Attention seniors and recent alumni! Are you interested in civic engagement, community service, and social entrepreneurship? Apply to be the 2015-2016 Civic Engagement Fellow! This one-year position involves working closely with offices across campus – including the Center for Community Partnerships, Allbritton Center, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and Service-Learning Center – to support students and faculty in civic engagement endeavors.
Another fantastic opportunity situated within the CCP is the 2015-2016 Center for Prison Education Fellowship, where the Fellow coordinates and oversees many aspects of Wesleyan’s college programs at Cheshire and York Correctional Institutions.
The review of applications for these one-year positions will begin on Wednesday, April 1. The fellowships are open to anyone, but Wesleyan seniors and alumni are strongly preferred. Current Civic Engagement Fellow Rosy Capron ‘14 (scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and CPE Fellow Shannon Nelson ’14 (senelson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) will gladly answer any questions.
Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13 has an exciting opportunity for you:
Reporting to the Director of the Center for Community Partnerships the Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with staff and offices across campus, including the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, to engage students and support faculty in civic engagement endeavors.
This one-year fellowship provides support for civic engagement activities on Wesleyan’s campus. We are seeking a team player, eager to take on projects that support civic engagement and add to his/her own professional experience. The position starts in July (exact date is flexible) and runs for 12 months.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jelisa Adair at jadair[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. To apply, visit the Civic Engagement Fellow post on Wesleyan’s Human Resources site. We look forward to reading your applications!
Date: March 10th-March 26th
Place: Center for Community Partnerships
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
(PCSE) supports students and alumni who wish to tackle society’s problems with innovative, system-changing solutions and starting this week, the PCSE Peer Advisors will be holding weekly office hours! Students are invited to stop by to learn fundamentals of social entrepreneurship, hear more about PCSE programs and partners like WES2
, explore career paths within the field of social innovation, begin working on a business plan for a new enterprise, or simply connect with social changemakers on campus. Whether you already have a specific ideas for a social enterprises or you simply have a cause you care about and want to address, these sessions are for you.
Date: Sundays and Wednesdays
Time: 8-9pm on Sundays and 7-8pm on Wednesdays
Location: PCSE Board Room (Allbritton 022)
From my SALD homie Jordan Gaynes ’14:
Wesleyan Consulting Group (WCG) is a student-run, pro-bono consulting organization comprised of and staffed by Wesleyan undergraduates who undertake strategy and operations consulting projects for small businesses, startups, and nonprofit organizations in the Middletown area.
The principal aim of WCG is to create mutually beneficial relationships between Wesleyan students and the greater Middletown community. We hope to promote civic engagement that has a positive impact on the local community and abroad.
We are seeking to expand our group and find members of the Wesleyan community who are passionate about the work that we do. Membership is open to any current sophomores or juniors who are willing to make a substantial time commitment. We invite students from all majors to join us.
Date: Tomorrow, September 13th
Place: PAC 001
With the controversies surrounding the Washington Street development, whether Wesleyan students should vote in Middletown, and other issues, we often wonder as a student body how we fit into the larger fabric of Middletown and the greater local area. Other than living, studying, and working here, there are other ways that one can get involved. The Office of Community Relations reports that “Over 50% of Wesleyan students are involved with community service activities during their four-years on campus.” You might already know about Green Street and Traverse Square, but did you know about the Community Health Center or Housing and Hunger?
There’s a lot going on at the Center for Community Partnerships and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the new ENGAGE initiative tries to bring them to light. In this Q&A with Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12, she tells us how ENGAGE started and how we can get involved.
1. What is ENGAGE and where does the information come from?
Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12 wants you to join The Patricelli Center and Joy Anderson ’89 at this upcoming social entrepreneurship bootcamp:
Join us for the next installment of the Patricelli Center’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, “Structure Lab.” Joy Anderson ’89, President of Criterion Institute and instructor of Wesleyan’s “Money and Social Change” course, is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. She will bring her patented program — Structure Lab — to campus in this hands-on, learning-intensive session for anyone with an idea for a new enterprise, who wants to build business skills, or is just curious about the ways organizations function. Coffee and dessert will be served, by the way. Register here.
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 004
Dana Pellegrino ’12 is now hiring:
Attention all Seniors: as the current Civic Engagement Fellow, I’d like to welcome you to apply for next year’s position. If you are interested in innovative community-related projects and facilitating engagement on campus, I encourage you to apply.
Deadline: April 5, 2013
The application info appears in the graphic above, but if you’re wondering what the Civic Engagement Fellow does all day, click here.
Civic Engagement Fellow Dana Pellegrino ’12 writes in to let you know that WWW stands for “Wesleyan World Wednesdays,” not the wrestling thing:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Wesleyan World Wednesdays present Shivani Siroya ’04 as the alumni guest speaker for their program on International Microfinance.
A little info on Siroya: “Shivani Siroya is currently the CEO and Founder of InVenture. InVenture provides simple money management and financial access tools through mobile phones for individuals in emerging markets. InVenture has been recognized by USAID, Vodafone, Bloomberg, TechCrunch and NextBillion. She is a 2013 TED Fellows, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, and on the board the LA Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.
Shivani holds a M.P.H in Health Economics and International Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wesleyan University.”
From Dana Pellegrino ’12, Civic Engagement Fellow:
Each semester the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship presents a series of workshops focusing on civic engagement, responsible and creative business development, and social justice initiatives (just to name a few topics). This semester the Patricelli Center is accepting a number of students to attend a variety of FREE! workshops.
If you are interested in starting your own non-profit, going into business or economics, or just plain attracted to the idea of helping people through innovation, these workshops are an incredible resource.
Email bstraker(at)wesleyan(dot)edu to secure a spot, or go to wesleyan.edu/patricelli for more information.
Francesca Jones ’12 writes in:
Help the Homeless & the Environment!
Interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity this semester? Come to an informational meeting this Tuesday, February 1st at 7:30pm in Usdan 110 to find out more! This semester we’ll be working with Middlesex County’s branch of Habitat at their brand-new ReStore! The ReStore recycles usable building materials and furniture and sells them at discounted prices!
We’ll also be discussing tentative plans to participate in a build this Spring Break in an Alabama town that continues to suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Contact fcjones(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions.
- Date: Tuesday, February 1
- Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
- Place: Usdan 110