WESEMINAR: Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship

The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. Through the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Service-Learning courses, and other programs, we study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized Wesleyan for this work with its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. During this panel discussion, we’ll hear from students who engage with local and global communities in a variety of ways as activists, organizers, entrepreneurs, researchers and more. 

Moderator: Clifton Watson, Director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Ferdinand Quayson ’20
Ferdinand – from Accra, Ghana – is a junior at Wesleyan.  An economics and African Studies major, Ferdinand serves as the 2020 Class Council President. Ferdinand was both a Patricelli Center Fellow and a Jewett Center Nonprofit Board Resident for the 2017-2018 year. He is also the founder of Young Achievers Foundation Ghana. 

Triston Ortiz ’19
Triston is a senior at Wesleyan University, and is a co-coordinator for the Traverse Square After-school Program. Student run and neighborhood based, the Traverse Square After-school program provides a community setting for Middletown children to receive academic and social support.  

Chynna Bailey ’19
Chynna is a senior Women’s Basketball player from Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2018-2019 Nonprofit Board Resident, and currently is working with Oddfellows Playhouse on a project to increase the organization’s engagement with middle and high school youth.

Mariel Middlebrook ’20
Mariel is a junior at Wesleyan University, and is a co-coordinator for Cardinal Kids. Cardinal Kids won a $5000 Patricelli Center Seed Grant in 2018, and is a financially self-sustaining program that will bring affordable arts, tech, and literacy programming to Middletown youth.

Anthony Price ’20
Anthony Price hails from the great city of Cleveland, Ohio and is a junior here at Wesleyan University.  He is both an Allbritton Fellow and was a Patricelli Center Fellow during the 2017-2018. This year, Anthony is a TA for the Patricelli Center Fellowship. In 2017, Anthony founded the nonprofit Be the Change Venture which helps high school students develop networking skills and support their career exploration. 


WESEMINAR: Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, September 28th, 4:30-5:30 pm, Allbritton 311
All are welcome