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Middlebury College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
14 Old Chapel Rd
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
Phone
(802) 443-5000
School Information
"From its proud history spanning more than two centuries, Middlebury College has emerged as one of a handful of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges. Middlebury is unique among these schools in being a classic liberal arts college that also offers graduate and specialized programs operating around the world." The college has around 2,500 undergraduate students and 750 graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies across its more than 850 courses in 44 majors. (Source: http://www.middlebury.edu/about) (Source: http://www.middlebury.edu/about/facts)
General Information
Middlebury College made significant financial investments into its anti-racist initiatives. Having received $500,000 for anti-racist initiatives, the College allocated $250,000 for the Task Force on Anti-Racism, $50,000 for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), and $200,000 for the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI). See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends that the school, "Develop and offer ongoing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in critical conversations and skill building related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including workshops that address racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, religious and spiritual oppression, classism, and sizeism (Inclusive Practitioners Program)."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends that the school, "Develop and facilitate workshops related to equity and inclusion, including recognizing and responding to microaggressions, for students serving in campus leadership positions (Orientation, Residential Life, Admissions, International Student and Scholar Services, MiddSafe, Student Government, Student Organizations)."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends that the school, ": Develop and facilitate new student orientation sessions that introduce equity and inclusion as core values, establish the expectation that equitable and inclusive practices are the shared responsibility of all Middlebury students, and provide information about related, ongoing development opportunities."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends that the school, "Develop and promote an online form that can be used to report bias-related incidents."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends developing and offering "workshops on equitable and inclusive recruitment and hiring for faculty members serving on search committees" and "workshops on equitable and inclusive recruitment and hiring for staff members serving on search committees."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends that the school, "Require applicants for new faculty positions to submit statements on inclusive practices in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and/or service and use these materials to assess multicultural competence as part of the hiring process."
Program and Research Funding
  • College received $500000 for anti-racism initiatives. $250,000 will go to the Task Force on Anti-racism; $50,000 will go to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS); $200,000 will be allocated through the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OIDEI).
Resources
  • The Anti-Racist Task Force sponsored "Story Circles 2021-2022: Friendship."
  • The library offers an "Anti-Racism Reading Guide," which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "Stamped from the Beginning."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college had an Anti-Racist Task Force, "which focuses on building community, the creation of PRISM...the hiring of a new director for AFC and a new student educator on equity and inclusion."
  • The college said, "The Middlebury Libraries’ Reparative Cataloging Project seeks to address catalog records that are historically inaccurate, offensive, discriminatory, or harmful." The college also noted, "During the 2021-2022 academic year, the updates you can expect to see include changing 'Blacks' to 'Black people,' 'Slaves' to 'Enslaved persons,' 'Gays' to 'Gay people,' 'Sexual minorities' to 'LGBTQ people,' and more!"
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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