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From Elisa Cardona, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD):

Are you a Student Leader interested in contributing to a larger good? Are you interested in learning more about leadership development? Are you interested in participating in a Leadership Certificate Program where you can gain valuable skills and experience that are transferable to any field or profession?

Pieces of Leadership is a five-piece, six-week leadership program consisting of workshops, individual challenges, service-learning, and much more, all designed to maximize students already excellent leadership capabilities and provide them with skills, knowledge, and experience to creating lasting social change here at Wesleyan University. Participants in this program are challenged to complete the five pieces of the Pieces of Leadership puzzle – Knowledge Acquisition, Intrapersonal Development, Interpersonal Development, Diversity and Moral Development, and Civic Engagement.

Applications are available in the SALD office, located on the first floor of the Usdan University Center, and they are due on Friday, December 5. The program beings with a kick-off meeting on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Please contact Brycen Waters at Brycen.waters@gmail.com with questions.

Pieces of Leadership Flyer

Between activism, community service, student groups, and politics, Wesleyan students are all civically active in some respect. For many people, civic engagement is not something wholly apart from academics, but rather an important complement to their coursework, as they find connections between their extracurricular commitments and class discussions. An ideal way to explore these connections is through Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Certificate, which invites students from all disciplines to reflect on their civic experiences and to grapple with questions of citizenship, community, and democracy. Come learn more about the CEC at Tuesday’s info session and check out courses for the spring semester!

Students in Professor Joy Anderson’s Money and Social Change course have been hard at work all semester developing their Theories of Change and deciding which local non-profits would receive a portion of their Learning by Giving grant. The recipients will be announced at the 2014 Grantee Party on Monday, December 1 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Details to come! In the meantime, here’s another update from Catherine Alvarado ’16:

Deciding on the final three organizations to give money to was a difficult process. The class needed two extended class sessions to review non-profits even after our all day Saturday class session. It was difficult to make a class of sixteen students agree on three non-profits that provided the most benefit for the community.  During these two extended days, Joy helped us acknowledge the group consensus problems we were having and lead us to explore possible solutions to make the entire class agree. Some of the disagreements we were having stemmed from having a better understanding and connection to certain organization because we already met them in class. In order to bring the class together and to come to a solution, many students proposed different strategies to make a final decision. We voted several times on the organizations to eliminate and to keep. At the end of our second class we decided to choose organizations that focused on community building and in systems change. Making a final decision was a great bonding experience because as a class we were able to work together and take in everyone’s viewpoint on social change. 

There is money and support available from a wide variety of sources for aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers, but it’s not always easy to find these resources. Following is a round-up of grants, prizes, and fellowships that Patricelli Center team member Luciana Contreras ’16 has been reading about recently. Some are available only to current undergraduates, some are available only to Wesleyan students, and all focus on social entrepreneurship or civic engagement work. A more extensive list of funding sources is available in the PCSE Resource Center. If you know of any others, please tell us.


Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers
Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers have partnered to launch Makers of More: Your Idea, Your Community, Your Action, an initiative that seeks to find people whose innovative ideas and inspirational work go beyond the ordinary to help unlock their community’s potential.
Deadline: December 19, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $30,000

Ashoka’s Venture and Fellowship Program
Venture is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with project grants and mentorship.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: TBA

Awesome Foundation Grant for Projects
An “ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.” The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Supports non-profit, grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. They consider proposals that are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems.
Deadline: February 2-April 15
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000

Business Insider Startup
Startup is New York’s top entrepreneurship event and business-plan competition. To compete, you apply to pitch your business model onstage alongside six other ambitious founders at the event. All innovators can purchase event tickets.
Deadline: February 2-April 15
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $75,000

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
An international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.
Deadline: Spring 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $20,000

Christopher Brodigan Award
Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa.
Deadline: Spring 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $3,000

Collegiate Inventors Competition (Focused on technology and science)
Since 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized and rewarded undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to research, discovery, invention and innovation. Entries from all fields of sudy are encouraged.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $15,000

D-Prize Grant
D-Prize is for anyone who can start a new social enterprise in the developing world and solve one of the D-Prize distribution problems. You must be committed, highly skilled, and ready to scale for the long term.
Deadline: December 30, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000

Do Something Seed Grants
Money for young people with a community action project or program.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $500 each week

