Community Meeting

CommunityWe are the only college in the nation in which the whole community of students and faculty sits together each week in a circle for a community meeting.

Community Meeting happens every Wednesday after lunch in Dunbar. Don’t worry, none of your classes will conflict with this meeting.  We make sure that everybody is free to attend!  Everyone pushes their chairs into a circle, and we hear reports from the various Councils and Committees throughout the college, discuss issues and awarenesses, make announcements, and share appreciations.  Then we eat sweets and carry on with our days.

Each week a different student volunteers to facilitate Community Meeting.

 

In addition to Community Meeting we also host “Community Days” right after the Intensive.  You can look forward to lots of programming that will introduce you to our various Councils and mechanisms of shared governance.  These are great ways to get calibrated and connected so, please, plan on joining!

The Work Program

Among the most powerful examples of experiential learning is living in community.  Together we care for our campus and provide for the College’s needs with the understanding that by working collectively we sustain our community and provide a compelling and meaningful learning experience.

Sterling College is one of 7 Federally-recognized Work Colleges in the United States,  the only one based in the Northeast and and the only one fully dedicated to the mission of ecological thinking and action. Revolutionary and ahead of their time, Work Colleges have been educating hard-working students while providing a means to empower those students to  pay their tuition for over 100 years.  The approach of a Work College helps develop  critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, professionalism and a quest for lifelong learning.

Our Work Program offers a wide variety of positions  in Administration, Campus Care & Stewardship, Craftsbury Community, Farm & Garden, Kitchen-to-Student Services and Instruction.  Our Work Advisors and Community Advisors are student leaders who report directly to Deans, Directors and Managers responsible for that particular Work Crew.

 

Work Assignments happen once you arrive on campus.  You’ll have plenty of time to meet your Work Supervisor, learn about how to submit time cards and score some extra hours if your schedule (and desire) permit!  Building your resume is great perk of attending school at Sterling so start to think about the kinds of experience that you’re interested in accumulating while you’re here.

Policies & Guidelines

[photo of the cover of the Sterling College Student HandbookWho do you talk to about a billing question? What are the mealtimes in the Dining Hall? What is Sterling College’s Animal Policy?

Our Student Handbook is an excellent resource to help guide you through your time at Sterling College. Please take some time to review the Handbook and maybe even bookmark it in your browser!

This information should give you the insight that you need to understand more about Sterling, but our Dean of Student Life, Megan Banner Sutherland, is your go-to with any questions or concerns you have about Student Life or living in the Residence Halls.

What do we mean by EQUITY?

WE ACCEPT YOU.

WE ACCEPT YOU AS YOU ARE, AS YOU WERE, AS YOU HOPE TO BE.

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

LGBTQ

Sterling is a tight-knit community and has been able to remain that way because every person in our community – student, faculty, staff, neighbor – is treated with compassion and respect.

Read our Joint Statement in Support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness.

Safety & Security

One of the benefits of living in such a rural place is that you come to know – and need – your neighbors.  This small and caring community is one of Sterling’s greatest resources.

Sterling has no security officers. Since there are no local off-campus law enforcement services, there is no direct monitoring of off-campus criminal activity.

Members of the Sterling community work hard to take care of themselves and each other. Students monitor their residences and shared spaces for cleanliness, safety, appropriate behavior, and uninvited visitors.

Weekly Community Meetings, Community Council, and House Meetings are three forums for discussing security problems and encouraging students to be responsible for the health and safety of their community.

That's a lot to take in but it's important that you know how things work here. If you still have unanswered questions, please just reach out to us and let us know what you need.

Now it's time for the fun part!

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