Homecoming Events Round-Up!

We are very excited to welcome parents, families, friends, and alumni to campus next weekend for Homecoming/Family Weekend from November 6th-8th. We gathered up all the ENGAGED events to help you plan your weekend. Have a look and mark your calendars! You can see the whole schedule here


Wesleyan Career Center Open House & Wesleyan Summer Experience Showcase 

Please stop by the Career Center to visit with the staff and the director, Sharon Belden Castonguay, and chat with the 2015 Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant recipients to hear about their summer experiences and internship opportunities.
The Wesleyan Career Center provides unparalleled face to face access to alumni, parents, and employer partners from around the world. The Center is enhanced with state of the art equipment to aid students in their post-Wesleyan pursuits. All are welcome! 
1:00-3:00PM, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue (former Squash Court building) 

2015symposiumMass Incarceration: Feminist Responses 

Ruth Gilmore and Joy James speak about feminist responses to mass incarceration for the Fall FGSS Symposium.
Speakers: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center – CUNY and Joy James, Professor of the Humanities, Williams College
Sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Ethics in Society
2:00-4:00PM, Hansel Lecture Hall (001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

WESEMINAR Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan 

Social innovation has always been in the DNA of Wesleyan. This year, we were recognized by Princeton Review as the #1 “Best School for Making an Impact” and Forbes as the #9 college for entrepreneurship. During this panel discussion, we’ll hear from student entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, activists, and community leaders who are using their interdisciplinary liberal arts education to tackle the pressing problems of the world–starting right here on campus.
Moderator: Makaela Kingsley ’98, director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Panelists: Bashaun Brown, Alex Garcia ’17,  Lily Herman ’16, Claudia Kahindi ’18, Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin ’16
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS
2:30-3:30PM, Allbritton 311

Allbritton Open House 11-6Allbritton Open House 

Allbritton is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. We study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. During this open house, you can meet faculty, staff, and students from our engagement centers – the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Center for Community Partnerships, Office of Community Service, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Service-Learning, Green Street Teaching & Learning Center, and Center for Prison Education – and learn about our programs on campus and in the community.
3:30-4:30PM, Allbritton Center, 222 Church Street (formerly Davenport Campus Center and Scott Labs)


WESEMINAR Where on Earth Are We Going? 

12th Annual Robert Schumann Symposium
The Artist In The City: Civic Engagement And Social Change Through The Creative Process
Using a distinct form of ethnographic choreography, Austin, Texas-based choreographer Allison Orr builds her dances out of the stories and experiences that emerge over her year-long residencies with municipal departments. Over the past fifteen years, Orr has collaborated with city employees across Austin, from sanitation workers to power linemen, firefighters to parks and recreation employees. Orr will discuss her process, show clips of past work, and explore how arts-based civic engagement can uncover that which is essential to the life of an urban community while challenging conventions of art and art-making at the intersections of race and class. 
Presenter: Allison Orr
10:30-11:30AM, Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center and simulcast in Room 58, Exley Science Center

GreenStreetPIMMSLogo_0WESEMINAR Connecting Campus to the Community 

at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center
The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center (formerly the Arts Center) of Wesleyan is best known for its Discovery AfterSchool Program. Each semester around 60 elementary school kids grace our space with their artwork and dance performances while 50 + Wesleyan students act as teaching assistants, homework tutors, and instructors. Discovery AfterSchool provides a hands-on experience for students interested in education. Our work also includes a Girls in Science Camp taught by Wesleyan faculty and students, and a K-8 Math Institute for teachers with an intensive math class co-led by Wesleyan Mathematicians. 
Come learn about our 10 year history of connecting campus to the community, how our programs benefit Wesleyan students interested in education, and our future aspirations connecting art, math, and science. 
Presenter: Sara MacSorley is the Director of the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. In her three years at Wesleyan, she has spearheaded the K-8 Math Institute and Girls in Science Camp at Green Street. She has a B.S. In Marine Biology and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.
2:30-3:30PM, Putnam Classroom (Room 114), 41 Wyllys Avenue (former Squash Court Building)

FindMeUnafraid_cover5WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum
This WESeminar recounts the  unlikely love story of two uncommon people, Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner Odede ’09, whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of girls and the urban poor through Shining Hope for Communities. Please register for this WESeminar

8-9pm, Memorial Chapel 


 imgres-1WESEMINAR Learning with the Center for Prison Education 

What does a Wesleyan class look like inside of prison? Since 2009, the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education has brought Wesleyan courses to incarcerated students in two local state prisons. In this seminar a panel of formerly incarcerated students, past faculty and student volunteers will discuss the work of the Center for Prison Education and what it means to bring the liberal arts behind bars. 
Panelists: Bashaun Brown, former student, Cheshire Correctional Institution Campus; Rachel Day ’16, Center for Prison Education tutor; Priscilla Meyer, Professor & Chair of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies department and two time Center for Prison Education faculty member ; Roy Trotter, former student, Cheshire Correctional Institution Campus.
10:30-11:30AM, Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

Check out the WESU schedule, playing all weekend here


Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.