Service-Learning

Astronomy in Action

Jesse Shanahan sitting in the middle of the circle of kids with dough doing a space activity.

Professor Meredith Hughes taught a service-learning course this fall called Seminar on Astronomical Pedagogy. Course participants studied methods for effectively teaching astronomy to elementary school students.  Their semester-long project was to design and present their own presentation using Wesleyan’s portable Starlab planetarium at a local elementary school. I interviewed Hannah Fritze ‘18, Jesse Shanahan MA…

Indigenous Middletown: Settler Colonial and Wangunk Tribal History

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Wesleyan University hosted a community-wide event, “Indigenous Middletown: Settler Colonial and Wangunk Tribal History,” on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10am-12pm.Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui organized the panel, which included: Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D. – Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies and author of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples Timothy Ives, Ph.D. – Principal archaeologist…

The Student Training for Environmental Protection- Spring Break in Appalachia!

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March, 6th through March 12th, 2016- Doddridge County, West Virginia Since 2009, the Student Training for Environmental Protection (STEP) has offered students and young people exciting, fun, and important training opportunities. In 2016, for the first time ever, we’re taking STEP to central Appalachia for Spring Break! Wesleyan students interested in this opportunity should email Jennifer Roach,…

Anna Shusterman Named Finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

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Each year, Campus Compact selects a senior faculty member from one of its member institutions for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award honors a professor who has produced high-quality academic work that is grounded in deep community engagement, demonstrated leadership within their university, and created lasting impact for the public good.  This year…

OCS Ice Cream Party and Fall Allbritton Luncheon

Diana combined the Middletown skyline and Wesleyan logo on an absolutely beautiful rainbow cake!

Campus is very quiet over the summer, with just the maneuverings of summer classes and the occasional burst of noise from a middle school summer camp to keep us company. I started my position as the Civic Engagement Fellow in June, at the beginning of the calmest time of year on campus. After a few months…

Fall Course Openings: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Decolonizing Indigenous Middletown, Money and Social Change, and Collaborative Cluster

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There are many great opportunities to engage in public life and service through your academics at Wesleyan. Here are a few courses that still have openings available for this fall, including the Collaborative Cluster, service-learning classes, and a quarter-credit class taught by Patricelli Center director Makaela Kingsley. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (.25-credit, second quarter) CSPL 262, Makaela Kingsley…

Girls in Science Camp Reflection – Draw a Scientist Revelation:

The following post is shared from Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, by Stacy Uchendu ’17   We had three amazing college students work with us to deliver the Girls in Science Camp at Green Street and serve as role models for the campers. This year, those young women were Stacy Uchendu ’17, Anna Redgrave…

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).…