philanthropist who on her 100th birthday in 2007 committed $1 million to support the advancement of world peace. Now in its 6th year, the Davis Projects for Peace program continues to support undergraduate student projects that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st-century. Over 90 undergraduate colleges around the country participate in the Davis Projects for Peace. The top 100 projects receive $10,000 to see their project to fruition. The CSE supports the work and projects of the Davis Projects for Peace (also a program of the PCI) as both entities strive for the same goal: encouraging students to apply their education to help solve global problems, and become change agents in the process.
Middlebury International encompasses the Middlebury community that extends beyond the central campus in Vermont. Under Middlebury International is the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs; academic programs in International and Global Studies and International Politics and Economics; Language Schools that immerse students in one of ten different languages; study abroad opportunities at one of the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad that exist in 37 cities in 16 different countries; and the College’s affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, among other opportunities and resources. The CSE fits into the larger context of Middlebury International because our students are making connections to the global community through their innovations and projects. The fellowship program through the CSE will allow fellows to connect globally with social enterprises and the study abroad opportunities will provide third-year students with internships, academic courses and on-site experience with social entrepreneurs throughout the world.