Stand With Me: Designing a Therapeutic Standing Device for Children in Need

Written by Scott Mitchell II '20
For children with physical challenges or special mobility needs, a standing frame can be life-changing both physically and socially. These devices help children participate in daily activities – like eating dinner with family members - that may have been impossible without physical support allowing them to remain upright. The weight-bearing exercises the therapeutic frames allow often help to improve physical function, changing the quality of a child’s life over time.

Easing the transition for transgender Vermonters

Written by Al York '19
When Al York first heard of the Schweitzer Fellowship as a student at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, York quickly met with the director of the Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT), an LGBTQ community center, to discuss and design a project to meet the most pressing needs of the local transgender community. After several years spent advocating for transgender people as an undergraduate, York was excited about the prospect about serving the transgender community in a way that would help alleviate the daily struggles transgender people encounter.

Stoking Students’ Curiosity in Medicine and Healthcare

Written by Arjun Patel '20, Megan Kawasaki '20
& Michael Nilo '20

The Med Mentors Career Exploration Day, an annual spring event at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, gives local high school students the opportunity to “try out” health care careers through hands-on experiences with medical students and professionals. This year’s event on April 1 was attended by students from a variety of local schools.

Promoting Powerful Voices through the SPEAK Program

Written by Liam Donnelly '18 For the past three years, I have volunteered for SPEAK Inc., a Vermont non-profit organization dedicated to promoting powerful voices for traditionally underrepresented individuals, such as incarcerated women and juveniles. Founded by UVM alumna and Schweitzer Fellow for Life, Jessica Bullock, it began as student group at Vermont Law School in the fall of 2014 and continued as an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship project in 2015-2016. Since SPEAK’s inception, the student-run organization has grown into a non- profit organization that teaches debate and public speaking skills around the world.

“Here to Help:” Addressing the Needs of the Homeless Population

Written by Jasmine Robinson '19 My first night on earth was spent in a shoebox; my mother had separated from my father and my mother, older brother, and I were homeless. With a baby and a toddler with autism, and after incurring a job-related disability, it was hard for my mother to find a place for us to live, and we moved many times. Eventually we settled in a dingy motel in Westchester, New York.