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May 2020 Newsletter

Over the years, the international, cross-cultural dimension of the GCF academic model has served as a powerful educational influence for the campus participants in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Thailand.Their Campus to Campus Connections activities have inspired understandings about similarities and differences across cultures, including a primary focus on their shared experience of disability. As the world currently faces the life and death challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, learning how countries and cultures respond and how individual people make a significant difference tends to widen our realization that we are connected in very meaningful ways. The Global Campus participants are keeping connected through videos, recipe exchanges, and other curriculum ideas that they generate through distance learning - all the way from northern Vermont and New Hampshire to northern Thailand and back. The following is an update on the recent experiences of some of the Global Campuses Thailand participants during this global pandemic. Let us all hold our GCF colleagues, halfway around the world from Vermont and New Hampshire, in our daily thoughts. We are all connected!    ~Sheryl Tewksbury

What We Are Experiencing
Similar to the USA, Thailand has been in lockdown mode since early March. Immediately, the campus participants scattered across the northern provinces, most returning to their family homes. Those who have internet capacity are connecting via Zoom and many have phones to conduct their campus 
activities to participate and support one another. Yale is conducting GCC research when the internet works in his Chiang Rai village far to the north. Daeng, who lives an hour south of the city, has had to close her beauty salon and worries about her income especially since she recently bought her first home. Khun Nang makes meals and separates herself from her parents in order to not be too close. Pim is also caring for her elderly parents. Nong Kaeng goes to help the community at the temple wearing a mask all the time. For campus participants in Nan Province, they too have been greatly affected by the economy. Narong has a traditional massage shop, now closed. Jack has had to close his electronics repair shop because there were no customers. Many campus participants face food insecurity. Yet, there are also stories of acts of kindness reinforcing the typical cultural way of being kind and generous. Fortunately, through the years of networking, volunteer service, and community outreach, the campus participants have forged friendships and collegial relationships with various community organizations, some that are now providing much-needed items as demonstrated in the story below.

Staying Connected and Delivering Goodwill

Ka and Non drive their van to the agreed meeting place to pick up donated masks and sanitizer gels so desperately needed in rural villages outside of the city of Chiang Mai. From their home, where they are sheltering in place, Ka and Non, coordinated a weekend effort of delivering this very precious cargo to other campus leaders in various locations. Pui, Daeng, Duen, Pim, and many others went around delivering to their frightened villagers too poor and remote to obtain the protective gear from any other source. Pui’s village is located at the base of a mountain where a steep, treacherous road reaches a hill-tribe village at the very top. Arrangements were made for a truck to come down to her home to pick up the supplies to take back to their hill-tribe campus colleagues. It was tiring work, yet all returned to the safety of their homes feeling good knowing that they have supported their peers and neighbors.  Just this week, GCC has received 150 brown bags filled with fresh vegetables from the Royal Project. Once again, Ka and Non are now coordinating the distribution of this very special and much-needed contribution.  ~ Kachakorn Thaveesri (Ka) and Yutthaphon Damrongchuensakun (Non)    
"Overall, all people with disabilities are affected. But by having a family as the basis for support and having the Global Campus Foundation family as another, we will be able to live life safely during the crisis. We are all very grateful that GCF values and supports leaders with disabilities and our activities to be a learning society in the culture of disability in Thailand. We encourage the GCF family members in the United States to have good health and mental stability. We can go through this crisis together."   ~Non, Director of GCC
Jack's Story

