AmeriCorps is a voluntary civic society program designed to lessen the effects of poverty in the United States through the work of thousands of full and part-time volunteers.
Weber is responsible for grant writing, donor research, event planning and creating media content during her 12-month position. She will initiate tribal community outcomes on campus, expanding UMW’s Indigenous education projects including the Teacher Preparation and Tribal Scholars Visiting Professor Projects. Weber will also support UMW Foundation efforts associated with fundraising related to these programs.
Weber graduated from Purdue University in spring 2019. She chose a career in public service inspired by an experience in North Carolina with the Arete Project.
The Arete Project is a service program aimed at teaching small groups how they can work together to utilize their skills as a community, based on three central pillars: rigorous engagement with the liberal arts, physical labor undertaken in service of the land and community and student self-governance.
After the two-month program concluded, she applied for several programs within AmeriCorps that could utilize her writing and industry experience. As well as participating in the Arete Project, Weber worked as a tutor and administrative assistant for the Purdue Writing Lab for two years, interned for nine months at an NPR station in Lafayette, Indiana and received a national and state award for her story on police training in June 2019.
“The UMW Foundation is pleased to provide the infrastructural support for Chloe to be part of the Montana Western campus for the next 12 months as an AmeriCorps Vista member. Her work with private granting organizations will seek to support Indigenous projects and other campus initiatives. We are thrilled to have Chloe on our team for the coming year,” said Roxanne Engellant, University of Montana Western Foundation Executive Director.
Weber looks forward to bringing the skills and experiences she has developed to Montana Western and is excited to help create lasting initiatives and support for Tribal students and UMW.