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The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

Register Here

Wesleyan African Student Association presents: ARIYA: The African Culture Show.

Please come and support ASA on April 7th, 2012 at the World Music Hall for their annual culture show.

The show will feature acts like SUYA, among others and there will be a motivational guest speaker.

The culture show is from 7-9 pm and tickets are on sale at the box office.

Come, and immerse yourself in African culture!

Based at the Center for Community Partnerships, the Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with staff and offices across campus, including the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, to engage students and support faculty in civic engagement endeavors.

This is the first year of this one-year graduate fellowship to provide support for civic engagement activities on Wesleyan’s campus. The position starts in July (exact date is flexible) and runs for 12 months.  Applicants must be a graduate of Wesleyan University. There is a stipend provided, (exact amount to be set, this year it would have been $24,000) and health coverage provided.  Interested applicants should fill out the application by April 10th at 5pm.

All details and application: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ccp/fellowship.html

If you are in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, you are not alone. Recovery@ is a network of students, staff and faculty who gather for mutual support as they navigate the particular challenges of recovery at Wesleyan.  Our primary purpose is to stay clean and sober, help other members of the University do the same, and support one another in our efforts.

We come together once a month during the academic year for an informal discussion and networking. The rest of the month, we support each other through texts, emails, social engagements, and attending AA and NA meetings in the Middletown community.

To obtain more information or join the network please email, recovery@wesleyan.edu

Recovery@ is not formal therapy of any kind.  If you are in recovery or seeking recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction and would like confidential resources or support please call or visit:

Counseling and Psychological Services: 860-685-2910 or www.wesleyan.edu/caps

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life: 860-685-2278 www.wesleyan.edu/orsl

The GLASS Prize will be awarded to that Wesleyan undergraduate student who has done the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans, LGBT, or sexuality studies. The prize is open to students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2012 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in both electronic and hard copy by 3pm on April 13 to:

Jen Enxuto
hard copy to FGSS office, Allbritton Center
electronic to jenxuto@wesleyan.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Margot Weiss at mdweiss@wesleyan.edu.

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country.  It runs campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America.  This summer the Fund for the Public Interest will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer the Fund’s staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.

Currently, the Fund has paid positions open on its campaign staff in each of its locations. Interested candidates are required to be hard workers who have excellent communication skills.

As a member of the staff, you will fundraise, build membership for partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues.  You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.  While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews at Wesleyan on April 3 and 4.

To apply, please visit www.jobsforgoodcauses.org or call 1 800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

The Janina Montero Prize, is awarded in honor of the tireless service of Janina Montero, professor and administrator at Wesleyan for over 20 years.  This prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

So that the Selection Committee may evaluate your application and make a final selection, please submit one copy of your current resume, an academic history, and one-page statement of your academic accomplishments as well as of your contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.  This material must be received by Dr. Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 215 North College, no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez at mmelendez@wesleyan.edu or at x.2765 if you have any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors (first priority) and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent.

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa. Students may propose to provide service in educational institutions, development organizations, grassroots groups, or non-governmental organizations pursuing service work. Research projects will be supported especially if it is likely to provide concrete benefits to African society or to contribute to the student’s ability to serve African interests in some capacity.

Several awards averaging $3,000 each will be offered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a member of the African Studies faculty (see Faculty listing on this website) while formulating their proposals. Recipients are required to submit reports on their projects once they are completed.

Application Instructions (2012)

Applications should include:

  1. A proposal (2 pages) which includes the following information:
    1. Description of project
    2. Plan for carrying out the project
    3. Identification and description of any sponsoring organization
    4. If appropriate, the proposal should address any concerns regarding safety or political sensitivity
  2. A budget, including airfare and room and board costs (1 page)
  3. A resume, including a listing and description of relevant Wesleyan coursework or other experiences
  4. The name of one faculty member who can serve as a reference for you and for your project

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Mike Nelson of the Government Department (mbnelson@wesleyan.edu).

Applications are due by 4pm Friday, April 6, 2012. Awards will be announced prior to graduation.

Additional information available at http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu/brodigan/.


The WSA and other sustainability leaders worked over the last year to introduce a Sustainability Coordinator at Wesleyan. This full-time person will acts us a liaison between different departments, an advisor to sustainability-oriented student groups, and a leader on green projects. This new position represents a giant step for Wesleyan and will make our community more environmentally sustainable for many years to come.

The position is now officially posted and applications are being accepted.It is tailored towards recent Wesleyan graduates. We encourage you to apply, especially if you are a current Wesleyan senior seeking a job for next year!

For more information and to apply, go to careers.wesleyan.edu, click on “Staff openings,” and find the Sustainability Coordinator posting.

If you have questions e-mail Zach Malter at zmalter@wesleyan.edu.

Want to share your personal story before you leave Wesleyan?

How are you different from that awkward confused first year student that showed up here four years ago?

What moments and challenges have been especially important to you? Why?

What do you see yourself doing in the near future?

Do you remember “In the Company of Others” during your Orientation?

Well, Senior Voices aka Baccalaureate is the senior version of this kind of event. It is an opportunity for Seniors to share their experiences before ending their Wesleyan career and beginning a new chapter of their life. It is a time to reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wes.

We want to hear your story, so sign up!

We need:

A short 250-350 word personal reflection essay
March 21st at 12:00 pm

Email submissions to Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

A committee composed of students, and administrators will be reading your submissions and choosing 3-4 students to share their experiences at the Baccalaureate/Senior Voices Ceremony on Saturday May 27, 2012. If you are chosen, the committee will contact you with more information in early April.