Jack rolled up in his wheel chair grinning from ear to ear and through the interpreter, immediately invited us for dinner at his parents’ nearby home. This was many years ago on our first GCF site visit to the remote mountainous region of Nan province on the Thai-Laos border. We were eager to meet the campus participants at their opening event of the first Global Campus outside of Chiang Mai province. That evening, after a delicious traditional meal with Jack’s extended family, we accompanied him to his village shop, where he pulled out a guitar and started singing the songs of Carabao, our favorite Thai rock band, famous for their ‘songs for life’, a style of music that came to prominence through the protest songs of the 1970s. We found ourselves mesmerized by his joy of sharing his music. As dusk was settling in, we then took Jack to his own place on the edge of the village. We drove into the forest, where to our amazement he pointed to a treehouse high up in a towering tree. He parked his wheelchair at the base and proceeded to pull himself up the thick rope using a pulley system to the wooden deck. Waving heartedly from above, we could still see his wide smile as we drove off to our guesthouse. Now, that is one impressive first meeting!
Fast forward to now, Jack is the Director of Global Campus Nanoi, he is self-employed, and also works as an Ambassador/Director with Friendly Design Nan Province, a Thai company promoting universal design accessibility. Jack readily mentions that discovering Global Campuses was one of those big moments in his life where he learned to push harder and strive for more experiences in his life. Acting as a role model for others, he is most happy when encouraging campus peers to develop themselves and to learn from one another.  Jack teaches from his own personal experience that we can do good things without expecting to get something back, and in fact that giving generously to others in turn will bring good things to your life - often quite unexpectedly. He is also personally proud of his talent to write lyrics and share his music to help everyone be happy.  As you read further, looking back on Jack’s life from an interview conducted by Yutthaphon (Non) Director of Global Campus Chiangmai, you will see that there were many life defining moments leading Jack to the happiness he conveys to all on his path.  
~Sheryl Tewksbury                                                     

GCF's Academic Coordinators continue to plan and create distance learning opportunities for 
participants at GCF's 11 campuses in Vermont and GC Shiremont in Lebanon, NH. Global Campus participants have also begun to teach their classes via Zoom. GCF is here to provide a welcoming space during this challenging time and will continue to provide weekly distance learning lessons until we can safely meet in person again. 

"The winter bird watching lesson was really appreciated. I must stress that although this may seem like a small matter, IT IS A BIG DEAL to that person whose world is pretty small. That's what gets to the core of why Global Campus is so critical right now: it keeps her connected to her world and all the social interaction that she can't get any other way right now." ~Marcy Bartlett, GC Springfield Home Provider


Class About Glee Brings Glee

Grace decided to teach a class about one of her favorite shows, Glee. She did a really good job of researching and pulling her information together in a short time. Grace put her information into a PowerPoint so all could see it. The campus learned about the plot of the show and some of the characters, including Grace’s favorites. She also chose three songs to share from the show: Borderline/Open Your Heart, Don’t Stop Believin’, and Just The Way You Are, which were all great choices.                                                                                                


She has decided to teach her Music Man class later. Pictured above is the PowerPoint Grace presented, as well as an insert of GC Moretown participants wearing their favorite party hat for Grace's birthday.  

To experience a distance learning lesson, please go to the links below:

             GCF Distance Learning Week 5   Mindfulness and Connections
             GCF Distance Learning Week 6   Staying Active
             GCF Distance Learning Week 7   A World of Mysteries
             GCF Distance Learning Week 8   Our Changing World 


Participants at 12 New England campuses created an activity challenge to walk outside while being safe.

  • In week 6, 17 participants took part in this one-week long activity challenge 
  • Total miles for the week =  228.63
  • Average mileage = 13.4 miles

Activity Challenge Winner - Jordan, GC Champlain Valley, with a total of 24.5 miles.  
Jordan will receive a $25 gift card to a place of her choosing. 

Congratulations to all the Global Campus participants who took part in the Activity Challenge!

Please check GCF's Facebook page every week for the new distance learning lesson. To learn more, contact Patti Gannon, GCF Associate Director, at [email protected]  or  (802) 272-1396.


Global Campus Lamoille has started an 'Adopt a Grandparent Project'. Laura Gale, a Lamoille County Mental Health Services direct support, worked with the Manor Nursing Home to create this "Adopt a Grandparent" project. Many of our senior community members are feeling isolated and are unable to have visitors. This project is designed to connect seniors at Manor with Global Campus participants to become email pals. So far, the campus has several GC Lamoille participants involved, with more in the next few weeks.
Pictured here is GC Lamoille participant, Deb, who has adopted a grandparent. 

