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PCSE Seed Grants in Action: A Note from Evan Okun ’13

In April 2013, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awarded five seed grants to Wesleyan students embarking on high-impact projects around the globe. Each grant recipient has been reporting on his/her work with blog posts and photos. Here’s the second report from Evan Okun ’13. [Editor’s note: Two days after submitting this blog post, Evan found out that he…

Enrichment Grant Report: Ted Shabecoff ’16

Ted Shabecoff ’16 was selected to receive an Enrichment Grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This funding helped support a trip to the Lend for America Conference for Ted and his Germinal Fund colleague, Jason Brandner ’16. Read their story below, and visit the PCSE website to learn more about our Enrichment Grants. ************************************ This October, with the…

Tim Devane ’09 on a “Different Kind of Alumni Donation”

What do you think of when you hear the words “alumni donation”? If you are a recent graduate who has started receiving mail about the Wesleyan Fund, you are most likely thinking about the ways to financially donate to Wesleyan. However, recent alum Tim Devane ’09 shares a different concept of alumni giving in a…

Guest Post from Max Perel-Slater ’11: Maji Safi and Global Handwashing Day

According to the American Cleaning Institute, hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the diarrheal and acute respiratory infections that are responsible for millions of child deaths every single year in developing countries. Global Handwashing Day began on October 15, 2008 as a day to promote hand washing with…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: the third report from Faye Phillips ’13 with Maji Safi in Tanzania

In April 2013, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awarded five seed grants to Wesleyan students embarking on high-impact projects around the globe. Each grant recipient is reporting back about his/her work with blog posts and photos. Here’s the third and final report from Faye Phillips ’13, who designed and implemented the Women and Girls Hygiene program for Maji Safi Group, which was…

Enrichment Grant Report: Chelsea Tweneboah ’15  

Chelsea Tweneboah ’15 was selected to receive an Enrichment Grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This funding helped support her work with Cape Coast Regional Hospital in Cape Coast, Ghana. Read Chelsea’s story below, and visit the PCSE website to learn more about our Enrichment Grants. ************************************ I have always had a passion of community service and…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: A Note from Evan Okun ’13

In April, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awarded five seed grants to Wesleyan students embarking on high-impact projects around the globe. Each grant recipient will be reporting on his/her work with blog posts and photos. Here’s one, a report from Evan Okun ’13 (who, incidentally, also happens to have a new album out.) *********************************** This fall I am…

Enrichment Grant Report: Ibironke Otusile ’15

Ibironke Otusile ’15 was selected to receive an Enrichment Grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This funding helped support her work with The Savvy Madam network. Read Ibironke’s story below, and visit the PCSE website to learn more about our Enrichment Grants. ************************************************************** This summer, with the financial assistance of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship,…

PCSE Internship Grants in Action: A note from Wesley Close ’15

In March, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awarded internship grants to Wesleyan students planning to spend their summers pursuing experiences in diverse fields of social change. Each grant recipient was asked to report back on his/her work with blog posts and photos. Here’s one, a report from Wesley Close ’15, a Latin American Studies major who…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Reflections on The Middletown Food Project

In June, Hailey Sowden ’15 gave us a preview of plans for The Middletown Food Project, an initiative of Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm that was funded by a seed grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.  Now, as the summer comes to an end and the fall harvest season approaches, Hailey and her collaborators…