Abenaki Outreach Program

Abenaki Outreach ProgramThe University of Vermont and the Abenaki community have had a long-standing partnership since 1985 through the design of a program known as the “Summer Happening”. This program brings up to 24 middle and high school students to the University for two days to experience on campus life and bring the possibility of a college education as a realistic option for these students.

While the Summer Happening was greeted with widespread enthusiasm among Abenaki students and parents, it was still a limited opportunity of short duration. In order to effect genuine systemic change, the Abenaki Tribal Leadership decided to explore more in-depth programming that might benefit Abenaki youth. The Abenaki Outreach Program was developed from the belief that only through sustained ongoing support could Abenaki students truly benefit from the attainment of post-secondary status. The main goals of the program are;


The UVM/Abenaki Outreach Program's mission is to promote a diverse and respectful environment that embraces social justice, equality, and opportunity for high school Native American students to achieve their potential.


To promote an ethos of community both at Missisquoi Valley Uniton High School and the University of Vermont that provides Abenaki students with critical thinking skills and pride in their culture so tthat they can be leaders in a democratic society.

What we do:

Ken MaskellKen Maskell operates the program through offices at the Center for Cultural Pluralism located at the Allen House.

For further information please contact Ken Maskell at (802) 868-7311 ext. 142 or Kenneth.Maskell@uvm.edu.