Date:    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time:    1-2:30 pm
Zoom:  To join the virtual C2C, contact Patti Gannon, [email protected]

  • Introduction: Steve Tavella, Executive Director
  • World Cultures Presentation about London, England: GC Brattleboro participants
  • Updates about summer term, fall semester, and academic year theme: GC Team
  • Everyone is invited to participate in a virtual Tai Chi Exercise Class taught by Ellie Hayes
  • Thailand Video Presentation
High Mountain Flowing Water Tai Chi Instructor, Ellie Hayes, has been learning and sharing Tai Chi since 1974. The classes offered through High Mountain Flowing Water Tai Chi emphasize relaxation of body and mind, freeing internal energy to maximize health benefits, and bring mindful awareness to the present moment. Ellie will teach us about Tai Chi and help us learn this ancient Chinese martial art at our virtual C2C event on June 16.

At the end of the C2C, everyone is welcome to remain on Zoom for a virtual lesson about how to make a smoothie, presented by a Global Campus Lamoille participant.

Global Campuses Foundation has recently joined Instagram. Follow us below on Instagram at globalcampusesfoundation for the most recent updates about what is happening
at all of the GCF campuses.  Also, please remember to like us on Facebook too!



Full Circle: An Award with Powerful Meaning- February 17, 2020

Full Circle:  An Award with Powerful Meaning- February 17, 2020

The gift of reflection upon one’s life is a treasure whenever it is presented, especially when totally unexpected.  For Global Campus Chiang Mai participant, Ms. Walailuck Chantarat, nickname Nang, the year 2019 stands out as a time of profound learning for her.  She received three distinctive awards, the first two in February and March for her community service and work on behalf of women’s issues, and the third in December- with this recent one the most impactful of all.  But, let’s go back to her personal life story before we elaborate on 2019.  

Nang, first learned of Global Campus years ago when she was busy earning her university degree and beginning her career as a high school librarian, two significant achievements for a woman who experiences a disability in Thailand.  Now, she is an active campus member and serves as secretary of the Global Campus Chiang Mai, Disability Culture Association. Her cheerful personality and genuine helpfulness stand out along with an enthusiastic willingness to join in all activities.  These personal qualities seem to come naturally to Nang, yet a powerful life story reveals the influences that refined her character and reflect a well-earned happiness. “My education, my power, my self-confidence, are a result of following my mother’s teachings.”  

As Nang begins her story, she readily states that her Mom is her idol and shares that she was born without the full formation of 16 of her vertebral bones, a rare physical condition called Congenital Neural tube defects" (CNTB).  The doctor then and there presented a challenging, life-saving decision to Nang’s young mother to choose between surgery that might help her to walk but risked her intellectual ability or vice versa.  “From that moment on, my Mom became my advocate.  Luckily for me, she was a teacher who believed strongly that education was the means to a promising life.”  

Nang’s mother gently pushed her to be strong and independent promoting self-reliance, a positive attitude, and giving to others.  This was not easy for Nang especially, as a young girl, when her mother chose to enroll her in a highly esteemed private school for girls rather than the traditional special school where her mother was concerned that she would not have been challenged.  As a kindergartener, on her first day, Nang right away realized that she was not accepted, and in fact, she was bullied. Only six years old, Nang shared her sadness with her mother, and two important teachings stood out from her mother’s response.  She said, “If you think this is a big deal with your life, it will be big.  If you think it is a small thing, then it is small.”  This message that your attitude is powerful in how you live your life guided her as well as another teaching, “If you give to others, others will give back to you.” 

For all of those years at school, Nang tried to do what her mother said, but it took way too long-nobody accepted her and she was very lonely. Isolated from social interactions throughout, K-9th grades, no one ever befriended her, likewise her teachers did not come to her rescue.  Yet, she believed her mother and followed her encouragement to be giving and to cultivate a positive attitude. Fortunately, her high school years and onward were less lonely. 

