Rhea Drozdenko

Rhea Drozdenko '18 is a Civic Engagement Fellow for the 2017-2018 school year.

Haiti: Migration and Globalization

Haiti: Migration and Globalization Haitians in the U.S. vs. Trump   Tens of thousands of Haitians who currently reside in the United States on Temporary Protected Status face possible deportation by the Trump administration. This talk will focus on the domestic and global political and economic factors that transformed Haiti into an exporter of labor…

Jiran: The Arabic Community Action Summer

From Emily Goldman of Middlebury College: Middlebury College is piloting a new program called Jiran: The Arabic Community Action Summer (ACAS) from July 2-August 3, 2018 in New Britain, Connecticut. Jiran will be an intensive colloquial Arabic program in which students will study Levantine dialect while being paired with underserved Arabic-speaking refugee and immigrant families to support them with social services access…

Connect Middletown- New Transit Options

From Noah Kahan ’19: Most likely leaving campus either by Uber or Lyft for spring break and expecting to pay a lot of money to do so? Then check out this proposal for new transit options.     Currently, Middletown is nearly inaccessible by public transportation. Prospective and current students, families, and employees need to drive to…

Music/Dance Afterschool Volunteer Opportunity

From Michele Olerud of Wesleyan Dance: The Middletown site coordinator of 21st Century Community Learning at Farm Hill School is seeking student volunteers to incorporate music and/or dance for the 1st and 2nd graders in the program. The group hosts approximately 53 students and they would be split into two groups.  Volunteers will work in…

Gilead Community Services Internships

From Elisa Greenberg of the Nonprofit Residency Board course: Gilead Community Services Two 2018 Summer Student Internships (June – August)   JOB DESCRIPTIONS   REPORT TO:  Dan Osborne, Gilead CEO; Laura Patey, Assoc. Dean of Student Academic Resources, Wesleyan University   LOCATION:  Middletown, CT   OVERVIEW: Gilead Community Services is a mental health nonprofit which…

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia Dr. David Abramson, Senior Analyst in the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of State. will discuss the drivers of Russia’s outreach in Asia and its prospects for success. Putin initiated his pivot to Asia policy even before the West began imposing sanctions on Russia in response to its…

Wesleyan Black Male Achievement: Narratives of Power, Purpose & Resilience

Join Shawn Dove ’84, John Johnson ’82, and Marquis Lobban ’85 for a panel and lunchtime conversation on Wesleyan Black Male Achievement: Narratives of Power, Purpose & Resilience. Shawn Dove ’84 serves as the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization dedicated to ensuring the growth, sustainability and impact…

Civic Engagement Certificate Lunch and Info Session

Civic engagement encompasses a wide range of activities in which individuals work to strengthen their communities, to realize common goods, to enhance the capacities and dispositions necessary for democratic self-rule, and in general to deliberately shape their common life. Wesleyan University prides itself on enrolling and nurturing students with strong social consciousness. Students participate in…

Conference Grant Report: Kafilah Muhammad

Kafilah Muhammad was selected to receive a Conference Grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. With this grant, she traveled to San Francisco to attend Afrotech. You can read Kafilah’s reflection below, read past grantee reflections here, and visit the PCSE website to learn more about all of our grant programs.   “The creation of something new is…