Academics

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…

Pieces of Leadership

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…

Community Building and Systems Change: An Update from CSPL 210

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…

Consensus Decision Making: An Update from CSPL 210

What will CSPL 210 do with the $10,000 they received from the Learning By Giving Initiative? Here’s the latest update from Bobbby Cunningham ’15: The Money and Social Change class has made great progress since we first received our initial list of 275 nonprofits six weeks ago, and we’ve learned quite a bit about consensus decision…

Marathon Grant Making: An Update from CSPL 210

Sam Rispaud ’15 writes in with another update from Money and Social Change, a service-learning course taught by Professor Joy Anderson this fall: Today was an exciting week for the Money & Social Change class. By partnering with the Learning By Giving Foundation our class is given $10,000 to give to four non-profits in Middlesex county. This Saturday, the class…