This guide is a working-document written by a fluid collective of students committed to organizing, educating, learning, and building a transformative community. As students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, we critically examine Middlebury College as an institution and seek to honor it as a community (however we might problematize the word) of students, faculty, and staff with a long history of resistance to injustice. We’ve been part of many efforts to change this private college, which does not fit into our ideal of free education available to all. Some of our efforts have been through institutional channels and others have not. We feel that no matter what methods people choose, it is important to know what has been done before and what is possible when we are organized. We think we can transform this place, or at least throw a wrench in the charge towards corporatization and whitefantasy-heterosexist-bleakification. We are still unpacking what counts as activism and resistance, and who gets to define them. We hope this incomplete, evolving, collectively-developed guide will continue to grow and reflect our changing understandings of these concepts. We’re so excited you’re here.

We are always looking for more people to get involved. Please reach out to us with questions, feedback, and resources to add at: disorientmidd@gmail.com


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