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The idea must be sustainable and scalable. The founder must have the skills to manage a national or global organization.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $100,000

Echoing Green Fellowship
A two-year fellowship program providing start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise.
Deadline: January 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $80,000 plus mentoring and more

Ella T Grasso Leadership in Action Grant
Grants for young women enrolled at Connecticut colleges to fund community action or public service projects.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $2,500

Haymarket Urgent Response Grant
Grants for grassroots, social change organizations. Funding both start-up groups and groups that are more established.
Deadline: December 3, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $1,000

Hult Prize
The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.
Deadline: December 21, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000,000

JW Saxe Memorial Fund
For students involved in public service who want to gain practical experience by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $2,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Challenge
For Wesleyan students looking to launch, scale, or build capacity for a social impact venture, enterprise, program, or project of any kind.
Deadline: January 25, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $5,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Student Enrichment Grant
Small stipends to subsidize experiences for motivated students who seek to build their own skills, experience, and aptitude for social change by attending off-campus workshops, conferences, or other personal development opportunities.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average $250

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Wesleyan) to design their own grassroots projects to promote peace or conflict resolution in the broadest sense.
Deadline: January 25, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Deadline: January 19, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
The SEED Awards supports “locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.”
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $40,000

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award
Entrepreneurs aged 30 or under are invited to submit inspiring initiatives that tackle the challenge of sustainable living. Entries must fall within one or more of the following categories: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Nutrition; Water scarcity; Greenhouse Gases; Waste; and Sustainable Agriculture.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: €200,000 plus mentoring

Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
For Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break.
Deadline: March 3, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $4,000

Young Activist Award: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund
This award, which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.
Deadline: June 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $6,000

Zipcar’s Students With Drive Competition
Awards ZipCar credit and cash awards to college community service groups.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $10,000

Personal-BrandDo you remember the first time you heard the phrase ‘personal brand’? If you’re like me, you thought, “That’s gross. I am a human, not a business or a product.” Reading the plethora of related articles in Forbes and being told by the New York Times that I need professional photos instead of selfies turned me off even further.

Well, I have since come around on the concept of personal branding. Like networking, I think the semantics and connotation are negative, but the principle is undeniably positive. I believe that building and maintaining your identity — both the public version that you share with others and the private version that you keep to yourself — is critical, regardless of your aspirations.

So, let’s scrap the expression ‘personal brand’ for a moment, and let’s instead talk about self-awareness and storytelling. Those are at the heart of personal branding, and they are valuable skills for all of us.

When we are self-aware, we not only know deeply what we care about, what gets us out of bed in the morning, and what talents and expertise we have, but we also know how our actions and presence affect the people and environments around us. We can fine-tune our energy when it’s negatively impacting a situation, and we have an internal compass that aids us in decision-making.

And when we are talented storytellers, we can communicate genuinely and compellingly about who we are, what assets we bring to the table, and what we care about. We can help others to know us like we know ourselves, and — yes — to know our ‘brand.’

Here are some tips and exercises for building self-awareness and storytelling proficiency:

Remember. Echoing Green’s Senior Vice President Lara Galinsky ’96 tells us to Start at the Beginning because “your early years are critical to shaping your core values and authentic, untarnished self.” And what are your core values and authentic self? You guessed it — your personal brand.

Reflect. Wesleyan professor Rob Rosenthal assigns reflection exercises for his students because he has seen how learning and experiencing are not enough on their own. For maximum growth, we need to look back with a critical eye and ask, “What did I learn? How did that make me feel? What might I have done better?” In practical terms, you can incorporate reflection into all of your personal and professional endeavors. Keep a journal, not just about what you did, but how it influenced you. Schedule a debrief conversation at the end of your student group meetings. And simply give yourself time and mental space to think about things that are in the past — not just things that are happening right at this moment or what you have on your jam-packed schedule in the days ahead.

Pitch. Uh oh, this sounds awfully business-y, right? Well, bear with me for a minute. Pitching is not just what you do on Shark Tank (shout out to Director Ken Fuchs ’83); it’s a multi-purpose method of concisely explaining something and inspiring action from another person. In terms of developing your own self-awareness and storytelling aptitude, the key is being comfortable pitching yourself, not actually doing it.

