Current Civic Engagement Fellow, Rebecca Jacobsen ’16 writes in:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is unveiling a new, 1-credit fellowship program.
This project-based fellowship is designed to incubate a small cohort of innovative students from across majors. Fellows do not need to come in with a project in mind; those will develop over the course of the year. To read more, visit bit.ly/patricelli
Students who are interested may submit a statement of interest (in any medium) to Makaela Kingsley at mjkingsley[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by September 9th (first Friday of classes). There is no competitive selection process; the fellows will be a self-selected group of students who are deeply committed.
There will be three info sessions during the first week of classes: Tuesday (9/6), Wednesday (9/7), and Thursday (9/8) from 12:30-1:15 pm in the PCSE Board Room (Allbritton 022). All are welcome to attend and learn more.
Date: Tuesday, September 6; Wednesday, September 7; Thursday, September 8
Place: Allbritton 022
Come learn about funding for your internships, projects, and enterprises! You’ll hear about opportunities like the Summer Experience Grant, PCSE Seed Grants, and Davis Projects for Peace, along with tips for developing your proposals and finding other sources of funding. This is the last grants info session for the semester, and some of the applications are due in January!
Date: Wednesday, December 3 – TODAY
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Are there problems you want to tackle in your community and around the world? How do you broaden the impact of your work? Where can you find funding and collaborators? Chat with the PCSE PEER ADVISORS!
Come for a conversation on the basics of social entrepreneurship, for input on specific projects, or to start brainstorming new programs and products. Bounce ideas off of your fellow students and learn about the resources that the Patricelli Center has to offer. Whether you already have a business plan or grant proposal or simply a cause you care about, the Patricelli Advisors look forward to meeting you.
Date: Tonight, Tuesday 11/4 and every other first Tuesday of the month
Where: Abritton 022
Link to meet your 2014 PSCE advisors: right here
Noelle Hiam ’15 writes in:
Visiting professor and journalist Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated” “authorette” and “threat to liberty.” She’ll be speaking on her work, her book, and food as a social justice issue.
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Place: Downey House
Bring your lunch on Monday, March 24 and hear Marcus and Rebecca talk about corporate social responsibility, business writing and strategy, forging a path of meaningful work, and generally navigating life after Wesleyan.
Marcus Chung ’98, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Vendor Compliance, Children’s Place
A recognized leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR), Marcus has held CSR roles at Gap, McKesson and Talbots. Marcus serves as Vice President, Social Responsibility & Vendor Compliance for specialty apparel retailer The Children’s Place, leading a global team responsible for protecting garment workers’ rights and minimizing environmental impact in the company’s supply chain. Through partnerships with local and global stakeholders, leadership in industry associations and integrating CSR throughout the company, the Social Responsibility & Vendor Compliance team seeks to create opportunities where both the company and communities can benefit and thrive.
Where does our food come from and why does it matter? In this workshop series we will explore the issue of food justice and how it impacts our lives, our neighbors, and our planet. We will hear from experts in the field and brainstorm ways to get involved in our own communities.
The workshop will culminate in developing a personal or group project designed to target injustices and spark positive change in the movement toward a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
We will be meeting on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30. A home-cooked dinner from Long Lane Farm will be provided each week at5:30 (thank you, Farm House!) with discussion to follow from 7 to 7:30.
We are now accepting applications! The deadline to apply is March 4, and you will be notified by March 11 about whether you have been selected to participate. We are looking for a core group of Wesleyan students with a passion for the cause of food justice and a specific interest in hands-on activism.
Questions? Contact kweiner@wes or meagan(@)neatmiddletown.org for more information.
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Organized by Kate Weiner ’15, StartingBloc Fellow, and Meagan Erhart, Food Justice Americorp VISTA Member
If you haven’t heard already, the “mayor of the Internet,” a.k.a reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is at Wesleyan today.
11:15 a.m. Arrive at Wesleyan and join Professor Greg Goldberg’s “Media and Society” class already in progress
12 p.m. “Without Their Permission” talk and booksigning with Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com (details here)
2 p.m. Meeting with student programmer group and student entrepreneurs Exley 139
3 p.m. Depart Wesleyan
There are a bunch of questions for Ohanian on the Wesleyen subreddit, some selected ones here:
From the Argus: Some people would say the internet is the most powerful means of doing good the world has ever seen, and that it can bring people together to solve seemingly intractable problems. It does, however, have its downside–one notable example would be the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, during which a group of Redditors identified the wrong suspect, causing widespread panic and hindering the investigation. What are the limitations and risks of harnessing the power of the internet for problem-solving, and how can they be best addressed?
From the classic ‘wes anon’:
Can you talk about anonymity on the internet? Specifically, how does one foster a community that is anonymous and not have it overrun by things like bullying or racist language (this is one of the things I hate most about reddit, to be honest, even though I love certain parts of the site). Is there a solution?
If you didn’t get a ticket to the event, you can check out our liveblog below:
From PCSE Director Makaela Kingsley:
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni who want to create or sustain businesses and organizations that advance the public good. We offer workshops and trainings, three types of grants, and extensive advising and networking services. Join us for this open house to learn more, see the PCSE resources, and meet the PCSE staff, Peer Advisors, and members of the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society (WES2).
Date: Tomorrow, September 13th
Place: Allbritton 021 and 022
The Patricelli Center, Dana Pellegrino ’12, and Josh Levine ’12 have a crazy-cool proposition for you ingenious innovators:
Have an idea that’s been keeping you up at night? Ready to transform it into a reality? This summer, Downtown Project will make investments of $25k into six very early stage startups, and one of them could be yours! For three months we will bring together founders, a mentorship network, and a host of learning opportunities in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas to see what’s possible when big ideas are given the time, resources, and opportunity to percolate.
Interested? Read the background below, then email joshl(at)downtownproject(dot)com to request more info. Applications due May 14th.
Deadline: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Link: Via Engaged University
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.