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The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

cordially invites you to an upcoming

Conversation, Workshop, and Networking Reception


Lara Galinsky ’96
Senior VP of Echoing Green
and author of Work On Purpose

Friday, April 20, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

Usdan University Center
3rd Floor – Daniel Family Commons

Space is limited – Register Now

The first 50 guests to arrive at the event receive a copy of Lara’s book.

This is an opportunity to interact with a leading figure in social entrepreneurship.

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Spring 2012 Workshop Series

Downey House
Hobbs Classroom 113
5-7 p.m.

April 30: What is Social Enterprise?
Using Need and Purpose to Create a Mission and Vision

May 7: Demonstrating Social Value in Business
Sharing Your Vision and Cultivating
Support for Your Social Enterprise

Space is limited. Register now by clicking on the date you plan to attend above.

Contact Paul Gagnon,
or (860) 685-4136.

Join us for our 2nd annual 5K for Brighter Dawns and help us improve health conditions in the slums of Bangladesh! Registration is $10 per person,  and pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be completed online at our website: http://brighterdawns.org/5k. Check-in at Long Lane Farm will begin at 10:30AM, and the race will start promptly at 11AM. Directions can be found on our website. T-shirts and tote bags can be purchased on the day of the event for $10 and $15, respectively. Walk, jog or run with us to give impoverished people in Bangladesh the opportunity to live healthier lives!

Brighter Dawns is a non-profit organization committed to improving health conditions in slums in Bangladesh. Although we have been operating for just over a year, with the help of generous supporters across the country, Brighter Dawns was able to complete its first project in the summer of 2011, constructing 15 wells, 20 latrines, and 3 bathrooms and distributing sanitary kits to provide clean water and sanitary conditions to over 5,000 slum residents of Ward 12, Khalishpur, Bangladesh. However, there are still thousands of people in Ward 12 who are placed at risk of deadly water-borne diseases every day simply because they lack access to potable water and sanitary facilities. Through the help of our donors and partners, we hope to expand our project to provide all of Ward 12 with equal access to these necessities, reducing disease and generating hope for a healthier tomorrow.

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/.


What’s the link between Malaria and Ugandan traditional music and Dance?

Come find out about Bitone Children’s Center’s new project “Enlightenment Uganda,” internship opportunities and much more!  Dr. James Hadler will be speaking!

Dr. James Hadler currently is a senior infectious disease and medical epidemiology consultant to the Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Programs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

When: Feb. 16th
Where: CRC Lobby
Time: 5:30-7pm
Food will be served

The Wesleyan Forum for International Development
Saturday, February 18, 2012
9:30 am – 5 pm

  • Check-in table at 41 Wyllys.
  • Attendance is free. No registration is required. Come and go as you please.
  • Free breakfast, Iguanas Ranas lunch and book for those who arrive by 10 am.

Come engage in a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t in international development. Through lectures, panel discussions and workshops with student groups, you will hear from researchers, alumni and students about their successes and challenges in fields that include public health, education and technology.

For students who have interned, volunteered or worked internationally–or for those interested in doing so in the future–this Forum is a space for you to think critically about how to do so in a way that makes a positive impact. It will connect you to resources for getting involved, including opportunities for internships, fellowships and research. For the complete schedule with locations, click here.  Speakers include:




  • Ali Chaudry ’12 (Founder of Possibilities Pakistan, which increases access to higher education by providing free college counseling to Pakistani secondary students)
  • Tasmiha Khan ’12 (Founder of Brighter Dawns, which increases access to clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh)
  • Kennedy Odede ’12 (Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which combats gender inequality and extreme poverty by linking free schools for girls with social services in Kenya)
  • Raghu Appasani ’12 (Founder of the MINDS Foundation, which raises awareness about mental illness and provides healthcare in India)

For more information, visit the Forum’s Facebook page.

This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Department of Government, the Office of Academic Affairs, Wesleyan World Wednesdays and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), President Clinton hosts the CGI U Annual Meeting for students and youth organizations to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 3,500 students from over 650 schools and 110 countries.

In order to attend, all CGI U participants are required to develop a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world. The CGI U meeting includes plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events that provide participants with a wide variety of knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities. The program allows CGI U members to discuss global issues, develop practical skills, identify potential partners, and formulate concrete plans of action for the months ahead.

