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MCSC Programming:
- Sisterhood Dec 2nd 3-4:30pm
In the Burlington Community
Resources in the community to alleviate food insecurity
Free Wellness Art Series for Black Vermonters More Info

UVM Events: 
  - Virtual Coffee Hour by The Women and Gender Equity Center Dec 1st @6:30-8pm  
- Home for the Holidays - get a tour of the NEW Prism Center space. Book a tour

Jobs, Internships & Webinars: 
   - FEMC Web and Database Developer Apply by Nov 20th
   - Apply to the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Apply by Feb 19th
   - Part-time Career Counselor
   - VTrans has free courses coming up including Basic Welding!

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!

Table of Contents:

Submit your event to the Scoop!
Testing negative does not mean you don't have to wear masks or do social distancing
More Info

Community Spotlight 

CAS Diversity Focus Groups link
Virtual Coffee Hour: Tuesday, 12/1 6:30-8pm on Teams.

RSVP with Jo Wilson (they/them) at

For accessibility needs, please contact Student Accessibility Services, or 802-656-7753.

Please notify us prior to the event.

MCSC Programming

Affiliated Identity Org Meetings

UVM Mixed Experience 
Meeting Thursdays 6-7pm on MS Teams
Follow them on Facebook for updates
UVM Interracial Adoptee Group 
Black Student Union
Asian Student Union
Alianza Latinx
African Student Association
Muslim Student Assocation
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
National Society of Black Engineers

People of Color Outdoors
Womyn of Color Coalition

Indian Student Association

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
Nov. 16-20
Living/Learning Building C
Schedule a tour to visit the NEW Prism Center location, pick up a virtual care package, and contribute ideas about the new space. Book a tour >> 

The Prism Center is so excited to be hosting a series of affinity spaces for our LGBTQIA2S+ UVM student community this year! This affinity space meets once a month as an opportunity for Bisexual, Pansexual, and other students who identify with middle sexuality to gather socially in community with one another and have thoughtful conversations about their experiences centered on specific topics.

They’ll be meeting on Wednesdays 9/30, 10/28, and 12/2 from 3:30-4:30pm. Our first meeting will be in-person and the rest will be virtual.

Please check out the Prism Center web calendar and stay tuned to our Instagram for more details about each meeting. And if you have any questions about this space email Alex Hazzard at!

Explore Progressive Christianity, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM welcomes, affirms, and advocates for justice for all, across race, gender, and sexuality. Thinking and questioning are practiced and encouraged!

Email to receive the Zoom link.

In the Burlington Community

Resources in the community to alleviate food insecurity:
In the Burlington community

Localvore app
Download the Localvore app on your phone where you can sign up for meal vouchers and local restaurants like Skinny Pancake, Single Pebble, etc. give out meals (you just call and schedule a time for pick up.) 
More info HERE
Shift Meals
Everyone Eats is a program for “everyone” negatively impacted by COVID-19. You are eligible to receive meals if COVID-19 has made it harder to get food or you are experiencing food insecurity. Help yourself, help your community!

Sweetwaters (120 Church Street Burlington, Vermont)
This is the 30th year Sweetwaters will serve free Thanksgiving meals and hold a coat drive!
You can get delicious and free Thanksgiving meals at Sweetwaters on 11/26 from 10am-2:30pm(first come first serve) or get a free coat from 8am-10am, or both!
To donate your warm, clean coats (no windbreakers, lightweight jackets, or other types of clothing), drop off your coats at Sweetwaters 11am-9pm daily until noon on 11/25.

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (1 College St, Burlington, VT)

Meal distribution at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain  will take place from 10am-1pm on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24th
Tuesday, December 1st
Tuesday, December 8th
Food is first come, first serve and to be picked up in the lobby. You do not need to sign-up ahead of time to receive a meal.
Please note that ECHO is closed to admissions during these dates.
If you miss the pick-up time you can call (802)-864-1848.
Intervale Barn (180 Intervale Rd Burlington)
Starting November 2nd!
Every Monday from 4-6pm there will be free meals for pick-up at the Intervale Barn Starting 11/2 – 12/7 with the exception of 11/23. 
The restaurants providing meals will rotate each week. 