Fast forward to today, Nang drives a car, is a swimmer, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Chiang Mai University, and works as a high school librarian. She now has a wide circle of friends including Global Campus peers, and has become a key leader in Women and Disability activities through her GCF involvement. She enjoys posting on social media such as Line and Face Book, and, here is where we arrive at the life changing award in 2019.  

Nang was nominated for the Regina Coeli School Alumna award by some of her former K-9 classmates.  Yes, the very schoolmates who had isolated and taunted her long ago had followed Nang’s recent active life through Face Book.  They later shared at the event that it had struck them that she was an amazing, active, giving person, more so than themselves. Some were able to attend the award ceremony, and some have written Nang since.  Each has made a point of directly apologizing for their misunderstanding of her when they were children.  They explained that they did not know how to interact with her, nor how to help her, and that they were concerned that they might physically hurt her.  Now, they were moved to express how they admired her strength of character during all those years in school and into her adult life. 

Nang shared her conclusion to this part of her life story, “This is the powerful moment for me, because it changed my entire understanding of my early school year experiences. At the time, I thought nobody cared about me and I did not have value.  I was so lonely.  This third award helps me to understand myself and my schoolmates. This once again validates my dedication to my mother’s teachings to believe in myself, to maintain a positive attitude, and to know that when you give, in return you will be given back.  It brings my life full circle, and I am very happy!”

Submitted by Sheryl Tewksbury and Walailuck Chantarat, February 17, 2020 


     2019 is over and our Global Campuses Foundation family celebrates another year of facilitating collaborative advanced learning opportunities for hundreds of adults of all abilities throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Thailand. We have so much to celebrate in 2019 and so much to look forward to in 2020.
     Through the generous support of funders like Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Jane’s Trust, People’s United Community Foundation, Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, Thomas Thompson Trust, Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, and far too many kind and thoughtful individual supporters to mention in this short message, we launched three new Global Campuses in the spring of 2019: Global Campus Granite City in Barre, Global Campus Brattleboro, and Global Campus Champlain Valley in Colchester, Vermont. We also forged new partnerships with Families First, Champlain Community Services, and Washington County Mental Health Services in those same communities.
     On December 3, two key leaders of Global Campus Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kachakorn Thaveesri and Yutthaphon Damrongchuensakun, emceed Chiang Mai’s 2019 celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in front of thousands of peopleThis invitation to our Thailand leaders reflects their combined decades of leadership in educating so many people and changing cultural norms surrounding disability culture.
     These are just two examples of so many of our highlights and accomplishments in 2019. 2020 shines with so much promise and excitement. Stay tuned to our future newsletters, visit the News page on our website, or better yet, visit one of our Global Campuses in Vermont, New Hampshire, and even Thailand! There is no better place to experience the inspirational magic of our participant-led educational model.
     As we enter 2020, we continue our determination as a cutting-edge entity to be, in the words of our founders, Sheryl and James Tewksbury, “a transformative influence upon the quality of life of adults with differing abilities.” We wish you a wonderful year ahead!
Steve Tavella
Executive Director
As a visitor to the famous old city center of Chiang Mai, it is a must to spend time at the iconic Three Kings Monument, on any day.  However, if you happen to choose an early evening on a Sunday, you will find yourself in the midst of hundreds, if not thousands, of folks taking in the dynamic craft wares, street food, and other cultural experiences of this weekly happening - Sunday Walking Street.  The Three Kings plaza, with its featured bronze sculpture of the famous Kings, noted for their historic cooperation in the development of the city in the 13th century, serves as the hub of this weekly multicultural gathering- the figurative Times Square of Chiang Mai.  
If you happened to visit recently on a December Sunday, you would have viewed two key leaders of Global Campus Chiang Mai, Kachakorn (Ka) and Yutthaphon (Non), on center stage as well as on large-format screens entertaining a massive audience as the emcees of Chiang Mai’s 2019 celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 
 This is BIG for many reasons!  Foremost, that disability inclusion was center stage this year. In previous years, Disabilities Day had been held away from the purview of general society-on the grounds of a rehabilitation center for children, for example. Add to this the invitation for Non and Ka to be featured as the emcees, is a reflection of their impressive leadership acumen and reputation. They presented the myriad of performances and information on disability culture in both Thai and English. 
The fact that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities event was held in the heart of the city, in the historic area where palaces used to stand and Kings are commemorated, is profoundly significant. The symbolic meaning of this moment for Thai society stresses the potential for further modernization of attitudes about disability. GCF Thailand has led the way for 18 years educating all through the voice of those who experience disability firsthand. Congratulations, Ka and Non for your continuing pioneering work both behind the scenes and on center stage!

