Spring 2021 Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for giving your time to assist MCLA! Serving as a volunteer provides you with an opportunity to meet interested students and alumni, and to promote the College. Whether you can give 1 or 100 hours, we appreciate all that you do to help us!

Please spend a few minutes looking over the opportunities for the year below and sign up today! 

Spring 2021 Volunteer Opportunities:

Trailblazer to Trailblazer Mentorship Program

Opportunties for Social Work, Sociology, & Anthropology majors

TRiO Mentorship Program

Empowered Voices Collective: Opportunity for BIPOC Alumni Creatives

STEM Alumni Survey

SmART Commons Blog Feature

For questions, contact Kate Gigliotti, senior director of constituent engagement, at 413-662-5074 or kate.gigliotti@mcla.edu.

Current Volunteer Opportunities 


Trailblazer to Trailblazer Mentor Program

With over 19,000 alumni worldwide, there is no shortage of Trailblazers with experience to offer our current students. The Trailblazer to Trailblazer Program is designed to assist incoming students in their transition to MCLA by pairing them with alumni mentors. Our goal is to contribute to the retention, progression, graduation, and overall success of the participating students by connecting them to a welcoming and encouraging alum. Mentors will be asked to make a minimum of three contacts with their mentee between February and May 2021. 


Program Goals:

  • To ease student transition throughout their first semester at MCLA.
  • To encourage students to approach their college experience in a balanced manner emphasizing academic achievement, personal development, and involvement in programs and opportunities available at MCLA as well as off-campus in the larger North Adams community.
  • To acquaint entering students with relevant resources and opportunities, within the Alumni Association network.

Timeline for 2020-2021:

  • Alumni are asked to complete the mentorship form by January 24, 2021.
  • Mentor/Mentee connections will be made by early February 2021.
  • The formal program will run through May 2021, though you are welcomed and encouraged to continue the relationship through graduation and beyond. The mentor is asked to make a minimum of three connections with their mentee in the formal program period.
  • An assessment survey will be sent to mentors in May 2021.

We have received an abundance of interested volunteers for the pilot program. matches are currently being made and all volunteers will be contacted in February. Thank you!

For questions, please contact Kate Gigliotti, senior director of constituent engagement, at 413-662-5074 or by emailing kate.gigliotti@mcla.edu.

Two Opportunities for Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work Alumni 

The department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work is looking for assistance from majors and minors in two ways:

Your responses will help the department better support current students, and also keep us up-to-date on your accomplishments! All volunteers will be contacted in February 2021. 

For questions, please contact Whitney Gecker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, whitney.gecker@mcla.edu.

Opportunity for First-Generation Alumni & Alumni with Disabilities

Can you spare 15 minutes? The newly launched MCLA TRiO program is seeking alumni who are first-generation college graduates, or who navigated college with a disability to share their stories with current students. These profiles will be shared with MCLA TRiO students via social media. All volunteers will be contacted in February 2021. 

The MCLA TRiO program works toward increasing the retention, good academic standing, and graduation rates of eligible students, and foster an institutional climate that is supportive of low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities. Read more about the program launch here.  

To participate, fill out a short form here

The Empowered Voices Collective: Opportunity BIPOC Alumni Creatives 

Created by MCLA-IAH intern, Destiny Rivera '21, The Empowered Voices Collective is an online platform, housed on the SM[ART]COMMONS website, where BIPOC students and alumni can submit and present their creative work and engage with others' creative forms.

The platform will feature poetry, short stories, free-writes, photography, and artwork from BIPOC and aims to address cultural disparities by engaging the MCLA community in these diverse art forms and experiences. Altogether, the collective is an outlet for students of color to be vulnerable about their emotions and express their own experiences through their personal vehicle of expression.

To submit material to be featured in the Empowered Voices Collective, please review the submission guidelines and send materials to Destiny Rivera at evoicescollective@gmail.com. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis. 

Empowered Voices Collective Submission Guidelines

To submit your work to be featured, please email evoicescollective@gmail.com and include the items below in a single PDF document. Limit 2 submissions per applicant.

  • Name & pronouns
  • Submission Category (Photography, Artwork, Poetry, Writing or Short Story)
  • Title of Submission Piece

Please also attach (in separate files)

  • Imagery of the work (photography and artwork)
  • Text to be featured (writing, poetry, and short stories) 

For questions, please contact Destiny Rivera, MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities Community Engagement Associate at evoicescollective@gmail.com.

SmART Commons Blog Feature 

Are you an alum currently working in the field of arts and culture? Do you have 60 minutes to spare? Sm[ART] Commons is run by MCLA arts management students featuring interviews, reviews, articles, and resources for current and prospective students, alumni, and the community. The blog is currently seeking new interview profiles on professionals in the arts field, which will provide a platform for students to investigate the field of arts and culture.

By filling out the form, you are volunteering to be profiled on Sm[ART] Commons either in a short feature or longer post. You'll be contacted by a Sm[ART] Commons student writer with further follow up questions as needed.

For questions, please contact Brit Lutz '21, Sm[ART] Commons Blog, Senior Editor, at be9192@mcla.edu.

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