Students hug at a Sanctuary Campus walkout at Middlebury College, 11/16/16
Walkout in support of a “Sanctuary Campus” at Middlebury College. Photo by Michael O’hara.

Anti-Racism at Middlebury

Welcome to Middlebury’s Anti-Racism Hub. Here you will find a calendar of upcoming events, opportunities to learn through reading, listening, watching, and workshops, ways to connect with campus and community groups who are doing anti-racist work, leading anti-racist voices to add to your social media feeds, funding sources to support your anti-racist projects, and news and updates on the many ways both large and small that Middlebury is changing to become an anti-racist community. 

The Anti-Racism Hub is a community resource that needs you to contribute to it. Send us your events, your suggestions for learning resources, connect your group to the hub, tell us about an anti-racist voice that we need to include, and share news large and small of your efforts to transform Middlebury.

  • Middlebury Libraries Anti-Racism Reading Guide

    This reading guide holds works addressing topics of race, identity, and experience, and supports learning and thinking deeply about these ideas. All of these works explore our differences and commonalities. What is it like to live in a community where you sometimes feel as if you’re on the outside looking in? How does an individual and a community benefit from diversity and inclusion? How can we understand these issues and navigate them together?

  • Anti-Racist Resources for Early Childhood Education

    Let's Grow Kids commits their organization, movement, and themselves to be anti-racist in all aspects of their work. Using their platform to raise Black voices, and to create an equitable early childhood education system that advances racial justice for the next generation of Vermonters.

  • How to be an Antiracist

    "Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it."

  • Optimistic and Depressed

    "Trevor and guest host Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom talk about why radical honesty around mental health can be liberating. Plus, they talk about Trevor's feelings of being an outsider growing up in apartheid South Africa, about why he believes another black man will be elected president of the United States before a woman, and about how he got so good at doing hair."

  • The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist

    "There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love."

  • Leaning Into Discomfort

    Leaning Into Discomfort with Middlebury Athletics is sponsored by the athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and aims to have uncomfortable conversations surrounding topics such as race, inclusion, equity and inclusion. The hope is that with this series we will normalize discussing some of these taboo topics as well as learn and grow stronger together as a community.

  • Code Switch

    The Code Switch team of multiracial, multigenerational journalists explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between.

  • The Ethical Rainmaker

    The Ethical Rainmaker hosts authentic conversations grappling with tough questions in the nonprofit and philanthropy space, including where we can step into our power and where we should step out of the way!


Do Something!

The work of confronting personal and systemic racism is hard. It takes intellectual, emotional, and at times physical labor. And sometimes it requires money!

Middlebury has established various programs for providing financial support for projects that will advance our efforts to transform ourselves and our institution. Through these programs you can get funding for activities such as:

  • bringing a speaker to campus
  • organizing a book club
  • screening a film
  • launching a research project
  • holding a retreat
  • organizing a workshop
  • revising a curriculum
  • and more!

These are just a few ideas of ways to organize conversations and interventions. Each group is receptive to your own novel approaches to doing this work.



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