(Try this exercise. Pretend that you are applying for colleges, except instead of the traditional materials, you only get to submit one thing: a 2-minute video of yourself speaking to the camera. You will be selected not on what makes you exceptional, but what makes you — well — you. In other words, your goal is to leave your viewers feeling like they have known you forever. And don’t worry, you don’t have to show your video to anyone in order for it to be effective. In fact, preparing content, watching yourself, and re-recording until you are satisfied are what will make this exercise most fruitful.)

Once you get in the habit of remembering, reflecting, and pitching, you’ll be surprised by how they help you to learn more about yourself and connect meaningfully with other people. In turn, you will have a stronger sense of who you are and what you want in life — and others will too. So, while Inc. will tell you that a Personal Brand is Not a Dirty Word because it can bring you clients, recognition, and prestige, I’ll tell you that it’s not a dirty word because it will help you to find happiness and have impact.

Not so bad, huh?

fullbridge-logoWe received the email below from our friends at Fullbridge, announcing a dramatically discounted rate ($1000 rather than the usual $3600) for their winter bootcamp in NYC and Boston. Students can apply for a PCSE Enrichment Grant to defray the cost of participating in this immersive learning program, which provides critical skills not just for those seeking careers in business, but also those seeking to become high-impact social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and public service professionals. Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 is one of several Wesleyan students and alumni who have participated in a Fullbridge program, and she talks about it in this video.

Fullbridge will have a table in Usdan on November 19 (11am-2pm and 4-5:30pm) and an info-session in the Career Center that evening (6-7pm), and more information is available at bit.ly/wesleyan_fullbridge.


Dear Students,

We are excited to welcome the Fullbridge Program to Boston and New York City this January 5-16. The job market is more competitive than ever, and we want to make sure that you’re ultra prepared to succeed during your internship experiences and land a rewarding position when you graduate. There is no time like the present to start considering how you want to make your mark.

Wesleyan is working with Fullbridge to help prepare you for real-world experience with a simulated work environment in the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the Fullbridge Business Fundamentals Program this January and jumpstart your next step.

The Fullbridge Program provides you with the rare opportunity to receive daily feedback and mentorship from experienced professionals. Your coach will guide you through the program and help you master the skills you need to be successful during future internships and eventually working in any variety of organizations including non-profit, finance, business, start-ups, and more.

Here’s what you will get from your experience:

  • An expert coach who will be your mentor and practice boss
  • An authentic professional network and an expanded sense of self, purpose, and direction
  • Stand-out marketability in today’s competitive job market
  • Confidence and the skills essential to land that coveted internship or job
  • Real-world experience to discuss in an interview and boost your resume

Dates:   January 5-16, 2015

Location: Boston and New York City

Price:   $1,000

Apply: bit.ly/wesleyan_fullbridge

Give yourself the extra advantage before future internships and jobs. Supplement your undergraduate education with the added skills, network, and real-world experience you need to help you land your first job.

Visit the Fullbridge website page at Fullbridge.com/city-programs for more information!

A friend and neighbor of Wesleyan wrote in about this opportunity:

We are looking to hire someone as a Project Associate to join us at truthinadvertising.org in Madison, Connecticut. We had a Wesleyan student, Patrick Flood ’11 who had been with us for a couple of years leave us this fall to start his MFA in London.

If you have any suggestions in terms of students who might be graduating soon (or recent grads) who you think might be a good fit for the position, please send them my way! Experience not necessary – just someone who is bright and eager to learn and wants to stay in the area for a year or two to work in the consumer advocacy arena. This is really a general support/writing position but with loads of opportunity to learn (PR/Marketing/Writing/CMS/Website stuff) in a pretty laid-back and flexible environment.

I’ve attached the job description for your reference. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to touch base one the phone or in person. We could also use some interns though the distance might be a factor (our current interns are coming to us from Quinnipiac).

Thanks so much!

Shana Mueller, Director of Marketing & Communications

203.421.6210 | smueller@truthinadvertising.org

truthinadvertising.org | @TruthinAd | facebook.com/truthinad

The job description is here, and interested candidates can reach out to Shana directly with any questions. 

Wesleyan students have been a fantastic addition to Senator Murphy’s Hartford office in the past, and his staff is eager to welcome a few motivated and well-rounded interns on board for the spring semester. Apply by December 5 to join Team Murphy:

murpheatureA Congressional internship is a valuable opportunity for students with an interest in public service to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of the United States Senate.

