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Beverly Colston, DirectorGreetings from Beverly Colston, director of the UVM ALANA Student Center, which welcomes all students, but particularly supports African, Latina/o, Asian and Native American (ALANA), bi- and multi-racial students on campus. Congratulations on your acceptance to UVM; we look forward to meeting you and your family. This spring we have a number of events designed for you to meet with faculty, staff, and students, and to see all that UVM has to offer:

I hope you'll stop in and get to know us, and that you'll use the information in this website as you consider UVM. Visit our center's website.

Unlimited resources and support for ALANA students

The University of Vermont is a predominantly (90%) white university, and I can't pretend you won't find challenges here. The ALANA Student Center, along with other departments across campus, works hard to promote and celebrate the many cultures found within our community; and our faculty and staff are committed to providing the necessary resources and support for students of color. You might consider involvement in the following groups:

UVM ALANA student perspectives

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to decide if UVM is the right match for you. Let these students lend their UVM perspectives:


ALANA student Lilia

Name: Lilia
Hometown: Eugene, OR
Major: Nursing

Activities: I spend much of my time studying for my Nursing courses. But during my free time, I absolutely love being outdoors. I try to hike as much as possible because there are incredible mountains surrounding Burlington. During the beautiful winters here in Vermont, I am typically skiing. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the slopes, eventually becoming a ski racer. I work in the Office of Student Services in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and I am a peer leader for first-year Nursing students. I have recently been very involved in FeelGood- a club on campus that is a part of a larger youth movement across the country that sells grilled cheese sandwiches to eradicate global hunger and to spread the word. I absolutely love to travel; I spent this past summer in Europe, traveling in five different countries. During the winter semester, I am going to Belize for a health class, and the spring semester of my junior year I am planning on going to study abroad in Australia!

Why I chose UVM: Ever since I knew what college was, I wanted to go far away from home. Don't get me wrong, I love where I come from, but I knew there was more in the country and world to explore and college would be my first experience living in a new place for a long period of time, on my own. Like my mother, I am adventurous and I love to travel. I am following in her footsteps as I am in school to become a nurse. When I was accepted into the Nursing program here at UVM, I was almost 100% set on this school. After further exploration into the University, the combination of the cold weather, the accessibility to the mountains to ski, the similar small community as Eugene, and the people, all drew me in. I knew UVM would be the perfect fit, and it is. Of course I went through the normal transitions and difficulties as any first-year student does (especially being thousands of miles from home), but where I stand now, I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else, and any happier than I am here at UVM.


ALANA student Varnum

Name: Varnum
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Major: History

Activities: I am currently working on starting a social enterprise called Napo Natural, which will sell a fair trade energy chocolate bar. Currently I am working on getting the University of Vermont recognized as a fair trade university. I have studied in Ecuador; I went with the club MEDLIFE (Medicine education development for low-income families everywhere). While I was in Ecuador, I met representatives from Runa Tea. When I returned from my second study aboard experience in Ecuador, Runa Tea offered me a community development internship to work with them. I applied and received the Summer Mini Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research with the help of my advisor Professor Joshua Farley. As a result I went back to Ecuador to do research with the grant I received. I will present my findings in April at Student Research Conference here at UVM. As a result of my time with Runa I have joined their team on the ground here in the U.S. to promote the sales of fair trade Runa Tea. During my time at UVM, I have been a peer advisor in the summer enrichment scholars program (SESP), which I participated in when I was a freshmen and I was a Resident Advisor (RA) in residential life during my second year at UVM.

Why I chose UVM: I chose to come to The University of Vermont because I participated in Discovering UVM, where I spent a weekend at UVM to get a feel for the campus. I soon fell in love with the university and the Burlington area. I also ran cross-country in high school so I was able to connect with the coach here. I was introduced to Gabriel Rodriguez in the ALANA student center and he was very helpful. I enrolled at UVM, and I have truly enjoyed my time in Burlington.

Next steps: I will be graduating a year early because when I came to college I transferred a year's worth of Advanced Placement (AP) credits. I am applying to graduate school at The University of Vermont to the Master of Science in Community Development and applied Economics program. I want to research community and international development.


ALANA student Elisabeth

Name: Elisabeth
Hometown: South Portland, ME (born in Singapore)
Major: Psychology

Activities: I've been involved with the Asian American Student Union, Peer Mentoring, Reslife, Badminton Club, Concert Band, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Think College VT. I am Co-President of Asian American Student Union (AASU).

Why I chose UVM: I originally chose UVM because I really wanted to go out of state and see a different atmosphere. Before making the selection, I had not visited and I was very unsure of what the campus would be like. Upon stepping on to campus at orientation and move- in day, I fell in love with the environment, the beautiful mountains, Lake Champlain and the warm and inviting community.

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