The application to attend the 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), hosted by President Clinton, is now available. Click here to apply online. The deadline for applying to attend the meeting is Tuesday, January 17.

President Clinton will host CGI U 2012 at The George Washington University from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative designed to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student member makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

Come find out how to apply for this $10,000 grant to support projects promoting peace during the summer of 2012.  All Wesleyan undergraduates are eligible to apply and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the info sessions.

  • Wednesday November 30, Noon in Usdan 108
  • Tuesday December 6, Noon in Usdan 108
Applications are due Friday January 27.

All information is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace/index.html

Any questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz, clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Siddhant Issar worked for Upward Bound this summer, helping local high school students prepare for college.  Here are some photographs from the group’s trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where they studied natural disasters and rich cultural heritage of the islands.

Group Picture at Black Sand Beach

With some students at the resort

A volcano that the group visited

At a Kona coffee plantation

Brighter Dawns, the non-profit group founded by Tasmiha Khan ’12 dedicated to helping solve health issues in the Khalishpur slum outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is featured in an article in the Hartford Courant entitled “Wesleyan Group Helps Bangladesh Improve Sanitation.”

In July two members of Brighter Dawns will travel to Bangladesh for a month to help install 10 wells and 30 latrines in Khalishput, and hand out 1,000 sanitary kits .

Through fundraising and grants, Brighter Dawns raised over $15,000 since it was formed. It was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace to implement the sanitation project.


Wesleyan for Japan is the official website of Wesleyan Japan Earthquake Relief Group.
In response to the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, we are putting all of our efforts together to raise both awareness and funds to aid people in Japan.  All proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.  Visit our website for event information on campus. We are also welcoming a post submission of any type (photo, video, link, etc) from you for the better understanding of the current situation.  If you have any questions, please contact Fumi Tanakadate (ftanakadate_at_wesleyan.edu).

Last April, Wesleyan hosted the first annual Relay For Life, joining together over 200 students, faculty, and staff raising $27,000 in the fight against cancer. This year we hope to double our efforts and make Relay a campus wide event!

At Relay, teams take the track to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease! Each Relay is different but full of entertainment, activities, food, fun and games for all ages to enjoy. There are also moving ceremonies throughout the event to honor all those who have been touched by cancer.

Sign up your Relay team today! Go to www.relayforlife.org/wesleyanct
Learn more about upcoming meetings, fundraising tips, and how you can join the fight!

Raghu Appasani volunteered through Unite for Sight with the AB Eye Institute in Patna, Bihar State, India over the winter break.  A photo gallery of images from his experience can be found here.

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.

Possibilities Pakistan (www.possibilitiespakistan.org) is a non-profit organization, the first of its kind, that extends free college counseling to all Pakistani students who aspire to attend international universities. Our goal is to guide Pakistani students through the complicated application process so that they may ultimately find and be accepted to suitable top-notch foreign universities. Our project includes a free online guidance service and a one-hundred-and-fifty page e-magazine that lays bare the details of applying to college. The guidance service is run by a network of over 200 Pakistani and American students currently studying at renowned universities all over the world. When current Pakistani high school students have questions about applying to college, they simply e-mail our organization, and their queries are forwarded to appropriate members of our team who have faced similar problems before. Our magazine is a detailed walk-through of the college application process, with articles explaining the details of everything you need to know about getting into a foreign university. To date we have guided over 200 students and over 2500 students have viewed our magazine. You can help Possibilities Pakistan grow further, by voting for for them for the Dell Social Innovation Award at:


Possibilities Pakistan was founded by Wesleyan students Ali Chaudhry ’12, Kenny Feder ’12 and Kumail Akbar ’12 in April 2009.

The MINDS Foundation is a student-run NGO that is taking a grassroots approach to eliminating stigma and providing medical, educational, and supportive care for patients suffering from a mental illness in developing countries.

Please vote for us to move on to the semi-finals round in which we will have a chance to win $50,000 which will enable us to implement our program and treat 60 patients suffering from a mental illness for one year!


(note: you will need to register first, login, and then vote)

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