Over the past year-and-a-half, students and administrators have been working together in the First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Committee to address gaps of resources for underrepresented students on campus. (You can read a more detailed interview about the history of the FGLI Committee here.) I’ve been involved with the committee since it was created the spring of my first-year in 2017, and have focused on both financial aid initiatives and academic accessibility via the Office for Equity and Inclusion.
A topic of conversation was the financial aid application process itself, and how it’s stressful waiting until late June/July to find out your financial aid package. As it stood, the deadline for all documents was May 15th, just after the CSS Profile closes. However, due to some changes to the documentation required in the application, Wesleyan’s financial aid office now creates our packages from the previous year’s tax forms (i.e. 2017), rather than the current year’s (i.e. 2018).
Because moving the deadline up doesn’t affect the availability of the necessary tax forms, the financial aid office decided to push the deadline four months up to January 15th, 2019 so they can receive all information faster and give us notification earlier. When searching through my emails, I ~discovered~ that this was announced in November, with some subsequent reminders of the new date.
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According to the university’s website, “Wesleyan graduates are successful in every profession imaginable, including law, science, medicine, business, politics, and the creative arts. They are often leaders and innovators in their fields”. With all the recent focus on Lin-Manuel Miranda, we thought we’d shed some light on the other people who made the name “Wesleyan” famous.
Six teams of students are in the running for three $5,000 grants from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. They’ll go head-to-head in a public pitch competition this Friday and, based on the potential impact and feasibility of their projects and the caliber of their teams, a panel of alumni judges will determine which of the noble ventures to fund.
Read more about the finalists after the jump, and come cheer for your friends and favorite projects tomorrow! Pizza will be provided, and a webcast will be available here.
Date: Friday, February 27
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 002 (and webcast)
Professor Suzanne O’Connell writes in with an incredible opportunity for underrepresented people in the STEM fields looking to go to grad school:
From the cinematographic hands of Jacob Sussman ’17
The Wesleyan Film Project just purchased a $3,600 suite of film
production equipment, and we’re looking for some student filmmakers
to put it to good use!
If you have an idea for a short film, music video, or creative project
of any sort, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will help you towards making your film a reality. We can provide you
with gear, funding, and help you to assemble a production crew and
cast. Wooh, let’s make some films!
Whether you start your own organization after college or join someone else’s, at some point you’re going to have to know stuff about money. The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship wants you to come talk finance with Carl Byers ’93:
Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers of all kinds must learn to speak the language of finance in order to clearly communicate their vision and plans. This session will explain essential ideas related to for-profits, non-profits, finance, and accounting, so you can articulate ideas in a format — with precise terminology — that will be compelling to colleagues, funders, and other stakeholders. In addition to terminology, this session will cover the process of developing financial plans and documents that make your vision credible to those who have the resources needed to enable your work.
Carl Byers ’93 is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences.
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free! Register Here.
Elizabeth Warren continues to be a powerful force in the campaign to fix the student loan system. Warren spoke at a recent hearing for the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee, saying that although the interest rate necessary to cover the cost of the student loan program without making a profit would be about 2.5%, the government is charging students nearly twice that amount for undergraduate loans, and even more for graduate and direct loans. But Warren has come under fire from critics who say that the figures she is using in her argument are wrong.
In the follow-up to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Northeastern‘s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine by the school,
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 Elisa Cardona and the nifty Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development:
Have you always wanted to make a difference in the Wesleyan Community?
Now is your chance! The Office of New Student Orientation is looking for 4 eager and excited orientation summer interns and 30 equally excited and vibrant fall Orientation Leaders.
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two grants to fund projects or ventures led by one or more Wesleyan student(s).
PCSE SEED GRANT: Three $5,000 grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Details and timeline here. Read about last year’s winners here.
KATHRYN W. DAVIS PRIZE FOR PEACE: One $10,000 grant for a grassroots summer project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Details and timeline here. Read about last year’s winners here.
There are two remaining information sessions focused primarily on these two grants. Students who are considering applying for a PCSE Seed Grant and/or a Davis Prize are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings.
During these sessions, staff may also be available to answer questions about the Patricelli Center Enrichment Grant, the Patricelli Center Internship Grant, Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant, and various awards and prizes offered outside of Wesleyan.
Lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th
Place: Usdan 114 on Tuesday and Usdan 136 on Wednesday