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MCSC Programming:
 - Book Over Break submit the form by Dec.9th (
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In the Burlington Community
- Rally Cat's Cupboard - Over Break operations Plan Nov 27 -Jan 30, 2021
- Resources in the community to alleviate food insecurity

- Free Wellness Art Series for Black Vermonters More Info

UVM Events: 
- Love is Blind, Application open until Jan 5, 2020
- Peace Corps Application Workshop Dec 9th 2pm

Jobs, Internships & Webinars: 
   New opportunities below!

As we evolve this newsletter and refine our processes, we welcome any feedback you have capacity to share with us. Email us with any thoughts you have!

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Community Spotlight 

MCSC Programming

Self and Community Care

The Vermont Department of Public Health and Haymarket Foundation are funding the Clemmons Family Farm to offer a free wellness arts series for Black Vermonters: 

The sessions will be held on Zoom in November and December and are led by some of the collaborating artists in our network. Every participant will receive a wellness arts kit full of wonderful healing arts items specially curated by each of the artists.

Please share this link with your Black/African American/African diaspora colleagues and students:
Other UVM Events
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Zoom Meeting

In the Burlington Community

Rally Cat’s Cupboard- Over Break Operations Plan
Timeframe: November 27, 2020 – January 30, 2021
Location: Hills Building, Room 015
Supervisor: Natasha Lovell, nslovell, 802-299-1976
Volunteer: Peter Lally, plally, 774-284-1595

Plan for In Person Operations
To provide food for the student who may be food insecure, Rally Cat’s Cupboard will implement the following procedures to control risks associated with COVID-19
  • We will limit service to those students who are not designated as at home only. 
  • Individuals attending in-person classes during the fall semester (through 12/11), and/or sponsored & approved to be on-campus 12/12-01/18 will be allowed in the cupboard.
  • Volunteers and students who use the pantry, must continue weekly tests on campus, complete the CoVerified screen, and abide by the Green and Gold Promise 
  • Once they are in the cupboard names and contacts will be taken for contact tracing
  • People with COVID-19 or other respiratory illness symptoms will not be allowed in the Cupboard.         
  • Only 2 volunteers will be active during the entire time period of the break
    • Natasha Lovell
    • Peter Lally
  • Limit only 1 entrance into the Hills building and Rally Cat’s Cupboard
    • There is an outside entrance into the Hills building 1 foot away from the cupboard
    • This is an isolated area of the building where student would enter
  • Only 1 party will be allowed inside the building and pantry at a time
    • Other groups will wait outside along a path marked with x’s that are 6 ft apart
  • Hills relies on natural ventilation, so the hallway door will be open when the Cupboard is open.  If weather permits, a window will be opened.  Closing operations checklist will be amended to ensure the window is closed at end of shift to prevent damage to the building.  This is especially important since the building has low occupancy and the Cupboard will be unoccupied for days.
  • The Cupboard will only be open on Fridays, with expected hours of 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.  Along with the low density of people in the room, these limited hours will allow the limited ventilation to be adequate.
  • All food donations will be picked up off campus and brought to Hills by the 1 of the 2 volunteers mentioned above.
  • The only exception to this will be a monthly delivery from the Vermont Foodbank which will be delivered outside of the Hills building.  The volunteer will meet the driver outside for a contactless drop off. 

Jobs, Internships & Webinars

The CALS Life Science Leadership Program

Aims to link undergraduate students who advance diversity in the life sciences to work with faculty in CALS on summer research projects. For the summer of 2021, we expect to fund at least three undergraduate students at a minimum stipend of $3500 and a $500 research budget. If you are interested in this opportunity, be sure to connect with a CALS faculty member before winter break. Students that engage early in reading and discussing research will develop more competitive proposals. Benefits for Students 1. Build your research agenda -no prior research experience necessary! 2. One-on-one mentoring with world-class scholars 3. Workshops to help you get the most out of your research and mentoring experiences 4. Get to know a other student researchers like you 5. Summer funding! Each award provides a stipend to the student, plus some money for research expenses.
FEMC Web and Database Developer
Use your database management and web development skills to design, create, and maintain the FEMC database-driven websites. The Web and Database Developer will be part of a tight-knit team working to serve the northeast through providing and promoting environmental monitoring and research activities among federal, state, university, and private-sector agencies. The FEMC websites provide tools and databases for use by researchers, students, policy-makers, and managers. This is a full-time, benefitted position. To learn more and apply, visit Questions? Contact Director Jim Duncan ( 
Peer Advocate Counselor
  1. Candidate must have personal experience with a disability and an ability to work in partnership with people with disabilities, assisting and empowering them by working toward independent living goals. The PAC will participate in outreach activities and provide technical assistance to increase community options and supports. 
  2. Candidate must have ability to work as a mentor, educator and advocate in individual and group settings. Other skills required: knowledge about accessing local resources; understanding of issues affecting individuals with disabilities, including barriers to housing, transportation and employment; and computer proficiency, including data entry and social media skills.
  3. Access to a reliable vehicle and ability to travel around Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom is a must.  Job is located in our central office in Montpelier.
  4. Candidate must have the ability to work independently, but also be willing and able to work as part of a team.
Rate of pay: $16.00 per hour plus benefits. 
Weekly hours: 30 hours in the Montpelier office.

