Undergraduate Studies Program Blog

September 2016

Fall 2016 Commencement Address by Arisa White

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West Faculty member Arisa White delivered this commencement address to the Fall 2016 graduates of the Undergraduate Studies and BFA in Creative Writing programs on September 18th, 2016. Thank you to the graduating class for inviting me to be your commencement speaker. […]

August 2016

Alumna Priscilla Backman to receive Goddard Presidential Award

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Goddard College President Robert Kenny will posthumously present Priscilla Ruth Davis Backman with the Presidential Award for Activism during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, August 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the Haybarn Theatre on Goddard’s Plainfield campus. The Goddard Presidential Award for Activism recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in the field of social […]

April 2016

The Unfolding of the Heartbeet Community

Alumna Hannah Schwartz (IBA ‘01) Constructs a Cultural Hub for the Northeast Kingdom “Goddard is the reason I came to this area,” says Hannah, the executive director and co-founder of Heartbeet Lifesharing, a community that is home to 47 adults, including 16 individuals with special needs. Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick, Vermont is wrapping up a […]

March 2016

Black/ Land Project and Deep Inspiration

Black/Land Project’s founder and director, Mistinguette Smith, joined us during the Spring 2016 Undergraduate residency. Mistinguette’s morning keynote, “Whose Speech Matters,” gave a deeply inspiring overview of the Black/Land Project while challenging us to see beyond the narrow frames of black relationships to land. Mistinguette also spoke about historical trauma in the context of black […]

And Our Jaws Dropped

A special day of graduating student presentations in the Undergraduate program, Spring 2016. A sampler of images and talks below: Herbalism & Permaculture: The House, The Farm, and the Marketplace, with Ifatunmise Jon Provost Cooking up Reflection, Connection, and Liberation, with Kristin Schwab I Believe It While I See It, with Cole Tucker-Walton Recognition Matters: […]

Freeing Speech/ Speaking Freedom Round 2!

On Friday, March 25, the UGP2 Residency Opening Session launched in the Haybarn Theatre with an open mic sharing on the theme of Freeing Speech/ Speaking Freedom. Then, as in UGP1’s Opening Session, we transitioned into a World Cafe reflection about Goddard College’s draft Social Justice and Anti-Oppression Statement. The energy in the room was […]

Every Ending is a Beginning

Some lovely images of the closing session of the Spring semester Undergraduate Residency cycle (UGP1) that ended on March 3, 2016. It was a very moving circle bringing closure to a powerful week. And now we embark on Spring residency of UGP2, which begins on March 24, 2016.

NEIEP + Goddard = Exciting Partnership

The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) is an exciting educational project that comes out of a union, the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and the companies who employ its members.  The overall mission of NEIEP is to improve the knowledge and skills of apprentices and mechanics -and this includes helping place and financially […]

Chanelle John’s (BA ’13) Whole Soul Health

Recent alumna Chanelle John (BA ’13) joined us to lead two events during the Undergraduate Program residency. Drawing on her experiences as an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, and activist, Chanelle gave her workshop, “Working for Liberation: How Inspired Entrepreneurship Can Support Social Justice” to a packed room in the Clockhouse. “How can you build a business that […]

February 2016

An Extraordinary Graduation

The Undergraduate Program’s Graduation Ceremony was particularly special today, Feb. 28, 2016. It included a truly remarkable lineup of graduates. Plus, the graduates invited the incomparable Dr. Lisa Brooks (BA ’93) to be their commencement speaker. Lisa Brooks, whose Abenaki identity informed a large part of her own Goddard studies as well as her ongoing […]