During the fall semester, GC Hardwick held a bake sale to help the Greensboro Bend Church purchase a furnace. In the spring of 2020, GC Hardwick plans on helping community members with household jobs and errands.


In November of 2019, GC Newport participants collected and donated food as part of their community service project for the holidays. This Spring, GC Newport plans on making owl shelters for Northwoods Stewardship Center.




Global Campuses Foundation
2019 Annual Appeal

If you haven't had a chance to make your annual appeal donation to GCF, just click on the link below.


Thank you to those who have donated.  We value your support.
~facilitating collaborative learning for adults of all abilities~

GCF World Cultures Campus to Campus Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Our Lady of Angels Church
Randolph, VT

Stay tuned for more details.


One Woman’s Stunning Resilience-
A story about Dang, Global Campus Chomthong Director (May 2019)

When the director of the newest Global Campus in northern Thailand enters a room, one’s first impression is of a petite, demure, smiling woman in her fifties.  But her nickname, Dang, is taken from the Thai word for the color “red” – a color associated with passion, courage and strength – and it doesn’t take long to realize the name is a perfect fit. 
Dang first discovered Global Campuses when Ka, the longtime leader of Global Campus Chiang Mai, invited her to attend a 3-day Global Campus retreat on “Women and Disability” in 2017.  As a single mother and small business owner working 24/7 at her beauty salon to provide for her three daughters, Dang barely had the money or time for herself – let alone enough to devote three whole days to an obscure topic.  Besides, she already knew everything there was to know about the struggles of being a woman with a disability.  What could she possibly have to learn about it? 
But Ka is an equally determined woman, and in Dang, she recognized extraordinary promise.  Over the course of several weeks, Ka slowly but surely convinced Dang that she should come for just one day of the seminar.
It became a turning point in her life.  In the end, Dang stayed for all three days of the conference – discovering, along with many other attendees, that she is not alone.   The Global Camps model creates an environment that encourages each person to trust and share their voice, as a means to individual and collective recognition and celebration not of disability, but of ability.  The retreat shifted Dang’s attitude about what it meant to be a person with a disability, a person with unique and valuable life experiences.  This kindled a desire for more educational opportunities.  Moved to take action, she decided to launch a Global Campus in her community, so that she could share with others the profound understanding that disabilities cannot stop one from having a full and happy life. 
Dang faced some of the same challenges that other GC directors went through before her – gaining the trust of villagers, figuring out transportation issues, and finding funds and community resources to support campus gatherings.  But she discovered her gifts as a leader, demonstrating remarkable resourcefulness and resilience.  In just one year’s time, 100 people from 11 villages signed up to participate in Global Campus Chomthong.  They have already hosted a series of seminars and community events. 
What was it that Ka saw in Dang, that very first day when they met?
Each of us has a personal story complete with challenges and triumphs, blessings and misfortune.  How we respond, grow, and transform along the way is a life testimony.  Dang’s is one of great daring, integrity and resilience.
Dang’s early years were spent in a remote mountain village, her leg damaged by polio and having lost her mother at an early age.  Feeling stuck and without a future, she saw her way out when a small truck laden with household and farming supplies arrived on its monthly stopover. Dang found the courage to speak, and convinced the itinerant elderly couple to take her away to a new life in exchange for caring for them. Without preparation or fanfare, at the young age of thirteen, she left her family that very day.
For four years, Dang worked faithfully for the couple every day from sun up to late evening.  Yet as time passed, once again she felt a familiar desperation settle in.  Penniless and uneducated, her life was leading nowhere.  She learned of a new business in the area, a cosmetology school.  She convinced the couple to pay her tuition, in exchange for adding four more years to her commitment to work for them to pay off this new debt.
Just as Dang completed her cosmetology studies, a new change presented itself.  An older man arrived on the scene, who did not mind her disability. She seized this chance to marry and move to the near-by big city of Chiang Mai.  In the early years of their marriage, her husband was kind and supportive as she started her beauty salon and earned money. However, after their two daughters were born his kindness disappeared, and he stopped working.  Controlled by her demanding husband, Dang faced day after day of endless hard work, but then, this was all she had ever known. 
Then, a beauty salon customer invited her to attend Sunday services at the Christian church.  This was her first ever social experience.  It filled her with happiness, and she made plans to take her daughters with her every Sunday.  Unfortunately, her husband forbade her from attending.  Subsequently, he banished Dang and the girls from their home.  In desperation once more, Dang went to the Church and tearfully negotiated to stay at their dormitory with the agreement to pay her rent out of her future beauty salon earnings.   
Out of this seeming hardship, something significant shifted in Dang’s life.  At long last, she was an independent woman – running a business, and determining her own future.  She knew one thing for certain.  She was absolutely determined to provide a better life for her daughters than she had had.  She knew beyond a doubt that education was the key.
Fast forward to today – Dang’s two daughters are recent university graduates, their expenses fully paid by their mother. She also raised her deceased sister’s child as her own, and sighs with delight to share that her youngest daughter has already declared that when she graduates from medical school, from that moment onward she will care for her mom.  For the moment, Dang carries on with her beauty salon and additional work advocating for accessible, universal design. As the director of Global Campus Chomthong, she is recognized by her village as a community leader and is ever aware of her growing self-confidence.  She set has many new goals, while also believing that she can attain her personal dream to travel and learn to communicate in English.  Resilient as ever.

