Category Archives: Student Groups

Wesleyan Refugee Project Presents: Sunday Scaries Snacks

Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:

Wesleyan Refugee Project is a hosting a late night bakesale in Exley to benefit the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees fund a container program!

Wesleyan Refugee Project believes that one of the best ways to support refugees is by fundraising with organizations that have strong connections to local NGOs in conflict areas that directly send aid to those in need.

That’s why we decided to ship a container of life-saving humanitarian aid to Syria through the Fund A Container program.

The donations raised will help send a whole shipping container of relief supplies (i.e. food, clothing, and medical supplies) to Syria.

Please come out and support this project or donate online at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/fund-a-container-11461/wesleyanrefugeeproject.

Date: Sunday, December 9
Time: 9 PM-12 AM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby

Veg Out Film Screening- Get Paid to Watch a Movie!

From Sophie Hamilton ’21:

Veg Out will be showing Earthlings, a powerful documentary about the ways humans use animals for food, clothing, research, and entertainment. The film will be followed by a brief discussion. And every attendee will be paid $5 at the end of the screening! Come get educated… and get PAID!

Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Usdan 110

An Evening with Dr. A. Breeze Harper

From Sophie Hamilton ’21:

Author, black feminist scholar, and founder of the Sistah Vegan project Dr. A. Breeze Harper will be giving her talk, “Mindful or Deluded?: Engaged Buddhism, Ethical Consumption, and Anti-Racism in a White Settler Nation”, at Russell House. Her lecture will be preceded by a workshop at Malcolm X House.

Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 4:30 PM (Workshop), 6:30 PM (Talk)
Place: Malcolm X House Lounge (Workshop), Russell House (Talk)
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What’s Happening in Syria? Humanitarian Aid and Response to the Crisis

Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:

Wesleyan Refugee Project presents “What’s Happening in Syria? Humanitarian Aid and Response to the Crisis” on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 6:30pm in the Usdan University Center, Room 108.

Join us and speakers from the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) for an overview of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and what you can do to help. MFA is a New York City based NGO that mobilizes the interfaith community to deliver humanitarian aid and to advocate for sensible and humane refugee policies.

The speakers will include Ahed Festuk, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo who organized peaceful demonstrations in 2011 before working at a front-line field hospital and aid organizations in Syria, and Bennett Gross, Executive Director of MFA.

This event is cosponsored by The Albritton Center, The Government Department, the Middle Eastern Students Union, the Interfaith Council, Resource Center, and the Fries Center for Global Studies

This event is free and open to the public. Dinner from Typhoon will be served.

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Place: Usdan University Center, Room 108
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The Ankh Presents: Date Night with Antwaun Sargent

From Kazumi Fish ’19:

Join the Ankh for dinner and discussion with Antwaun Sargent in the DFC on Friday, November 9th!

Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic living and working in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, W, Aperture, Vice and various other publications. Has contributed to museum and gallery publications and this year he has written catalogue essays on artists Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, and Deborah Roberts. Recently he co-curated the Aperture Foundation exhibition, “The Way We Live Now,” and has lectured and been in conversation with artists at Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Yale University, Brown University and various other institutions.

Sargent’s talk will focus on writing art criticism, his conversations with artists, and black artistic voices whose work speaks to questions of race, gender, power and representation. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM, and the talk will begin at 6:00 PM with a Q&A session to follow.

Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons
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Wesleyan Get Out The Vote Town Hall

This is happening today!!! Get civically engaged!

Wesleyan Democrats, Wesleyan Political Union, Every Vote Counts, Climate Action Group, and Veg Out are bringing Matt Lesser, and Quentin “Q” Phipps to Wesleyan’s campus!

Since 2008, Matt has been a strong progressive leader in the Connecticut General Assembly. Matt wrote the nation’s first Student Loan Bill of Rights, co-authored legislation that kept fracking waste out of Connecticut, and took on Wall Street to protect retirement security for public school teachers. A cancer survivor, Matt is leading efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut and provide everyone with access to paid family and medical leave. Read more about Matt here: http://mattlesser.com/.

Quentin “Q” Phipps is a lifelong resident of Middletown and proud to be running for State Representative in the 100th District. In 2007, Quentin filled a vacancy on the Middletown Planning & Zoning commission. In 2009, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission. He was first elected as City Treasurer in 2011 and was most recently re-elected in 2015. Read more about Quentin here: https://qphipps2018.com/.

Remember, the last day to register in Connecticut is October 30, but you can still register on Election Day so it’s not too late to learn about local candidates running in the district!

Submit your questions for the candidates here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWtyb4b6wICgcbQL01GRIY6rHoT3HBZQ759Z3FHy8S43-BbA/viewform?usp=pp_url.

Please come out this Thursday to hear Matt, Quentin and Laurel talk about important issues and to make your voice heard! The event is open to the entire Middletown community.

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: PAC 001
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Wes STILL Needs CAPS: Campaign Demands Brainstorm Meeting

From Wesleyan Democratic Socialists:

Come to a meeting on Friday, November 2nd at 4:30 PM in the Resource Center to share your ideas and develop the demands of the CAPS Campaign!!!

This year WesDS is organizing a campaign around recent CAPS staffing shortages, and ongoing concerns about CAPS staffing and accessibility mental healthcare access at Wesleyan. If you were at Wesleyan in 2016-17, you may remember a similar “Wes Needs CAPS” campaign from that time, which resulted in new CAPS hires. As you can see, these types of issues are recurring, and we want to make sure Wesleyan addresses them sustainably so that we don’t have to continue fighting for adequate mental health care year after year.

As we organize, we want to make sure that this campaign takes the specific needs and concerns of marginalized students and identity-based groups into account so that we can fight for real transformative change in how CAPS supports student mental health. We have drafted some preliminary demands already, based largely off of the previous “Wes Needs CAPS” campaign and research we’ve done this year. However, we want to ensure that the demands we’re making are inclusive of all Wes students before we publicize and start organizing around them.

Please take a look at the draft demands and then come to the meeting to share your thoughts!

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: The Resource Center
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Havdalah and Kaddish

From the Wesleyan Jewish Community:

Every week, the Jewish community comes together to do a short ceremony called havdalah, where we mark the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the new week. Today, we will also be saying kaddish, the mourner’s prayer, in honor of those who were killed in an act of antisemitism and white supremacy today in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. This will happen in the Bayit at 6:40pm. Please note that this ceremony will center the experiences of the Jewish community, including Jews by choice and Jews who don’t typically attend the havdalah ceremony.

Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 6:40 PM
Place: The Bayit

Guest Post: Wesleyan, It’s Time to Rise Up for Custodial Workers

“Janitorial workers provide essential labor in our homes, dorms, classrooms and athletic facilities. Our failure to see, support and organize with these workers must end.”

María with her grandchildren.

Some of you may have seen students tabling with petitions in Usdan or sharing a GoFundMe on social media in support of María Sarabia this week. Students for Custodial Workers has written this guest post to explain the conditions of custodial workers at Wesleyan and what you can do to help! Read below the jump for their post:

Submit to Midriff Magazine!

From the editors of Midriff Magazine:

Submit to Wesleyan’s only womxn-centered publication! If you identify with womxnhood or femininity in any way, we want your writing (of all kinds), art, and anything else you can think of! Our meetings are Thursdays at 8 in PAC 104! Contact Steph (sades[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or JR (jatkinson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with any questions, pitches, etc.! First draft deadline is 10/30, and final content deadline is 11/13!

Date: Thursdays
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: PAC 104
Submission Deadlines: Tuesday, October 30 (first draft) and Tuesday, November 13 (final content)