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The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.

The committee will select the applicant who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. Sophomores and juniors in good standing are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an essay that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you have played a leadership role that sought to make our local and/or global community more equitable. The work should directly affect the Wesleyan campus and/or an external community.
  • Explain your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns, etc., in the pursuit of social justice.
  • While local efforts central to the Wesleyan campus are weighted equally with external efforts at home, on a national, or international level, students who have managed to link their local activism with a larger community are especially encouraged to apply.  Please describe, in detail, how you have sought to synthesize local and external efforts.

Additional materials:

  • Include a letter of support from a faculty member, administrator who was involved in your social justice effort or other person(s) (excluding family and close friends) with firsthand knowledge of your social justice activities
  • Submit evidence of the impact that the effort had on its target community by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved or who benefited (excluding family and close friends), printed programs/presentations/articles, non-print materials such as DVDs, and/or your work from courses.

Provide at least four copies of your application materials (print and non-print) to Dean Marina J Melendez (North College, 2nd floor, Room 215) by 5pm on February 28, 2011. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it for assessment, archival, and promotional purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

Learn how to apply:

Tuesday Dec 7 at noon in Usdan 108
Wednesday Dec 8 at 4pm in Usdan 108

More info:

www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace.htt or clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Learn how to apply:
Tuesday Dec 7 at noon in Usdan 108
Wednesday Dec 8 at 4pm in Usdan 108
More info:
www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace.htt  or clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Wednesday, December 1, 4:30 – 6:00pm
PAC 002

Wesleyan World Wednesdays, Brighter Dawns, and the Water Awareness Project Nigeria presents two juniors will speak about their projects in their developing homeland and how you can participate:

There will be room for questions.

Last weekend, several Wesleyan students, including Raghu Appasani,  Yinka Taiwo-Peters, Tasmiha Khan, Bonnie Quach-Wong, Stephanie Tapia, Lindsey Kenney, Youngbin Lee, and Rajeeta Iyer (all members of the Class of 2012) attended the DoSomething.com Boot Camp for young social entrepreneurs.

The New York Times covered the conference in an article entitled “Young Activists Practices Their Pitches for Nonprofits,” (Nov. 10, 2010). 

Drop off an elementary level book after Thanksgiving Break.  Help a student in need!

Macdonough Elementary is located in Middletown’s North End. 76% of Macdonough students are on the free/reduced lunch program. Remember these students over your Thanksgiving Break and donate a book. Book type ranges from a picture book level to basic chapter books.

COLLECTION BINS will be located in Exely, Freeman Athletic Center Lobby, PAC, Usdan, Olin, North College, and outside of Weshop after Thanksgiving Break.

Promoting Active Citizenship Today (PACT) is a blog that allows Wesleyan students to easily involve themselves in clubs and organizations on campus and in Middletown. PACT publicizes events that help foster a community of active and global citizens.  If you want your event/info session/speaker/ service opportunity or weekly meeting on PACT, ust fill out this form and it will be posted on the blog! For more information or if you are interested in helping please email Haley Baron at hbaron@wesleyan.edu.

The MINDS Foundation is a new student-run NGO started by Wesleyan students that is dedicated to promoting the availability of medical, educational, and supportive resources for patients with mental illness and neurological disorders. Our major goal is to set-up a rural clinic transport system to screen psychiatric patients in tribal regions and establish educational workshops to remove stigma.

Please contact Raghu Appasani at rappasani@mindsfoundation.org for more information.

There will be an Information Session on Sunday November 14th at 8PM in Allbritton 304.

Wesleyan Language Bank

Do you speak more than one language? Do you want to get involved in community service?  Then check out the Wesleyan Language Bank:

This past summer, DoSomething.org awarded Tasmiha Khan ’12 a Change for the Children Grant to work with the World Peace & Cultural Foundation to identify people suffering from diabetes mellitus in Bangladesh through community mobilization and blood screenings.  You can read more about Tasmiha and the work she has been doing though the interview that she granted for the Blitz, a newspaper published in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Fast-a-Thon 9/30

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?
1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $16,000 for the local food pantry. This year the Fast-a-Thon is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, but we need your help!
Different ways to donate points:
  1. fill out a donation slip that can find in your mailbox
  2. donate at different tables set outside of Usdan marketplace, WesWings, and Summerfields
  3. go to: www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/fastathon.html
The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards Amazing Grace Food Pantry. It is recommended to fast just for the  experience that many religious traditions share, but it is by no means required.
On the day of the event we will begin with a number of speakers to introduce the event and explain its significance. Then we will break our fast with dates and eat a delicious Indian feast from Haveli’s. If you get there early you will also receive a free t-shirt!