Authors:  Kachakorn Thaveesri and Sheryl Tewksbury

Global Campus Entrepreneurs (March 2019)

Being a successful entrepreneur means having the right attitude, the determination and the commitment to achieve goals.  Global Campuses Foundation is fortunate to have several faculty/students who have started their own businesses. In this newsletter, GCF will be featuring a few of the many entrepreneurs who attend GCF campuses on a weekly basis. Owning a business is very time consuming but all of the entrepreneurs featured in this issue use their time very well while also researching and teaching classes at their Global Campus.  Global Campuses Foundation is very pleased to be featuring these hard working entrepreneurs this month.
Grace DeFelice, Global Campus Moretown
Saving the planet, one step at a time

Grace DeFelice, a GC Moretown participant and entrepreneur, is capitalizing on her family’s commitment to recycling by collecting K-cups and, for a modest fee, taking them to the appropriate place to keep them out of the waste stream. "Six months ago, Grace brought a proposal to the Upper Valley Services office in Moretown, where we drink lots and lots of coffee, and offered a plan to do the recycling,” said Deb Reed, service coordinator for Upper Valley Services. “That was within our wishes to reduce our trash and give Grace a job.” She also collects K-cups at the Francis Foundation that provides services to individuals with differing abilities. Grace makes a weekly trip to the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Café and Visitor Center in Waterbury to recycle the K-cups she collects. Grace’s recycling habits began at home where she heads up her family’s recycling.  An article about Grace and her recycling business recently appeared in the Waterbury Record.


Cheyenne Martin, Global Campus Lamoille 
Creating a Snack Business in her Community
Cheyenne is an active student/faculty participant at GC Lamoille as well as a local business owner.  Cheyenne decided to start her own business when she learned that local offices and businesses don’t always have nearby store locations or meal options. Each week Cheyenne prepares “snack boxes” which serve as a type of vending machine. She recruits customers, shops for and manages inventory, visits each site weekly, and tracks her profits and cash flow over time. 
Tiffany Plamon, Global Campus Bradford 
Using Artistic Talent to Create Greeting Cards

Tiffany had been creating wonderful works of art and soon began turning her artwork into greeting cards.  She set up her business, TiffMark, in 2015 and now sells the cards at various businesses in the Upper Valley area including the Local Buzz, Tuttles Diner and the Plant Pantry. Tiffany recently began painting canvases and some of her artwork will soon hang in the conference room at Upper Valley Services.  Tiffany hopes to have her art displayed at other locations in and around Bradford, including The Space on Main.


