We’re thrilled to share that Tiffany Bluemle, Director of Change the Story VT, will receive the 2017 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen award. This is the 56th year of the award and is the College’s way of honoring community leaders in Vermont. Bluemle will join Dr. Cyndi Brandenburg to address the incoming Class of 2021 on August 25th for the Annual Convocation.

At Change The Story, we know to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, it has to be prioritized.  Diversity and Inclusion is one of Champlain College’s five Strategic Goals outlined in their 2020 Strategic Plan.  It reads as follows: “Fostering an Inclusive & Diverse Community: Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain will be diverse in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community will have a sense of being a valued member of the College community.”

To support this 2020 goal, in 2013, the College’s Diversity Council began developing an institutional scorecard, a mechanism designed to track and share key performance indicators.

A few additional highlights supporting this goal include:

  • Opening the Women’s and Gender Center on November 2, 2016.
  • Student Life staff distributed gender pronoun buttons at Orientation, generating a flurry of regional and national media attention.
  • A series of professional development sessions for staff and faculty increased awareness regarding gender identity across campus.
  • A faculty member serving as Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion in Academics, interviewed 100+ faculty regarding D & I practices in the classroom; setting the stage for future professional development opportunities and more inclusive classroom practices.



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