Responding to the 2016 Presidential Election

Check out our Ways to Get Engaged blog post for more updated information.

The Allbritton Center 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.

In the wake of the historic 2016 presidential election, we believe that civic engagement — in its many forms — is more important than ever. To that end, we will maintain this calendar of campus and community events related to the election and its aftermath.

We will cross-post events that we find elsewhere, and we urge you to contact us if you have any to add.

We are committed to transparency, open discourse, and the safety and well-being of all our community members. We hope to post all events that we learn about, but we reserve the right to screen accordingly.

Bolded events are those held on Wesleyan’s campus; inclusion of an event does not equal endorsement.

Last updated 2/15/17 at 11:00 am

Event Date Time/Place Audience?
Election 2016: The Role of Identity Politics 3/29  4:30 pm, PAC 001 Open to anyone
Nasty Women Connecticut Art Exhibition 3/9 6:00-8:00 pm, The Institute Library (New Haven) Open to anyone; submit work here
Implicit Bias in Preschools: Dr. Walter Gilliam 3/9 (rescheduled from 2/9) 9:00-10:15 am, deKoven House (27 Washington St., Middletown) Open to anyone
Race, Refugees, and the Present Crisis 3/8 4:15-6:15, Trinity College Mather Hall Open to anyone

Humanitarian Challenges Today: Migrants, Refugees, and the International Community with Mark Storella

3/2 8:00 pm, PAC 001 Open to anyone
Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter 2/28 7:00-8:30 pm, Conn College Open to anyone; seating is limited
Anti-Pipeline Phone Banking! 2/26 4:00-6:00 pm, Woodhead Lounge Open to anyone
Philosophy and Mass Incarceration Conference 2/24-2/26 Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium (Yale campus) Open to anyone; currently sold out, but check back about live-stream
Climate Change and Public Policy: Saving the Earth at the State and Local Level (with VT Governor Peter Shumlin ’79) 2/23 7:00 pm, Judd 116 Open to anyone
Be the Art Showcase Opening Reception 2/23 4:00-7:00 pm, Zilkha Gallery Open to anyone
March for Science (New Haven, CT) 2/22 5:30 pm, New Haven green Open to anyone
Planned Parenthood Reproductive Freedom Training 2/20 5:30-8:00 pm, 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven Open to anyone
Greg Cava Day of Action – Take Back the Senate 2/18 11:00 am-6:00 pm, 667 Main Street, Watertown, CT Open to anyone
Defying Racism Workshop 2/18 10:30 am-2:30 pm, Russell Library (Middletown) Open to anyone, drop-ins welcome
Planned Parenthood Organizing Training 2/18 10:00 am-2:00 pm, 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven Open to anyone
Rebellious Lawyering Conference 2017 2/17 and 2/18 Yale Law School Open to anyone; tickets available ($35, free for CT University students)
Tell CT GOP Leaders Enough is Enough (over coffee) 2/17 8:00-9:00 am, Valley Diner Restaurant (Derby, CT) Open to anyone
Stories of a New America: A Staged Reading 2/16, 2/17, and 2/18 8:00-10:00 pm, Collective Consciousness Theatre (New Haven) Open to anyone; tickets available ($20 adult, $10 student)
Resisting Deportations: A Workshop for Allies 2/15 7:00-9:00 pm, 37 Howe St., New Haven Open to anyone
Phone banking for Dorina Borer’s special election 2/14  5:00-8:00 pm, 413 Campbell Ave., West Haven  Open to anyone
Valentine’s Day #NoDAPL Action in New Haven 2/14 4:30-5:30 pm, TD Bank (New Haven) Open to anyone
CallToAction: Critical Time to Call 2/13 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Usdan 108 Open to anyone; phone numbers and scripts provided
Rally, March, and Action Meeting to Protect Planned Parenthood 2/11 1:00-5:00 pm, Elmwood Community Center (West Hartford) Open to anyone; registration (free) is encouraged
Black Business Day 2/9 and 2/16 Lunch, Usdan first floor Open to anyone
Weiner Screening with Wesleyan Democrats! 2/9 7:30-10:00 pm, 126 A Knowles Ave. Open to anyone
Fight 4 Reproductive Rights – February Meeting of CT NOW 2/9 6:00-8:00 pm, New Haven Free Public Library Open to anyone
Planned Parenthood GenAction Period Drive 2/7-2/11 Boxes for menstrual products located in Olin, Exley, Usdan, and Weshop Open to anyone; donate on venmo to @Rachele-Merliss
Ride for Resistance: Standing Rock Comes to Hartford 2/6 7:00 pm, Unitarian Society of Hartford Open to anyone; WesDivest is coordinating carpools
WesACLU: First Meeting of the Semester! 2/6 7:00 pm, 200 Church Open to anyone
ACLU Bake Sale Fundraiser! 2/6 7:00-10:00 pm, Exley Lobby Open to anyone
Sanctuary City for Bridgeport at City Hall 2/6 6:00-8:00 pm, Bridgeport City Hall Open to anyone
#CallToAction: Second Semester 2/6 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Beckham Hall Open to anyone; scripts and phone numbers provided
March for Refugees After Run for Refugees 2/5 12:00-3:00 pm, Wilbur Cross High School to New Haven Green Open to anyone
IRIS Run for Refugees – Wesleyan Team 2/5 10:00 am, Wilbur Cross High School (New Haven) Open to anyone
No Ban No Wall! – New Haven 2/4 3:00-6:00 pm, New Haven City Hall and County Courthouse Open to anyone
MLK Commemoration: Freedom is a Constant Struggle 2/3 12:15-1:15 pm, Memorial Chapel (reception to follow in Zelnick Pavilion) Open to anyone