Debby Demars, Global Campus Lamoille
 Snack Boxes for Local Businesses 
Debby began in her business in May 2011 after a suggestion by a service coordinator maintains 4 snack boxes at various businesses in the Morrisville area so that employees can have a snack without having to leave their offices that are not located close to any convenience stories.
Debby is responsible for deciding what snacks to stock, purchasing and restocking her inventory and keeping track of her finances.  Some of the money she earns goes back into the business and the rest she saves.  She says the best part of her business is interacting with her customers!

Global Campus Expands in Vermont (January 2019)

GCF is pleased to announce its' collaboration with Champlain Community Services, Washington County Mental Health Services and Families First in launching three new pilot campuses this spring in Colchester, Montpelier and Brattleboro. This project is possible through a generous anchor grant from Jane's Trust, as well as additional support from Flutie Foundation, the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, and individual donors.

Annual Appeal Letter, December 3, 2018

You gotta stand up and speak for yourself.  You have to find your voice.”

Several years ago, Cheyenne had an opportunity to attend a program at a local college.  Her brief time there was full of camaraderie and learning.  But once it ended, she experienced a sudden void.  The loss of support and sense of purpose eroded her confidence and spark.  It left her wondering what was possible for her – how to live outside the program, in the rest of the world. 

Living with a developmental disability can be an isolating experience.  It can be difficult to find a job, to continue learning and growing, to get around, to make friends, and to feel welcome in your community.

Thanks to you, Global Campuses Foundation joins hands with adults who experience disabilities as they create a brighter future.

I like all of Global Campus.  I listen and learn.  And I like teaching– making people understand is GREAT!”  Global Campuses offer lifelong learning, a platform for continuing education where adults with disabilities can discover and celebrate their abilities, with the support of their peers and the broader community.  Participants study what they choose, at a pace and in a manner that works best for them.  Because Global Campuses are there as long as participants need them, the profound growth they experience is continuously supported and multiplied.     

Cheyenne rekindled her sense of purpose at Global Campus.  Cheyenne teaches classes on a diverse and growing range of interests – from painting to knitting, films to fashion, fitness, nutrition and history.  Inspired by a peer mentor and fellow campus participant, Cheyenne decided to start her own business.  Each week she prepares “snack boxes” – improvised vending machines – for local offices and businesses that don’t have nearby store locations or meal options.  She recruits customers, shops for and manages inventory, visits each site weekly, and tracks her profits and cash flow over time. 

Everybody’s gotta do volunteering.”   Cheyenne gives back to her community as well, volunteering with Meals on Wheels.  Cheyenne lost her own grandmother recently, and through Meals on Wheels, she feels like now has an extended network of family and grandparents who light up when they see her, and depend on her visit each week.

Through her work, through her volunteering, and through the classes she teaches, Cheyenne celebrates her gift for connecting people and inspiring their own joys and passions in turn.  Last year, she was awarded “Self-Advocate of the Year” by her peers in a local advocacy group.  “I found my voice, and I speak up for myself!” 

You joined hands with Cheyenne.  With a gift today, you can join hands with hundreds like her as they find their voices, speak up for themselves, grow, and give back to their communities.  In January, together we will launch three new campus locations in unserved places like Burlington & Brattleboro, expanding to 12 campuses serving 350 unique participants each and every year.    

We can’t do any of this without you.  Help us keep making it possible each day! 

In gratitude,

Matthew DeGroot

Executive Director

P.S.  ““I love Global Campus.  Global Campus is a part of me.  It’s what I need.” - Cheyenne

Your gift of $50, $250, $500 or more today, will ensure hundreds of participants each week can learn, teach and grow in classes they create, all year long!


Global Campuses Excited for #GivingTuesday on November 27th, 2018!

