Meghan Young (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director of Student Services and as an Academic Advisor in the College of Education and Social Services at UVM. Meghan is the Office of Student Services’ primary advisor for CESS undeclared students, and she provides leadership for developing a variety of special topics and academic skills workshops, belonging and community-building events (e.g., CommuniTea), retention initiatives, holistic advising services, and student-centered resource supports. She partners with Professor Tammy Kolbe to help serve CESS Honors College students. Additionally, Meghan is the co-advisor of the CESS Student Advisory Board.
Meghan Young recently joined UVM’s College of Education and Social Services from Bethel, Maine and Gould Academy, where she worked as a high school STEM teacher, advisor, farm manager, and most recently worked as a post-secondary counselor and academic skills coach. Meghan shared her time as a schools and community partnership program manager and independent contractor for the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and has worked within the field of environmental education and outdoor learning, in various capacities, for the past decade. Through experiences in agriculture, food justice, positive youth development, and both formal and non-formal education she has seen the amazing and transformative power of EE and outdoor learning; and has also witnessed the deep and continually exasperated inequities that exist within the field. This led her to work with an intersectional and equity-based lens and focus on curriculum development, place-based educational models, networking, and relationship building.
While working with Gould and MEEA, Meghan earned a MS in Leadership for Sustainability through UVM's Rubenstein School. Her capstone work titled: Shifting Towards Equity in Environmental Education through Personal Transformation, Deep Listening, and Centering Relationships, explored ways to dismantle systems of oppression within the field of environmental education by focusing on connecting providers and by laying a foundation that could bring people together to design curriculum that is representative and responsive to the cultures and communities in which it is being taught. Before Gould, Meghan worked within formal and non-formal education, agriculture, laboratory sciences, and the service industry, and she has also served two terms with AmeriCorps. She studied Microbiology and French at UNH for her bachelor’s degree.
What drew Meghan to student services and this position in particular, was the passion she developed when she shifted from classroom teaching to providing one-on-one, individually specific services for students in both post-secondary planning, general advising, and academic skills support and advocacy. This work put her at the intersection of academic and student affairs - working with students in their unique pathways to self-discovery, self-advocacy, wellness, and success.
Meghan spends her free time frolicking in the woods with her pup, reading, listening to podcasts, asking questions, having cooking parties with her partner, running around, and snacking.