Sign-up here  

Pine Forest Children’s Center (208 Flynn Ave, Suite 2F in Burlington, VT)
When: Wednesday nights starting 10/28 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm
*PLEASE NOTE that on Wednesday 11/25  the distribution time will be from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.
Meals are distributed on a first come first serve basis.
O'Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski)
Dates: Thursdays* 4:15 to 6 pm from 11/5 to 12/10 *except 11/26* Distribution will be on Tuesday 11/24 for Thanksgiving week
Meals are distributed on a first come first serve basis.
This is a public distribution site. No sign-up is needed.
Winooski Family Center  (87 Elm St, Winooski, VT)
Dates: Thursdays* 4:15 to 6 pm from 11/5 to 12/10 *except 11/26* Distribution will be on Tuesday 11/24 for Thanksgiving week
Meals are distributed on a first come first serve basis.
This is a public distribution site. No sign-up is needed.
Winooski Falls Bus Station (25 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, VT)
Dates: Thursdays* 4:15 to 6 pm from 11/5 to 12/10 *except 11/26* Distribution will be on Tuesday 11/24 for Thanksgiving week
Meals are distributed on a first come first serve basis.
This is a public distribution site. No sign-up is needed.
Feeding Chittenden (228 North Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT)
Local Food Shelf in the Old North End with many other services to provide food and meals. 

            Click here for more info
South Burlington Food Shelf (356 Dorset Street, South Burlington)
Regular hours:
Thursday4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Friday8 am – 10 am
Saturday8 am – 10 am

More Info Here
Winooski Food Shelf (24 West Allen StreetWinooski)
We are open every second and fourth Wednesday and Saturday of the month. Registered clients may receive food one Wednesday and both Saturdays each month
On Wednedays, we're open from 2-4 pm; on Saturdays, from 9:30-11 am.

More Info HERE
Food Not Bombs 
Distributes meals at the parking garage on Cherry and S. Winooski every day from 1 -2 PM (IG: @foodnotbombsvt)
Other Mutual Aid Accounts to follow on Instagram: @ONEMutualAid and @winooski_mutualaid

The City of Burlington Food Assistance
3 Squares Vermont
JUMP Vermont – Apply with JUMP Flex Assistance Support (FAS) for assistance with purchasing groceries or transportation gas. If you qualify, you may receive a $30 City Market card, $30 Hannaford card or $25 Shell gas card. To apply, use this website.
·      UVM Rally Cat Cupboard: this pantry is open to all students. It is located in Hills Building 015. Their current hours are Mondays from 4-8 and Fridays from 10-2. Follow @rallycatscupboard on 
Facebook and Instagram for updates and to see what food they receive. 

For other rent, housing and utility resources go here OSCR Off-Campus Info
Please contact the MCSC for any assistance navigating these resources or finding more. 
The MCSC Crew (Bev Colston, Jaydeen Santos, Tatiana Martinez, Daniel Tovar, Valeria Pinzon-Mendez)

Jobs, Internships & Webinars

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 ( 
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
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
Check out this listing of job in the Burlington and Vermont community!
Looking for a job in Boston? Join the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network Listserve to receive daily emails of job offers and other professional opportunities. 
Click on the picture for more info
Looking for a job in the US House of Representatives? Sign up for the House Employment Bulletin to get emails about open positions. Click on the picture for more info!
Help with immigration forms from non-immigration law attorneys, with a lot experience. Free services. Click on picture for email link.

MCSC Staff
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Beverly Colston
Director of MCSC
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Jaydeen Santos
Student Services Advisor
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Tatiana V Martinez
Office Manager
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Daniel Tovar
Leadership Development
Email Me Here
Valeria Pinzón-Mendez
Student Retention and Success
Email Me Here
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