June 27 – July 1, 2022 (a hybrid institute in-person and on-line)

June 27 & 28: Located in Grafton and Brattleboro, VT
June 29 & 30: Independent work in your own community
July 1: Afternoon Zoom session

Join us for a week-long institute exploring how to bring more voices to your curriculum. On Monday we will spend time in Grafton, VT, learning how to use local history resources to engage students with authentic voices. Cemetery exploration, a social justice walking tour, and community asset maps will provide models for your own local explorations with students. The focus will be on Vermont African-American history and voices.

For those spending the night, there will be an evening talk on the history of slavery, resistance, and the Underground Railroad in Vermont.

Tuesday morning will be held at Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT, with members of the Elnu Abenaki Band exploring ways to introduce students to Abenaki culture and to consider the harms when history isn’t inclusive. The afternoon will be back in Grafton in a research seminar format, supporting you as you prepare for independent community-based research.

Wednesday and Thursday will be spent in your own communities researching voices and places to bring to your students.

On Friday, we will re-gather on Zoom to learn about what you have found and support you in creating student materials.


$600 includes all food, presentations, and materials
+ $130 if you would like to spend the night at the Grafton Inn
+ $475 for three graduate credits

Covid Notes: We will spend the bulk of our time (and all our meals) outdoors or in small, distanced groups indoors.