Category Archives: Causes

Reflections on Nearly Three Decades Working at the EPA

Carl R. Howard: The first US environmental statutes (the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, were enacted in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Hazardous waste and toxic substances statutes followed in the mid-70s and 1980s. I studied the first environmental cases in law school in the early to mid-1980s and joined EPA shortly thereafter. What changes have occurred in this field over the past 30 years? What other issues have jumped to the fore? At one point cancer was a major concern for the environmental, and other, communities. It still is, but now we have a greater concern as well…
Bio: Mr. Howard is a New York City boy, born and bred. He escaped to beautiful Middlebury College where he graduated in 1981 (after founding the Middlebury Pranksters Ultimate Frisbee Team in 1976). Mr. Howard pursued a career in environmental law at Hofstra Law School on Long Island, graduating in 1986 when he joined the US EPA, Region 2 office back in New York City. For nearly 30 years he has prosecuted polluters and enforced hazardous waste laws and over-seen clean-up of contaminated sites. He is also a past Chair of the New York State Environmental Law Section and current Co-chair of the Global Climate Change Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Come to his talk today to learn more!
When: 12:30-1:20
WhereHillcreast: The Orchard (103)

Amnesty International: Silent March against Police Brutality on Campus

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Today Wednesday 22nd October in commemoration of the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a silent march will be held on campus for the purpose of both bringing awareness, and standing in solidarity with those directly and indirectly afflicted by the consequences of police brutality.

The march will begin at 5.30 pm outside Ross dining hall and will follow down College Street, crossing over to Warner, passing through Davis Family library and up to Mead Chapel, with occasional stops where organizers will read biographies or pieces about subjects of police brutraity. The march is scheduled to end in front of Mead Chapel at around 6.30 pm. Marchers will be wearing all black (extra black shirts will be provided for those who don’t possess one).

If you would like to make your own posters/signs, the Crest Room at McCullough will be open from 2-5 PM and there will supplies provided (markers, pencils, paper, etc.). You are welcome to show up anytime. A group of students will convene at Crest Room at 4:30 PM to discuss logistics for the day and make posters. Led candles will also be available.

Please join in and support a cause that has become very prominent these past few years with police shootings and the increasing militarization putting into question the role and context of our policing forces. for more information click here

The march is hosted by DMC, Women of Color, Alianza, and Amnesty International.

When: Today Wednesday 22nd October 5.30 pm
Where: starts outside Ross dining Hall

We hope to see you all there! Take a stance, and make change, Middlebury.



DIY Conference Application Deadline Extension

The Rohatyn Center Student Advisory Board will be hosting its second annual Global Affairs Conference this spring semester from February 19-20, and we are seeking student proposals for conference topics. This conference represents an exciting opportunity for students to bring their passions, questions, and interests to the forefront of community dialogue, and to organize engaging and thoughtful programming with a generous $5,000 budget. The conference topics should be globally relevant, accessible to the Middlebury campus, and diverse in geographic and disciplinary perspectives. For more information, and to submit your proposal, visit go/diyconference. We have extend the deadline to October 31st.


We very much look forward to reviewing your submissions, and should you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to

Sistah Vegan: On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post]Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics TONIGHT


Tonight features the second speaker of EatReal’s Fall Symposium “Food [In]Justice in the 21st Century,” Dr. Breeze Harper aka Sistah Vegan. Charles Griggs ’16 writes in:

Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

In fewer words, Sistah Vegan’s a badass feminist looking at how hip hop can address food justice. Following hot on the heels of today’s Silent March Against Police Brutality, making for a intriguing stretch of the ever prevalent campus dialogue on justice.  Sistah Vegan will be speaking in Mead Chapel at 7:30.  See here for more information about EatReal’s fall symposium.

When: Tonight 7:30
Where: Mead Chapel
Cost: free

The War On Poverty: 1964-2014 Panel Discussion


This afternoon at 4:30 in BiHall 220, Professor of Religion and Privilege and Poverty Faculty Director James Davis will mediate a panel discussion regarding the implementation and legacy of President Lyndon Bain Johnson’s seminal War on Poverty legislation.  Panelists include Middlebury Professors Peggy Nelson of Sociology and Jim Ralph of American History, and visiting Professor Tim Diette, an Economics Professor from Washington and Lee University’s Shepherd Poverty Program.  Discussion points will explore contemporary and historical debates over economic inequality, and governmental responsibility in addressing issues of poverty in the United States.  The discussion is the brainchild of the Privilege and Poverty Program, with additional support from Sociology and Anthropology, Religion, Community Engagement, and the Academic Enrichment Fund.  Hope to see you there.

When: Today 4:30 PM
Where: BiHall 220
Cost: Free


TODAY: Saha Global Leadership Program Virtual Info Session

Did you know: 
780 million people around the world lack access to safe drinking water.

 Water-related diseases, like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
The most vulnerable population are children under the age of five.
Globally, 1.3 billion people, over 18% of the world’s population, live without electricity.

