University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

Have a great break!

December 2016

Thanks for your help!

Our very own Gail Shampnois worked to organize a Winter Clothing drive for our New American neighbors. She got help from Rachel Kiemele (our practicum student from the Higher Education and Student Affairs program) who worked with her Living/Learning program directors to set-up collection sites. Gail also recruited participation from all the departments in the Division of Student Affairs. The response from our UVM community was incredible (filling more than one Prius to the brim) and helped our new community members meet the current arctic weather with a little more warmth.

Thanks again to everyone who helped!

Leaving for Break,
Secure Your Apartment

Burglaries and larcenies are usually crimes of opportunity. The following tips are ways to increase the security of your residence:
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and close your curtains and blinds.
  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.
  • Arrange for a friend, neighbor whom you trust, or the landlord to watch over your house while you are away.
  • Take anything of value home with you. Don’t leave any valuable items near windows.
  • Stop mail and paper delivery or arrange for a friend/neighbor to pick it up daily.
  • Bring bikes indoors if you can.
  • Check your lease for the temperature your thermostat should be set to while you are away - most leases ask tenants to set it to 60 degrees to avoid frozen pipes.
If something happens, call the Burlington police (658-2700). If you kept serial numbers in a property log, you have a better chance of getting your stuff back - after last November break UVM Polices Services recovered dozens of bike seats but could not return them to owners because few reported the thefts. Police also track patterns and may be able to figure out who is responsible, so even if you don't get your stuff back you may prevent future crimes.

If you do suffer a burglary you can also call the Parallel Justice Program for victims of crime to see what kind of resources and support they can provide to you (540-2394). Registering your possessions on the UVM Police Services website and purchasing Personal Property Insurance or Renter's Insurance ahead of time can also help cover losses due to theft.

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Recognize Women's Leadership!

Seeking Nominations for the Mariafranca Morselli Leadership & Edith D. Hendley Awards
Awards to be presented at the March 20, 2017, Women’s Awards Banquet
Maria Teixeira, Interim Director, Women’s Center

In the spirit of recognizing emerging women leaders (undergraduate & graduate students) for their academic achievement and their work to effect social change, the Women’s Center announces its call for nominations for the following two awards. The awardees will be announced during Commencement activities and presented at the Women’s Awards Banquet in March, which is Women’s HERstory Month. Please share with and encourage your colleagues to nominate a student so that we can honor the work of some of the University’s remarkable women!

For more information check out the Women's Award Banquet page.

Anti-Racism Resources

Did you feel like you wanted to get more involved in anti-racism work but had a hard time fitting things into your schedule? UVM provides some nationally-recognized resources! The Examining White Identity Retreat is one of these offered for FREE to UVM students. Here is a resource list for Anti-Racism Work you can use over break to kickstart your activism. If you still need a jumpstart check out the next article.

Blog Posts:
Calendar Links: UVM:
Calendar Links: Local:
  • Peace and Justice Center: supports positive social change, locally and globally
  • Black Lives Matter VT Facebook page: supports the eradication of systemic racism in Vermont
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Facebook page: national network for groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice
  • Pride Center of Vermont: New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters. At the Calendar page, at the Legend at the click on People of Color.
  • Champlain Area NAACP: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
National Groups:
  • Resource Generation: organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. BLOG
  • Black-Led Racial Justice Organizations: This list was compiled by leadership from the Movement for Black Lives.
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                                       group "Muslim Girls Making
                                       Change" consisting of four
                                       young women wearing hijabs and
The group "Muslim Girls Making Change" will help put a smile on your face...and possibly a pen in your hand!


The new UVM Interfaith Center on Redstone Campus (next to the Catholic Center) is open Monday – Friday from 8am - 4:30pm to any UVM student, staff, faculty or affiliate with CATcard access. It’s a great space for reflection, spiritual practice, conversation, learning and/or community! It includes a cozy Fireplace Room with couches, tables, microwave, electric kettle and hot tea, as well as a Prayer & Meditation Room for individual prayer and reflection. Check it out here.
For entry, the CATcard reader is located on the door handle of the east/parking lot side entrance of the Interfaith Center. It requires the updated version of the CATcard (i.e., there is no “swipe” function, you just touch your CATcard to the door handle). If you don't yet have the updated card, be sure and visit CATcard Services in the basement of Billings.

Class of 2017: Don't miss the largest Senior Career Prep Event of the year! Get the tools you need to make the most of your final semester at UVM, launch a successful job search, and transition to the real world. This is your One-Stop for Quick Career and Life Fixes.

It will be casual event. You can stay for as long or as little as you like. Do bring your resume if you would like to get it reviewed!

Gear Up for Graduation: January 31, 2-5pm, Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
For More Info:

Just Because...

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Contact Us

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Our mailing address is:
Office of Student & Community Relations
12 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405

Last modified December 19 2016 11:51 AM