Come Create: Art and Reproductive Justice

2/2  4:30-6:00 pm, The Workshop (Hewitt 8)  Open to anyone 
Refugee Advocacy Training with IRAP and CAIR 2/1 6:00-8:00 pm, Usdan 110 Open to anyone 
West Hartford Rally for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 2/1 4:30-6:00 pm, Town Hall (50 South Main Street, West Hartford) Open to anyone
Carbs for a Cause: ACLU + Hartford Baking Co. 2/1 7:30 am-5:30 pm, 625 New Park Ave., West Hartford Open to anyone
Reject DAPL 1/27  4:30-5:30 pm, CT State Capital (Hartford)  Open to anyone; hosted by Jennifer Roach ’14, past Civic Engagement Fellow!
Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Len Suzio (R) 1/25 6:00-7:30 pm, Russell Library  Open to anyone
Women’s March on Washington- National Page 1/21  10:00 am-5:00 pm, Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC Open to anyone 
Not My President 1/20 all day, U.S. Capitol Building Open to anyone 
Women Strike Out and Protest 12/12/16 12:00-2:00 pm, New Haven Green  Open to anyone

Bridges, Not Walls
Trump Presidency: Legal Perspectives (Immigration Attorney Dan Berger discusses the potential legal ramifications of the coming Trump presidency)

12/6/16  5:30 pm, Daniel Family Commons (light supper) Open to anyone

The Future of Foreign Policy

12/5/16  7:00 pm, Judd 116 Open to anyone 

Gov Dept./Wes Media Project Post-Election Conference

12/4-12/5/16  8:00 pm (12/4) in PAC 001, 9:00 am-4:00 pm (12/5) in Allbritton 311  Open to anyone; agenda available 

Unity Rally

11/30/16  5:00-7:00 pm, 425 College Street, New Haven Open to anyone 

Group Discussion on the 2016 Election & its Aftermath

11/28/16  6:30-8:30 pm, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (333 Sherman Ave.) Open to anyone 

Anti-Trump Rally

11/25/16 5:00-7:00 pm, New Haven Green  Open to anyone 

Donations for Standing Rock

through 11/22/16  Outside of Weshop  Open to anyone; food and cash donations accepted

What’s Next: an open town hall about campus organizing

11/21/16  Daniel Family Commons Open to students 

“I Alone Can Fix This”: The Global Surge of Populist Authoritarianism (forum sponsored by the History Dept.)

11/21/16  4:30 pm, Judd 116  Open to the Wesleyan community  

United Against Hate – March of Resilience

11/21/16  3:30-6:00 pm, US Court House (450 Main Street, Hartford, CT)  Open to anyone 

Call to Action: Phone Bank Campaign

11/21/16  11:00 am-2:00 pm, Woodhead Lounge Open to anyone (numbers, scripts, and food provided) 

A Leftist Response to Trump Teach-In

11/20/16  3:30-5:00 pm, Woodhead Lounge  Open to anyone 

Community Organizing Conference

11/19/16  11:00 am-3:00 pm, Bridgeport Public Library (Bridgeport, CT)  Open to anyone; register online (agenda also available) 

Anti-Trump March and Demo

11/18/16  6:00-8:00 pm, Downtown New Haven on the Green  Open to anyone

Music Shabbat! Love Shabbat! 

11/18/16  5:00-7:00 pm, The Bayit Open to anyone 

A Common Moment for an Uncommon Time: Connecting body, spirit and well-being

11/18/16 4:00 pm, CFA Courtyard (by the Davison Art Center fountain) Open to anyone 
Jummah on the Green (prayer service and solidarity event) 11/18/16 1:00-1:30 pm, Huss Courtyard (outside Usdan) Open to anyone
The Trump Presidency and International Students: A Conversation 11/17/16  6:30-8:30 pm, Allbritton 311 Open to anyone; please RSVP to
Your Call to Action: Info Session on Wesleyan’s Phone Bank 11/17/16 4:30-5:30 pm, location TBA Open to students
Classroom, office & campus experiences and strategies  11/17/16  12:00 pm, Woodhead Lounge  Open to faculty only
Westco Open Mic: Open Vent 11/16/16 8:00-11:00 pm, Westco Lounge Open to anyone
Post-Election Climate Dialogue 11/16/16  6:30-8:00 pm, Exley 150 Open to anyone
New Haven Stands with Standing Rock at TD Bank 11/16/16 4:30-6:00 pm, 994 Chapel Street, New Haven  Open to anyone
Wesleyan National Walk-Out for #SanctuaryCampus 11/16/16  3:00-4:00 pm, petition to be read in Usdan Open to anyone
Discussion with students involved at Allbritton 11/16/16 11:50 am-1:10 pm, Allbritton 311 Students involved at Allbritton (Alls) and their guests
We’ll Be Watching (sign making and photo campaign)


11:00 am-2:00 pm, Usdan Open to anyone 
Mass Meeting: Showing Up Against Hate in a Post Trump World 11/15/16 6:00-8:00 pm, Unitarian Society of Hartford (Hartford, CT) Open to anyone 
Sociology Majors pizza lunch & discussion 11/15/16 12:00-1:00 pm, PAC 421 Sociology majors only