Ellen Sanders

Green Mountain College

Although she is only a sophomore at Green Mountain College (GMC), Ellen Sanders has already made a number of important impacts on the campus community. In the past two years, Ellen has successfully co-launched, developed, and organized a number of important initiatives at the College including serving as a critical role in the design and development of a campus wide student safety initiative, helping with a grant application to secure funds for the Stone Valley Arts center (a local Vermont fine and performance arts space), and providing support to the organization of the Making a Difference and Making a Living conference, an annual forum organized every spring by the GMC Office of Career and Personal Development.

A good example of Ellen's active community and campus engagement is her involvement with Thanks and Giving Day, a GMC annual tradition held before the Thanksgiving holiday period in which students and community members come together to say "thank you" over a diverse array of activities and events, including serving free community meals to over 220 people.

Robert Allen
President
Green Mountain College

Personal Statement

Although I am active in a number of different community events and activities, I am most proud of my involvement with the Thanks and Giving Day, a GMC annual tradition held before the Thanksgiving holiday period in which students and community members come together to say "thank you" over a diverse array of activities and events, including serving free community meals to over 220 people. Held for the past four years, I will be serving as the primary organizer of the fall 2017 event.

Ranging from a community breakfast to soap-making/DIY home products events to a guest lecture and concluding with a contra dance, the Thanks and Giving Day event truly reflects the importance of fostering community-campus social capital.

Ellen Sanders
Environmental Studies/Policy Concentration: Class of May 2019
written 2017

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