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CUPS Celebrates Community-Engaged Teaching

On April 5th, 2017, we recognized strong service-learning and honored students, faculty and community partners - all of whom are needed to make this practice possible.  UVM offers approximately 100 service-learning courses every year, and the work done in these classes contributes to multiple communities across the state, helping ...

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UVM Met and Expanded its 20% Real Food Challenge Goals


UVM Passes–and Publishes–Real Food Challenge Goals

Food–in all its forms, from farms, to value added products–is inherent to Vermont's culture; so it is fitting that UVM is part of the Real Food Challenge national campaign that aims to "shift 20 percent of existing university food budgets in the U.S. (equivalent to approximately $1 billion) from conventional agricultural ...

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Simon McIntosh '17


Map to Mongolia

On the eighth day, Simon McIntosh ‘17 got off his horse and started walking. He was exploring a roadless mountain pass in the northernmost corner of Mongolia, near the border of Russia. To his east, Lake Hovsgol stretched for more than eighty miles. “Some people call it the Blue Pearl,” he says. “It’s stunning around ...

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Communities, Conservation & Development in Costa Rica

Temperatures drop to the single digits as the UVM campus in Burlington rests quietly during Spring Break in early March. But half a world away, a group of 18 UVM students is meeting with residents of the small village of Guadalupe on Costa Rica’s beautiful and stunningly biodiverse Osa Peninsula, trying to stay cool under the ...

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Dia De Los Muertos 2016

For the last several years Rachel Montesano, Senior Lecturer in Spanish at UVM, has taught Service Learning courses in the Fall to support the commemoration of Día de los Muertos among Mexican dairy farm workers in Addison county. In the past she and her students have worked with Alejandra to make tamales and build the ...

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Med Student Highlights Injustices of Migrant Farm Workers

For student Al York, an assignment to detail the struggles and economic injustices of migrant farm workers went far beyond the classroom.

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