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Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Middletown Outings

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This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Toto, we’re not in Bushwick anymore. You’ve now left the comfort of deep Brooklyn, as they call it, for the not-so-dissimilar milieu of Wesleyan. Just kidding, a vast majority of Weskids are from not-Brooklyn, not-LA, and not-Bay-Area, although it might seem otherwise.

For all of you from those (wonderful) places, and all of you from other places, Middletown is different than those places (shocking!). It was once the largest city in Connecticut, circa pre-war-of-1812. Can your hometown claim that title? Nah. Unless you’re from Middletown, in which case you are probably way more qualified than me to write this post.

While Wesleyan is fine and there is usually never a shortage of things to do on campus, Middletown and the surrounding area truly have some wonderful gems that are worth knowing about as you settle in and look for things to do other than vape on Foss. Here is wesleying’s (my) attempt at travel blogging. Bring your fanny pack:

Interested in Unteaching Stereotypes in Middletown Schools?

julia's starElizabeth Gelman ’16 writes in:

Julia’s Star is a children’s book written by Johanna Justin-Jinich. It tells a story about the injurious effects of intolerance, and how curiosity, friendship, knowledge and trust can overcome prejudice. Every spring, several Wesleyan students use this story to start a discussion about difference and how to understand/appreciate diversity of others with elementary schoolers around Middletown.

This project is about talking to children in an honest and real way about prejudice and stereotyping. Diversity training is not part of Connecticut state curriculum, but we feel it is essential for students to grow up with the vocabulary to talk about prejudice, to know how to ask each other questions, and to learn to embrace and enjoy difference. This is a special project that encourages important conversation about difference while honoring the memory of Johanna Justin-Jinich by sharing the magic of her book.

We are growing each year with the help of OCS and we would love you to be involved! If you think you may be interested in the project or in providing diversity training, please email us at juliastar.wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com to get involved.

More info at www.juliasstar.org.

Kindergarten Kickstart Info Session

An invitation from the amazing Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:

Interested in teaching preschool this summer? Come to an info session for Kindergarten Kickstart! Kindergarten Kickstart is an innovative five-week, full-day summer pre-K program for children who could use extra preschool experience before beginning kindergarten at Middletown elementary schools. The program, a partnership between Wesleyan, Middletown Public Schools, and the North End Action Team, is developed and taught by Wesleyan students in collaboration with Prof. Shusterman in Psychology.
The info session will be held Thursday, December 10th at 12:00 PM in Judd 113. Information about the program and application process will be provided. Pizza will be served!

Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Judd Hall, rm. 113

Food Not Bombs Interest Meeting

From Alexis Fineman ’16:

Things you hate: food waste, hunger, and bureaucracy. Things you love: cooking, sharing meals, and direct action. Sound familiar? You’re in luck, because Middletown FOOD NOT BOMBS is having a brief interest meeting next Wednesday! Middletown FNB is part of an informal, anti-authoritarian network dedicated to the principles of mutual aid and direct action against hunger, food waste, and inequality. We need more people to help organize and volunteer! We salvage food, cook it up, and serve it for free outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday from 11-2. If you want to volunteer, learn more about the program, or are just excited that there’s an alternative Usdan/Swings brunch, come out!

Date: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: University Organizing Center: second meeting room on the first floor