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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Middlebury College
IN-1: Innovation 1

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Director of Sustainability Integration
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Leadership Perspectives on Intercultural Communication: Body and Earth

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

Professor Andrea Olsen's Body and Earth course curriculum at Middlebury College has been revised over the last three years to include a focus on intercultural communications, building skills for global involvement. This innovative curriculum addresses undergraduates in our increasingly diverse international population at Middlebury and graduate students in our new connection with the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The Body and Earth course is designed for students with an interest in the dialogue between the science of body and the science of place. Its goals are to enhance movement efficiency through experiential anatomy and to heighten participants' sensitivity to natural processes and forms in the Vermont bioregion and globally. Weekly movement sessions, essays by nature writers, and writing assignments about place encourage synthesis of personal experience with factual information.

The revision/addition to the core curriculum addresses cultural diversity, embodied approaches to effective international communication in challenging situations, and graduate-level interdisciplinary coursework linking geological, biological, cultural, familial, and personal lenses making it an innovative and groundbreaking curriculum at Middlebury College and in higher education.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

About 22 Middlebury students enroll in the class per semester. If it's offered as an intensive writing course, about 15 students enroll. Over 100 individuals per year participate in international workshops. Over the past three years, about 50 students have taken the course at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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