Please send cover letter and resume to
Sue Booth VCIL 11 East State Street, Montpelier VT 05602.
It may be sent by email to
Deadline for applications is December 11, 2020
VCIL is an EOE/affirmative action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations in the recruitment and employment of persons with disabilities.

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship 2022-2023 application period is now open! Sea Grant Knauss Fellowships are prestigious one-year, paid fellowships with hosts in executive or legislative offices in Washington, DC. Graduate students from all disciplines who are interested in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and national policy decisions are welcome to apply. Students need to have aligned career goals and leadership experience, but they do not need experience in policy or water science.

Learn more on the Lake Champlain Sea Grant website:

  • January 15, 2021: Submission to Lake Champlain Sea Grant for informal feedback (OPTIONAL)
  • February 19, 2021, 5pm EST: Submission deadline to Lake Champlain Sea Grant
  • February 20-March 19, 2021: Lake Champlain Sea Grant conducts interviews
  • Summer 2021: National Sea Grant announces selected fellows February 2022-January 2023: Fellowship period

This spring 350Vermont Internship

Looking for one dynamic person to join our team starting February 2, 2020 for a 16 week internship, ending May 15, 2020. The Mobilization & Trainings intern will help with our solutions work, focusing on organizing a large statewide tree planting and climate justice/food justice project. They will also help with our fossil fuel resistance campaign and our trainings program as needed. The mobilization intern is integral to the process of organizing events, coordinating volunteers, and will engage communities around the state in climate solutions.

We are looking for someone with a commitment to and passion for the 350Vermont mission of building a local movement to stop the climate crisis.  We seek self-starters with the passion, creativity, and drive to make things happen while working independently and in close coordination with a team. 

This position is ideal at around 15 hours a week—great for a capstone internship—but if you’re interested and available for less time, we still encourage you to apply. Please note that we are not able to offer work study positions at this time. The Mobilization & Trainings Internship would ideally start Tuesday, February 2, 2020, however we’d be willing to discuss starting earlier or later.

If you are interested, please apply online at and feel free to get in touch with Sophia ( with any questions.
Employment Diversity in Highway Construction (EDHC)

Need something to do this winter? Check out the in-person socially distanced and online training opportunities below. We are currently waiving our $25 contribution requirement, so there is no cost to participate in any of these trainings!
What is EDHC? A collection of Equal Employment Opportunity affirmative action programs with a primary objective to increase training and employment opportunities for women, minorities, and other disadvantaged individuals who are underrepresented in the highway construction industry.
Eligible candidates must be a woman, minority and/or disadvantaged person. A disadvantaged person is defined as someone who is participating in a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program through a state Department of Labor. The disadvantaged person must meet the WIOA “priority populations” eligibility requirements.
BASIC WELDING (in-person)
Randolph - Jan. 9-10 or Feb. 21-22, 9am-4pm, Vermont Tech. Click here for more information.
St. Albans - Wednesdays Feb. 3rd - April 7th, 6-9pm, Northwest Technical Center. Click here for more information.
Essex - Five Mondays starting Feb. 8th. Class meets from 4:30-8:30pm at Center for Technology.. Click here for more information.
Link to Subsidy application
If you are approved for a subsidy, there will be no cost to you (we are currently waiving the $25 contribution requirement).
DOT Transportation Safety Courses (online)
AdvanceOnline offers transportation safety training. CMV Driver and CMV Motor Carrier Management courses cover the DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and best practices that impact safety ratings of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. Their HAZMAT transportation courses discuss the regulations for transporting hazardous materials.
Click here to see their catalog. If you are interested in taking one or more of these courses, please complete a training subsidy application. If you are approved, we will register you and pay for the full cost.
VTrans CDL Funding Program (for in-person courses)
On a continuous basis, we offer funding (up to $1,500) to eligible participants to use towards the cost of CDL classes through six state-approved Commercial Driver Training Schools. Please visit our website for more information.
If you are working towards earning your CDL permit, we recommend you spend time studying the Vermont Commercial Driver's Manual.
More Opportunities with VTrans here

For Winter grads Job

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has an opening for a dynamic and passionate person to help implement our Local Food Program. A full description can be found here

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Local Food Program Coordinator to assist in implementing SBN’s Local Food Program. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, self-starter and motivated professional with experience in the following core areas: local food and/or buy local efforts in Massachusetts and New England, program development, and event planning. This role involves promoting, selling, and enrolling people and organizations for our various programs, e.g. tickets, vendors, sponsorships, etc. Successful candidates will be resourceful self-starters and team players that thrive in dynamic and fast-paced work environments with multiple priorities, and enjoy taking on new challenges.

Start Date
January 4, 2021 (Flexible)
$40,000 - $42,000
Paid holidays, vacation days, personal days, and monthly insurance contribution.

Full job description can be found hereInterested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Cover letter should not be longer than one page.
My name is Teresa and I am the manager of the NextGen Leaders Initiatives at Disability:IN where we provide free mentorship, career development, and job opportunities for college students and recent grads, including veterans, with disabilities. As a Black disabled woman, I participated in this program years ago and am passionate about ensuring other people with disabilities, especially disabled people of color, have access to this mentorship and career development program.
We would love to have disabled students, alumni, and veterans at University of Vermont take part in our 2021 NextGen Leaders program. Here’s the link to the application: The deadline to apply is November 20th. I’m also including a link to a digital flyer that provides more information on the program that you can circulate to students.
Application Here
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