Academics

WesFest 2015: Civic Engagement, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan

Business is booming in the Allbritton Center. The Office of Community Service is growing (Welcome, Scholars in Action and Julia’s Star!), the Patricelli Center is hosting even more workshops, students are flocking to the Civic Engagement Certificate, and each semester boasts an even great number of courses that address public life or incorporate service-learning (or both).…

Service-Learning – Fall 2015

It’s pre-registration time once again! As you plan your schedule for the Fall, take a look at the Service-Learning Center, which offers courses that integrate community service into an academic curriculum. The service component can take many forms depending on the particular course, such as volunteer work, research for organizations, teaching opportunities, and community organizing activities. Back in the classroom,…

CSPL 240: Nonprofits and Social Change

Wesleyan students want to change the world. Understanding how change occurs is a great place to start. Check out Nonprofits and Social Change – a new .5 credit course offered this Fall at the Allbritton Center – to take a closer look at the social sector: This course explores the world of nonprofits and how…

A Renaissance Project: Reclaiming Memory, Movement, and Migration

Join the 2015-2016 Allbritton Center Collaborative Cluster Initiative, a unique offering of Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life: The Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative ties together several courses through a common research theme and a culminating project. Courses and the seminar are supplemented by special events, meals together, outside speakers, and team-building exercises.…

Student Spotlight: Alexandria Irace ’15 on the Health of Communities

Service-Learning courses can involve a wide range of activities that extend well beyond traditional volunteer service. For The Health of Communities with Professor Peggy Carey Best, this means conducting research with real-world applications, right here in Middletown. In addition to reading and discussing literature on public health, medicine, and ethics, students serve as research assistants…

Student Spotlight: Alicia Gansley ’15

Civic engagement takes many forms at Wesleyan: volunteerism, activism and advocacy, community-based work, and more recently, unique academic experiences like service-learning and civic engagement courses.  Alicia Gansley ’15 – a Computer Science major completing the Economics minor and Civic Engagement certificate – has been involved with nearly all of these activities during her time at…

Student Forums for Innovators: Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship

Student forums aren’t about earning “easy credit.” Rather, they provide a unique space for exploring topics too non-traditional or practical for the college curriculum, as well as for developing new skills and collaborating with peers across class years and disciplines. Of the many compelling student-led courses offered this semester, two in particular aim to provide essential training and perspective…

Reblog: GIS Service Learning Class Shares Field Research, Projects with Community

In Professor Kim Diver’s Introduction to GIS course, students learn to not only use Geographic Information Systems, but to harness their power to help community partners make a difference in Middlesex County. Olivia Drake has covered the work of this semester’s class: Five groups of students enrolled in the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Service Learning Laboratory course…