What: Fast-a-Thon 2010
When: Thursday, September 30th, 5:45pm
Where: Beckham Hall and DFC

Sponsored by: IJL, MSA, SBC, ResLife, SALD, Chaplain’s office, Haveli, Bon Appetit, OCS

Please contact Carmen Yip nyip@wesleyan.edu or Deena Godfrey dgodfrey@wesleyan.edu for more information.

The MINDS Foundation was started this August by two Wesleyan University students: Raghu Appasani and Jane Nestler. The goal of the organization is to provide education, treatment, and resources for patients and families with mental illness and neurological disorders in India.

Please contact rappasani@mindsfoundation.org if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information. Also visit www.mindsfoundation.org.

Wesleyan University’s Pakistani Students’ Association has launched the “Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative,” to form an action team which will coordinate a number of fund-raisers throughout the year to help the victims of the deadly floods that hit Pakistan recently.

The Pakistan flood crisis began in late July when unusually heavy monsoon rains swept across the country. Currently 20% of the country is under water. About 1500 people have died as a result, and more than 21 million people are homeless. The United Nations has declared it to be the worst crisis to have ever occurred in the UN’s history. Red Cross has called it a massive crisis which has not received the massive support it needs. One flood worker said that the floods are the scale of the Tsunami, destruction of the Haiti and the complexity of the Middle East.

The aid required is huge but donations have been slow to come by. People in Pakistan are trying their best to help the flood victims, but Pakistan cannot overcome this crisis without help from other countries.

If you are interested in helping with the crisis, please join the Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative meeting on Sunday (September 19th) at 4pm at PAC001. During this meeting, ideas will be discussed for potential fund-raisers that will be held throughout the year to help the victims of the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.

Here is a link to a video that summarizes the current situation really well


For more information, please contact Ali Chaudhry (achaudhry@wesleyan.edu) or Zuleikha Hester (zhester@wesleyan.edu).

Wednesday, September 15, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Usdan Courtyard

  • Connect with the Middletown community
  • Volunteer and Work study opportunities
  • 25 local agencies and student groups will be there to share opportunities

Rain Site: Beckham Hall
Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships
Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)

Can’t make the Fair? CCP will be at the Student Activities Fair on Friday.

Wednesday September 15, 11:30am – 1:15pm
Usdan Courtyard
Connect with the Middletown community
Volunteer and Work study opportunities
25 Local agencies and Student groups will be there to share opportunities
Rain Site: Beckham Hall
Sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships
Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)
Can’t make the Fair?  CCP will be at the Student Activities Fair

Interested in Elementary Education? Want to work closely with teachers and students?

AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service at Macdonough Elementary School Info Session:

Tuesday, September 14, 7pm
Thursday, September 16, 4pm

Usdan 110

Only 8 spots available!

Applications & Info at: www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/americorps.htt
Due Friday September 17 by midnight
Questions, Contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)

If you plan or want to work for the Office of Community Service this academic year, which includes: Green Street Arts Center, Traverse Square, WesESL, Wes Reads/Wes Math, Woodrow Wilson and more

You must attend one of the following sessions before beginning any work.   You will only get paid for work completed after: attending a session, filling out forms, and getting approved.

  • Tues 9/7 at noon, Usdan 110
  • Thurs 9/9 at 4pm, Usdan 108
  • Mon 9/13 at 6pm, Usdan 110
  • Tues 9/14 at noon, Usdan 108
  • Tues 9/14 at 8pm, Usdan 108
  • Thurs 9/16 at noon, Usdan 110
  • Mon 9/20 at 8pm, Usdan 108
  • Tues 9/21 at 1pm, Usdan 110
  • Thurs 9/23 at Noon, Usdan 110

Info and dates can also be found at www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/workstudy.htt

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