Italy, Puerto Rico, British Columbia, Portugal, the Galapagos Islands, and Cambodia are the destinations for this year’s International Education Programs for Loomis Chaffee students offered through the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies.
Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies
Global & Environmental Studies courses and extracurricular offerings at Loomis are built upon a recognition that our world is interconnected in a multitude of ways.
In order to prepare our students to be leaders and agents of positive change in this global civilization, Loomis offers a course of academic study, extracurricular activities, and experiential learning through our Global & Environmental Studies Certificate, International Education Programs, and Environmental Sustainability initiatives.
We may refer to our school as ‘the Island’, but opportunities to learn about the world and how to play an active role in it abound at Loomis.
- Marley Aloe Matlack, Director
- Jeff Dyreson, Associate Director
- Megan Blunden Stoecklin, Associate Director
Marley Aloe Matlack, Christopher H. Lutz director of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies and director of International Education Programs, has been an international educator since 2004. Over the course of her international education career, Marley has developed and coordinated over forty short-term secondary school study abroad programs to more than twenty countries, has lived and worked abroad, and has participated in numerous international and experiential education professional development programs in the US and worldwide. In addition to her professional experience, Marley has traveled extensively – exploring more than forty countries in her journeys.
Marley has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an M.S.W in Social Work (with a Group and International Social Work focus) from The University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in International Education from The School for International Training (SIT). In addition to her work at the Center, Marley teaches Environmental Science.
Jeff Dyreson, director of Environmental/Sustainability Initiatives and associate director of the Alvord Center, has been a Loomis Chaffee science faculty member since 2002 teaching biology, chemistry, AP environmental science and various environmental science electives. Jeff has developed the Environmental Proctor program, led in the establishment of the Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship, launched the newly developed agriculture program and coordinates sustainable best practices on campus including, energy monitoring, energy audits and conservation in faculty residences along with water conservation initiatives such as hydration stations and low flow showerheads in dormitories.
Jeff has a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. Ed in Outdoor & Environmental Education from Northern Illinois University. In addition to his work in the Center, Jeff is the head coach for girls varsity volleyball, and is an affiliate in Taylor Hall.
Meg Blunden Stoecklin, associate director of the Alvord Center, has been passionate about international education and cultural exchange since arriving in the United States as an international student in 2003. A native South African, Meg travelled extensively growing up, exploring countries across Africa, Europe, and Asia and studying abroad in France and Australia during high school and college. Meg has been a Loomis faculty member since 2011, teaching courses on Globalization, Global Human Rights, World History, Modern Africa, U.S. History, Desegregation and Democracy in South Africa, and International Relations. Beyond the classroom, Meg helped to plan and chaperone the school’s first International Education Program to South Africa and created the International Student Ambassador program. Meg has also worked in the Alumni/Development Office during her time on the Island.
Meg holds a B.A. in History and an M.T. in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work in the Center, Meg teaches in the History, Philosophy, & Religious Studies Department, coaches girls JV squash, and serves as an academic advisor.
In recognition of Global Diversity Awareness Month in October, Loomis Chaffee's Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies asked five students to share their perspectives as engaged global citizens.
Loomis Chaffee students participated in a Youth Climate Strike demonstration at Connecticut’s State Capitol Building in Hartford on September 20 to demand immediate action on global climate change.
Two groups of Loomis Chaffee students and faculty traveled June 8–19 to Iceland and Peru for immersive educational travel programs.
Seniors Adam Guillemette, Julianna Lee, and Drive Rojrachsombat each presented their year-long Guided Research Projects in Environmental Sustainability on May 20 in Gilchrist Auditorium.