Events

JCCP Volunteer Training

This training series is required to work or volunteer for the JCCP and our student groups. Learn more about civic engagement at Wes and in Middletown, hear from community partners, meet other civically engaged students, and get connected to our student groups. JCCP Mixer Friday, 9/17, 5:00-6:30 pm Exley Patio on the Lawn Ave. side…

2021 PCSE Seed Grant Finalists Announced (public pitches 4/2 12-1PM EDT)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 PCSE Seed Grants. Finalists will pitch in a virtual public event on Friday, April 2, at noon Eastern Time (RSVP required).  These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a social enterprise, project, program, or…

Kristina Wong: Reality television, political theater, and social change

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and elected representative whose work onstage and in politics is informed by an obsessive knowledge of the reality television format.  How does reality tv explain where we are today?  What tropes from this genre have now surfaced in how we think, make decisions and move in the world? In this…

Agents of (Climate) Change: Local Leaders Tackling Environmental Racism

Agents of (Climate) Change: Local Leaders Tackling Environmental Racism. This event in the Wesleyan Civic Engagement Webinar Series features leaders from local organizations working to confront environmental racism and strengthen local and statewide sustainability efforts.  Panelists and how to get involved with their work:  Jack Howard ’22, Sunrise Middletown Hub co-coordinator.  Sunrise is a national…

Virtual Town Hall: Local Development on the Environmental Front

From Professor Krishna Winston: The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites you to attend a community forum on the environment via Zoom on Sept. 23, 7-8 p.m. This is an opportunity for everyone to learn about ongoing environmental issues and projects in Middletown, Portland, and the State of Connecticut. Participants will be able to…

Criminal Justice Reform and the 2020 Elections

This E2020 event will feature a panel of Wesleyan alum and community leaders (Alicia Hernandez Strong ’16, Julian Adler ’02, Lorenzo Jones, Andrew Clark, Earl Bloodworth and Tracie Bernardi) committed to criminal justice reform. They will speak about their work and their thoughts on the upcoming election.    Alicia Hernandez Strong ’18, a leader and…

Good Trouble: A New Generation Engages A New Political Season

Bryan Chong speaks behind a podium that says "Governor, State of Connecticut." Attorney General William Tong stands behind Bryan.

This E2020 event featured a panel of young organizers and agents of political change (Bryan Chong `21, Simon Gaughan ’22, grassroots organizer Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman, activist and campaign staffer Hillary Desideraggio, and New Haven activists Devin Avshalom-Smith and Jeremy Cajigas) who shared reflections on their work and thoughts on how to galvanize young people and…

Relief packages for those in need during Ramadan

From Hira Jafri BA’13 MA’14: As a result of crowdsourced efforts, youth members from our mosque have launched an initiative to help support the community during this time. We will distribute packages to provide temporary assistance to those in need, in-light of the COVID-19 pandemic and incoming month of Ramadan. The goal is to support at least…

2020 Elections, Grassroots Organizing, and Criminal Justice Reform

Join local organizers for a panel discussion on 2020 Elections, Grassroots Organizing, and Criminal Justice Reform. The discussion will be moderated by Jesse Nasta, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies. Panelists Lorenzo Jones, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at the Katal Center for Healthy, Equity, and Justice Rev. Maurice Winley, Executive Director of Living Redemption…

Song From the Uproar, a Student-Run Opera

Lisa Stein ’21 and her production team of undergraduate and graduate students have a goal to make opera more accessible and relatable to Wesleyan students and Middletown residents, especially local teenagers. Song from the Uproar was written in 2012 by Missy Mazzoli and Voyce Vavrek and shares the true story of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904). After…