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Bridging Campus and Local Communities

During 2019-2020, the Bridging Communities working group focused their efforts on amplifying local efforts in Poughkeepsie and activating networks of connection and collaboration across campus and beyond. This included creating a resource map of community engagement and sharing interactive experiences with  Poughkeepsie Middle School students and families in a new, weekly collaboration with the local school district. The 2nd annual “Connecting Our Communities” event, which provided local high schoolers the opportunity to explore college opportunities not only at Vassar but at neighboring Hudson Valley institutions, was cancelled due to COVID-19, but is expected to return in Spring 2021.

Mission Statement

Bridging Campus and Local Communities works to invigorate our critical understanding of and practice community partnership by reimagining our involvement with local and diverse communities in the area as bidirectional, open, and integral to our liberal arts curriculum and to our development as critical global citizens.

We will re-think our roles within the communities that sustain us. We will work toward transformation of our college community by building inclusive models of thinking and being. We will see our diversity as a resource and structure-in equitable ways to share our educational wealth.

Through conscious educational and extra-curricular programming, collaboration with on and off-campus offices, entities, students, employees and residents, we will fortify our existing programs and build new ones that enable us to engage with communities as knowledge producers and partners in this process toward more empathetic and fully-realized individuals who stand against all forms of oppression.