Internships are available in my offices in Washington, DC, and Hartford, CT.  I am seeking hard-working and detail-oriented college students with outstanding communication and time management skills.  An ardent desire to help others is required.  Interns will work closely with my staff and constituents to attain a broad understanding of the interaction between citizens and their government.  Interns assist my staff with various administrative tasks, including answering phones and sorting mail, and also participate in more substantive activities, including drafting responses to constituent inquiries, conducting legislative research, attending briefings, hearings, meetings, press conferences, and other events, and drafting memos for the staff and me.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two brief writing samples to: Office of Senator Chris Murphy, Attn: Alice Diaz, One Constitution Plaza, 7th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103.

Wesleyan prides itself in raising “practical idealists” who are eager to work for social change after graduation. The goal is not just to do well but to do good and to build careers around the causes they care about. Four alumni with the common good at heart will return to campus on the evening of Wednesday, November 19 for a conversation on their career paths, the rewards and challenges of their work, and their experiences in various positions, fields and sectors. They’ll share insights from the first years after college, as well as advice for current students seeking meaningful, impactful work.

The Panelists:

Since 2000, Gregg Croteau has been the Executive Director of the United Teen Equality Center, a nonprofit serving proven-risk youth in Lowell and Lawrence, MA through street outreach, gang peacemaking, and workforce development programs. He majored in East Asian Studies while at Wesleyan and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1997. Prior to joining UTEC, he researched social work in Vietnam and became fluent in Vietnamese. Gregg has received the Fernando Miranda Outreach Educator of the Year Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award, and has also been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees & Immigrants and the Health Disparity Council in Massachusetts.

Holding a BA in Anthropology from Wesleyan, a Masters of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Christian Philemon leads the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester as its Executive Director. The YSOW aims to interrupt the cycle of re-incarceration by providing a residential alternative to jail for young men ages 16 to 21. They participate in clinical, educational, and vocational programs and commit themselves to volunteer work so that they may return as positive and contributing members to their communities.

Katie Nihill currently serves as Director of Operations of the Tobin Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering innovative social science research on public policy issues. As part of the executive leadership team, Katie manages the organization’s day-to-day operations, budget, accounting, staff resources and investments. Katie graduated from Wesleyan University in 2010, with a major in Government and American Studies and a certificate in Environmental Studies. During her time at Wesleyan, she was an Arts Administration Fellow at the Green Street Arts Center.

As of this past election, Matt Lesser will be serving his fourth consecutive term as State Representative in the 100th District of Connecticut, including Middlefield, Durham, Rockfall, and parts of Middletown. He was first elected to this position in 2008, while still a student at Wesleyan, and he had been elected to Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2007. Previously, he worked for the Democratic National Committee, on campaigns for Chris Dodd and Barack Obama, at the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. In addition to serving as State Representative, Matt is also the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut.

1904168_295823887282178_3246478138453205254_nYou may have fond memories of Thanksgiving Dinners past, sitting full-bellied around a table of meats and sweets, enjoying the company of family and friends. Unfortunately, food insecurity – which affects nearly 14% of Connecticut residents, including over 155,000 children – brings down the holiday cheer for many households, even in our own community.

Since 2010, however, various groups, businesses, and individuals from around the city have come together for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project to purchase and assemble baskets of food for people who cannot otherwise afford to prepare a Thanksgiving feast. Last year, the MCTP provided 700 baskets to community members, and the goal for this year is to assemble over 900 baskets. Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff have been involved in the project since its founding. Your donations and volunteer work will be vital as well all strive to reach this goal, so here’s how you can help:


Sign up to assemble baskets! Wesleyan’s Office of Community Service will bring vans of students to the Fellowship Church on Monday, November 24 for two shifts: 10:00am – 12:30pm and 12:15pm – 3:00pm. We also need volunteers for 9:45am-12:00pm on Tuesday, November 25. Students are also welcome to drive themselves; email our office (ccp@wesleyan.edu) to discuss carpooling and other volunteer opportunities.


Wesleyan is responsible for providing the stuffing and gravy for the Thanksgiving baskets, so make sure to pick some up from Wesshop or on your next trip to Price Chopper. Other donations are welcome as well; excess supplies will be donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. There are collection boxes in Usdan, North College, Olin, Exley, Freeman, and Weshop.

To learn more about the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project and to hear how other people are getting involved, like the Facebook page.

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