Jewett Center for Community Partnerships Gets a New Name!

Wesleyan honored Ellen Jewett '81 P'17 with the naming of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships on February 26. Left to right: Ellen Jewett, Wesleyan President, outgoing board chair Joshua Boger and JCCP director Cathy Lechowicz.

From left: Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17; Michael S. Roth ’78; Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09; and Cathy Lechowicz cut the ribbon at the official naming ceremony for the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.

Allbritton was packed on Friday night during the Center for Community Partnerships dedication ceremony. Community partners, Wesleyan Trustees, Patricelli Center Board members, Office of Community Service student leaders, staff, and alumni came together to celebrate and honor Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17. Jewett, a former trustee, has supported community partnerships at Wesleyan in many roles, including service as co-chair of the Patricelli Center Board. 

On each floor of Allbritton, programs set up displays about their work. Representatives from each program, including Green Street, the Center for Prison Education, WESU 88.1, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and the Office of Community Service shared information and stories with visitors as they explored the building and everything Allbritton has to offer. 

IMG_20160303_120000_01Laurie Kenney highlighted the dedication in News @ Wesleyan, writing: 

The event was attended by more than 150 guests, including Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78, outgoing board chairman Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, and JCCP director Cathy Lechowicz.

“Ellen Jewett is a smart, accomplished woman who believes deeply in the liberal arts and the value of experiential learning,” said Lechowicz. “She is a champion of Wesleyan, and it is an incredible honor for our center to bear her name.”

“I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Jewett. “The center’s commitment to actively engaging with the surrounding community through project-based learning and practical idealism helps Wesleyan students better understand the social challenges we all face and creates positive changes in our community.”

Visitors enjoyed a display of “The Change I Want to See” student portraits from the Patricelli Center, literature from the Center for Prison Education, WESU 88.1 swag, and a slideshow of service project photos in the Office of Community service lounge. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us on Friday night, and to all the student leaders who came to share stories of their work with our guests! 



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.