1/31 Newsletter

Here’s your weekly dose of the ENGAGE Newsletter!

Latest News

It’s Equity & Inclusion Week! Please join The Office for Equity & Inclusion for a week of programs and activities centering the themes of equity and inclusion. From discussion spaces to ‘lunch & learns’ to informal gatherings, we look forward to coming together in community as we practice and uplift our values. See our schedule of events.

Upcoming Events On Campus

Wesleyan Doula Project Information SessionsHave you been thinking about abortion and reproductive justice lately? Are you interested in learning more about doula work and patient advocacy? Come to an info session for the Wesleyan Doula Project, a student-run abortion doula collective. Please forward any questions to doulaproject@wesleyan.edu.2/6 & 2/7, 5:00-6:00pm, Boger 113

Methods of Civic Engagement Series: Electoral PoliticsJoin us for a conversation with Werner Oyanadel, CT General Assembly Latin & Puerto Rican Policy Director, about the efficacy of electoral politics as a method of civic engagement and social change. Hosted by the JCCP. 2/8, 4:30-6:00pm, Allbritton 304Shapiro Center Student Planning Committee MeetingThe Shapiro Center is excited to announce the launch of its Student Planning Committee! Join them for pizza and refreshments while they discuss how members can support and participate in programming for the 2023-24 academic year (such as literary events, community engagement, and more). All are welcome! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Merve at memre@wesleyan.edu.2/9, 5:00pm, 116 Mt. Vernon St.Growing Power WorkshopAs part of our Cultivating Justice initiative, the JCCP will host a day full of free community workshops—led by organizations or businesses invested in our mission—that center agriculture and gardening, animal husbandry, and fishing. The event is open to all, but we’re specifically advertising to families of color, incarceration-impacted families, and low-income families. Register here!2/18, starting at 10:00am, Usdan 3rd Floor

Off Campus Events

Antitrust Division Diversity Committee 2023 Recruiting Event The Committee invites recent graduates and the Class of 2023 to a panel discussion about criminal, civil, and policy-focused job opportunities in law and public service. Come with questions about the Antitrust Division, public service careers, career development, transitioning from college to work, and simply being successful in a dynamic workplace where employee diversity is celebrated and supported. Register today. 2/1, 1:00-2:30pm, VirtualUpward Hartford HackathonUpward Hartford, in partnership with the City of Hartford Department of Health & Human Services, is calling thinkers of all kinds to join a free 24-hour hackathon. They are bringing together passionate members of the community (like you!) to develop strategies and solutions on how to raise awareness about the importance of indoor air quality in homes, schools and public transportation. Teams will compete for their spot in the final three and a cash prize of $1,000 each. Sign up and learn more!2/11-2/12, 6:00pm, Hartford

Job/Volunteer Opportunities

WesReads/WesMath is looking to recruit students to provide classroom assistance in local elementary schools. Students can do this for volunteer hours, for pay (Federal Work Study only), or for credit. To get involved, contact student coordinator Arlette at aaguilera@wesleyan.eduDesegregate CT is looking for a creative, hard-working, and socially engaged intern to make sure their communications reach the widest possible audience in Connecticut and beyond as they fight to pass their transformative Work Live Ride proposal in the coming Connecticut General Assembly legislative session. Apply ASAP (ignore the deadline) or learn how to become a volunteer. The CT River Conservancy is hiring Aquatic Invasive Species Control Field Crew members. If you’re interested in environmental science and community engagement, you should apply!Are you an avid participant in community service and engagement work around your college or home community? Forest Foundation is now accepting applications to their paid Summer Fellowship Program in Boston, MA. Interns engage in general operations of a non-profit and learn critical skills for potential careers in the world of philanthropy. Apply on Handshake by February 15. 

Last week’s opportunities that are still available:

Funding Resources

The Davenport Study Grants application is available to sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs and who by their personal qualities and vocational and scholarly intentions give the greatest promise of leadership in public service. The grants support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. 

The Udall Scholarship is open to sophomores and juniors planning careers in Native American tribal policy and Native health care (Native American applicants only) as well as the environment (U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents only). Contact fellowships@wesleyan.edu asap if you are interested in applying. The campus deadline is February 9 at 5pm.Wesleyan Summer Grants can provide up to $5,000 to fund summer opportunities such as internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, creative projects, or an academic program related to your career interests and aspirations. Apply by February 28.


Wesleyan alum, Ted Shabecoff, wants to share your voice on his platform Greenly. Greenly is an open community for environmentalists across the globe where they can freely write about and discuss the topics at the forefront of their minds. From brand new, original pieces to previous research assignments done for a class, if it’s relevant to the future of our planet, they want to read it and share it for the world to see! Learn more and submit your article hereAnna Shusterman’s Cognitive Development Lab is looking for students interested in testing a research-based, play-intensive set of math materials for early childhood settings. You can receive credit while engaging in a research project that is intellectually serious AND great fun. Sign up here!


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