What I learned by teaching Fearless Experimentation

Last summer, I wrote about two of the patterns I’ve seen in my work teaching social entrepreneurship at a liberal arts college – (1) the research-to-practice gap and (2) students’ fear of failure. I proposed an approach that I named “Fearless Experimentation” to encourage students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings by forming and testing…

Community Learning Opportunities at Wesleyan

Wesleyan University has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. The University has a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life. Therefore, Wesleyan University has a number of learning opportunities for adults in the community. Whether you are seeking a degree or want…

Conferences Roundup

There is rarely a dull moment at Wesleyan – especially inside the Allbritton Center – and with so much activity happening right here on campus, it’s easy to overlook opportunities to learn outside of the Wes bubble. Throughout the year and around the world, there are countless conferences, institutes, bootcamps, meetups, and startup weekends focused…

Allbritton Center Civic Engagement Report 2018-2019

The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan University. We study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. The Center houses the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, and the Patricelli Center for Social…

Theory to Practice: Service-Learning Projects 2018/2019

During the 2018/2019 school year, 206 Wesleyan students enrolled in 17 service-learning courses. These courses take an experiential approach to education, helping students test their understanding of theoretical approaches in real-life settings. Students in service-learning courses often present the results of their project work or research results to a wider audience – to members of…

2018/2019 Advisory Board Members, Grant Judges, Pitch Coaches, Mentors, Presenters, and TAs: Thank You!

Thank you to the following alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends* who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2018/2019. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration! Alex Pack ’14 Alok Appadurai ’00 Amanda Furlong Andy Weissman ‘88 P’21 Anne Lebleu ’00…

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2018/2019 Year in Review

In his inaugural address on September 21, 1831, Wesleyan’s first President Willbur Fisk said “Education should be directed with reference to two objects—the good of the individual, and the good of the world.” Today, the University’s mission is to provide “an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.”…

Summer Fun for Kids at Wesleyan

Summer at Wesleyan is a great time to explore campus and attend exciting events for both kids and adults. Check out these kid-friendly opportunities going on during summer 2019:   Summer Adventures at Wesleyan RJ Julia The bookstore is hosting a number of events for kids of all ages throughout the summer. Attend a Choose-Your-Own…

Films on Foss – Summer 2019

Films on Foss is an outdoor movie series created by the Middletown Mayoral Youth Cabinet. They’ve worked in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University to create a youth-led community event that brings together people of all ages. These events are FREE and open to the public, located on Foss Hill just off…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from Downstream Podcasting

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. Downstream Podcasting run by Alli Fam ’19 was one of this year’s winners. This is their first report since receiving funding from the PCSE in March 2019. Since receiving the Seed…