What is #GivingTuesday?  It's a chance to ensure education and wholeness for all our neighbors after the swirl and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!  #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement launched by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world.  Celebrate Thanksgiving Thursday, shop Black Friday, browse Cyber Monday, and remember good causes on Giving Tuesday.  

Global Campuses Foundation is participating for the first time.  Your support on #GivingTuesday will support ongoing, year-round educational and enrichment opportunities for Global Campus participants.  Below, you can read examples of things our participants are accomplishing  this semester!  And we'll be in touch again next week with exciting news about expansion in Vermont and overseas.  

Regardless of the amount of the donation, we are grateful for the support.  ClickHERE to make a donation or share the hashtag #GCFgivingtuesday with friends and contacts on social media (you can find us on Facebook here).  More coming soon!

Welcome to GCF's Newest Colleague, Lacy Gross                (September 2018)

Lacy is excited to join the GCF team as Academic Coordinator beginning in September of 2018.  She moved to Vermont from Texas, where she was a high school English teacher for nearly a decade.  She was a part of a team that collaborated and developed curriculum for 23 school districts across Texas and was named “Teacher of the Year” in her school district in 2016.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.  Lacy lives in Quechee with her husband and two kids; having recently moved to the area she enjoys getting outdoors and exploring, traveling and reading. Lacy shares: "I could not be more pleased to be a part of the GCF team.  I found out early in life that my calling is in education. I admire GCF's mission and commitment to lifelong learning for everyone. My strength is helping people reach their fullest potential and I'm thrilled to support and learn with the participants of GCF."

 2017 Art Show at the Chandler Center for the Performing Arts Video

Global Campuses Foundation (GCF) participants and community members attended the GCF Art Show at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont which was held on August 15th. The gallery featured art created by GCF participants from all 9 VT and NH campuses as well as the Thailand campuses. Throughout the spring semester, many of the GCF participant artists created paintings that reflected the works of artists like Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life and Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. Enjoy the art show video below.

Art Show 2017 from patti gannon on Vimeo.

2017 Summer Newsletter

2017 Summer Newsletter

Founding GC Participant Forges a Powerful Path in Thailand

10th Anniversary Celebration!

Happy Height of Summer from Global Campuses Foundation! 

New Global Campuses Foundation Website is Live! 

Check out the new Global Campuses Foundation website!  We’ve simplified and streamlined our look to make it easier to find out the latest news, happenings and accomplishments. Visit Read more

Global Campuses Foundation Brings the World to New England

Keeping Winter at Bay With Tropical Spices and Sunshine From Thailand

Every year, Global Campus participants discuss ideas and choose a special topic of focus to explore during the 4-week winter interim session.  Winter Interim provides a lively area of study between the Fall and Spring semesters, with the chance to dive deep into a single topic pertaining to cross cultural and international studies.  Read more

Community Spotlight

All Global Campuses are community campuses. They are in the community, they create community, they give back to the community, and they strengthen community. Participants of a Global Campus open up new pathways to engage in authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling relationships with each other, and with the broader community in which they live.

Each semester, Global Campus participants at all 9 New England campuses look for new opportunities to use community venues as classrooms. Teaching in different locations offers fresh perspectives on course topics, and new insights into community resources that GC participants can take advantage of in their everyday lives. Read more

Global Campus Participants in Thailand Learn English from a South African Teacher

That’s a lot of cross-cultural exchange!  Last year, GC Chiang Mai and GC Sangkapang in Thailand prioritized the acquisition of English language skills for their education.  We are thrilled that participants have now completed ten months of English instruction offered by visiting scholar Tseofatso Blessing (Tso), a young man from South Africa.  Read more

Save the Date - Upper Valley Global Campuses To Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary!

On June 20th, 2017, Global Campus Randolph, Global Campus Bradford, and Global Campus Moretown will mark 10 years of teaching, learning and growth with a picnic & celebration at the Hope Davey Pavilion in Waterbury, Vermont.  Participants past and present from these campuses will join together for a day of festivities and fellowship.  Read more

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