Office of Community Service

Cardinal Community Commitment

Every year, over 400 Wesleyan students choose to enrich their educational experience through civic engagement on campus and beyond.  They deploy their curiosity, skills, and practical idealism as they support educational and social enrichment activities for youth, stand with efforts to protect our environment, learn from the wisdom of aging community members, and work in…

Allbritton Center Civic Engagement Report 2018-2019

The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan University. We study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. The Center houses the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, and the Patricelli Center for Social…

Theory to Practice: Service-Learning Projects 2018/2019

During the 2018/2019 school year, 206 Wesleyan students enrolled in 17 service-learning courses. These courses take an experiential approach to education, helping students test their understanding of theoretical approaches in real-life settings. Students in service-learning courses often present the results of their project work or research results to a wider audience – to members of…

Princeton Review Names Wesleyan #1 Impact School

The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan University as its #1 Impact School for 2019. “These 25 schools were selected based on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community service opportunities at their school, student government, sustainability efforts, and on-campus student engagement. We also took into account PayScale.com’s percentage of alumni from each school that…

Volunteer at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is a local nonprofit community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all backgrounds. Oddfellows is currently looking for volunteers and work-study students to fill several positions both during Winter Break and the Spring semester. From Dic Wheeler ’81: Pre-Semester volunteers needed to work with kids at Oddfellows: Oddfellows Playhouse Youth…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #3 from Cardinal Kids

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. Cardinal Kids, run by George Perez ’20, Katie Murray ’19, Jenny Chelmow ’19 and Mariel Middlebrook ’20, was one of this year’s winners. This is their final report since receiving…

Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing Event

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to make a budget being a home owner? Habitat for Humanity is hosting an event to discuss and promote affordable housing in the greater Middletown area.  The director of Habitat will be speaking as well as the recipient of the most recent local project that Wesleyan’s Habitat group has…

So you want to go to a conference? Read this first.

Attending a conference is not something you have to do while you are in college, but some students decide that they want to. Here are some of their reasons: Network Job hunt Get inspired Get exposure to a professional field Learn new content Present on their own work Get off campus If you are thinking…

Celebrating Six Years of Civic Engagement Fellows

In July 2018, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) will end the Civic Engagement Fellowship. This was a one-year position for recent graduates to foster civic engagement on Wesleyan’s campus in a variety of ways. In an 2012 Argus article, former director of JCCP Cathy Lechowicz said “our students are so engaged when they’re…