That’s where Saha Global comes in:
38,108 people served
100% sustainability rate

Saha Global is an incredible non-profit based in Northern Ghana, looking for students and young professionals who:
  • Are passionate about international social justice, environmental sustainability and public health
  • Are peer leaders looking to build project management skills
  • Looking for a unique experience Northern Region, Ghana
  • Can help a rural community solve its water or electricity needs by starting a small business

Sound like you? If so, be sure to Join Kate Clopeck, Saha’s Co-Founder and Executive Director for a virtual info session on October 20th at 5pm and learn how you can make a sustainable impact during your winter or summer break by participating in their three-week Global Leadership Program in Ghana. Register for the online info session here! Read on for more info about Saha Global:

Saha Global empowers women in rural communities in northern Ghana to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. They do this by bringing leaders from around the world to Ghana through our Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises such as sustainable pure water and solar energy businesses. All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

The three week Saha Global Leadership Program in Ghana has run successfully since the Summer of 2010, and over 10 Midd students have participated. The Saha site explains the program as follows:

Young leaders who participate in Saha’s three-week Global Leadership Program will be trained to become Saha Field Representatives. Before traveling abroad, they will fundraise to cover the start-up materials needed for each community business, as well as their in-country travel expenses. Once in Ghana, they will participate in a vigorous and comprehensive training program designed and led by our Saha Global team. Groups of four will be partnered with a rural community in which they will first introduce the business concept and its particular health, social and economic benefits, and then train local women to launch either a clean water or solar business.

By the end of the three-week program, these businesses will be up and running and the women entrepreneurs will be fully in charge of all operations. Our Saha Global team will then monitor the business for the next 5 years to ensure long-term success.

For more information about Saha Global, read their story hereSaha is currently accepting applications for 2015 Winter Global Leadership Program, which takes place in Ghana from December 28th – January 20th (J-TERM), as well as their summer 2015 program. Don’t miss the online info session today! All are welcome. 

What: Virtual Info Session for Saha Global
Date: Today, October 20
Time: 5 – 6pm
Place: Online, register here

Venture for America Info Session Friday

So you’re a senior, and you have absolutely no clue what you’re going to be doing next year. Finance and consulting apps have not been submitted. Kinda freakin’ out? Don’t fret, we feel you, and we’ve got an awesome suggestion: Venture for America.

VFA is self described as “A program for young, talented grads to spend two years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward.”

More specifically, VFA’s mission is laid out as follows:

  • To revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.
  • To enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others.
  • To restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk and reward, and the common good.

If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, start-ups, or just innovative and creative strategy at large, it’s absolutely worth stopping by the Venture for America Middlebury Info Session being held THIS FRIDAY. You’ll have the opportunity to learn all about the VFA program and application process, and meet current VFA Fellows Taylor Sundali ’12, Alex Bea ’12 and Astrid Schanz-Garbassi ’12, who’ve spent the last two years as  helping to build companies in Detroit, New Orleans and Las Vegas. For now, learn more about VFA here.

What: VFA Info Session
Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 4:30 – 5:30

Workshop Tomorrow: “Assessing Community Impact”


If you’re passionate about community service and involvement, definitely check out tomorrow’s workshop and talk on assessing community impact. Afi Yellow-Duke ’15 writes in to tell us:

How does your community-connected service, learning, and research impact the community within which you work? What is the impact on you? How do we know when our actions lead to developed capacity – or if they contribute to unintended harm? Our facilitators – Shannon Morrissey and Robert Burack from Break Away: the Alternative Break Connection – will share their assessment framework as they invite you to explore and develop your own. 

Bring your lunch and join us for a one-hour skill builder!

Date: Friday, 10/17
Time: 12:15 – 1:15
Place: Gifford Lecture Hall

American Red Cross Blood Drive TODAY


Today there is an American Red Cross Blood Drive, brought to you by Atwater Commons, taking place in McCullough. This is the first of only two drives that will be held this year, so head over to Wilson Hall (aka the newly renamed Social Space) and give a little of your time and blood to a good cause. Students, faculty and staff can schedule an appointment at, or just walk in between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to make a donation. Now’s the time to get over your squeamishness and save lives!

Date: October 16
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for walk-ins
Place: Wilson Hall, McCullough
Cost: Empathy and goodwill

Social House Information Session

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

Chromatic, one of many beautiful social homes

In light of recent events and policies, it’s clear there’s significant drama regarding social life at Middlebury. While we all (at least most of us) revel in our campus’ lack of Greek life, social outlets at Midd can feel limited, and, if you’re not in a cappella, sports, improv or the likes, it can be really difficult to meet students in other years. Thankfully, Midd does have some sweet Social Houses, which provide invaluable opportunities to branch out, meet students with similar interests, and feel part of a smaller community.

If you’re interested in joining a social house this year (everyone is welcome!) be sure to check out today’s social house information session/fair in Crossroads Cafe. Kelsey O’Day ’15 writes in to explain the event:

Come to Crossroads at any point from 7-9pm on Wednesday, October 8th and meet some of the Social House leadership! Representatives from each Social House (Tavern, The Mill, Chromatic, KDR, and Xenia) will be there. We’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the social house system in general or about a specific social house. Also, this is a great opportunity to get on our email list sowe can invite you to our events throughout the year! This is a *~* non-binding*~* event! AKA you will not be required to sign up to be a member, and can just come hang. Not to mention there’s FREE GRILLE FOOD for attendees and fresh apple cider (yuuuum).

Date: Today, October 8
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Crossroads Cafe